The Mouse and the Monster
The Mouse and the Monster is an American animated series created and executive produced by Jerry Leibowitz. The show aired on UPN network's cartoon block UPN Kids and the Fox Family Channel. It featured a mouse named Chesbro, and a monster named Mo. The show subsequently aired on Disney Europe following Disney's acquisition of Saban's library of shows.
During what would be his final concert, the brilliant pianist Flatnoteski suffered a heart attack and died. Among the front-row visitors were Dr. Wackerstein and his wife and assistant Olga. Dr. Wackerstein immediately claimed Flatnoteski's brain, so that the Doctor could create a body to place said brain in, and allow Flatnoteski's genius to live on. For this purpose, Dr. Wackerstein created Mo, a cycloptic golem bearing a passing resemblance to Frankenstein's Monster. However, even without a brain, Mo had a mind and personality of his own and did not want his own newly created life to make room for a brain that wasn't his. An inhabitant of Wackerstein's castle, a mouse named Chesbro befriended Mo and helped him to flee. Pals together, they are on the run from the mad doctor.
- Chesbro "Chez" Mouse
- An ordinary yellow former lab-mouse. He is Mo's best friend, and travels with him to wherever Dr. Wackerstein isn't. He is a bit pessimistic, and constantly regretful that he quit working at the cheese factory over a laboratory job. Chez is constantly busy keeping Mo out of trouble.
- A large blue cycloptic beatnik monster. He's cheerful, impulsive, and generally kind. Having been brought into creation rather than being born, Mo possesses sort of a childlike fascination for things he isn't familiar with. He loves drumming on his bongos in a true beatnik fashion. His favorite food is Gumballs, especially the Squid-flavored ones. Mo truly despises Liverwurst, and he'll go on a berserk rampage if he even so much as hears the word.
- Dr. Wackerstein
- A short purple man, who is a lunatic scientist with good intentions, but bad means. He created Mo so he could place Flatnoteski's Brain inside of his skull, and when he found out Mo had escaped, he chased after him. Wackerstein also has an assistant named Olga, whom he always calls Igor, much to her chagrin.
- A green woman with a Slavic accent and pink hair reminiscent of Marge Simpson. She is Dr. Wackerstein's wife and assistant. Olga is a performance artist, a strange, completely inexcitable woman; practically everything is boring to her. She often keeps Dr. Wackerstein in line, and acts as a very strange voice of reason for his manic behavior. What few pleasures in life she has includes her mother's schnitzels, and interpretive dance paired with her own artsy form of "music" (a combination of a tuba playing short notes, and off-key opera singing). She hates it when Doc mistakenly calls her "Igor," and corrects him time and time again.
-"My name is Olga, not Igor, you vertically challenged bupkis of a man!"
- Flatnoteski's Brain
- Flatnoteski has died from a heart attack, but his disembodied brain lives on. It's usually taken along with Dr. Wackerstein in the toddler's seat in the back of the doctor's car. Even though it's a disembodied brain, it can still express its feelings (to the viewer), with a thought balloon that conveys a brainwave frequency line, which often changes to reflect what it's thinking, such as short words like "HELP".