Danger Mouse is a British animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television. It features the eponymous Danger Mouse, an English mouse who works as a super hero /secret agent. The show is a loose parody of British spy fiction, particularly James Bond and the Danger Man series starring Patrick McGoohan. The show originally ran in the United Kingdom from 1981 to 1992. In the English-language version, the titular hero was voiced by David Jason.
The 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). The Slovene translation omitted the DM initials entirely, however, dubbing Danger Mouse ('Brave Mouse'). In French, trying to keep with the initials, the mouse was named Dare Dare Motus, "Dare Dare" being French slang for "as fast as possible".
Danger Mouse was the first British cartoon to break into the American TV market (since the animated shorts Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, Ludwig, & Paddington Bear being shown in the 1970s & Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation shows including Stingray, Thunderbirds, Joe 90 & others in the 1960s) following syndication on 4 June 1984, where it garnered a tremendous fan following that still exists. Since it went off air it has been periodically repeated and been released on DVD. In the United States it was broadcast on Nickelodeon in the 1980s in the late afternoons and in the early evenings as a segue into prime-time hours (as the A&E Network and later Nick-At-Nite) as the series appealed to both pre-teens and adults with its quick-witted English humour.
Although all the characters in the series are animals, the adventures of Danger Mouse appear to be taking place alongside the human world; there are various examples of a mouse-sized Danger Mouse walking through human-scale sets, standing on table-football tables and, not least, living inside a normal size pillar box. This becomes less consistent as the series goes on, as many later episodes show the characters as being human size. There are also times when the cast attempts to deliberately interact with humans (such as Duckula mind-controlling human Members of Parliament to be as showbiz-mad as he is, as well as the episode "Trip To America" where Danger Mouse and Penfold are seen to interact with a Texan).
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