Monday, June 15, 2009

Dangermouse

It's Monday, the start of a new week, and in the summer weather, that always manages to bring frustration to those of us who have to get up and go to work (and don't get to count to the end of the school year). Let's do something a little fun this morning, in that case. Let's talk about Dangermouse!

If you've never seen the cartoon (I recently picked up the entire series at Amazon.com) then let me explain for a moment. You have a white mouse, with an eye patch, who is a secret agent, fighting crime with his side kick Penfold (who I believe is supposed to be a hamster). The entire series is set in Britain, and DM even lives on Baker Street (for the Sherlock fans out there). His nemesis is an evil wheezing toad (yep) named Greenback who is supported by a crow henchman named Mafiosa. True quality!

The show is somewhat corny, mocking James Bond, and doing it all with British sense of humor, which doesn't always appeal to Americans, I admit. My brother and I used to watch it religiously on USA Network, occasionally preceded by Bananaman. You always knew that DM would find his way out of trouble, and Pinfold would always do something incredibly silly to get himself INTO trouble... which Dangermouse eventually pulled him out of. And while I'm not doing the show much justice here, I'll rely on our good friends at YouTube to help me show you the fun:



See, wasn't that great? The animation isn't top notch, but it was the 80s. The voices aren't tough to follow, and the foolishness of the show is just plain fun. The sheer fact of Pinfold, for instance, chained up to a ball that is almost as large as he is, to keep him in prison. And the flying car - isn't the flying car just the coolest? Oh come on, you know it is.

Look, do yourself a favor. Go on YouTube and watch a few episodes. Consider even supporting the economy by purchasing a season or two on DVD. If you have kids, nieces and nephews, or just know some small fries, consider passing this on. Dangermouse is perfect for any kids, and they deserve to see it!

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