A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's setting changes often, reflecting the topography, architecture, and culture of each place. While in Venice, for instance, Danger Mouse draws attention to how people get around by boat and how rich the area is in artwork. As they travel through Europe, they do so on the Orient Express.
The show pokes gentle fun at spy movie tropes like elaborate but ill-fated schemes, tricked-out vehicles, and hapless bad guys. Good and evil are clearly defined, and the villains are driven by greed rather than a desire for violence, which lessens the sense of danger in the exchanges. Danger Mouse and Penfold always try to solve problems with creative planning rather than by fighting.
Positive Role Models
Danger Mouse and Penfold are as upstanding as they come, but their naivety sometimes lands them in hot water. Fortunately for them, though, the villains aren't the smartest bunch, and their ineptitude combined with the heroes' bravado usually spells disaster for their plans.
Violence & Scariness
Bombs and dynamite explode, leaving gaping holes in whatever they're near. Violence between characters is minimal, but most stories show the heroes in some kind of danger, like being held hostage or spun in circles until they give up information. No real harm is ever done to any of the characters, though.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Danger Mouse is an '80s British cartoon that loosely parodies British spy movies. Despite the good-vs.-evil setup, the characters' exchanges are more comical than they are antagonistic, and what violence exists (bombs, dynamite, etc.) is without consequence. Many of the highbrow jokes will sail over kids' heads, but they make the show a lot of fun for the older crowd as well. The stories make good use of the show's changing settings, exposing kids to basic geography and culture in places like Scotland and Italy.
Is It Any Good?
Danger Mouse is a much-loved spy spoof whose age does nothing to tarnish its entertainment value. The resourceful protagonist usually divides his energy between unraveling Greenback's plots and rescuing hapless Penfold from one mistake after another, but true to form, he always manages to save the day just in the nick of time. You don't have to be familiar with spy movie tropes to enjoy these stories, but for parents who are and who watch with their kids, the subtle parodies are a fun change of pace.
With clean content throughout, an all-animal cast, and plenty of silly predicaments for the heroes, kids will find a lot to like in this classic. Need another reason to give it a try? This globe-trotting series incorporates aspects of its various settings in ways that introduce kids to notable geography, culture, and artistic qualities of each area, all without seeming (at least to kids) the least bit educational. All in all, that's good stuff from a fun show.
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