is not just a cartoon show.
It's a way of life, a religion..."
Marvin Kitman/ Newsday
DangerMouse is the strongest, the quickest,
the greatest super agent in the
world. He's a super-cool, eyepatch wearing hero
who operates out of a London
post box with his hamster sidekick Penfold.
This dynamic duo are given
death-defying missions from Colonel K of the Secret
Service, most of which
lead down a well-trodden path to the door of that
most fiendish of villains,
Baron Silas Greenback.
Greenback aims to take over the world by any
means necessary. To assist
him he has Stiletto, a mock-Italian crow of extreme
incompetence. And then
there's Greenback's pet Nero, who's akin to a big
white furry caterpillar. He
chatters and grumbles disaffectedly on his master's
arm, like a good evil
Every episode of this dynamic series is bookended
with the help of an
additional off-screen character, The Narrator -
a fearless, heroic individual
ready to expound and expactorate until the cows come
home, evil is
defeated, and our heroes are tucked up safely in
Many viewers assume that the DangerMouse
character is based upon
James Bond, but this is not so. DM,
as he's known, has more in common
with sixties TV-hero Danger Man, played by
Patrick McGoohan. The Bond
associations are more applicable to
Colonel K who's just like "Q", and that
rasping rascal Greenback, who shares much
with super Bond villain Blofeld,
complete with white cat(erpillar). According
to series director Brian Cosgrove,
Nero's chattering was created by speeding
up voice recordings of actor
David Jason. Which makes you want slow
down your tape and see what's
actually being said!
"DangerMouse" arrived in 1981 and quickly
outgrew its kids tv slot to become
a classic show for adults too. The series
was a worldwide success, and was
sold to over 50 countries. More importantly
it broke America and was the very
first British cartoon to be syndicated coast-to-coast
over there, via Nickelodeon.
Here in the UK we originally had "cliffhanger"
style 5-minute episodes, with four
or five episodes for each tale. On Nickelodeon
these were reedited into two
cliff-hanging episodes of 10-12mins
duration. Later seasons in the UK featured
10-minute episodes and in the early 1990's
we saw the format extended into
a Saturday-Morning style half-hour.
"DangerMouse" licensing abounded
in the early eighties. And at the turn
of the millenium, a new wave of
DM merchandise passed through stores,
including fantastic talking toys, fridge
magnets and stationery...
Hounds will note that the episode titled "The Four Tasks of
included the first-ever TV appearance of that vegetarian
the original series pilot, Penfold speaks in a Welsh accent. It was
in the series
proper that Terry Scott took over his voice. This piece of history
is confirmed when one flicks through "The DangerMouse Files", a
1982. Penfold's real name is revealed as Wilbraham
Keith Benedict. Apparently,
he's the only son of Arthur Wigglesworth and
Ysptty Ystwyth Penfold (nee O'Herlihy). Also, Brian
revealed that our favourite spectacled hamster is loosely
his own brother!
DangerMouse Files" also informs us that DM was educated at Eton,
Harvard, the Sorbonne and Wurternberg, and this
clever fellow holds
a B.A., B.Sc., M.A., M.Sc., and P.H.D.
real name is, apparently, Nasaccio Mafiosa Cornetto. Meanwhile,
Nero is revealed
to be of the species Creepio Nastissimus. His full title is
Instar Emperor Nero
the Second of Chorlton-Cum-Hardy. Chorlton-Cum-Hardy
being the real-life
address of Cosgrove Hall's studios.
fell foul of the devastating fallout from the awful events of
The DVD "Tower of
Terror" sported a sleeve depicting our dynamic duo
fleeing a trembling
skyscraper. The release
was hastily repackaged
and titled as "The
Great Bone Idol", although that original art still
features in a Kult
Kidz DVD box set.
might not know that there was another equally-heroic, but less
in print each week in the pages of "Smash" comic,
way back in 1966
- You'll find him indexed
here on Fleetway Street...
In the news
Hound: February 2002
Speculation about a CGI DangerMouse...
Hound: October 2001
DVD title change after September 11th...
art and prints
So you reckon you're a huge DM fan,
right? The biggest going?
Then you'd best get over to DangerMouseOriginals.
This new site is
operated by Jennie Cosgrove. She's Brian
Cosgrove's daughter, and
she's got original DM drawings,
production cels and artwork for sale,
alongside some equally-terrific limited-edition
art prints. Duckula
and The BFG are also included in the
line-up of mouthwatering
Now let's step back in time a little.
You see, to celebrate DM's 25th
anniversary, Tony Leetham sculpted six fabulous
resin figures. Tony
talked to Toonhound about the project
here. These are truly fantastic
The Hound has bought several of
them himself. More importantly,
you can still buy these
directly from his company web site,
DangerMouse on DVD
Now pay attention. You can now get your
paws on every single
DangerMouse episode ever produced, via
a celebratory box set
The Complete Collection
30th Anniversary Edition
Region 2 / 10 disc box set / Fremantle
/ September 2011
anniversary set supercedes a previous box set, and a bunch
of individual releases from the past.
But if you still need 'em, here
are the links...
DangerMouse 25th Anniversary Collection
1 - Rogue Robots
2 - The Spy Who Stayed in With a Cold
3 - Hickory Dickory Docks Dilemma
4 - The Ultra Secret Secret
5 - Statue of Liberty Caper
6 - Rhyme and Punishment
And all of the above trump a bunch of
even earlier escapees.
If you're that dedicated a fan (and let's
face it, all too many folks are!),
you might still want to track 'em down:
- Volume 1
- Volume 2
- The Great Bone Idol
- Project Moon
- Viva DangerMouse
- Who Stole The Bagpipes?
In America it's far less complicated.
A&E have released the series
as one crumb-tastic box set or, for
those on a tighter budget, as
four neat and nifty series sets...
The Complete Series
1 / nine discs / A& E Home Video / August 2007
- The Complete Seasons 1 & 2
- The Complete Seasons 3 & 4
- The Complete Seasons 5 & 6
- The Final Seasons
Cosgrove, Mark Hall
Harding, Brian Trueman
Jason (DangerMouse, Narrator)
Kelsey (Greenback, Colonel K)
Hibbert (Dr Crumhorn)