The fifth and sixth seasons of Danger Mouse, the world's greatest
secret agent, are with us at last. This two disc set includes some
of DM's funniest adventures and is easily enjoyable by both adults and
children. If you enjoy groan inducing puns and metaphors stretched
to the breaking point, this set is for you.
Danger Mouse, or DM as his friends call him, is the world's greatest
secret agent. Wherever danger will rear its ugly head, he's there
to stop it! With his faithful, and rather timid, sidekick Penfold
(a hamster) to aid him, DM fights the evil machinations of Baron Silas
Greenback, the world's most evil toad.
A parody of James Bond, this cartoon sets itself apart from other animated
shows with its creativity, not so subtle satire, and a strong sense
of the absurd. The latter is what I appreciate the most, and makes
me a fan of the show. Each episode is filled with strange situations
that really gives the show its strange sense of humor.
In addition to the strange plots, there are a lot of bad jokes and even
worse puns, some of which the younger viewers may miss but are sure to
elicit groans from the adults. Danger Mouse also realizes that he's
a cartoon character. At one point in season three, DM and Penfold
have fallen off of a cliff and are holding on only by their finger-tips.
Danger Mouse remarks that "this must be the end of an episode.....the writer
always has to end on a cliff-hanger."
This is another group of laugh out loud funny cartoons. The situations
are just as absurd as the previous seasons, and the jokes fly just as fast
and thick. Some of the more humorous situations include London becoming
covered in Penfold clones when one of the Baron's machines goes awry, and
when England grinds to a standstill when Greenback steals all of the world's
Another favorite episode, and one that captures the spirit of the show
perfectly is By George, it's a Dragon. In this adventure Danger
Mouse and Penfold have to go to Wales to stop a dragon that is wreaking
havoc. When Colonel K gives him the assignment, Danger Mouse is a
DM: A fire breathing dragon? There's no such thing!
Penfold: I once saw a man eating cabbage.
DM: Good grief. Where?
Penfold: The Williston Green café
A typically bad joke, but one that also totally unexpected. Filled
with rapid fire jokes that have that British sense of the absurd, this
show is a winner.
Though the program is very funny, the animation was done on the cheap.
They cut a lot of corners, animating only a person's mouth if they could
possibly get away with it, and often having characters look the other way
when talking so they didn't even have to do that much. Scenes of
Danger Mouse and Penfold walking or driving in their car are often reused,
as are some backgrounds. This shouldn't stop potential buyers though,
the humor more than makes up for the lacking animation.
With season five, Danger Mouse changed its format. Unlike
seasons two through four, these episodes are now ten minute stand alone
stories instead of the multi-part sagas that were told earlier. Truth
be told, I enjoy this format a bit more. They've distilled
the show down to its essence: silly verbal gags tacked onto an absurd plot.
The repetition that plagued the multi-chapter stories is gone, and plot
is simplified a lot, leaving more room for the incredibly bad puns and
jokes. This is the format that DM works best in.
The episodes included in this set are:
Long Lost Crown Affair
By George It's a Dragon
Tiptoe Through the Penfolds
The Next Ice Age Begins at Midnight
The Aliens are Coming
The Man From Gadget
Tampering With Time Tickles
Once Upon a Time Slip
Viva Danger Mouse
Play it Again, Wufgang
The Spy Who Stayed in With a Cold
It's All White, White Wonder
The Hickory Dickory Dock Dilemma
What a Three-Point Turn-Up For the Book
'Alping is Snow Easy Matter
One of Our Stately Homes is Missing
Afternoon Off - With the Fangboner
Beware of Mexicans Delivering Milk
The Good, the Bad and the Motionless
The Clock Strikes Back!
Bandits, Beans and Ballyhoo!
Have You Fled Any Good Books Lately?
Tut, Tut, It's Not Pharaoh
Lost, Found and Spellbound
Journey to the Earth's... `Cor
These two seasons of Danger Mouse come on a pair of single sided
The two channel audio track sounds about average for a program of this
age. The dialog is easy to understand and the background music is
clear. There are a couple of pops that are audible, and a very slight
hum in the background that is only noticeable in quiet parts when the volume
is turned up fairly high. There were one or two instances of distortion
where the soundtrack cracked, but this was rare. Not a bad sounding
disc though, just average. There are no subtitles.
Like the first set, this one uses the original British soundtrack.
For American audiences Nickelodeon redubbed only Stiletto's voice and gave
him a Cockney accent instead of his original Italian accent. He speaks
with an Itallian accent on these discs.
The video is acceptable, but not outstanding. The shows had a
faded look to them. The colors weren't as bright as they should have
been, and the details weren't as sharp. The image was a little on
the soft side too. There are a few specks on the print that was used,
but this was a minor defect. All of this doesn't mean the picture
is bad, it isn't, it's just showing it's age a bit. There are no
digital defects worth mentioning.
In addition to a karaoke version of the opening song and text biographies
of the characters in the show that have appeared on the previous sets,
there is also an episode of Count Duckula. The episode is
Stormy Night, in which the vampire duck can be seen in his Danger Mouse
pajamas. It runs about half an hour.
If I had to limit myself to one collection of Danger Mouse cartoons,
I'm sure this is the one I'd pick. The shorter format works well
and there are some great episodes included in this set. I was also
glad to see A&E including more in the way of extras. While I've
never considered Count Duckula to be as entertaining as Danger
Mouse, it is nice to see an episode included here. For fans of
absurd verbal humor, this set can't miss. A laugh-out-loud funny
show, this set is Highly Recommended.