Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tooniversary: Mighty Mouse in Krakatoa (1945)

Mighty Mouse didn't say a whole lot in his cartoons, save for those annoying operatic shorts, until the 60's and the made-for-TV episodes. He didn't need to. He came, he saw, he saved the day.

In "Krakatoa", released three weeks before Christmas of 1945, Mighty Mouse has to bottle up the titular volcano when it erupts. The narration is minimal, as the music carries the story.

Rating: A.


Austin Schivera said...
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Goldstar said...

I believe that hobbyfan was speaking specifically about the Mighty Mouse theatrical shorts. You're referring to a recurring segment in the TV series "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle", which ran on Saturday mornings on CBS from 1979 to 1981. "The Great Space Chase" was one of several attempts by TV producers to cash in on the success of "Star Wars", which debuted 2 years earlier.

hobbyfan said...

Goldstar is right. I was referring to the theatrical shorts. When CBS commissioned Terrytoons to produce some new, made-for-TV material in the 60's, they needed MM to communicate to the audience. Same thing with the Filmation series. Silence is golden if you're the Pink Panther or Tom & Jerry (attempts at having them talk have bombed badly), but in order to introduce Mighty Mouse to a new generation of viewers, they needed to bolster his dialogue. After all, to the kiddo's of the 60's & 70's, he was just another superhero to look up to.