Danger Mouse – The Complete Seasons 5 & 6
Sound: C+ Extras: C Episodes: B-
Danger Mouse - The Complete Seasons 5 & 6 is yet
another solid set of the fun and very popular cartoon series from England that
A&E continues to issue to the delight of diehard fans and those happy to
discover and rediscover the wackiness.
You can see the first sets reviewed elsewhere on this site, with the
adventures of the title hero and his assistant Penfold battling silly villains
in even sillier situations. I have to
once again give credits to the animators and writers for continuing to come up
with nonsense new ideas and making them work.
They did not run out of ideas, much to my surprise. The episodes this time are as follows:
1) The Long
Lost Crown Affair
George, It’s A Dragon
Through The Penfolds
5) The Next
Ice Age Begins At Midnight
Aliens Are Coming
8) The Man
With Time Tickles
10) Nero Power
11) Once Upon A Timeslip…
12) Viva Dangermouse
13) Play It Again Wufgang
14) “Hear Hear”
15) Multiplication Fable
16) The Spy Who Stayed in With A Cold
17) It’s All White, White Wonder
18) The Hickory Dickory Dock Dilemma
19) What A 3 Point Turn-Up For The Book
20) Quark! Quark!
21) Alping The Snow Easy Matter
23) One Of Our Stately Homes Is Missing
24) Afternoon Off With The Fangboner!
25) Beware Of Mexicans Delivering Milk
27) The Good, The Bad & The Motionless
29) The Clock Strikes Back
31) Bandits, Beans & Ballyhoo!
32) Have You Fled From Any Good Books Lately?
33) Tut, Tut, It’s Not Pharaoh
34) “Lost, Found & Not Spellbound”
35) Penfold BF
36) Mechanised Mayhem
37) Journey To The Earth’s Cor!
This is the richest of the three sets in content and as
witty as any of them. The titles show
the level of cleverness the show was working on, like the puns in Rocky
& Bullwinkle, but very British if not totally so. Though there is some repetition between the
shows, like Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse, it also builds a world of
fun that only an animated series can.
As you can see from the titles, this is a smart show and much smarter
than most live action TV shows from both shores since.
Performance is exactly the same as the last sets. 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 are on DVD 2 this time, repeating
character profiles and a Karaoke version of the shows theme that does not drop
the lead vocal. Added this time is an
episode of Count Duckula called One Stormy Night from the
producers of this show. It too is out
on DVD and we will be reviewing that set soon.
- Nicholas Sheffo