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Western Animation / Mighty Mike

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Mighty Mike and friends
Mighty Mike is a French CGI-animated series which is co-produced by Team TO and Digital Dimension, and first launched in 2019.

It follows the adventures of Mike, a pug as he tries to woo a dog called Iris and he has help from three turtles as they try to stop two raccoon brothers.

The series is notable for using hyper-realistic design.

Tropes found in Mighty Mike:

  • Actual Pacifist: Mike is a high-minded character who won't do anything to hurt anyone physically, although he is not above humiliating the raccoons.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: This cartoon has been animated entirely in CGI.
  • Anti-Villain: Mercury the raccoon wouldn't be as villainous were it not for the schemes of his brother Freddie; if anything, he's largely too easily influenced by him.
  • Big Bad: Freddie and Mercury the raccoons are the villains that the protagonists come into conflict with every episode, although this is Played for Laughs.
  • Bottle Episode: A curious variation as every episode only takes place in the house, around the pool or the raccoons' cave, and it doesn't go outside of it.
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  • Butt-Monkey: Freddie and Mercury the raccoons, who the universe has it in for in negative ways as consequences.
  • Code of Honour: Mike has been described in some online listings of this series as a high-minded pug, which would suit his moral code.
  • Comic-Book Time: The flow of time in the show isn't explained, and none of the central characters have aged a bit since the first episode.
  • Curious Qualms of Conscience: Sometimes Mike's expressions on the show when he's foiled the raccoons' schemes are as if to say "Was this really the right course of action"?
  • Determinator: Mike, as no matter what he experiences, he will always find some way to overcome the situation.
  • The Gadfly: Freddie and Mercury are a duo whose only main role is to annoy Mike and his friends until they give in. Although because it's a silent cartoon, it's what they do not say that makes them fit this role.
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  • Genre Throwback: Despite the CGI, it's a throwback to the old 1960s The Pink Panther cartoons due to its lack of dialogue and slapstick the protagonist experiences.
  • Harmless Villain: Freddie and Mercury are the central villains, but easily defeated due to Mike's ingenuity whatever they scheme to get every episode.
  • Light Is Good: Mike the pug is beige and the good guy, Freddie and Mercury the raccoons are gray and the bad guys.
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon: There's no real dialogue apart from unintelligible dialogue now and then in the series.
  • Minimalist Cast: There's no guest stars, only Mike the pug, Iris the dog, Porthos, Athos and Aramis the turtles and Freddie and Mercury the raccoons.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Freddie and Mercury were named after Freddie Mercury from English rock band Queen.
  • Negative Continuity: Given the slapstick humor of the show, even if things are damaged, they will return to normal next episode with no explanation.
  • Sadist Show: Downplayed, given the target demographic, but bad things happen to all the characters, although because Mike's a Determinator and the villains are harmless, the level of sadistic behavior is rather low for a show like this and more a comic variant of sadism.
  • Status Quo Is God: The series will always return to Mike dealing with the raccoons' schemes and trying to win over Iris, no matter how often it's shown Mike and Iris being a couple, or one of the raccoons learning their lesson.
  • White-and-Grey Morality: The protagonists are portrayed as pure good, but Freddie and Mercury the raccoons aren't the most evil of characters, at best the annoyance.