Danger Mouse - The Complete Seasons 1 & 2
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A spoof of Sherlock Holmes and James Bond, this Cosgrove Hall (The Wind in the Willows, Count Duckula) animated series follows the adventures of DANGERMOUSE, a London-based, eye patch-wearing, secret-agent mouse who regularly saves the world from monsters, master thieves, and other evildoers. One of the few British children's series to succeed in America, DANGERMOUSE is perfect for children of all ages. The series aired from 1981-1992 aired on ITV in the U.K. and in the 1990s on Nickelodeon in the U.S. DANGERMOUSE: THE COMPLETE SEASONS 1 AND 2 includes all 17 episodes that aired in the series' first two seasons plus the rare, never-aired pilot episode.
The first two seasons (1981-82) of British televisions deliciously witty cartoon starring the worlds smallest superhero come to DVD in this two-volume set of 17 uproarious episodes. Brian Trueman and Mike Harding are the masterful writing team behind the tongue-in-cheek humor of Danger Mouse, "the great guardian of peace and justice in the world" (voiced by David Jason), and his earnest yet bumbling assistant, Penfold. Taking orders from Colonel K, the intrepid duo strives to save the world from the dark deeds of Baron Silas Greenback, whether it means seeking cover from giant chickens, explosive cans of custard, or a renegade Martian. Classic episodes include "The Day of the Suds," when an army of washing machines soaks London in sinister soap bubbles, and "The Dream Machine," where the good guys are "cloud-napped" by a mysterious machine that causes their worst nightmares to come true. With nary a bland story in the bunch, adults will savor the sophisticated parodies inspired by Monty Python, Dr. Who, and Sherlock Holmes, while youngsters will relish DMs outrageous antics and crime-fighting gadgetry rivaling James Bond. Bonus material includes a never-aired pilot episode, "The Mystery of the Lost Chord," when the arch nemesis was Baron Greenteeth before being renamed Greenback. (Ages 8 and older) --Lynn Gibson
- All 17 episodes from the first two seasons, including the never-aired "lost" pilot episode
- Character descriptions
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DM is a British kids show from the '90s that is a sendup of every spy thriller ever made done with typical British "zany" humor and an apparent love of the genre that kids AND adults will love. In fact, if you have young ones who are just a bit too young for Monty Python/Benny Hill type humor, Danger Mouse is a good way to have them cut their teeth on Jolly Ole England's brand of yucks until they ARE old enough.
"Danger Mouse" is a British cartoon about the world's greatest secret agent. With the help of his timid hamster assistant, Penfold, Danger Mouse is constantly saving the world from the villainous toad, Baron Silas Greenback, who in turn is assisted by his crow henchman, Stiletto, and his cute but mischievous pet caterpillar, Nero. The humor here is often very British and very dry. Example:
Danger Mouse: "Penfold, do you know how angry I am with that toad?"
Penfold: "No, but if you'll hum a few bars, I'll join in on the second chorus."
Fans who used to watch this cartoon on Nickelodeon may find the voice of Stiletto a bit puzzling. This DVD collection has Stiletto's original Italian accent. Apparently Nickelodeon was concerned that Italian-Americans might be somewhat offended by a "Mafioso" stereotype, so the voice of Stiletto was re-dubbed with a cockney accent for the U.S.
Not much in the way of extras here, just some character files and the unseen pilot episode, which is interesting but not particularly valuable.
So what makes DM so special? Plenty! Though the episodes are very short which limits the depth of the stories, the show compensates in countless ways. For one, the characters remember their past. For instance, when Agent 57 and Buggles the Pigeon return in later episodes, DM and Penfold mention in adequate detail the last time they saw them. This adds a feeling of continuity to the series and, ironically, makes the characters seem more "real".
Then there's the humor, where the brilliance of the show truly shines through. Ridiculous slapstick at one moment can be followed immediately with a clever (and sometimes subtle) pun or cultural reference in the next. I believe this is why the show appeals to all ages.
The show's greatest strength, however, has to be in the dialog. It's nothing short of brilliant. If you have a "punny" sense of humor, then every episode will give you something to laugh about. The characters (especially Penfold and Colonel K) also tend to take things out of context and respond in hilarious though completely understandable ways. It may take a moment to realize just how Penfold interpreted the statement to which he's responding, leading to a little "ah ha!" experience followed by a fit of laughter.
I simply cannot praise this show enough. It has stuck with me in my memory and in my vocabulary for over 15 years. To me, that's a testament to this brilliant and unforgettable cartoon.
He's the greatest!
Now that DM's finally getting a dvd release. I couldn't be happier. All I can say to A&E is "MORE!!!" Why if they don't continue the releases (as well as release DM's wonderful spinoff Count Duckula), I shall do what all good secret agents do ... PANIC!!!!!!