In many of the countries, DM's name remained the same. But
Penfold's often changed. Some of the variations were
Penaforte in Spain and Lübke in Germany.
show first aired on Nickelodeon in 1984-87 and returned
from 1991-94. Both times the show was a major hit, jumping
into the network's top ratings.
was also the first British cartoon to be syndicated
coast-to-coast in the US.
first pilot episode has yet to be found. It was "put
some place safe" (i.e...lost).
second pilot was titled "The Mystery of the Lost
Chord" which was later rewritten as the episode
"Who Stole the Bagpipes".
the pilot, DM sounded like James Bond and Penfold was
The show was originally intended to be a more serious spy
cartoon, but Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall had become
stuck. It was Mike Harding who gave them the idea of
making the show silly. As he puts it, "The characters
had got stuck in reality and were doing James Bond type
things rooted in the solid real world. I argued that once
you invented a Mouse Secret Agent then all of creation and
a good chunk of not creation was his oyster. In other
words we could be as barmy (crazy) as we wanted." -
from The Official Mike Harding Web Site
tails of the main characters were not drawn to cut down on
cost. (Why make a separate set of cels for just a tail
movement?) The only characters to have tails were Buggles
Pigeon – who used his in flight – and characters who
only showed up in one episode.
creators decided to use white for both DM’s fur and
outfit because the paint was inexpensive.
Stiletto's name refers to a sharp Italian dagger.
Stiletto's accent was changed from Italian to Cockney
for the American airing at the request of Nickelodeon. The
network feared that the Italian mob stereotype might
offend certain viewers.
The character of Count Duckula first appeared in the
episode "The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse". He
later went on to star in his own cartoon show.
Many fans seem to know of at least one person who looks
like Penfold. This is usually a professor.
Marvin Kitman of "Newsday" is quoted as having
said, "Danger Mouse is not just a cartoon show. It's
a way of life, a religion..."
Some of the characters, such as Jones the Dragon, were
hard for Americans to understand due to the accent.
Mouse ranked third on the Top 100 Children's TV on British
TV, after The Simpsons and The Muppet Show.
There are many rumors about how DM lost his left eye, but
no information was given in the series. In fact, very
little about the characters was ever flushed out by the
creators, making the show very fun for fan-fic writers.
Though CosgroveHall originally created and produced the
series, due to a legal issue the copyright on the
characters is now owned by Thames/Pearson Television
International Ltd (now Fremantle Media).
There were a great deal of Barry Manilow jokes on the
A comic strip of the cartoon originally features in the
magazine Look-In. The show was later given five annuals, a
number of individual story books, and a segment in the
Marvel comic Count Duckula.