Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Mice are stars, big stars in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood! Animated they may be, but whether we know it or not, we all grew up adoring at least one of the home destroying pests through the Big Screen. Below is a list of some famous mice, accompanied by one of its cousins, the widely loathed Rat. Enjoy!
Mickey Mouse- Probably the most famous of all! First appearing in film way back in 1928, he has now amassed over 130 movies, zillions of cartoons and comic books and actually accounts for 40% of all Disney’s profits. Incredible. Mickey has it all- fame, the cute Minnie Mouse on his arm and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Speedy Gonzales- This Mexican whippet is described as being the “Fastest Mouse in all Mexico” and judging by the dust that his feet leave behind him, Usian Bolt may as well pack up and chill out on the white sands of Jamaica. Speedy starred in over 40 cartoons, much loved by all. Except perhaps Donald Trump, who now in power may well banish him behind that rather large wall of his.
Roland Rat- A well-known character on this side of the Atlantic, Roland Rat was a big hit on TV during the 1980’s. His brash and confident attitude endeared himself to a generation of kids, alongside his bosom buddies Little Reggie, Glenis the Guinea Pig and Errol the Hamster. Revered as saving the now Dodo-esque TV-AM before boosting ratings for the BBC, he was a little pest legend back in the day. Don’t rule out a comeback for the cool-as-cucumber rodent.
Danger Mouse- David Jason was the voice behind this animated Secret Agent, whose viewing figures hit 21.59 million viewers in the UK. With quick witted humour and his bumbling side-kick Ernest Penfold, our American friends over the pond also took a shine to the series. Phrases such as “Good grief!”, “Penfold, shush!” and “Blast!” typified English society at that time. Like all things great he made a much-welcomed revival last year- you can’t keep a good mouse down!
(Tom and..) Jerry- This squabbling pair entertained kids of all ages with their manic love-hate relationship. When Tom wasn’t trying to kill Jerry by using axes, hammers, firearms, firecrackers, explosives, traps and poison; Jerry was retaliating by slicing Tom in half, decapitating him and shutting his head or fingers in a window or a door. Their love rarely surfaced, but when it did it showed us that it was much nicer to make love, not war. Jeremy Kyle would love to get hold of these two.