At 28th September of 1981, the classic British children's animated comedy espionage TV series "Danger Mouse" debuts on ITV. It featured the eponymous Danger Mouse who worked as a secret agent. The show was a parody of British spy fiction, particularly the Danger Man series and James Bond. The show originally ran in the United Kingdom from 28 September 1981 to 19 March 1992. A reboot of the original series, under the same name, began airing in September 2015 on CBBC. The series also spawned a spin-off show, "Count Duckula", which aired between 1988 and 1993.
Brian Cosgrove, in the early 80's, created a wonderfully satirical send up of nearly every spy/mystery/science fiction story: "Danger Mouse". This cartoon was like Monty Python meets James Bond. It was about a heroic mouse named Danger Mouse who was the best secret agent and he had an inept and cowardly sidekick, a hampster named Ernest Penfold who was like a cross between Stan Laurel and Peter Lorre.
Together Danger Mouse and Penfold went on vivid and wildly hilarious adventures and had to save the world from a mafia-like syndicate presided by the villainous Silas Greenback. The writing is witty; the throw-away lines are superb; the situations, outrageous; the characterizations stretch the limits of stereotyping.
Some Memorable Episodes:
Season 1, Episode 6, The Dream Machine: Baron Silas Greenback has created a dream machine. The device resembles a colorful cloud. The dream machine descends upon DangerMouse and Penfold. They see no possible escape. Within the dream machine, whatever Penfold says is created. Terrified for a few minutes, DangerMouse and Penfold find a way to create just what they need to confront and defeat the villainous Greenback.
Season 2, Episode 2, Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind: Penfold is practicing Kung-Moggie when he and, more importantly, Danger Mouse are send to Eaves Drop Island (near the Bermuda Triangle) to safeguard the Big Ear tracking station from Baron Greenback. Once there, they are abducted by aliens and probed by Dr. Zock. However, DM refuses to believe Zock is nothing more than Greenback wearing a silly purple mask.
Season 9, Episode 1, I Spy with My Little Eye: Greenback is smuggling sunlamps to the Eskimos to melt the polar icecaps flood the world. Unfortunately, Dangermouse and Penfold lose the Mark 3 and soon get lost on the North pole.
Season 10, Episode 1, Crumhorn Strikes Back!: DM and Penfold are taking a holiday in New York provided by the nice folks at the FBI. Doctor Augustus P. Crumhorn III takes the opportunity to get his revenge on Danger Mouse by swallowing his transformation pills and posing as a terminally cute young girl who claims her father has been kidnapped.
The series was expensive to make, sometimes needing 2,000 drawings thus footage was reused while certain scenes were set in the North Pole or "in the dark" (i.e. black with eyeballs visible only, or, in Danger Mouse's case, simply one eyeball) as a cost-cutting measure. This time-and-money saving device was cheerfully admitted by both Brian Cosgrove, who conceived the character and the show, and Brian Trueman, who wrote almost all the scripts from the beginning.
By 1983, "Danger Mouse" viewing figures hit an all-time high of 21.59 million viewers. On 4 June 1984, Danger Mouse was the first British cartoon to appear on Nickelodeon and become one of the earliest British cartoons to be in syndication in America, as the series appealed to both pre-teens and adults with its quick-witted English humour. In the UK, Channel 4's 100 Greatest Kids' TV Shows, Danger Mouse came third, beaten only by "The Muppet Show" and "The Simpsons".
During its run, the series spawned a wide range of merchandise, including story books, hardback annuals, jigsaw puzzles, a Panini sticker album, View-Master disks and of course, VHS releases. In the years since, "Danger Mouse" products have continued to sell, often aimed at the now-adult audience which grew up with it, such as T-shirts, mugs, keyrings, fridge magnets and posters.
"Danger Mouse" is a cartoon for all ages. As popular today as it was upon it's debut, the cartoon is a joy to watch and an absorbing affair from start to finish. It is David Jason and Cosgrove Hall's finest moment, and is rightly talked about with reverence and praise. Brilliant.
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"The questions have to be tougher.
They have to be able to square their campaign rhetoric with facts.
They have to be stopped when they're not answering the question, and they have to be called out when their answers contradict the facts."
edit: I'm watching the debate now and Trump has said that he didn't say that climate change is a hoax put forward by the Chinese to weaker our national position. I'm not sure what part he's disagreeing with, but my goal is to not drink a lot of bourbon to be able to deal with this. The outlook is bleak.
At 27th September of 1989, Billy Joel released a huge comeback hit for him: "We Didn't Start The Fire". Its lyrics include brief, rapid-fire allusions to more than 100 headline events between 1949, the year of Joel's birth, and 1989, when the song was released on his album "Storm Front". The tune was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. The song was also a No. 1 hit in the US.
This was Joel's third US #1 hit. His previous two were "Still Rock 'N" Roll To Me" and "Tell Her About It." "River Of Dreams" hit #1 six years later. The lyrics are a stream of consciousness list of events that Joel felt his generation was not responsible for. A lot of the references are to the Cold War (US vs. Russia), a problem his generation inherited. In the liner notes of Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel, Joel explains that he wrote this song after a conversation with John Lennon's son Sean.
The rapid lyrics style was first used in a Pop song by R.E.M. in "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." Before that, Bob Dylan did something similar on "Subterranean Homesick Blues." Joel wrote the lyrics first, which he rarely does. He says that is why the song has no melody. Joel told Billboard magazine: "It's terrible musically. It's like a mosquito buzzing around your head."
This is a very popular song, and while Joel doesn't consider it one of his favorites and admits it has no melody, he explained on The Howard Stern Show that he doesn't hate the song. He does, however, have a hard time remembering all the words when he performs it in concert and has even looked to audience members mouthing the words to the song to pick up the lyrics. He is often asked if he is going to write a sequel with updated lyrics, but he has no plans to.
Until the final stanza, every two lines represents a year; the song opens in 1949, the year Billy Joel was born. This song was parodied on The Simpsons season finale where they "roasted" Homer. The song consists of reminding viewers of past plots. It was sung by Dan Castellaneta (The voice of Homer).
Not long after "We Didn't Start The Fire" was released, the fifth grade class at the Banta Elementary School in Menasha, Wisconsin used the lyrics of the song to select topics for their history reports. On January 26, 1990, Joel's record label responded by issuing cassettes containing the song and a 10-minute talk by Joel to 40,000 students.
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