Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Looney TV: Merlin the Magic Mouse (1967)

As Warner Bros. outsourced their animated product to other studios (Format Films, DePatie-Freleng), they also saw fit to introduce new characters in the hope that they would prove just as popular as legends like Bugs Bunny.

Merlin the Magic Mouse debuted in his self-titled first short, released just before Thanksgiving in 1967. Daws Butler gave Merlin a voice like that of W. C. Fields, but it certainly wasn't the first time Fields had been the inspiration for a WB character. Second Banana, Merlin's sidekick, gets Butler's oft-recycled Elroy Jetson/Augie Doggie voice. However, in subsequent shorts, Butler was replaced by Larry Storch (ex-F-Troop), and Second Banana was given a redesign, making him slightly bigger in size.

Let's take a look at "Merlin The Magic Mouse":

Is it any wonder that Merlin and the other rookies of this era (Cool Cat, Bunny & Claude) weren't brought back in later years?

Rating: B-.

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