animated series Mighty Mouse: the New Adventures © Bakshi Productions / Bakshi-Hyde Ventures / Cuckoo's Nest Studios / Viacom
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Mighty Mouse: the New Adventures

Ralph Bakshi licensed and recreated the 1940's TerryToons character Mighty Mouse. Airing in the late 80's, the series fleshed out the rodent super-hero's character, gave him a secret identity, introduced a large cast of supporting characters, adding sophisticated humour and deeper themes.

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Ralph Bakshi and John Kricfalusi, if those two names donít perk up your interest in this then you really should give up reading this review further; because if you didn't...
Created by: Bakshi Productions, Bakshi-Hyde Ventures, Cuckoo's Nest Studios, Viacom
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Featuring the voices of:
Patrick Pinney ... Mighty Mouse, Mike Mouse
Maggie Roswell ... Pearl Pureheart
Dana Hill ... Scrappy
Charles Adler ... Bat-Bat
Joe Alaskey ... Sourpuss
Michael Pataki ... The Cow
Beau Weaver ... Fractured Narrator
Richard Moll ... Norman
Series Created by: Ralph Bakshi
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi, Kent Butterworth, John Kricfalusi, Jim Reardon and David Marshall
Produced by: Ralph Bakshi
Executive Producers: John W. Hyde
Musical Score by: Glen Daum and Bob Freedman
Theme Music by: Jonathan Segal
Writing Credits: Ralph Bakshi and Tom Minton

Not to be confused with Filmation's 1970's series 'The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse'.

Some consider Ralph Bakshi's return to TV animation as his finest moment (he actually started out directing 'Deputy Dawg' for Terrytoons in 1959). The show was pulled however, because of a scene in which Mighty Mouse is seen sniffing the dried remnants of a white flower which an orphan friend has given him. After a complaint from conservative TV watchdog, Rev. Donald Wildman, who believed MM was snorting cocaine, CBS shifted the show to a later timeslot, and then quickly cancelled it altogether. The irony of this is the Rev. apparently missed the episode where MM helps a character come to terms with his 'crack addiction' (inability to stop making wisecracks).

The show frequently parodied other shows, from old 1940's cartoons to Jimmy Stewart, Scooby Doo, classic and modern movies, and broke many conventions of children's cartoons, to the extent that it has been cited as an important influence on 90's cartoons like The Simpsons.

The show also involved the collaboration of Bakshi with Canadian John Kricfalusi, who would go on four years later to create 'Ren and Stimpy'.

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