The Mighty Mouse cartoons have their fair share of references, mainly in the 1987 Ralph Bakshi revival.
References In the original theatrical cartoons:
- Mighty Mouse himself is an obvious riff on Superman. In fact, his original name was Super Mouse, and his costume even had the same color scheme as Superman's.
References In Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures:
- The character of Bat-Bat is a parody of Batman.
- Scrappy the Mouse's appearance is a caricature of Jerry Mouse, and his name and role in the show is an obvious riff on Scrappy Doo.
- Mighty Mouse's origin story in "Mouse From Another House" is a Whole Plot Reference to the origin of Superman.
- The title of "Night on Bald Pate" is a reference to the song "Night on Bald Mountain".
- "Scrap-Happy"'s plot and villain are partially based on Disney's Pinocchio.
- "Pirates With Dirty Faces" is a reference to the film Angels with Dirty Faces.
- "This Island Mouseville" references the title of the novel and film This Island Earth.
- "All You Need Is Glove" is a pun on the Beatles song "All You Need Is Love".
- In "The Ice Goose Cometh", the restaurant wall has drawings named G.I. Phil, Shmurds, Thundercows, Hu-Man, Jimby, Eddie Bumpkin, Robotoast, Pee Wee Wee Wee, My Little Zygote, and Jim. Some of the park rangers that appear in the cartoon look similar to Ranger Smith. The title of the episode itself is a reference to Eugene O'Neill's 1939 play "The Iceman Cometh".
- "Mighty's Benefit Plan" is centered around Elwie and the Tree Weasels, who are parodies of the 1980's revival of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
- In "See You In The Funny Papers", the comics Scrappy gets includes Dick Detective, Murray the Barbarian (published by Muddle Comics), and "Really Weird Tales From Outer Space" (a reference to the EC Comics series "Weird Science") with ET being its company. During the parade, a store called Maby's (a play on Macy's) is seen, and an Elvis Presley float gets cut loose, flys up near a building and smashes its fist through it like King Kong, and then gets set on fire, with the narrators comments on the scene being a reference to the Hindenburg disaster.
- "Snow White and the Motor City Dwarfs" is a spoof of Disney's adaptation of Snow White.
- "Dont Touch That Dial" features parodies of The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Real Ghostbusters and Rocky and Bullwinkle.
- In "Mightys Wedlock Whimsy" Mighty's Imagine Spot of what his marriage life might be like is a Honeymooners parody.