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 regula... more »rly 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.« less
Not just penguins, Penfold ... MECHANICAL VAMPIRE PENGUINS!!
C. ANZIULEWICZ | Spring Hill, WV USA | 04/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although this cartoon has been available as a DVD set in England for several years, the PAL format is all but unwatchable here in the United States. And up to now all WE'VE had available are some poorly-packaged episodes on VHS ... and honestly, who bothers buying VHS anymore? But at last this beloved cartoon (which ran on Nickelodeon back in the early 1980s) has been given its U.S. DVD release, and I couldn't be happier.
"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.
I Toad You So
Gord Wilson | Bellingham, WA USA | 09/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who's behind these nefarious deeds but none other than that prince of pandemonium, Baron Von Greenback? I toad you so. That's not a real bit from the show, but if that sort of humor evinces a wince and a groan, you'll probably like Danger Mouse. For at last on DVD, here are 17 episodes (seasons one and two) of Britain's intrepid rodent, Danger Mouse, and his sidekick hamster, Penfold. This surrealistic serial, for the deprived who haven't seen it, combines one part Monty Python, one part James Bond, one part Dr. Who and many more random bits in an entirely original, animated cartoon that gets it right, using its limited animation budget to design unforgettable characters, with minimalist, cut-out paper backgrounds.
But we must backtrack, because 17 episodes is a misnomer. The first season consisted of eleven long, single episode stories, sometimes shown with another Brit toon, "Bananaman." Launching in the UK in 1981, DM appeared three years later stateside on Nickelodeon. But the second season moved to the cliff-hanger format, with six shows consisting of five five minute segments per show (here called an "episode"). Each segment recaps all the other segments so far, which works well on the show but on the DVD is slightly annoying. Nevertheless, it's a brilliant limited animation move, allowing the producers to reuse bits over and over, and landing the show securely in the long, distinguished line of episodic, cliff-hanger cartoons from Crusader Rabbit and Ruff and Reddy to The King and Odie and the kings of the cliff-hanger (which even showed them falling off a cliff), Rocky and Bullwinkle.
But as the daffy, depraved fans who have seen it know, DM's other great draw is narrator David Jason who, starting off small in season one, really gets going in season two. Once again, this puts DM in a great lineage of limited animation 'toons driven by great narrators, from Gary Owens of "Laugh In" in Roger Ramjet to William Conrad reporting the saga of Moose and Squirrel. The last episode of season two also introduces Count Duckula, who had his own spinoff cartoon on Nick. A bar in New York had a sign urging silence during the Huckleberry Hound Show. What must it be like in a UK pub during Danger Mouse?"
Grinning like an idiot!
Michael J. Henson | High Ridge, MO USA | 08/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've searched and I've waited for years, and finally my prayers have been answered -- Danger Mouse has hit the U.S. on DVD! As I sat watching, captivated and grinning like an idiot, I simply felt that I needed to do my part to spread the joy of Danger Mouse.
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. "
Finally, a TV show worth bringing to DVD!
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit | New Jersey | 07/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of all the shows I loved as a kid, DangerMouse is probably holds the dearest place in my heart. Like all great kids shows, there is plenty for adults to enjoy. The show never insults your intelligence or panders as so many so-called cartoons of today do.
If you've already seen DangerMouse, you don't need a sales pitch from me. If you haven't, BUY THIS NOW!
Oh, and in case anyone is reading this wondering what episodes are available on the 2 discs, here they are:
Disc 1: Rogue Robots Who Stole the Bagpipes? Trouble With Ghosts The Chicken Run The Martian Misfit The Dream Machine Lord of the Bungle Die Laughing The World of Machines Ice Station Camel The Plague of Pyramids The Mystery of the Lost Chord - The pilot episode. This features very different voices for DM & Penfold. This is essentially the same exact episode as Who Stole The Bagpipes, except that the dialogue and ending are different, there is no narration and the episode is about 5 minutes longer than the redone version.
Disc 2: Custard Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind The Duel The Day of the Suds The Bad Luck Eye of the Little Yellow God The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse"
Danger Mouse: The World's Greatest Secret Agent
Ron R. Walcher | Tonkawa, OK USA | 05/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What can be said about Danger Mouse? That it is my favorite cartoon of the 80s? Yes, that's true. That it is brilliantly funny yet family friendly? Yes that's true as well. That it is one part James Bond, three parts British (think Monty Python and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), and one part insanity? Spot on, once again. As far as I'm concerned Cosgrove came out of nowhere in the 80s to deliver me a knockout punch. A children's series that actually relies on good writing has always been a rarity. But a children's series with humor that has even more appeal to me as an adult is nearly unique. Danger Mouse has that touch of glorious satire that can insult every inch of you while making you laugh uproariously. The show also has a wonderful sense of the random. One of my favorite dialogues in the series (in the episode Custard)has Penfold (Danger Mouse's head hamster) discussing bicycle clips and he suddenly compares them to toothbrushes. This wonderful display of non sequitur is a prime example of what to expect from this series. Hilarious absurd. Magnificently silly. In short, what can be said of Danger Mouse is best said by the first line of his own insanely addicting theme song.
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!!!!!! "