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In this revival of the classic Mighty Mouse cartoon, we follow the humorous, satirical adventures of Mike Mouse (a worker at Pearl Pureheart’s factory) in this Saturday Morning cartoon by Ralph Bakshi.

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Saturday-morning cartoons had been in a rut, nothing but superheroes, toys, and other franchise properties, and certainly little that was flat-out funny. In the nick of time (1987 to be exact), along came Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures to save the day, and, as the theme song promised, things wouldn't be like they'd been before. Born in creative anarchy, Mighty Mouse brought a Looney Tunes sensibility back to Saturday mornings, with cartoons that, like their Warner Bros. predecessors, seem designed by the animators to first and foremost amuse themselves, as witness "Don't Touch That Dial," a "Duck Amuck"-inspired cartoon in which Mighty Mouse finds himself inserted into parodic takes on The Flintstones and The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo!, and Rocky and Bullwinkle (think Sylvester Stallone instead of flying squirrel). Mighty Mouse has cult classic drawn all over it. It was produced by Ralph Bakshi, who began his career in children's animation before making the infamous X-rated Fritz the Cat as well as Wizards, Lord of the Rings, and the epic American Pop. He recruited John Kricfalusi (who would later create the kindred-spirited Ren & Stimpy) as well as young (and cheap) talent just out of college, among them Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Andrew Stanton (Wall-E), and Jim Reardon (The Simpsons). As someone observes in the excellent series retrospective included as a special feature, "I don't think you could afford to put all those names in the same room." Like the best of Warner Bros. and Jay Ward, most of the cartoons have cross-generational appeal, with silliness for the kids, and sly, subversive satire and pop culture references for adults. The series was a rebuke to the "electronic pabulum" television dished out. So, of course, after a mere two seasons, it was canceled after a controversy blossomed over the cartoon "The Littlest Tramp," in which an image of Mighty Mouse sniffing a crushed flower was outrageously misrepresented by a fundamentalist group to be a cocaine gag. That cartoon is included in this set. As a treat for baby boomers who grew up with the original, three vintage Mighty Mouse cartoons are also included as bonuses. The best is the operatic "Gypsy Life." Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures ushered in a new golden age of television animation. Its energy and artistic integrity are undimmed. What strength, what power, what a mouse! --Donald Liebenson

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 455 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002RS7ND0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Brian Meyer on November 11, 2009
First of all... This is NOT the Mighty Mouse most people are familiar with. It's not the TerryToons Mighty Mouse you can find on any public domain DVD of "50 classic cartoons", nor is it the 70's Filmation Mighty Mouse that was so bad it was funny... This Mighty Mouse IS funny!

From the depraved mind of Ralph Bakshi and the animation genius of John Kricfalusi, this cartoon remains to be one of the funniest cartoons of the 80's. It featured a satirical approach to the superhero genre blending wackiness, weirdness and often social parody.

This is THE cartoon that was forcibly removed from the airways because an overzealous Kentucky soccer mom accused Mighty Mouse of snorting cocaine (when in reality the morally conscious mouse was simply stopping to smell the flowers).

This cartoon is wild! Classic Mighty Mouse characters such as girlfriend Pearl Pureheart and villain Oil Can Harry return, but not quite as we remember them. The series introduces newcomers Bat-Bat (A take on the Dark Knight), Tick the Bug Wonder, The Cow and Petey Pate.

The set will include all 19 episodes of the series, and if the Ren & Stimpy box sets are any indication then we can likely expect production art galore and interviews with Ralph, John K. and other writers/animators from the show.

From the creators of Ren & Stimpy comes the return of a fantastically funny animated series! Don't Miss it!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Kennedy on April 8, 2010
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I was in middle-school when this show was on TV, and it stuck in my mind long after other cartoons had been forgotten. Thrilled as I was to see it again on DVD, I approached with some trepidation ... after re-watching TinyToons last year and being disappointed at how poorly THOSE had held up, I was ready for the agony of acknowledging my distorted recollection of another favorite from my youth. Thankfully "Mighty Mouse the New Adventures" is every bit as good as I remember. Mostly.

It's an amazing show. The writing is brilliant and it is full of visual gags that were lacking in most Saturday Morning tripe at that time. The animation renaissance of the early 1990s can be traced directly to this show. It shows clearly the origins of the Spumco style .. Here are the strange, retro/cubist character and background designs, the bizarre story and gag ideas, the emphasis on emoting rather than on constant frenetic movement, and the use of voices that don't sound like typical cartoon characters. Although the production values on "Mighty Mouse" were lower than on "Ren and Stimpy," I think the best episodes of "Mighty Mouse" are better than anything John K did in his later career. The stories are more coherent and rely less on "gross-out" gags and psychotic freak-outs. John K probably hates this expression, but "Mighty Mouse" is a lot more relatable than "Ren and Stimpy."

However, not all the episodes were good. Some of them are atrociously written, with no clear sense of plot direction or motivation. Some of them don't make sense, and some of them are actually painful to watch. "Witch Tricks," the second half of episode 2, is the first bad one, followed by "Catastrophe Cat" in episode 4.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By davelom on January 5, 2010
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In watching these for the first time in many, many years, I realize that, like a lot of cartoons, much of it is hit and miss. But this is a very fast-paced 'toon, and there are tons of pop culture send-ups and references, sexual innuendos and throw-away lines that need your attention and do, in fact, remain pretty hilarious. Some of it verges on greatness. And also keep in mind that this particular cartoon in large part ushered in the era of Ren and Stimpy, et. al. that has ultimately led to Adult Swim. In that regard, it's influence cannot be overstated.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Webb on January 13, 2010
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Saturday morning once was a beautiful thing, before the onslaught of PC aware cartoons and the need to make everything educational. There was an era of awkward leg stretching where creators got to create for inspirations sake, we had Pee Wee's Playhouse in its wonderful irreverancy, Ed Grimley (in a way). And the rockstar of the late 80s' cartoon world MIGHTY MOUSES NEW ADVENTURES helmed by the master of adult animation Ralph B. He put together a crack team of young animators and writers whom he called the unemployables and animation history was made. Besides the wonderful hand drawn animation the hyper realized voice acting and storylines meshed together in sometimes brilliant and often jarring ways. The humor can be hard to catch as it is either whizzing past or some kind of reference or in joke aimed at basically other cartoonists and culutural hawks. We get all 19 episodes and 3 bonus TERRY TOON MM shorts (6 mins each) from '43, '45 and '60. The first one He Dood it Again still has mighty named SUPER MOUSE with both featuring some cool musical numbers. Gypsy Life really shows where they went artistically with the new series in some respects. The included bonus documentary (30 min) is well executed and entertaining itself with terrific and funny interviews featuring Ralph Bakshi, Andrew Stanton, Johnk K, and more which shed light on the whole story behind the scenes of this groundbreaking toon.The image and sound is impeccable in these episodes and looks terrific on the HD upconvert as well with colors absolutely popping, a far cry from the shoddy boots that floated around for years. I would have loved more of Bakshi's work from Terry Toons(MIGHTY HEROS) as an extra as well, but the main course is more than enough here as 3 discs crammed with this much social insight and saturday morning shenanigans should probably be illegal.
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