CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Dangermouse

dm 2Danger Mouse features the eponymous Danger Mouse, (voiced by David Jason) an English mouse who naturally is the world’s greatest secret agent – so secret, in fact, that his codename has a codename. He is assisted by Penfold (voiced by Terry Scott) a timid, bespectacled hamster, who regularly needs saving from the clutches of Baron Silas Greenback (How is that not a band name?) and his crow henchman Stiletto Mafiosa.

The show is a loose parody of British spy fiction, particularly James Bond and can be noted for its quick-witted, very English humour. Although all the characters in the series are animals, the adventures of Danger Mouse take place alongside the human world. This means that there are various examples of a mouse-sized Danger Mouse walking through human-scale sets, not least, living inside a normal size pillar box.

By 1983, Danger Mouse viewing figures hit an all-time high of 21 million viewers, the kind of figures that are today reserved for World Cup games or Opening Ceremonies. To keep the budget down the cartoons made frequent use of repeated footage and “in the dark” sequences (black with eyeballs visible only, or, in Danger Mouse’s case, simply one eyeball). A recurring setting for episodes was “The North Pole” – presumably chosen because the white, snow-covered backgrounds required minimal painting and colouring.

Though the animation may appear limited today, the sharp silliness still feels gloriously fresh and funny. The show’s 10 Minute instalments, bursting with imagination and all manner of surreal moments. A favourite has to be the episode where the characters start muddling up their words which is revealed to be down to the script being badly typed. DM’s adventures also later inspired spin off called Count Duckula, though the version of the character in Danger Mouse does differ to an extent.

Related Posts
Ōgon Bat

Ogun Bat is a Japanese superhero created by Takeo Nagamatsu in 1931 and is considered to be the first Japanese superhero. The anime ran 52 episodes between April 1st 1967 and March 23rd Read more

Zombie Hotel

Zombie Hotel ran for twenty-six episodes in 2006 and focuses on Fungus and Maggot - two child zombies who pretend to be human to get into their local school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzXhCDspKxU Read more

Yatterman

Originally running between 1977-1979 for 108 episodes, Yatterman succeeded Time Bokan and followed what happened after fragments of a mysterious stone known as the Skull Stone are scattered across the Read more

Willo the Wisp

Willo the Wisp was a British cartoon series originally produced in 1981. It ran for two seasons that were separated by twenty-four years. The initial 1981 season was made by Read more

Wildfire

Wildfire (aka Cavalo de Fogo, and Fuego salvaje) was a cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera that debuted in September 1986 and ran for thirteen episodes. It follows the adventures of a 13 Read more

Wattoo Wattoo Super Bird

Wattoo Wattoo Super Bird is a French cartoon series created in 1978. Consisting of 60 five-minute episodes, the series was intended to teach morals to children. The eponymous Wattoo Wattoo Read more

W.I.T.C.H.

W.I.T.C.H. is a European animated television series based on the Italian comic book series of the same name. It ran for two seasons - totaling at 52 episodes. Like Read more

Voltron: Defender of the Universe

Voltron: Defender of the Universe is an animated television series that features a team of space explorers that pilot a giant super robot known as Voltron. Initially produced as a Read more

Visionaries – Knights of the Magical Light

Running for only 13 episodes in 1987, Visionaries - Knights of the Magical Light took place on the planet Prysmos  where a once advanced society our forced to rely on Read more

UQ HOLDER!

When you’re the grandson of a famous hero, you’d think that your life would be interesting, but Tota Konoe is stuck in the dullest place he can imagine! He can’t Read more

Unlimited Psychic Squad

You don’t have to be psychic to know that Hyobu Kyosuke is trouble waiting to happen, but having psychic powers of your own may be your only chance if you Read more

Ulysses 31

Hitting TV screens in 1981, Ulysses 31was a France-Japanese animated television series that updated the Greek mythology of Odysseus (known as "Ulysses" in Latin) to the 31st century. It ran for Read more

Ultimate Book of Spells

Cassy, Verne and Gus are three gifted students who go to an enchanted school where they learn about magic and how to use it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VMJY095Bdw One day they receive a Read more

UFO Warrior Dai Apolon

Running for 47 episodes between 6th April 1976 – 24th February 1977, UFO Warrior Dai Apolon follows the life of Takeshi (voiced by Akira Murayama), a 16-year-old boy Takeshi who recently formed Read more

Transformers – Victory

Transformers: Victory was an anime series produced by Toei Animation. It is a Japanese-produced spin-off of the well-known original Transformers cartoon, and the final complete animated series from what later Read more

Transformers – Arrival From Cybertron

If you are a true Transformers connoisseur and grew up watching this in the 80s, then not having this is sacrilegious and amounts to treason .The original Transformers cartoon series Read more

Toxic Crusaders

Toxic Crusaders is an animated series based on The Toxic Avenger films. It features Toxie, the lead character of the films leading a group of misfit superheroes who combat pollution. Toxic Read more

Touché Turtle and Dum Dum

Part of The New Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Series of the 1970's, Touché Turtle (Bill Thompson) and his sheepdog sidekick Dum Dum (Alan Reed) were a pair of heroic fencers who battle villains and Read more

Titan Maximum

Debuting in September 2009, Titan Maximum was created by Tom Root and Matthew Senreich and follows what happened to the legendary Titan Force Five - a super team drafted from the Read more

Time Patrol Tai Otasukeman

Time Patrol Tai Otasukeman aka Rescueman ran for 53 episodes between 1980-81. It was the fourth of the Time Bokan series. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7_-7wUvIvY Atasha, Sekobitchi and Duwarusuki respectively desire to be the Read more

Stephen Pryde-Jarman is a Cult TV and Film journalist, award winning short story writer, playwright and screenwriter. A natural hoarder, second hand shopping fulfils his basic human need for hunter-gathering; but rummaging through a charity shop’s bric-a-brac shelf also brought him the inspiration for his novel Rubble Girl having seen a picture of a Blitz survivor sat amongst the rubble of her house with a cup and saucer. Rubble Girl has been described as " thought-provoking" and "fast paced ... with plenty of twists and turns." Amazon.

%d bloggers like this: