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:: DVD Reviews :: Interview with Brian Cosgrove :: Pilot Episode :: Penfold's Peril ::

Pilot Episode

The DVD entitled "The Great Bone Idol" Contained one of two pilot episodes. The episode, called "The Mystery of the Lost Chord" was the second of the two pilots. Sadly, the first one has never been found.
There are no credits on the episode so it is unclear exactly when it was made but according to the text on the DVD, a writer contract exists on 8th April, 1979.

There are some noticeable differences between the pilot and the episodes we know today. The main being the voices. Danger Mouse himself was originally voiced as a smooth-talking James-Bond wannabe and Penfold has a Welsh accent. Baron Greenback's name is different too. According to the text on the DVD his name is Baron Greenchief, but I think it sounds a lot more like Greenteeth.

The drawing style is subtly different (observe the screenshots). DM being the most notable again with a much cuter face than normal. One extraordinary thing I stumbled upon was a shot of DM in his car (blink and you'll miss it), where he was wearing a bow-tie!!! (see below) Perhaps this was a re-used cell from the very first Pilot?


DM Looking like something from
The Secret of Nimh ;)

The episode was later re-worked in 1981, entitled "Who Stole The Bagpipes". It is based upon Greenback's attempt to steal all the bagpipes in the world in a bid to discover the secret of the Lost Chord, a music note so terrible it possessed the power to destroy the world.

Both the pilot episode and the re-work have been released on the coincidentally named new DVD, "Who Stole The Bagpipes".

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