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A Mighty Mouse poster.

Mighty Mouse is an animated superhero mouse character created by the Terrytoons studio for 20th Century Fox. Mighty Mouse may refer to: Mighty Mouse, a cartoon superhero. ... Mighty Mouse film poster File links The following pages link to this file: Mighty Mouse Terrytoons ... Mighty Mouse film poster File links The following pages link to this file: Mighty Mouse Terrytoons ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ... Mighty Mouse, the signature character of the studio. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ...

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History

He was created by storyman Izzy Klein as a super-powered housefly named "Superfly," but studio head Paul Terry changed the character into a toon mouse instead. Originally created as a parody of Superman, he first appeared in 1942 in a theatrical animated short entitled The Mouse of Tomorrow. The original name of the character was Super Mouse, but it was soon changed to Mighty Mouse when Paul Terry learned that another character with the same name was being published in comic books. Super Mouse appeared briefly in the Marvel comic book interpretation of the character, and was nicknamed "Terry the First", as he was the first version of the character. Paul H. Terry (Born February 19, 1887 in San Mateo, California, USA-Died October 25, 1971 in New York, New York, USA) is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, film director and the most prolific film producer in history. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Feral mouse A mouse (plural mice) is a rodent that belongs to one of numerous species of small mammals. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...

First appearance of Mighty Mouse
First appearance of Mighty Mouse

Mighty Mouse originally had a blue costume with a red cape, like Superman; but over time this changed to a yellow costume with a red cape. As with other imitations of Superman, Mighty Mouse's super powers allow him to fly, and make him incredibly strong and invulnerable. He has demonstrated the use of "X-ray vision" in at least one cartoon, while during several cartoons he used a form of super-hypnosis that even allowed him to command inanimate objects and turn back time (as in the cartoons The Johnstown Flood and Krakatoa). Other cartoons have him leaving a red contrail as he flies which he can manipulate like a band of solid flexible matter when he so desires. Image File history File linksMetadata Mighty_Mouse_First. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Mighty_Mouse_First. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... In fictional stories, X-ray vision has generally been portrayed as the ability to see through layers of objects at the discretion of the holder of this superpower. ... Professor Charcot was well-known for showing, during his lessons at the Salpêtrière hospital, hysterical woman patients – here, his favorite patient, Blanche (Marie) Wittman, supported by Joseph Babiński. ... Krakatoa or Krakatau or Krakatao is a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. ... Contrails are condensation trails (sometimes vapour trails): artificial cirrus clouds made by the exhaust of aircraft engines or wingtip vortices which precipitate a stream of tiny ice crystals in moist, frigid upper air. ...


The initial formula consisted of an extended setup of a crisis which needs extraordinary help to resolve and Mighty Mouse appears to save the day.


Mighty Mouse was originally voiced by Roy Halee, although Tom Morrison provided the character's voice in some later cartoons. Roy Halee was a record producer and engineer best known for producing several albums with Simon and Garfunkel, including the Grammy-winning Bridge Over Troubled Water. ... Thomas Tom Morrison (born 21st January 1904) was a Scottish international footballer who played for Liverpool. ...


The early, operatic Mighty Mouse cartoons often portrayed Mighty Mouse as a ruthless fighter. He would dole out a considerable amount of punishment, subduing the cats to the point of giving up their evil plan and running away. Mighty Mouse would then chase down the escaping cats, and continue beating them mercilessly, usually hurling or punching them miles away to finish the fight. A favorite move is to sudden fly up to just under a much larger opponent's chin and thrown a blinding flurry of punches that leaves the enemy reeling.


Mighty Mouse had two mouse girlfriends named Pearl Pureheart (in the cartoons) and Mitzi (in the comics during the 50s and 60s), and his arch-enemy is an evil villain cat named Oil Can Harry (who originated as a human in earlier Terrytoons as the enemy of Fanny Zilch). These characters were created for a series of Mighty Mouse cartoons that spoofed the old cliffhanger serials of the days of silent film; the cartoons usually began with Mighty Mouse and Pearl Pureheart already in a desperate situation, as if they were the next chapter of the serial. The characters often sang mock opera songs during these cartoons. Mighty Mouse was also known for singing "Here I come to save the day!" when flying into action. Mighty Mouse's home town is Mouseville, populated mostly by anthropomorphic toon mice. This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... “Bad guy” redirects here. ... Fanny Zilch was a cartoon girl in 1930s Terrytoons which were musical spoofs of old melodramas. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... Anthropomorphism, also referred to as personification or prosopopeia, is the attribution of human characteristics to inanimate objects, animals, forces of nature, and others. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Feral mouse A mouse (plural mice) is a rodent that belongs to one of numerous species of small mammals. ...


Mighty Mouse fought other villains, though most only appeared in one or two cartoons. In at least two cartoons, he faced a huge, dim-witted but super-strong cat named Julius Pinhead "Schlabotka" (this cat's name was only spoken and never spelled out). In another cartoon, titled The Green Line, the cats live on one side of the main street of a town and the mice on the other; a green line down the middle of the street serves as the dividing line. They agree to keep the peace as long as no one crosses it. An evil entity, a Satan cat, comes and starts the cats and mice fighting. Mighty Mouse appears and the evil spirit materializes tridents to attack him. This maneuver fails, and the devil cat disappears in a puff of smoke, like an air plane crashing to the ground. At the end, Mighty Mouse is cheered by mice and cats alike. This article is about the concept of Satan. ...


In the episode "Krakatoa", Mighty Mouse lassos the super-volcano Krakatoa, saving the island's inhabitants from the pyroclastic flow. Most memorably, a love-interest for Mighty Mouse makes her appearance, Krakatoa Katy. One line of her theme song is "Krakatoa Katy, she ain't no lady".


Mighty Mouse was not extraordinarily popular in theatrical cartoons, but was still Terrytoons' most popular character. What made him a cultural icon was television. Paul Terry sold the Terrytoon company to CBS television in 1955. The network began running "The Mighty Mouse Playhouse" in late 1955; it remained on the air for nearly twelve years (and featured The Mighty Heroes during the final season). Mighty Mouse cartoons became a staple of children's TV programming for a period of over thirty years, from the 1950s through the 1980s. CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... The Mighty Heroes was an animated television series created by Ralph Bakshi for the Terrytoons company. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


Despite the character's popularity on TV, Terrytoons produced only a handful of "Mighty Mouse" cartoons in the 1959-61 time frame; the company evidently believed that the existing library of "Mighty Mouse" episodes were enough to keep youngsters tuning-in to CBS every Saturday morning.


At least some early vinyl credits the original theme song to The Terrytooners, Mitch Miller and Orchestra, but recent publishing has generally credited The Sandpipers.[1] It has been suggested that Childrens gramophone records be merged into this article or section. ... The Sandpipers were a US easy listening trio/quartet who carved a little niche for themselves in the world of 60s folk rock. ...


Comics

Several publishers put out Mighty Mouse comic books. There were two main titles, "Mighty Mouse" and the "Adventures of Mighty Mouse". A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...


"Mighty Mouse"

  • Timely #1-4 (1946) ( St. John Publications]] #5-67 (1947-55)
  • Pines Comics #68-83 (1956-59)

"The Adventures of Mighty Mouse" (renaming of Terry's Comics, where Mighty Mouse appeared) Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy one of the guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia on one of the following topics: If you are familiar with the subject matter, please expand the article to establish its notability, citing reliable sources. ...

  • St. John, #126-128 (1955).
  • Pines Comics, #129-44 (1956-59)
  • Dell Comics, #145-55 (1959-61)
  • Gold Key Comics, #156-160 (1962-63)
  • Dell Comics, #161-?? (1963-?)

"Mighty Mouse", Marvel Comics, #1-10, 1990, based on Ralph Bakshi version. Dell Comics was the comic book publishing arm of Dell Publications, which got its start in pulp magazines. ... Gold Key Comics was an imprint of Western Publishing cteated for comic books distributed to newstands. ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... Ralph Bakshi (October 29, 1938) is an American director of animated and occasionally live-action films. ...


Revivals

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Filmation made TV cartoons starring Mighty Mouse and fellow Terrytoon characters Heckle and Jeckle in a show called The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle. The show premiered in 1979 and lasted for about 2 seasons. It even spawned a limited-theatrical-release matinee movie, Mighty Mouse in the Great Space Chase, released December 10, 1982. In the Filmation series and movies, Mighty Mouse was voiced by veteran voice artist Alan Oppenheimer. The first Filmation logo. ... Heckle and Jeckle in Taming the Cat Heckle and Jeckle was a theatrical cartoon series created by Paul Terry, and released by his own studio, Terrytoons. ... The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle is an updated version of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle cartoons from the 1940s. ... Alan Oppenheimer (born April 23, 1930 in New York City, New York) is an American voice-actor who has had an active career in cartoons since the 1940s. ...


During the 1980s, animator Ralph Bakshi (who got his start at Terrytoons) created a new series of Mighty Mouse cartoons, entitled Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures. In this series, Mighty Mouse had a real identity, Mike Mouse (Patrick Pinney voiced both identities of the character in this series), and a sidekick: Scrappy Mouse, the little orphan. This series was aimed more at grown-ups than children, and its heavy satirical tone and humor makes it a collector's item even today; many collectors of older TV series seek out episodes of the Bakshi Mighty Mouse. The series was cancelled after two seasons, due to the controversy surrounding an episode in which Mighty Mouse sniffed a red flower he had crushed into a powder. Media watchdog Reverend Donald Wildmon asserted that he was actually snorting cocaine. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Ralph Bakshi (October 29, 1938) is an American director of animated and occasionally live-action films. ... Patrick Pinney has done voice-overs for animated cartoons, including Mighty Mouse in the short-lived Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures (1987-1988), Chico the Bouncer in Cool World (1992) and Painty the Pirate in SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-present). ... Scrappy Mouse is a cartoon character created by Ralph Bakshi and John Kricfalusi. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... A collectors item is an object or item of any kind that has become valuable -- often unexpectedly. ... Donald E. Wildmon, born 18 January 1938 in Dumas, Mississippi, is the founder and chairman of the American Family Association. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ...


Mighty Mouse has not been seen since Marvel Comics's 10-issue comic book series (set in the New Adventures continuity) in 1990 and 1991 except for a 2001 "the power of cheese" TV commercial and an arcade game by Atari. However, Nickelodeon is currently working on a CGI Mighty Mouse feature film (scheduled to release some time in 2010, according to IMDB), Barry E. Jackson providing conceptual art, and screenwriting by Maurice Chauvet and Christopher Vail. A CGI TV series will follow the film. A Mighty Mouse history book is in the works and will be released to tie-in with the movie. [1] Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... This article is about a corporate game company. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... Computer-generated imagery (commonly abbreviated as CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics (or more specifically, 3D computer graphics) to special effects in films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media. ...


The rights to Mighty Mouse are now divided as a result of the 2006 corporate split of Viacom (the former owner of the Terrytoons franchise) into two separate companies. CBS Properties (a unit of the current CBS Corporation) owns the ancillary rights and trademarks to the character, while Paramount Home Entertainment/CBS DVD holds home video rights (although any sort of home video reissue has yet to be announced), and what is now CBS Paramount Television has television syndication rights (the shorts are currently out of circulation). Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIAb) is an American media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable and satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks movie studios). ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... CBS Video Enterprises was the home video entertainment arm of CBS, Inc. ... CBS Paramount Television (formerly Desilu Productions, Paramount Television, among other companies) is an American television production/distribution company. ...


DVD Releases

While there has been no official release of the Mighty Mouse shorts or tv series on DVD, the short Wolf Wolf, which is believed to be in the Public Domain, has been released on DVD numerous times.


Other uses

  • Small boxes with seats intended for children in retail stores would play 5 minute episodes of Mighty Mouse for $.25. They disappeared from sale in around 1985.
  • In the 1950s the name Mighty Mouse was unofficially applied by the United States Air Force to the 2.75 in (70 mm) FFAR (Fin-Folding Aerial Rocket) weapons used by various USAF interceptor aircraft against bombers. The "Mighty Mouse" rockets were carried by the F-86D Sabre, F-89 Scorpion, F-94 Starfire, and F-102 Delta Dagger.
  • In one of his first television appearances (on the premiere of NBC's Saturday Night Live, October 11, 1975), Andy Kaufman lip-synched to the Mighty Mouse theme song. He remained nervously silent throughout most of the song, carefully following along with the rhythm of the music, then mouthing just the line "Here I come to save the day!" as he made exaggerated physical gestures and affected a "heroic" grin, only to return to his nervous silence after the line passed.
  • Mighty Mouse is also the corporate mascot of the theater chain Famous Players
  • NBA point guard Damon Stoudamire is nicknamed Mighty Mouse, based on his relatively short stature (5'10") and tattoo of the character on his right arm.
  • Tommy Lee said in his band Mötley Crüe's joint-autobiography that his first tattoo was one of Mighty Mouse.
  • In one episode of Biker Mice From Mars, the biker mice burst out of hiding on their motorcycles, singing "Here the Biker Mice come to save the day!", a nod to Mighty Mouse's battle cry.

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Powers

  1. ^ http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2004_01_18.html#007948

(To be verified) Powers, Abilities, and Equipment:


FLIGHT - Mighty Mouse can fly, usually trailing a mysterious orange energy, which is capable of solidifying for use as a moving platform to carry other characters. He’s swift and agile during flight, able to stop suddenly, to change directions quickly, and to perform complex aerobatic maneuvers with ease.


SUPER STRENGTH AND INVULNERABILITY - Approximately the size of a normal rodent, Mighty Mouse’s formidable super strength and invulnerability belie his tiny figure. The limits of these powers are unknown, but he’s sufficiently strong to effortlessly throw human-sized enemies about 50 meters and tough enough to withstand being engulfed in the blast of a building full of military-grade bombs and ammunition when it explodes.


MAGNOKINESIS - Mighty Mouse can hurl bolts of white lightning from his hands that allow him to mentally control ferrous metal objects.


ATTACK DEFLECTION/REFLECTION - At will, Mighty Mouse can create an invisible deflection field that surrounds his hands, allowing him to deflect attacks or reflect them back at his opponents. To use this power, Mighty Mouse must deliberately hold up both outstretched hands and touch the attack he wishes to influence in this manner. For example, he could alter the path of a stream of water shooting from a fire hose by holding up both hands to block the water. He could then direct the stream of water in an alternate direction or cause it to “home in” on the face of the person holding the fire hose.


X-RAY VISION - As stated above, Mighty Mouse has been seen to use a type of x-ray vision to see through oblique objects


HYPNOSIS - Mighty Mouse has the ability to stare his opponents and even inanimate objects into his command


TIME MANIPULATION - Mighty Mouse has been known to travel through time.


(From http://www.themysterywalk.com/Mighty-Mouse-profile.html and others)


Notes

  1. ^ http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2004_01_18.html#007948

World famous upholsterer, Eric Buckley, has the nick name of Mighty Mouse.


Bibliography

  • Marvel's Mighty Mouse Comic Book, Issue #2, 1990

Jerry Beck (born February 9, 1955) is a well known animation historian, with ten books and numerous articles to his credit. ...

External links

  • Freely downloadable Mighty Mouse cartoon
  • Mighty Mouse at IMDB
  • Mighty Mouse at TV.com

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