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Danger Mouse – The Complete Seasons 1 & 2


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Episodes: B-



To add to the spoofs and satires of comic book superheroes and detectives, the British came up with Danger Mouse in 1981.  With a combination of the wit of the great Jay Ward animated series and British humor, the series was aimed at younger children, but it turns out it has a following beyond that now.  This consists of not only the original fans, but also animation fans and those who find its comedy works better than intended.  Wearing his eyepatch and joined by amusing and mild-mannered sidekick Penfold, they battle against evil villains out to end the career of the world’s greatest spy mouse.


A&E already had success with the terrific Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse set, which we recommend highly, so they can look forward to repeat fun and performance with The Complete Seasons 1 & 2.  The episodes are as follows:


1)     Rogue Robots

2)     Who Stole The Bagpipes

3)     Trouble With Ghosts

4)     Chicken Run

5)     The Martian Misfit

6)     The Dream Machine

7)     Lord Of The Bungle

8)     Die Laughing

9)     The World Of Machines

10)  Ice Station Camel

11)  A Plague Of Pyramids

12)  Custard

13)  Close Encounters Of The Absurd Kind

14)  The Duel

15)  The Day Of The Suds

16)  The Bad Luck Eye Of The Little Yellow Gold

17)  The Four Tasks Of Danger Mouse



Besides being smart, this is also high quality entertainment that is perfect for young children, who will embrace and enjoy the characters.  That is even if they do not get British humor.  This is from the same company who produced the charming Wind In The Willows (reviewed elsewhere on this site) that was also very respectful and considerate of a young audience.  We do not see that kind of show much anymore, making this a really great children’s title.  The show was also the result of the Spy revival made possible initially by the success of comeback James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977, and Danger Mouse offered its own amusing gadgets.  It is one of the few products of that particular cycle and its nice for it to be on DVD.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 image is pretty good, with only graininess on some of the prints making a difference in presentation.  The Color is not bad, and is consistent, if not as rich as some shows.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is stereo, boosted from the original TV monophonic sound, a good combination that bests the old TV broadcasts easily.  Extras include character profiles, though brief, and the never-aired pilot episode The Lost Chord.  It is one of the best looking prints here and fans will get a kick out of it, as it is one of the better shows.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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