Dangermouse

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Dangermouse (center), and supporting characters (from left to right : Stilleto, LeatherHead, Baron Greenback and Nero, Penfold, and Colonel K).

Dangermouse is a British animated series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall.

It features the eponymous Dangermouse, a British secret agent who happens to be a mouse. The show is a loose parody of British spy fiction, particularly James Bond and the Danger Man series starring Patrick McGoohan. The eponymous hero wears a rakish eyepatch and his chest is prominently emblazoned with the initials DM. This causes problems for those translating the series into other languages, where a literal translation of the words "Danger" and "Mouse" do not share those initials; the Scots Gaelic version, for example, calls the series (and the lead) "Donnie Murdo" (two given names unconnected either with mice or danger).

Dangermouse was the first British cartoon to break the American TV market, being shown on Nickelodeon in the 1980s. Since it went off air it has been periodically repeated and been released on DVD. Rumours are circulating about a revival, possibly using CGI.

A long-running comic strip adaptation, written by Angus P. Allan and illustrated by Arthur Ranson, ran in Look-In magazine and was syndicated in various other magazines. Ranson also provided some backdrops for the TV series. Allen and Ranson's work was highly appreciated by Cosgrove Hall, and the pair were awarded an "Oh Goodness Oh Crikey" award in appreciation of their services. Artist Ranson later went on to illustrate Judge Anderson in the UK comic 2000 AD.

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[edit] Characters

  • Dangermouse - The greatest secret agent in the world. Voiced by David Jason.
  • Penfold - A timid hamster, the sidekick character. Voiced by Terry Scott.
  • Colonel K - DangerMouse's boss; a walrus. Previously worked for Special Branch, where he was known as Special K. He is a champion piano-thrower, decorated judo expert and the first to climb Mount Everest on a pogo stick. Voiced by Edward Kelsey.
  • Baron Silas Greenback - The recurring villain; a frog. Known as Baron Greenteeth in the unaired pilot episode. Voiced by Edward Kelsey.
  • Stiletto Mafiosi - Greenback's henchman; a crow. Voiced by Brian Trueman. In the original British version, he spoke with an Italian accent; this was changed to a Cockney accent for US distribution.
  • LeatherHead - Greenback's other crow henchman. He is even less intelligent than Stiletto. He does not appear in nearly as many episodes as Stiletto.
  • Nero - Greenback's pet. A fluffy white caterpillar (equivalent to the stereotypical white cat frequently associated with arch villains). Non-speaking character, but readily understood by Greenback and Stiletto.
  • Doctor Augustus P. Crumhorn III - A mad scientist. He recurred as Dangermouse's adversary less frequently than did Baron Greenback, in one episode attempting to undermine Dangermouse by metamorphosing into a Shirley Temple lookalike.
  • Count Duckula - A showbiz-obsessed vampire duck who inspired a later Cosgrove Hall series featuring a similar character, titled Count Duckula.
  • Professor Squarkencluck - mad scientist/inventor/boffin. Inventor of the Mark III, DM's flying car. A chicken.
  • Agent 57 - An ally of Dangermouse who is always undercover and appears as something different. He (Agent 57) doesn't even know what he originally looks like.
  • Isambard Sinclair - The unseen narrator, but occasionally interacts with the characters (in one episode he accidentally sends DM back in time). Voiced by David Jason.

[edit] Voices

  • David Jason as Dangermouse, Narrator, Nero and Colonel K
  • Terry Scott as Ernest Penfold
  • Edward Kelsey as Baron Silas Greenback
  • Brian Trueman as Stiletto

[edit] Credits

  • Written by: Brian Trueman
  • Music by: Mike Harding
  • Music Production: Ritchie Close
  • Animators: Keith Scoble, George Jackson, Robert Newman, Clinton J. Priest, Garry Owen, Tony Garth, Stephen Thomas, Jean Flynn, Meryl Edgei, Denise Heywood, Phil Morris
  • Backgrounds: Malcolm Turner, Andy Roper, Diane Wren
  • Painting: Bob Burrows, Phillip McMylor, Roy Huckerby, Monica McCartney, Lorraine Thomas, Andrew Wilson, Barbra Alcock, Judy Ringrose, Joan Storey, Simon White
  • Edited by: Nigel Rutter, Nibs Senior, Stephen Perry
  • Camera: Frank Hardie, Wendie Harie, Peter Kidd
  • Assistant Director: Jean Flynn
  • Produced by: Mark Hall, Brian Cosgrove
  • Directed by: Brian Cosgrove
  • Executive Producer: John Hambley

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