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Mighty Mouse is an animation superhero mouse character created by the Terrytoons studio for 20th Century Fox.

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History

The character was created by story man Izzy Klein as a super-powered housefly named "Superfly." Studio head Paul Terry changed the character into a cartoon mouse instead. Originally created as a parody of Superman, he first appeared in 1942 in a theatrical animated short entitled The Mouse of Tomorrow. The original name of the character was Super Mouse, but it was soon changed to Mighty Mouse when Paul Terry learned that another character with the same name was being published in comic books. Super Mouse appeared briefly in the Marvel comic book interpretation of the character, and was nicknamed "Terry the First", as he was the first version of the character.

First appearance of Mighty Mouse

Mighty Mouse originally had a blue costume with a red cape, like Superman, but over time this outfit changed to a yellow costume with a red cape.[1] As with other imitations of Superman, Mighty Mouse's super powers allow him to fly and to be incredibly strong; in short, to be invulnerable. He has demonstrated the use of "X-ray vision" in at least one episode, while during several cartoons he used a form of telekinesis that allowed him to command inanimate objects and turn back time (as in the cartoons The Johnstown Flood and Krakatoa). Other cartoons have him leaving a red contrail during flight which he can manipulate like a band of solid flexible matter at will.

The initial formula consisted of an extended setup of a crisis which needs extraordinary help to resolve; Mighty Mouse appears to save the day.

Mighty Mouse was originally voiced by Roy Halee, Sr.; later Tom Morrison provided the character's voice in some cartoons.

The early operatic Mighty Mouse cartoons often portrayed Mighty Mouse as a ruthless fighter. He would dole out a considerable amount of punishment, subduing opponent cats to the point of giving up their evil plan and running away. Mighty Mouse would then chase down the escaping cats, and continue beating them mercilessly, usually hurling or punching them miles away to finish the fight. A favorite move is to suddenly fly up to just under a much larger opponent's chin and throw a blinding flurry of punches that leaves the enemy reeling.

Mighty Mouse had two mouse girlfriends named Pearl Pureheart (in the cartoons) and Mitzi (in the comics during the 50s and 60s), and his arch-enemy is an evil villain cat named Oil Can Harry (who originated as a human from earlier Terrytoons as the enemy of Fanny Zilch). These characters were created for a series of Mighty Mouse cartoons that spoofed the old cliffhanger serials of the days of silent film; the cartoons [beginning with "A Fight To the Finish" (1947)] usually began with Mighty Mouse and Pearl Pureheart already in a desperate situation, as if they were the next chapter of the serial. The characters often sang mock opera songs during these cartoons {Pearl: "Oil Can Harry, you're a villain!"/Oil Can: "I know it, but it's a lot of fun..."}. Mighty Mouse was also known for singing "Here I come to save the day!" when flying into action. Mighty Mouse's home town is Mouseville, populated mostly by anthropomorphic toon mice.

Mighty Mouse fought other villains, though most of them appeared in only one or two cartoons. In at least two cartoons from 1949 and 1950, he faced a huge, dim-witted but super-strong cat named Julius Pinhead "Schlabotka" (this cat's name was only spoken and never spelled out), whose strength rivaled Mighty Mouse's own. In another cartoon, titled The Green Line (1944), the cats live on one side of the main street of a town and the mice on the other; a green line down the middle of the street serves as the dividing line. They agree to keep the peace as long as no one crosses it. An evil entity, a Satan cat, comes and starts the cats and mice fighting. Mighty Mouse appears and the evil spirit materializes tridents to attack him. This maneuver fails, and the devil cat disappears in a puff of smoke, like an air plane crashing to the ground. At the end, Mighty Mouse is cheered by mice and cats alike.

In the episode "Krakatoa" (1945), Mighty Mouse lassoes the super-volcano Krakatoa, saving the island's inhabitants from the pyroclastic flow. Most memorably, a love-interest for Mighty Mouse makes her appearance, Krakatoa Katie. One line of her theme song is "Krakatoa Katie, she ain't no lady".

Mighty Mouse was not extraordinarily popular in theatrical cartoons, but was still Terrytoons' most popular character. What made him a cultural icon was television. Paul Terry sold the Terrytoon company to CBS television in 1955. The network began running Mighty Mouse Playhouse in December 1955; it remained on the air for nearly twelve years (and featured The Mighty Heroes during the final season). Mighty Mouse cartoons became a staple of children's TV programming for a period of over thirty years, from the 1950s through the 1980s.

Despite the character's popularity on TV, Terrytoons produced only three further "Mighty Mouse" theatrical cartoons in the 1959–61 time frame; the company evidently believed that the existing library of "Mighty Mouse" episodes were enough to keep youngsters tuning in to CBS every Saturday morning.

Mighty Mouse was also featured on Tom Scholz's Les Paul guitar.

Some early vinyl credits the original 1955 "Mighty Mouse Playhouse" theme song to The Terrytooners, Mitch Miller and Orchestra, but recent publishing has generally credited The Sandpipers.[2]

Comics

Several publishers put out Mighty Mouse comic books. There were two main titles, "Mighty Mouse" and the "Adventures of Mighty Mouse".

"Mighty Mouse"

"The Adventures of Mighty Mouse" (renaming of Terry's Comics, where Mighty Mouse appeared)

  • St. John, #126–128 (1955).
  • Pines Comics, #129-44 (1956–59)
  • Dell Comics, #145-55 (1959–61)
  • Gold Key Comics, #156–160 (1962–63)
  • Dell Comics, #161-?? (1963–?)

"Mighty Mouse", Marvel Comics, #1–10, 1990, based on the Ralph Bakshi version (Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures).

Revivals

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Filmation made TV cartoons starring Mighty Mouse and fellow Terrytoon characters Heckle and Jeckle in a show called The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle where two new characters were created: a vampire duck named Quacula (not to be confused with Count Duckula), and Harry's bumbling, overweight but swift-running henchman, Swifty. The show premiered in 1979 and lasted for about 2 seasons. It even spawned a limited-theatrical-release matinee movie, Mighty Mouse in the Great Space Chase, released December 10, 1982. In the Filmation series and movies, Mighty Mouse and Oil Can Harry were voiced by veteran voice artist Alan Oppenheimer, and Pearl Pureheart was voiced by Diane Pershing.

During the 1980s, animator Ralph Bakshi (who got his start at Terrytoons) created a new series of Mighty Mouse cartoons, entitled Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures. In this series, Mighty Mouse had a real identity, Mike Mouse (Patrick Pinney voiced both identities of the character in this series), and a sidekick: Scrappy Mouse (voiced by actress Dana Hill), the little orphan. Its heavy satirical tone and humor makes it a collector's item even today; many collectors of older TV series seek out episodes of the Bakshi Mighty Mouse. The series was cancelled after two seasons, due to the controversy surrounding an episode in which Mighty Mouse sniffed a white powder that resembled cocaine.[citation needed] Media watchdog Reverend Donald Wildmon asserted that he was actually snorting cocaine.[citation needed] CBS and Bakshi denied this assertion. At first they claimed Mighty Mouse was sniffing his "lucky chunk of cheese", but later said the substance was "crushed flowers."

Mighty Mouse has not been seen since Marvel Comics's 10-issue comic book series (set in the New Adventures continuity) in 1990 and 1991 except for an arcade game by Atari and a 2001 "the power of cheese" TV commercial. That commercial, set in a city not unlike New York, shows Mighty Mouse dining calmly on cheese in a restaurant while utterly unconcerned with a scene of chaos and terror visibly unfolding in the street outside. The chaos and terror come in the form of an invasion by a fleet of flying saucers. The commercial was hastily pulled off the air in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks[citation needed].

Nickelodeon is currently working on a CGI Mighty Mouse feature film (scheduled to release some time in 2013, according to IMDB), Barry E. Jackson providing conceptual art, and screenwriting by Maurice Chauvet and Christopher Vail. A CGI TV series will follow the film. A Mighty Mouse history book is in the works and will be released to tie-in with the movie. [2]

The rights to Mighty Mouse are now divided as a result of the 2006 corporate split of Viacom (the former owner of the Terrytoons franchise) into two separate companies. CBS Operations (a unit of the current CBS Corporation) owns the ancillary rights and trademarks to the character, while Paramount Home Entertainment/CBS DVD holds home video rights—the first official release of Mighty Mouse material has been announced (see DVD Releases below), and what is now CBS Television Distribution has television syndication rights (the shorts are currently out of circulation). They are also being used under license by Apple Inc's Apple Mighty Mouse.

DVD releases

  • The first official release of Mighty Mouse material, Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures was released on January 5, 2010[3]
  • Many fans hope that this will lead to an official DVD release of all the "Mighty Mouse" cartoons produced by Terrytoons between 1943 and 1961.
  • The short Wolf Wolf, which is the only Mighty Mouse cartoon in the public domain, has been released on low-budget DVDs and VHS tapes numerous times.

Bibliography

  • Marvel's Mighty Mouse Comic Book, Issue #2, 1990
  • Mighty Mouse [3]

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Mighty Mouse is an animated superhero mouse character created by the Terrytoons studio for 20th Century Fox. Mighty Mouse cartoons became a staple of children's TV programming for a period of over thirty years, from the 1950s through the 1980s.

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Theme song

Mister Trouble never hangs around
When he hears this mighty sound
"Here I come to save the day!"
That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way
Yes sir, when there is a wrong to right
Mighty Mouse will join the fight
On the sea or on the land
He has the situation well in hand

So though we are in danger, we do not despair
For wherever there is danger he'll be there
He'll be there, on the land, on the sea, in the air!
We're not worrying at all
We're just listening for his call
"Here I come to save the day!"
That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way!

Theme song (Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures)

  • Mighty Mouse: Here he comes, that Mighty Mouse
    Coming to vanquish the foe with a mighty blow
    So don't be afraid anymore
    Choir: 'Cause things won't be like they've been before!
    Mighty Mouse: Here I come to save the day!
    Choir: Thank goodness Mighty Mouse is on his way
    So let the trumpet players play
    For Mighty Mouse is here today!
    Mighty Mouse: Here he comes, that Mighty Mouse
    Just like a bolt from the blue with a heart that's true
    Fighting evil, fighting crime
    Choir:And always there in the nick of time
    Mighty Mouse: Here he comes to save the day
    Choir: And he will prove that crime will never pay
    So let the trumpet players play
    For Mighty Mouse is here today!

The Great Space Chase (1982 movie)

(Quotes are out of order)

  • <sung> Here I come to save the day!
  • Don't worry, Pearl! I'll be right there!
  • Pearl: Do you have the feeling we're being watched?
    Mighty Mouse: Oh, tut-tut, Pearl. It's just your imagination! (pictures creep them out) Then again, I could be wrong!
  • I think we just discovered Harry's secret lair.
  • Mighty Mouse: Wow, Pearl! You never affected me like that!
    Pearl: Let's just catch Harry, okay?!
  • A large gear! The Domesday Device must be close by!
  • Harry: You may have freed your miserable ship, but I have you, Pearl! And you're going to tell me where the Interstellar Federation hides the Domesday Device! Once I have it, I will have the power to conquer the universe! The power to rule the galaxy! The power to make the planets grumble at the sound of my name!
    Pearl: You're mad for power! That's all you want!
    Harry: Actually, I wouldn't mind a little money, too. So tell me, where is the Domesday Device?
    Pearl: No! No! 1,000 times no! I'd rather die!
    Harry: Don't tempt me!
  • 1st Mate: How much longer do we have?
    Pearl: Not much longer, I'm afriad. Goodbye, first mate!
    1st Mate: Goodbye? But we aren't finished yet.
    Pearl: Oh yeah? Stand on the bottom and say that!
  • Mighty Mouse: Ah, this is the life. I hope no ants come along and spoil it! (ants come to picnic and leave Pearl's ship) I knew the one thing they couldn't resist was a picnic. By the way, where is the ship?
    Pearl: I'm standing on it. Don't worry, Mighty Mouse. We always carry a spare!
  • Pearl: I hate to do this, but I must. In the name of the Interstellar Federation, I hereby arrest you for stealing the Domesday Device.
    Mighty Mouse: I swear I am innoncent. But if that won't convince you, I'll go peacefully.
  • King Muss: Order in the court! Order in the court!
    Someone in crowd: I'll take a swiss cheese on rye!
    King Muss: (ignoring comment) The next case is Humongo vs. Mighty Mouse, but first, I declare the court has a recess! (jumps rope 5 times) Recess is over! (tosses rope away) Don't worry, Mighty Mouse. We are going to give you a fair trial, before we find you guilty.
    Mighty Mouse: Your honor, I appeal to you!
    King Muss: Not as much as Queen Pearl does! Queen Pearl, will you take the stand? (He turns and notices the stand is missing) Oh, looks like somebody already took it! Ha!
  • Mighty Mouse: <whispers in Matta Furi's ear>
    Matta Furri: A little louder, please!
    Mighty Mouse: That's Star Coordinace 661.776 Omega.
    <Harry turns off TV screen>
    Harry: Thanks, you romantic fool, you! <laughs evil laugh>
  • Harry: Swifty, bring me my cable!
    Swifty: Okay, boss. <confused over two cables>
    Pearl: Psst. Not that one. The other one.
    Swifty: Oh, gee; thanks!
  • Matta Furri: Come here, big boy!
  • Pearl: All right, you! What did you do to him?
    Mighty Mouse: Wow! That was some kiss!
    Pearl: Oh, for goodness sake!
    Matta Furri: Goodness had nothing to do with it!
  • King Muss: Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
    Pearl: I do. I was in the middle of a conference with King Muss. I wondered where the Domesday Device was safe on Humungo. Suddenly, an alarm went off. When we got to the vault, the device was...<starts crying>...gone! I thought Harry the Heartless had stolen it, but there, in the empty vault, was...was...Mighty Mouse!
  • Harry: There it is! It's a toy store! Ah! I hate toys, well, except for one toy I had. It was an unbreakable toy. I used it to break everybody else's!
  • Santa Claus: <after seeing a jack-in-the-box> I'll take several hundred billion of them! Ho, ho, ho!
    Harry: Ho, ho, ho, yourself!
    <Harry throws Santa out of "Toys We Is">
    Swifty: Master! Do you know who that was?
    Harry: Come on, Swifty. There's no such person as...
    <scene on Santa>
    Santa Claus: Well! What am I going to tell the tooth fairy about this?!i
  • Swifty: Hipporanium!
    Harry: For the first time in your life, Swifty, you are right!
  • Harry: There it is! It's a toy store! I hate toys, well, except for one I had. It was an unbreakable toy! (maniacally) I used it to break everybody else's! (laughs)

The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse (1979-81)

  • (sung) Here I come to save the day! (recurring catchphrase)
  • Assistant: The poll shows that your local workforce in the farming communties around here total 99% of the population.
    Pearl: Oh dear. And what about the other 1%?
    Assistant: They're the coaltakers! (from Mouse of the Desert)
  • Tourist #2: (after Mighty Mouse causes it to rain) Rain! We're saved! Our prayers are answered!
    Tourist #1: The rain is ruining my new dress!
    Tourist #2: Then suppose I should have wished for a dry cleaner? (from Mouse of the Desert)
  • Harry: Who goes there?
    Orville Ork: It's me! Orville Ork! I am the meanest, the rottenest, the foulest, and the lousiest ork in all of Middle Earth!
    Harry: (rushes to bridge and lets him cross) Go ahead, Orville! (Orville crosses) Professional courtesy, you know! (from Stop...Pay Troll)
  • 1st Mate: And now, High Priest Oil Can Harry will lead a toast to the queen!
    Harry: Uh, may the queen's rule be, uh, uh, uh, propserous, and, uh, uh, uh, long! (evil grin afterward)
    Pearl: There is something strange going on with Harry. I don't trust him.
    1st Mate: Frankly, Your Highness, I don't think anybody does! (from Mouse of the Desert)
  • Purple Genie: I am set, and I know all; even the reason why you call! To get rid of the queen and take over her kingdom, give her a basket of figs with a snake in them, and you will soon be the ruler of all!
    Harry: Yes! Ha, ha, ha! I'll hide a snake in a basket of figs and give them to the queen! Oh! What a beautifully wicked scheme! (from Mouse of the Desert)
  • Harry: Your Majesty, I have brought you a basket of figs from Luxemborg. They are the finest quality figs, and I am pleasured to place them at your feet.
    (snake hiss)
    Pearl: Uh, how come they're hissing?
    Harry: Maybe one of them is broken! (lets snake out)
    Pearl: Oh, no! Help! Help me! Somebody help me! (from Mouse of the Desert)
  • Purple Genie: I am set...
    Harry: (interrupting) Listen, you great big alley cat! You better get the queen, now!
    Purple Genie: I'll get the queen and bring her back. And in the meantime, Harry, cut out the yak! (from Mouse of the Desert)
  • Sharky: (when chasing Harry) Shut up and swim! Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! (recurring catchphrase)
  • <kid is crying>
    Dad: When's that kid going to go to sleep?
    Mom: Why don't you get him a glass of warm milk?
    Dad: I tried that. It didn't work.
    Mom: Then why don't you tell him to count sheep?
    Dad: I did. He said wool makes him itch.
    Mom: Oh. Then go with the obvious. Send him a lullaby.
    Kid: No! No! Anything but that! <resumes crying>
    <Mighty Mouse is watching through his telescope>
    Mighty Mouse: My! What lungs on that little guy! (from Stop...Pay Troll)
  • Narrator: The mighty ocean, origin of all life. Man is again returning to the sea for future life sources.
    Pearl: So is woman!
    Narrator: That interruption came to you through the courtesy of Pearl Pureheart, who is compliling research on...well, never mind. See for yourself. (from Captain Nemo Oh-oh)
  • <Harry has just blown the foghorn>
    Swifty: Don't do that! Don't go, "<imtates foghorn>," go, "<imitates softer foghorn>."
    <Harry points at the farm>
    Swifty: Wow, that darn near is pretty, as a Norman Rockwell calendar. <comes to his senses> Hey! What's a farm doing on the ocean bottom?!
    Harry: That is Pearl Pureheart's undersea farm! And my diabolical plan is to capture her ship and use it to pray on other vessels!
    Mighty Mouse: <who has listened in> You're not going to prey on vessels! You're going to pray on your knees! (from Captain Nemo Oh-oh)

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