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I Am Totally Buying This!

Just got word that January 5 will see the release of The New Adventures Of Mighty Mouse on DVD.

This is the one from 1987 that was helmed by Ralph Bakshi, who got his start on the original Mighty Mouse cartoons.  The previous version by Filmation was very cheesy and very bland (and the animation sucked).  Bakshi did some retconning with Mighty Mouse and made him hip and funny.  Very funny.  The show had a Rocky And Bullwinkle vibe and rapid-fire pacing that appealed to the grown-ups more than the kids (Fox ran the show for a few months, and canned it when they found the audience wasn't kids but late teens to early 30's), a combination that would not be seen in animation again until Sam And Max -- Freelance Police hit the airwaves.  The show featured such gags as Mighty Mouse torturing an informant by showing him his vacation slides, a super villain modeled on Bob Hope, and a parody of Alvin and the Chipmunks that had me laughing until I cried.

The show itself was a training ground for future animators.  Among those who graduated from it are John Kricfalusi (Ren And Stimpy, The Ripping Friends), Tim Minton (Tiny Toons), Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), and Jim Reardon (Wall-E).

So get ready to experience the magic of what happens when you let people who know how to be funny do what they do best.

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mornblade
Oct. 27th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
You see, that's the problem with network television, they just aren't visionaries. They have a show that they had planned for kids, but the audience turned out to be older so they cancelled it. What they should have done is kept the show and moved it to a later, more teen and early 30's, timeslot. Then checked the ratings again. If the ratings were good with THAT audience in THAT timeslot, keep it. If the ratings fell away after the move, then you cancel it.
sinetimore
Oct. 27th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Not only is animation pigeon holed as for kids only, but look at what is created for the adult audience:

Two And A Half Men. Probably the most chauvanist show I have ever seen in my life

A kajillion crime procedurals.

Is it any wonder that people flock to basic cable and show like Monk, South Park, and MythBusters? Those shows would never make it on a network (ABC co-financed the first season of Monk and ran it as summer filler, then never brought it back despite the option, South Park is South Park, and MythBusters had been pitched as a TV show for at least a couple of years before Discovery took a chance on it. And P&T's show, in a less vulgar version, was rejected by the networks, not because of the militant libertarianism and unrepentant aetheism, but because it was too intellectual).

Talent succeeds. But only if it is allowed to succeed.
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