Saturday, June 16, 2012

Cartoon Round-up 15: Mighty Mouse


"That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way!"

Surprising fact, in the first seven Terrytoons cartoon shorts he was originally called "Super Mouse". "The Mouse of Tomorrow" tells the origins of Super Mouse. He was just an ordinary mouse living in a small town that was full of cats. While being chased by a cat, one mouse escaped into a super market. He bathed in "super" soap, ate "super" soup,  ate "super" celery and then some "super" cheese. It was then he turned into SUPER MOUSE. By using his newly acquired super powers of flight and super strength, he rescued his fellow mice and got rid of all the cats!

So he got super powers by eating food from a "Super Market"?! I need to start shopping at Super Wal-Mart!

"The Mouse of Tomorrow" (1942) directed by Eddie Donnelly

Mighty Mouse was part of my early animation education. I remember seeing "Mother Goose's Birthday Party" all the time. We had it on Super 8mm film! It was always a treat when my dad would set up the projector and we would watch it on the big screen. I still have it here with me. I may have to set up the projector again soon and take another look.

"Mother Goose's Birthday Party" (1950) directed by Connie Rasinski

"Wolf! Wolf!" (1944) directed by Mannie Davis

Mighty Mouse had two recurring female leads through out the series. One of them was Little Nell.

"A Cold Romance" (1943) directed by Mannie Davis

But the love of his life had to be Pearl Pureheart. If Mighty Mouse was a spoof of Superman, then Pearl Pureheart was his Lois Lane. And you can't have a good guy without a bad guy, Oil Can Harry then has to be his Lex Luthor.

"Beauty on the Beach" (1950) directed by Connie Rasinski

And I cannot talk about Mighty Mouse without humming the Mighty Mouse theme song!

(Philip Scheib / Marshall Barer) - circa 1955

Mr. 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 gets the situation well in hand!

So though we are in danger, we never despair,
'Cause we know that where there's danger he is there.
He is 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!


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!

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