Mighty Mouse Movie Could Be On The Way

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:10 am,

mighty mouse movie Mighty Mouse Movie Could Be On The Way

No, it’s not Disney’s ‘Godfather’ of animated rodents, Mickey Mouse, or even Looney Tunes’ lightning-fast Mexican Speedy Gonzales, but Terrytoons’ Mighty Mouse, the pint-sized but buffed superhero who first appeared way back in the 1940s.

The LA Times reports that Paramount Pictures, via its Nickelodeon Movies off-shoot, is keen to get the little fella in a full-length feature film, following the success of Alvin and the Chipmunks and its so-called ‘Squeakquel’.

Cousins Brian and Mark Gunn (whose only major writing credit includes an untitled sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth) have had a crack at a script, but Paramount is apparently keen to see what a new writer can come up with.

A brainchild of Isadore ‘Izzy’ Klein, the character was originally Super Fly (meaning he was a super-powered housefly and not a fictional cocaine-dealer from the early ’70s), but morphed to Super Mouse after Terrytoons boss Paul Terry decided a mouse was more appealing.

A parody of Superman, Super Mouse made his first appearance in the animated theatrical short called The Mouse of Tomorrow (1942), and sported the Man of Steel’s trademark blue tights, red cape and matching red undies.

Two years and seven shorts later, Super Mouse’s name was changed to Mighty Mouse and his uniform to yellow and orange.

Mighty Mouse really hit the big time in 1955 with the advent of television and his Saturday morning cartoon series. It featured the infamous theme song, which was brought to further attention in the late ’70s by comedian Andy Kaufman on Saturday Night Live.

The superhero with the whiskers made a return to TV screens in 1987 starring in The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse. It lasted two seasons.

Mighty Mouse made his last appearance in a controversial 2001 ‘Power of Cheese’ television commercial.  It was set in a city like New York, and shows Mighty Mouse dining on cheese in a restaurant oblivious to the terror on the street outside caused by an alien invasion. The advertisement was taken off the air following September 11.

mighty mouse superman poster Mighty Mouse Movie Could Be On The Way

All would be forgiven now, and Mighty Mouse, with the title character’s on-going battles against the neighborhood cats, including Oil Can Harry, and his penchant for romance, has all the hallmarks of being a great film for the family.

No director has yet been signed for the Mighty Mouse movie, and there is no clear direction it will take in terms of it being a mixture of CGI and live-action like Alvin and the Chipmunks or completely CGI. But, a 2013 release date has been set.

Now, what other classic animated characters should we expect to see make a comeback on the big screen? Woody Woodpecker? Felix the Cat? Tom and Jerry? Betty Boop?

Source: LA Times

Superman Returns/Might Mouse poster art by Henrique Lima

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  1. Sounds like fun, Might Mouse is a legend worth bringing to the big screen for all.

  2. i used to watch this little guy on video cassette when i was young. loved it so much.
    if they are going to make a movie of the little guy it should be fully animated like the astroboy movie.

  3. Sounds interesting…. I would prefer for this movie to be 2D, actually drawn out. There are so many cartoon movies becoming CGI, it gets old sometimes.

    For the next cartoon to have a full length feature film, Betty Boop sounds good. She has been M.I.A. for – how many years now? I only know her through the VHS's my parents bought like 15 years ago. I think its time for a comeback.

  4. I would be psyched!

  5. I am excited to see how this turns out but I am sure that I will not be a big fan.

  6. can anyone tell me where that mighty mouse art that looks like superman came from? Thats really unbelieveable and i am very impressed by it.

  7. As a child of the 1950’s, Mighty Mouse is not only my favorite cartoon but also my favorite super hero. I am excited about this movie and I hope to see ALL of the original Mighty Mouse toons on dvd soon.

  8. can anyone tell me where that mighty mouse art that looks like superman came from The Planet of Krypton

  9. I’m 44 years old and I can’t wait to see it!

    • I’ve been a fan since the ’50’s, He’s not as well know in Britain as in the States, so a re-run of the oldies or some new shorts to be released on Nic might be in order here.! Can’t wait and I’m in my 60’s!

  10. Well this obviously never happened.