12 oz. Mouse

Common Sense Media says

Bizarre, booze-steeped cartoon for adults. Pass.





What parents need to know

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.

Not applicable

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

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Adam Reed, Matt Maiellaro, Nick Weidenfeld
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byRashianuu April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


A hilarious show that is often misunderstood. If you're not into cult television and Adult Swim style humor you won't get it.
Adult Written bybloodybirdbrain November 16, 2008

this show is genius.

whats so genius about it is that behind the crude drawings is a extremely complex story,the kind youd expect in a thriller movie.the one star is really unfair and half the review is all about comparison to other shows,thats not wat a review is about.
Adult Written bykinkybabez77 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
This is a sick show. It makes so sense at all. In one of the episodes I did see they had a mouse tide up in almost dominatrix style ropes and I didn't even know why he was there. In another part the whale and the box were in a living room and they killed each other and were talking like schizophrenics. If I had kids I would block is channel during the late night show until there at least 16 or when I confident they know right from wrong. This show might put sick ideas into smaller childrens heads, So be warned parents don't let your children watch this show. Mind you I'm only 19 and I'm disgusted by 12 oz. Mouse. Well this is my opinion.


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