It’s the fourth day of April and that can only mean that in my quest to alphabetise the cartoon characters of my youth, we must have arrived at the letter ‘D’.
What’s that you say?
Isn’t the fourth of April also my birthday?
Well I wasn’t going to bring it up but now that you mention it, it is indeed my birthday today.
There’s no need to make a fuss. It’s just a day like any other. No, there’s no need to give me lots of really expensive presents.
Well, ok if you insist.
But there’s plenty of time for all of that. For now let us return to the matter at hand. And that matter is ‘D’
‘D’ is for Danger Mouse.
There were a lot of 1980s rodent heroes as I recall. The Rescue Rangers had a whole team of them, Basil was a Great Mouse Detective, Fievel had his fair share of adventures in An American Tail and if Speedy Gonzales and Mighty Mouse pre-date the 80s, then that’s the time period in which I discovered them so they absolutely still count.
The greatest of them all was, without a shadow of a doubt, Danger Mouse. Seriously, just listen to his theme tune – it literally opens with the line “He’s the greatest…”
I loved Danger Mouse as a kid. I love Danger Mouse now. I own a Danger Mouse t-shirt. I literally would be Danger Mouse if it were at all possible.
But, alas, when asked the question “are you a man or a mouse?” I reluctantly have to concede that I am a man.
And Danger Man just isn’t the same thing at all.