Friday, April 16, 2010

"Mighty Mouse" : Here I Come To Save The Day

Paramount continues to develop a reboot of the "Mighty Mouse" cartoon character as a big screen CG feature, for Nickelodeon Movies.

Created by writer Izzy Klein as a "Superman" parody for Paul Terry's "Terrytoons", "Mighty Mouse" debuted in the WWII-era, 1942 theatrical animated short "The Mouse of Tomorrow", gaining his 'super-powers' by eating food from a 'super-market', giving him the power of flight, super-strength, invulnerablity, X-ray vision and telekinesis.

'Mighty Mouse' was originally voiced by actor Roy Halee, Sr., followed by Tom Morrison, with the early cartoons portraying him as a ruthless fighter, able to tangle with evil cats.

Mighty Mouse had two rodent girlfriends, including 'Pearl Pureheart' (in the cartoons) and 'Mitzi' (in comic books during the 50's and 60's).

Terrytoons was sold to CBS television in 1955, with the network airing the cartoon shorts on the "Mighty Mouse Playhouse", remaining on the air for twelve years.

A deliberately 'subversive' Saturday morning cartoon TV series by animator Ralph Baskhi, "The New Adventures Of Mighty Mouse" was cancelled after 2 seasons, following reports of the character snorting drugs in one episode.

Nickelodeon has targeted 2013 for the new movie's release, with a CG TV series timed to support the film, alongside a "Mighty Mouse" history book to tie-in with the movie.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Mighty Mouse in "Mouse Of Tomorrow"...