Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse

Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse

A&E's DVD release of Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse
Created by Bob Kane
Directed by Marvin Woodward
Reuben Timmins
Sid Marcus
Starring Dallas McKennon
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 130
Executive producer(s) Sam Singer
Running time 5 minutes
Original network Syndicated
Original release 1960 – 1962

Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse is a children's cartoon television show that was produced by Trans-Artists Productions and syndicated by Tele Features Inc. in 1960. The characters were created by Bob Kane as a parody of his earlier works, Batman and Robin, and in many ways, predict the more "campy" aspects of the later live action series, which William Dozier and Howie Horwitz produced as a villain-driven action-comedy lampoon. This series and characters came to be trademarked and copyrighted by Telefeatures, LLC, owners of the copyright as of the middle of May 2016.


In the animated series, the pair are anthropomorphic animal superheroes without known secret identities (the green-eyed caped crimefighter and his squeaky-voiced companion are usually addressed as simply "Courageous" and "Minute") who live in the Cat Cave and, when summoned via the Cat Signal over their television set, race to the scene of the crime in their sleekly feline red Cat Mobile which can convert into both the extendable-winged Cat Plane and submersible Cat Boat and thwart the criminal plots of various villains who threaten Empire City.

Though they fought many miscreants, the duo's recurring arch-enemy, who appeared in nearly every episode, was known as Chauncey "Flat-Face" Frog.

The five-minute length of the cartoons made the series suitable for use as interstitials or airtime fillers, especially to accommodate a movie or show that ended at an unusually early time, as well as animated content for local children's shows.


Heroes and protagonists



Home video releases

A&E Home Video released all 130 five-minute-long episodes on DVD in Region 1 on October 29, 2002.


The memorable theme music by Johnny Holiday features a walking bass line and is fashioned after the theme for Peter Gunn.[1][2] It has most notably been performed in concert by the New York Dolls.

Later appearances

Reruns of Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse were shown on Nickelodeon's Weinerville in the 1990s along with reruns of Batfink and both segments of The Alvin Show.


  1. Dalton Ross, "Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse: the Complete Series" (review) from Entertainment Weekly, June 29, 2002.
  2. Administrator "Charles," "Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse" from Animation Nation, June 2, 2009.

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