30 Years Later, Why We Still Love DANGER MOUSE

February 23, 2015

Let’s start with the obvious. It’s easily one of the funniest cartoons…Ever. The show revels in its lampooning self-awareness, and EVERYONE gets in on it, from the off-screen narrator commenting on the writing to the one-time characters talking to the camera, rare is the episode that doesn’t have me on the floor at least once. DANGER MOUSE is my generation’s ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE with jokes that cross generations with ease.

But that’s only half of it. Danger Mouse is a true hero. No mission is too dangerous or outrageous (and believe me, they can get pretty outrageous) for the white wonder. He never lets a difficulty get the best of him, even when his life is in jeopardy, he remains defiant in the face of his foes. That’s real courage. Also, he never leaves his assistant Penfold behind. Danger Mouse will always save his friend, and complete the mission.

And what of Penfold? It would be easy to dismiss him as the fearful comic sidekick, but Penfold also has to be admired. He sticks with Danger Mouse no matter what. Occasionally, he’ll even try to emulate Danger Mouse’s style and technique. Granted, he doesn’t succeed often, but he hits the mark once in a while. So Penfold can also be looked upon as a hero in the making.

Now, BBC is getting ready to reboot the series. It is my hope that the new creative team remembers what made the original a smash hit. Time will tell if the magic is still there, or if we should stick to the original series, because the new team of writers try to reinvent the wheel with too much ego, and too little laughs.


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