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Comic book and comic strip artist Bob Kane (1916-1998) is best known as the creator of Batman (1939), but he entered animation later in his career. His first effort was a spoof of his most famous character: Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse, which debuted in syndication in 1960. Unlike most cat-and-mouse pairs, Courageous and Minute were allies, fighting crime in Empire City. Four or five of the five-minute mini-stories were shown on each half-hour program. Courageous is a generic-looking cartoon cat, while Minute suggests a bargain-basement copy of Mickey. The animation is almost as limited as Crusader Rabbit or Rocky and Bullwinkle, but without the outrageous humor. The one running gag in the series is Courageous's Catgun, which can shoot a noose, disintegrator rays, a cannonball repeller--everything but a bullet. It proves useful against such villains as Professor Shaggy Dog, Rodney Rodent, Flat-Face Frog, and Iron Shark.
This four-disc set includes all 130 five-minute episodes, but the prints have faded badly and there's no evidence of any restoration work. Baby boomers (or Gen-Xers) who grew up on the program may get a nostalgic buzz from watching one or two episodes, but sitting through more than a few quickly cloys. Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse was never a great series, a fact that's more obvious four decades after its debut. Kane went on to develop a second spoof, the marginally superior Cool McCool (1966), a send-up of Get Smart. (Unrated; suitable for ages 5 and older: cartoon violence, tobacco use) --Charles SolomonFrom the Back Cover:
The complete adventures of the original furry foes of felony are available together for the first time in this DVD set! The brainchild of Bob Kane, the legendary creator of Batman, Courageous Cat is an undisguised parody of the Caped Crusader, battling crime in Empire city with his stalwart companion Minute Mouse. Racing from the Cat Cave and armed with the extraordinary Cat Gun, the pair face off against a selection of the finest villains ever drawn, nefarious figures like Shoo Fly, Rodney Rodent, The Black Cat, Harry Gorilla, Iron Shark, Professor Noodle Stroodle and, most famously, The Frog, an amphibious version of Edward G. Robinson. With all 130 of their adventures restored for this DVD release, Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse stand ready to capture the imaginations of a new generation.
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