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Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse
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A&E's DVD release of Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse
Format Cartoon
Created by Bob Kane
Directed by Marvin Woodward, Reuben Timmins, Sid Marcus
Starring Dallas McKennon (voice)
Bob McFadden (voice)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 130
Production
Executive producer(s) Sam Singer
Running time 5 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Syndicated
Original run 1960 – 1962

Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse is a children's cartoon television show that was produced by Trans-Artists Productions and syndicated by Tele Features Inc. in 1960. The characters were created by Bob Kane as a parody of his earlier works Batman and Robin and in many ways predict the more campy aspects of the later live action series.

In the animated series, the pair are anthropomorphic animal superheroes without secret identities (the green-eyed caped crimefighter and his squeaky-voiced companion are usually addressed as simply "Courageous" and "Minute") who live in the Cat Cave and, when summoned via the Cat Signal over their television set, race to the scene of the crime in their sleekly feline red Cat Mobile which can convert into both the extendable-winged Cat Plane and submersible Cat Boat and thwart the criminal plots of various villains who threaten Empire City by using either Courageous Cat's all-purpose Cat Gun or a vast variety of different deus ex machina "trick guns" he pulls out of his cape that, like Green Arrow's trick arrows, fire whatever the situation requires be it rope, water, a parachute, cages, boxing gloves, lightning-like magnetic rays or even more bizarre ammunition and even the occasional actual bullet (in case of emergency Courageous also has extra pre-James Bond secret gadgets hidden in his belt buckle and the star emblem on his chest).

Although they fought many miscreants the duo's recurring archenemy who appeared in nearly every episode was the chortling, cigar-smoking, derby-hatted criminal mastermind known as the Frog whose real name is Chauncey and whose voice was based on Edward G. Robinson. Dal McKennon and Bob McFadden provided the voices for the series.

It was shown on Nickelodeon's Weinerville in the 1990s along with The Alvin Show, and Batfink.

Not seen for many years due to complaints over the hero's firearm fetish and the Frog's ever-present cigar, all 130 five minute long episodes were released to DVD on October 29, 2002 by A&E Home Video.

The memorable theme music by Johnny Holiday featured a walking bass line and has been performed in concert by the New York Dolls.

Due to the five minute length of the cartoons, they were often used as interstitials or airtime filler, especially to accommodate a movie or show that ends at an unusually early time.

Contents

Other featured villains

  • Professor Shaggy Dog (mad scientist with an Einsteinian mop of white hair who is tall, thin and bewhiskered in some episodes and short and bespectacled in others)
  • Big Shot and Little Shot (a burly bulldog and his short sidekick, the former talks like James Cagney in some episodes & a generic gruff gangster in others and is the Frog's rival in crime)
  • The Black Cat (a sinister thief, a "cat burglar" who is a caricature of Cary Grant)
  • Rodney Rodent (French-accented rat artist gone bad)
  • Shoo Shoo Fly (tiny insect whose small size belays its enormous appetite, its name is a reference to Shoofly pie and the tsetse fly)
  • Harry Ape (the Frog's hulking, half-witted henchman)
  • Robber Rabbit (a gravel-voiced thug in a black turtleneck)
  • Foxy the Fox (a debonair thief in top hat and tuxedo)
  • The Great Hambone (egotistical canine actor and master of disguise)
  • Iron Shark (a fish-shaped submarine)
  • Professor Von Noodle Stroudel/Strudel (German-accented scientist who is not so much a villain as unconcerned about the effects of his experiments on the world around him)
  • Comrade and Commissar (Russian-accented, trench coat-clad foreign dogs spies who couldn't be touched due to their "diplomatic immunity" – true Cold War villains)
  • The Unmentionables and The Unthinkables (rival gangs headed by the Frog and Big Shot, their names a parody of The Untouchables)
  • Outrageous Cat (Courageous Cat's Wild West outlaw-style cousin who talks like Yosemite Sam)

Other characters

  • The Chief (canine chief of police who calls in the "furry foes of felony" via the Cat Signal)
  • Marilyn Mouse (Minute's movie star girlfriend)
  • Sassy Bones (blond mouse who is a chanteuse at nightclub called The Pad who Rodney Rodent is enamored with)

Episodes

  • Disguise the Limit
  • Monster from Outer Space
  • The Case of the Cousin Outrageous
  • The Case of the Abandoned Movie Sets
  • The Case of the Auto Tycoons
  • The Case of the Backward Clock
  • The Case of the Bank Robbery
  • The Case of the Big Ball Game
  • The Case of the Big Movie Star
  • The Case of the Big Party
  • The Case of the Big Pipe Line
  • The Case of the Big Race
  • The Case of the Big Squeeze
  • The Case of the Big Trail
  • The Case of the Blinking Planet
  • The Case of the Boxing Champ
  • The Case of the Carnival Capers
  • The Case of the Cat Cave Treasure
  • The Case of the Construction Caper
  • The Case Of The Counterfeiters
  • The Case Of The Creatures From Down Under
  • The Case Of The Crime Kits
  • The Case Of The Crime Lab
  • The Case Of The Diamond Smugglers
  • The Case Of The Draggy Dragster
  • The Case Of The Embassy Stake Out
  • The Case Of The Fabulous Diamond
  • The Case Of The Flying Eye
  • The Case Of The Flying Saucer
  • The Case Of The Fortune Teller
  • The Case Of The Frogmen
  • The Case Of The Fugitive at Large
  • The Case Of The Gasoline War
  • The Case Of The Golden Statue
  • The Case Of The Great Circus Mystery
  • The Case Of The Gun Mixup
  • The Case Of The Haunted Ship
  • The Case Of The Hermit Of Creepy Hollow
  • The Case Of The Invisible Robbers
  • The Case Of The Iron Shark
  • The Case Of The King-Size Caper
  • The Case Of The Mad Cowboys
  • The Case of the Mad Painter
  • The Case of the Mad Scientist
  • The Case of the Magic Wand
  • The Case of the Mail of Train Robbery
  • The Case Of The Masked Raiders
  • The Case Of The Minced Spys
  • The Case of the Minded Reader
  • The Case Of The Missing Masterpiece
  • The Case Of The Missing Partner
  • The Case Of The Monster Vine
  • The Case Of The Museum
  • The Case Of The Mysterious Submarine
  • The Case Of The Mysterious Weather
  • The Case Of The Nine Lives
  • The Case Of The Northwoods Caper
  • The Case Of The Opera Singer
  • The Case Of The Peace Pipe
  • The Case Of The Perfect Alibi
  • The Case Of The Professor's Machine
  • The Case Of The Rescue Squad
  • The Case Of The Robber Rabbit
  • The Case Of The Robot
  • The Case Of The Saggin' Dragon
  • The Case Of The Scheming Cleaners
  • The Case Of The Secret Weapon
  • The Case Of The Shoo Shoo Fly
  • The Case Of The Sniffer Machine
  • The Case Of The Spies' Return
  • The Case Of The Stolen Cheese
  • The Case Of The Stolen Pyramid
  • The Case Of The Thinking Cap
  • The Case Of The Trampoline Performers
  • The Case Of The TV Director
  • The Case Of The TV Mystery
  • The Case Of The Undercover Agents
  • The Case Of The Unmentionables
  • The Case Of The Unthinkables
  • The Case Of The Visiting Patient
  • The Case Of The Waterfront Caper
  • The Return Of The Shoo Shoo Fly

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Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse

A&E's DVD release of Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse
Format Cartoon
Created by Bob Kane
Directed by Marvin Woodward, Reuben Timmins, Sid Marcus
Starring Dallas McKennon
Roy Halee
Ned Sparks
Dayton Allen
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 130
Production
Executive producer(s) Sam Singer
Running time 5 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Syndicated
Original run 1960 – 1962

Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse is a children's cartoon television show that was produced by Trans-Artists Productions and syndicated by Tele Features Inc. in 1960. The characters were created by Bob Kane as a parody of his earlier works Batman and Robin and in many ways predict the more campy aspects of the later live action series. This series and characters are trademarked and copyrighted and is currently owned by Telefeatures, LLC.

Contents

Plot

In the animated series, the pair are anthropomorphic animal superheroes without secret identities (the green-eyed caped crimefighter and his squeaky-voiced companion are usually addressed as simply "Courageous" and "Minute") who live in the Cat Cave and, when summoned via the Cat Signal over their television set, race to the scene of the crime in their sleekly feline red Cat Mobile which can convert into both the extendable-winged Cat Plane and submersible Cat Boat and thwart the criminal plots of various villains who threaten Empire City

Although they fought many miscreants the duo's recurring archenemy who appeared in nearly every episode was known as Chauncey "Flat-Face" Frog.

Due to the five minute length of the cartoons, they were often used as interstitials or airtime filler, especially to accommodate a movie or show that ends at an unusually early time.

Characters

  • Courageous Cat - The protector of Empire City. When fighting bad guys, Courageous Cat would use all-purpose Cat Gun or a vast variety of different deus ex machina "trick guns" he pulls out of his cape that, like Green Arrow's trick arrows, fire whatever the situation requires like a rope, some water, a parachute, cages, boxing gloves, lightning-like magnetic rays, or even more bizarre ammunition and even the occasional actual bullet (in case of emergency Courageous also has extra pre-James Bond secret gadgets hidden in his belt buckle and the star emblem on his chest).
  • Minute Mouse - Courageous Cat's rodent sidekick.
  • The Chief - Canine chief of police who calls in the "furry foes of felony" via the Cat Signal.
  • Marilyn Mouse - Minute's movie star girlfriend.
  • Sassy Bones - A blond mouse who is a chanteuse at nightclub called The Pad who Rodney Rodent is enamored with
  • Periscope Pete - A living, breathing periscope with a bush for a body.

Villains

  • Chauncey "Flatface" Frog - Chauncey is a chortling, cigar-smoking, derby-hatted criminal mastermind whose voice was based on Edward G. Robinson.
    • Harry Gorilla - Chauncey "Flatface" Frog's hulking, half-witted henchman.
  • Professor Shaggy Dog - A mad scientist with an Einsteinian mop of white hair who is tall, thin and bewhiskered in some episodes and short and bespectacled in others.
  • Big Shot and Little Shot - A burly bulldog (talks like James Cagney in some episodes) and his short sidekick are a generic gruff gangster who are the Frog's rival in crime.
  • The Black Cat - A sinister thief. He is a "cat burglar" who is a caricature of Cary Grant.
  • Rodney Rodent - French-accented rat artist gone bad.
  • Shoo Shoo Fly - A tiny insect whose small size belays its enormous appetite, its name is a reference to Shoofly pie and the tsetse fly.
  • Robber Rabbit - A gravel-voiced thug in a black turtleneck.
  • Foxy the Fox - A debonair thief in top hat and tuxedo.
  • The Great Hambone - An egotistical canine actor and master of disguise.
  • Iron Shark - A fish-shaped submarine.
  • Professor Von Noodle Stroudel/Strudel - German-accented scientist who is not so much a villain as unconcerned about the effects of his experiments on the world around him.
  • Comrade and Commissar - Russian-accented, trench coat-clad foreign dogs spies who couldn't be touched due to their "diplomatic immunity" – true Cold War villains.
  • The Unmentionables and The Unthinkables - Rival gangs headed by the Frog and Big Shot, their names a parody of The Untouchables)
  • Outrageous Cat - Courageous Cat's Wild West outlaw-style cousin who talks like Yosemite Sam.

Episodes

  • Disguise the Limit
  • Monster from Outer Space
  • The Case of the Cousin Outrageous
  • The Case of the Abandoned Movie Sets
  • The Case of the Auto Tycoons
  • The Case of the Backward Clock
  • The Case of the Bank Robbery
  • The Case of the Big Ball Game
  • The Case of the Big Movie Star
  • The Case of the Big Party
  • The Case of the Big Pipe Line
  • The Case of the Big Race
  • The Case of the Big Squeeze
  • The Case of the Big Trail
  • The Case of the Blinking Planet
  • The Case of the Boxing Champ
  • The Case of the Carnival Capers
  • The Case of the Cat Cave Treasure
  • The Case of the Construction Caper
  • The Case Of The Counterfeiters
  • The Case Of The Creatures From Down Under
  • The Case Of The Crime Kits
  • The Case Of The Crime Lab
  • The Case Of The Diamond Smugglers
  • The Case Of The Draggy Dragster
  • The Case Of The Embassy Stake Out
  • The Case Of The Fabulous Diamond
  • The Case Of The Flying Eye
  • The Case Of The Flying Saucer
  • The Case Of The Fortune Teller
  • The Case Of The Frogmen
  • The Case Of The Fugitive at Large
  • The Case Of The Gasoline War
  • The Case Of The Golden Statue
  • The Case Of The Great Circus Mystery
  • The Case Of The Gun Mixup
  • The Case Of The Haunted Ship
  • The Case Of The Hermit Of Creepy Hollow
  • The Case Of The Invisible Robbers
  • The Case Of The Iron Shark
  • The Case Of The King-Size Caper
  • The Case Of The Mad Cowboys
  • The Case of the Mad Painter
  • The Case of the Mad Scientist
  • The Case of the Magic Wand
  • The Case of the Mail of Train Robbery
  • The Case Of The Masked Raiders
  • The Case Of The Minced Spys
  • The Case of the Minded Reader
  • The Case Of The Missing Masterpiece
  • The Case Of The Missing Partner
  • The Case Of The Monster Vine
  • The Case Of The Museum
  • The Case Of The Mysterious Submarine
  • The Case Of The Mysterious Weather
  • The Case Of The Nine Lives
  • The Case Of The Northwoods Caper
  • The Case Of The Opera Singer
  • The Case Of The Peace Pipe
  • The Case Of The Perfect Alibi
  • The Case Of The Professor's Machine
  • The Case Of The Rescue Squad
  • The Case Of The Robber Rabbit
  • The Case Of The Robot
  • The Case Of The Saggin' Dragon
  • The Case Of The Scheming Cleaners
  • The Case Of The Secret Weapon
  • The Case Of The Shoo Shoo Fly
  • The Case Of The Sniffer Machine
  • The Case Of The Spies' Return
  • The Case Of The Stolen Cheese
  • The Case Of The Stolen Pyramid
  • The Case Of The Thinking Cap
  • The Case Of The Trampoline Performers
  • The Case Of The TV Director
  • The Case Of The TV Mystery
  • The Case Of The Undercover Agents
  • The Case Of The Unmentionables
  • The Case Of The Unthinkables
  • The Case Of The Visiting Patient
  • The Case Of The Waterfront Caper
  • The Return Of The Shoo Shoo Fly

Criticism & Home video releases

This cartoon was not seen for many years due to complaints over the hero's firearm fetish and the Frog's ever-present cigar.

A&E Home Video released all 130 five minute long episodes on DVD in Region 1 on October 29, 2002.

Music

The memorable theme music by Johnny Holiday featured a walking bass line and has been performed in concert by the New York Dolls.

Later appearances

Reruns of Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse were shown on Nickelodeon's Weinerville in the 1990s along with reruns of Batfink and both segments of The Alvin Show.

External links


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