It was hailed as a critics' darling, but all it took was one moral zealot to shoot down Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.
Maverick animator Ralph Bakshi's triumphant return to television was cut short when Rev. Don Wildmon, head of the American Family Association, raised a stink over a scene in which Mighty Mouse was sniffing flowers, and Wildmon and his clueless acolytes thought this was promoting drug use.
This was one of the first instances of the AFA, one of the moral watchdog groups based in the South that want to force television networks and Hollywood in general back to the innocent times of long ago, kicking & screaming if at all possible, raising a ruckus and making a mountain out of the proverbial molehill. They have a problem with how society has changed, often for the worse, admittedly, over the last several decades. They then get chastised for being clueless and being behind the times.
But I digress. Mighty Mouse was now under Bakshi's care for the first time in 20 years (Bakshi helmed the Mouse of Tomorrow's final Terrytoons season for CBS in 1966-7), and if the animation has a familiar look to it, well, one of the artists working on the show was John Kricfalusi, who'd later develop Ren & Stimpy and would have his own Saturday failure with The Ripping Friends 14 years later. Mighty Mouse sounded nothing like he did in previous incarnations, and fell closer to Dudley Do-Right in vocal tone. Not good.
TheUnCoolBean uploaded the series opener, which offers evidence of what I was talking about in terms of Mighty's voice....
I wasn't feeling the theme song, either. Rating: C.