Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Toons You Might've Missed: Max, The 2000 Year Old Mouse (1969)

Canada's Krantz Studios, best known for working with Marvel in the 60's (Spider-Man and The Marvel Superheroes Show), hired noted animator Shamus Culhane to create a series of short subjects in 1969, aimed at educating young viewers. Unfortunately, Max, The 2,000 Year Old Mouse, the star of these shorts, proved to be too much of a distraction.

Max (Paul Soles, the voice of Spider-Man) is inserted at various points in history, while Bernard Cowan narrates. In this case, could you picture Max with Daniel Boone?

What I took away from this was the fact that Daniel's wife, Rebecca (Patricia Blair in the live-action Boone series airing on NBC at the time), was just 15 when she & Daniel were married. I don't think that was ever brought up in the series.

Seven years later, Culhane would return with a new set of shorts, this time featuring a Colonial ghost, Sam Hawkins. Sooner or later, we'll see Sam, provided someone finds some of his shorts to put on YouTube.

Rating: C.

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