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Capitol Critters
Format Animated series
Created by Nat Mauldin
Steven Bochco
Michael Wagner
Starring Neil Patrick Harris
Charlie Adler
Jennifer Darling
Patti Deutsch
Bobcat Goldthwait
Dorian Harewood
Frank Welker
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 13
Production
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run January 31, 1992 – March 14, 1992

Capitol Critters is an animated television series about the lives of mice, rats, and roaches who reside in the basement and walls of the White House in Washington, D.C. The series was produced by Steven Bochco and Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television for the ABC Television Network, which aired seven out of the show's 13 episodes from January 31, 1992 to March 14, 1992. Cartoon Network began airing all 13 episodes in 1995.

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Plot

The series' first episode began on a Nebraska farm, which was also home to a family of mice, including a young mouse named Max. While on a trip outside to gather some corn, exterminators arrived to eliminate the mice. Once Max noticed the exterminators from a distance, he quickly returned to the basement only to witness the death of his entire family. Before Max's mother was killed after a failed rescue attempt, she told him to leave for Washington, D.C., where his cousin Berkeley could be found. Upon his arrival in the nation's capital Max encountered a rat named Jammett who resided along with Berkeley in the White House basement. After meeting Berkeley, Max met a former lab rat named Muggle and Jammett's mother Trixie, who allowed him to share her son's room.

A new set of cats (presidential and vice presidential) were just beginning to be a nuisance for the mice before Max's arrival. Also, the familiar sight of rat poison was apart of Max's life in his new home. When death appeared to be his fate, a cockroach named Moze came to his aid and brought him outside the White House basement. When Max returned to the basement, the sight of Muggle unconscious brought back terrible memories that caused him to run outside toward a presidential helicopter preparing to take off. Jammett managed to join Max on the helicopter before returning to the White House, giving the two plenty of time to know each other better.

Episodes

  1. Max Goes to Washington
  2. Of Thee I Sting
  3. The Rat To Bear Arms
  4. Hat & Mouse
  5. A Little Romance
  6. Opie's Choice
  7. An Embarrassment of Roaches
  8. Into the Woods
  9. Gimme Shelter
  10. The KiloWatts Riots
  11. The Bug House
  12. The Lady Doth Protest to Munch
  13. If Lovin' You Is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Rat

Principal Cast

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Additional Voices

Reception

Capitol Critters was cancelled after one month.[1] In its short run, the series dealt with such topics as politics, racial segregation, drug addiction, and mortality.[2] In his review of the series, Variety critic Brian Lowry wrote that "at its best the show seems to ape the work of film director Ralph Bakshi by using an animated setting to explore adult themes", and that "the bland central character and cartoonish elements [...] will likely be off-putting to many adults, who won't find the political satire biting enough to merit their continued attention. Similarly, kids probably won't be as smitten with the cartoon aspects or look".[2]

References

  1. ^ Stabile, Carol A.; Harrison, Mark, eds (2003). "The second prime time animation boom". Prime Time Animation: Television Animation and American Culture. Routledge. p. 79. ISBN 0415283264.  
  2. ^ a b Lowry, Brian (1994) "Capitol Critters" Variety Television Reviews 1991-92 Taylor & Francis ISBN 0824037960  

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