Danger Mouse

Danger Mouse Theme ( 1992 )

Danger Mouse is a British children’s animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television. It features the eponymous Danger Mouse, an English mouse who works as a secret agent. The show is a loose parody of British spy fiction, particularly James Bond and the Danger Man series starring Patrick McGoohan. The show originally ran in the United Kingdom from 28 September 1981 to 19 March 1992. In the English-language version, the titular hero was voiced by David Jason.

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Although all the characters in the series are animals, the adventures of Danger Mouse appear to be taking place alongside the human world; there are various examples of a mouse-sized Danger Mouse walking through human-scale sets, standing on table-football tables and, not least, living inside a normal size pillar box. This becomes less consistent as the series goes on, as many later episodes show the characters as being human size. There are also times when the cast attempts to deliberately interact with humans (such as Duckula mind-controlling human Members of Parliament to be as showbiz-mad as he is, as well as the episode ‘Trip to America,’ where Danger Mouse and Penfold are seen to interact with a Texan).

Because a ten-minute episode needed 2,000 drawings, the cartoons made frequent use of repeated footage and ‘in the dark’ sequences (black with eyeballs visible only, or, in Danger Mouse’s case, simply one eyeball) as a cost-cutting measure. A recurring setting for episodes was ‘The North Pole’ – so chosen because the white, snow-covered backgrounds would require minimal painting and colouring