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Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures


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Bakshi Animation


Characters & Voices
Heckle - Frank Welker
Jeckle - Frank Welker
Quacula - Frank Welker
Bruce Vein - Charlie Adler
Bat - Bat
Sourpuss - Joe Alaskey
Orphan Scrappy - Dana Hill
Right from the opening credits, a bouncy new a cappella theme song promised viewers, "Things won't be like they've been before..." The guiding hand of Ralph Bakshi offered the proof. Bakshi had worked with Mighty Mouse before, directing episodes of the 1960's Mighty Mouse Playhouse, and he had dabbled with superhero comedy in his own The Mighty Heroes, but the pioneering animator was best known for his adult-oriented animation in films like Fritz the Cat and Wizards. The lure of Mighty Mouse was enough to lure Bakshi back to Saturday morning, but he brought with him a irreverent, satirical sense of humor that set this Mighty Mouse miles apart from its two television predecessors.

In this wacky take on the Terrytoons creation, Mighty had an alter ego in the form of Mike the Mouse, who worked at a factory owned by former damsel in distress Pearl Pureheart. The mouse also gained a sidekick named Scrappy, a floppy eared wisecracker. Blending 1950ís art with a modern sensibility, the show served up such oddball creations as BatBat (Batman as an actual bat), who "drove" around in the four-footed Manmobile.

The series developed a cult following among children and adults, but the numbers were heavier on the latter group. Sponsors felt no need to advertise kiddie products on a show watched primarily by their older siblings and parents, so the plug was pulled after only two seasons.
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