12 oz. Mouse

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Bizarre, booze-steeped cartoon for adults. Pass.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 26 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Fitz drowns himself in alcohol to forget his problems. He's an anarchist who doesn't follow rules and does whatever he feels like.


Animated mouse casually uses automatic weapons to slay his enemies and knives to kill animals.


"Holy crap," "this blows," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main character is an alcoholic and is always drinking. One character smokes pot.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this animated series (part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup) features animals and might appear harmless at very first glance, watching for even a few minutes will convince you that this isn't one for the kids. Protagonist Mouse Fitzgerald is an unapologetic alcoholic who doesn't follow rules, and the other characters in his world aren't much better. Toss in some bathroom humor (in one episode a character relieves himself in a car, filling it to the roof with urine) and violence (a pig's throat is cut, and the animal is gutted), and you get the idea.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCosplaykat October 17, 2020

Not For the Whole Family

This is definitely not for little kids. If you can get past the first season, the animation and bad acting, you may like it. Also this may be appealing to those... Continue reading
Adult Written byCoyote Bongwater December 31, 2018

Nothing Quite Like It

*Totally contains spoilers. Maybe.*

12 Oz Mouse is a very peculiar article of media, no matter how you look at it. Matt Maiellaro had a vision, I'm sure,... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byILikeReviewingThings March 23, 2015

A Good Show For Teens Only!

12 oz. Mouse is one of my favorite Adult Swim programs but I recommend teens 13+ . The main character, Mouse Fitzgerald, is alcoholic (don't do drugs, kid... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLego_Aidan March 28, 2014

Did CSM watch 12 Oz. Mouse?

There are No Pigs in 12 Oz. Mouse, how could they gut one?

The show can occasionally be violent, but it is So badly Drawn, why worry?

Alcohol IS a big part of... Continue reading

What's the story?

A fitting show for Cartoon Network's edgy, late-night Adult Swim block, 12 OZ. MOUSE follows the exploits of Mouse Fitzgerald, also known as "Fitz," an unapologetic alcoholic who's always getting into trouble. Prompted by visions of once being married and having a child, Fitz looks for answers about his past in each episode. But he suspects that many of the characters he comes into contact with during his search are out to get him, lending the show a dark, sinister slant.

Is it any good?

The show's animation is crude at best; the characters have limited motion and make the South Park kids look like carefully drawn masterpieces. But even top-of-the-line 3D computer graphics wouldn't hide the fact that Fitz (voiced by Matt Maiellaro) is an anarchist who obeys no one and that his best buddies are a ruthless bully, a giant eyeball with legs, and a police officer who's often high on pot.

Like many Adult Swim shows, 12 oz. Mouse strings together random scenes that seem to have little continuity. What viewers can count on are scenes involving guns, excessive drinking, and Fitz's bitter rants -- in other words, not exactly kid-friendly stuff. Parents with teens who are interested in watching should preview an episode or two before letting them tune in on their own.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about gross-out humor. What makes jokes about bodily functions so funny? Why do some people find that kind of humor so much more amusing than others do? When does it cross the line? Does Fitz have any redeeming qualities whatsoever? If not, do you care?

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