An American television anthology series featuring animated short films starring Mighty Mouse. The series was credited with popularizing the Mighty Mouse character in popular culture far ... See full summary »
The Care Bears live in a faraway place up in the clouds called Care-a-Lot. They travel around the world on Missions in Caring, whilst evil villains such as Professor Coldheart and Lord No Heart, try to thwart their plans.
Stupid, but well-meaning and super-strong super-hero, Bananaman gets his strength from eating bananas. Before he eats a banana, Bananaman is a young boy called Eric who is keen to keep his ... See full summary »
Patrick Pinney, Charlie Adler, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Farmer, Mona Marshall, Jim Ward, Candy Candido, and Frank Welker also all appeared in Walt Disney Animation Studios films directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, Candido only appeared in their directorial debut The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Bumpass, Farmer, and Ward appeared in both Hercules (1997) and Treasure Planet (2002), Marshall appeared in both Treasure Planet (2002) and The Princess and the Frog (2009), Pinney and Adler appeared in The Little Mermaid (1989), Aladdin (1992), Hercules (1997), and Treasure Planet (2002), and Welker appeared in every single one of these with the exceptions of Treasure Planet (2002) and Moana (2016). See more »
[Trapped in a Scooby-Doo parody]
I can feel my I.Q. getting lower by the minute!
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"so let the trumpet players play, for Mighty Mouse is here today..."
Undoubtedly this is one of the more innovative cartoons of the '80s, which is not particularly surprising, given it has the talents of both Ralph Bakshi (of "Fritz The Cat" fame) and John Kricfalusi, who would score another cult-favorite four years later with "Ren & Stimpy."
The show, which lasted only one season, added tongue-in-cheek humor to the proceedings (see the "Quotes" section.) It was this rapid-fire wit that was the precursor to the likes of "The Simpsons", among others. This is the same kind of wit that's missing in most cartoons nowadays, which are more concerned with product placement and commercial accessibility (how else to explain how a generation of youngsters embrace something as hollow as "Pokémon"?)
Sadly, there's a dark spot in the show's history, one that led to it's demise. An episode that aired on April 23(?), 1988, drew the attention of Rev. Donald Wildmon. This particular episode featured a scene that showed Mighty Mouse sniffing what appeared to be cocaine. In actuality, Mighty Mouse was sniffing a dead, dried-up flower that had been given to him by Scrappy, the orphan. (This was an incredible piece of symbolism: the flower represented good in a world of evil.) Even when confronted with this, Wildmon insisted that it was cocaine. This led to protest from media watchdogs, which prompted brass at CBS to move the show to a later timeslot, only to cancel it shortly thereafter. Aside from a brief reappearance on the Fox network in November 1992, the show hasn't been widely seen.
All in all, if there's one relic from the 80's worth bringing back, this is it. And you gotta love that a capella reworking of the theme. :-)
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