The Mouse and the Monster
|The Mouse and the Monster|
|Developed by||Jerry Leibowitz|
|Written by||Glenn Eichler
|Directed by||Kent Butterworth|
|Voices of||Herbert Ikatap
|Theme music composer||Shuki Levy|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (25 segments)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jerry Leibowitz
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Saban Entertainment (in association with United Paramount Network)
|Original network||UPN (UPN Kids block)|
|Original release||1996 – 1997|
The Mouse and the Monster is an American animated series created by Jerry Leibowitz for Saban Entertainment. It centered around a mouse named Chesbro, and a beatnik monster named Mo. The show was originally part of the UPN network's 1996 UPN Kids lineup alongside other Saban-produced shows, such as Bureau of Alien Detectors and The Incredible Hulk. Reruns later appeared on the Fox Family Channel. The show subsequently aired on various Disney Channels in 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 from being force-fed the stuff while a captive of Doc, 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".
|1||"Ches Meets Mo"|
|The heart-burning origin of how Ches and Mo meet, develop a friendship and flee the insane clutches of mad Doctor Wackerstein, the brain of Doc's late favorite pianist, Flatnoteski, and Doc's avant-garde wife, Olga.|
|2||"A Mouse, a Monster & a Baby"|
|Ches and Mo become surrogate parents as well as living play-toys for an irritable 600-pound Baby Pookers left on their doorstep. After eating the carpets and soiling enough diapers to top off a landfill, it becomes clear what the gigantic infant's real purpose is for dropping in on our duo.|
|3||"The Mouse, the Monster & the Mouse-Monster"|
|Ches and Mo take over burnt-out Sappy the Clown's kid's party entertainment business with disastrous results. In hot pursuit, Doc and Olga crash the party.|
|4||"Coffee, Tea or Mo"|
|In an effort to save a few bucks, Ches elects to bring Mo's head aboard an airplane as carry-on luggage. A demented Doctor Wackerstein barely pilots the air-bus while stewardess Olga preps the passengers on how to save their worthless lives in case of emergency.|
|5||"The Mouse and the Monastery"|
|A wrong turn from a tour bus leaves our boys stranded at a strange monastery, where there's more monkey business than a barrel of — well, you get the idea.|
|It's a hot pursuit in the frozen tundra as Doc and Olga chase Ches and Mo to the Antarctic where a batty anthropologist takes a particular interest in Mo. Mush!|
|Ches and Mo take the sewer route to a high-seas adventure that finds them hired as pirates by an old familiar friend, while Doc, Olga and The Brain give chase aboard a luxury cruise ship. Anchors aweigh!|
|Ches naps in the park and dreams about himself, Mo, Doc and Olga under the same roof in an old-folks' home. Strained gumballs, anyone?|
|Tired of constant heartburn from a horrid diet, Mo's heart pops a few stitches in the monster's chest, hops out and decides to see the world, leaving behind a heartless, one-eyed goofball suddenly with no scruples.|
|Beware ye… goes nowhere near the haunted house with possessed plumbing! Do you think our two idiots heed the warning? Yeah, right.|
|11||"Of Mice and Mo"|
|Ches and Mo are good ol' country hitchhikers as the monster is recruited by town-folk to scare-crow away them ding-dangity parakeets that keep ruinin' the town's prize-winning melons. Good choice — have a melon-head guard your melons.|
|Mo's under the weather, which yields a trip to the pediatrician. But Ches is the one inadvertently ushered into the examining room and diagnosed as a rare rat-boy, while Mo's detachable body parts entertain kids in the waiting room.|
|13||"All Systems Mo"|
|Ches and Mo are abducted, er, recruited as astronauts for Slobovia's backwards space program as Doc and Olga, hot on our boys' trail, also get a taste of 4th-world hospitality.|
|Hey kids, for good wholesome summer fun, come to Camp Mo, where counselors Ches, Mo, Doc and Olga misguide kiddies through horribly unsafe fun and activities.|
|15||"I Married a Monster"|
|On the road again, Mo is forced into drag as he and Ches check into the Honeymoon Hotel and encounter a couple psychotic characters that almost make Doc and Olga seem normal. I now pronounce you Mouse and Monster. You may kiss the bride. Feh!|
|Mo's sonic snoring tops a litany of annoyances that prevent Ches from getting a good night's sleep. And when Mo's body goes sleepwalking, an exhausted Ches tows Mo's head along in middle of the night on a city-wide search for the monster's torso.|
|17||"Who Do That Voodoo Like Mo Do?"|
|In this epic tale, Doc Wackerstein's Mo Voodoo doll ends up in the clutches of a toy conglomerate and ultimately into the hands of millions of pin-plunging kids worldwide. Oooch! Ouch! Eech! Yowch!|
|18||"Nutballs and Meatballs"|
|Man, what these scammers won't do for a free meal! Stowaways Ches and Mo travel to Sweden for a meatball eating contest and wouldn't ya know it, run into good ol' Doc Wackerstein, who's in town for a mad scientist's convention.|
|19||"A Tale from the Thinwall"|
|There are many odd tales from our duo's crumbling, vermin-infested Thinwall Hotel, and this is just one of the. Episode "lowlights" include a visit from the Eye Gunk Fairy.|
|Ches turns wrestling promoter and hypes his oversized monster pal as the Masked Masher, a fierce grappler from "parts unknown." Unfortunately, The Mashers career-ending opponent is none other than crowd favorite, Baby Pookers, the 600-pound cranky infant badly in need of a nap. Doc, Olga and The Brain join the bone-crunching fun.|
|Mo has an identity crisis when a fickle but famous fashion designer rips off his raggedy, tattered clothing style and makes the monster-look all the rage.|
|Ches sneaks off to take an ill-fated job at a pet shop to earn enough money to buy Mo a birthday present. But Ches is mistaken for merchandise, becomes a pet rat for Olga's cat, then a hostage in Doc's efforts to lure Mo to save his pal.|
|23||"Green Banana Moon"|
|Our cast and their nightmares are featured in this poetic pause. "Searching with its moonbeam, its glow will find you soon, and once it does you're sure to dream beneath the Green Banana Moon."|
|24||"Monsters and Mazes"|
|Ches and Mo are mistaken for distinguished scientists, but ultimately find themselves the subjects of bizarre behavioral studies. Doc shows up just in time to make matters worse.|
|25||"Oh, My Name Is Olga"|
|In this all-Doc-and-Olga episode, Olga finally snaps when Wackerstein calls her "Igor" for the one-millionth time, sending her packing back home to mama. Doc hires a psychotic temp that gives Wackerstein a taste of his own medicine.|