MIGHTY MOUSE IN THE GREAT SPACE CHASE (1982)
Article 4441 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Ed Friedman, Lou Kachivas, Marsh Lamore, Gwen Wetzler, Kay Wright, Lou Zukor
Featuring the voices of Alan Oppenheimer, Diane Pershing
What is it: Kiddie matinee nightmare
Evil space villain Harry the Heartless is pursuing Pearl Pureheart to find the location of a doomsday device that will make him master of the universe. Can Mighty Mouse save the day?
Reportedly, this feature film is edited together from episodes of the animated TV series “The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle”, which goes a ways toward explaining why there’s six directors. What it amounts to is about ninety minutes of limited animation full of bad jokes, strident voices, dumb storylines, broad animated slapstick and repetitive music. It might hold the imagination of an eight-year old, and I”m willing to bet that its 7.2 rating on IMDB comes from people who had fond memories of seeing it when they were about that age, but haven’t seen it in years. I found it witless and headache-inducing, and I pity the parents who had to sit through it with their kids. But then, I’ll watch anything for this series, won’t I?