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The Top 10 Animated Mice List (Cartoons)

Greetings, and welcome to the list of The Top 10 Animated Mice. How does a mouse get on this list? Various ways, although no computer animated mouse was even considered. The mouse can be funny. Perhaps the mouse has a lot of depth in terms of character & emotion. Was the mouse a trailblazer? Originality is also important. Who will be the number one mouse?

NUMBER TEN… we begin our countdown with…

Cinderella - Gus Jac and other Mice
Cinderella © 1950 – Walt Disney Productions

10. Gus

Jaq and Gus are two of the tiny heroes in Cinderella, and Gus certainly is the comic relief. Gus is second from the left, short, with the green hat. Gus is from a long, loooong time ago. And he makes the list not just because he is awesome, but he is one of the first animal sidekicks featured in a Disney movie. Gus’ comedic timing and heroic charm ring true today as much as they did decades ago. In addition, being a trailblazer for Disney carries a lot of weight… even for a little mouse.

NUMBER NINE

Gadget Hackwrench Image Cartoon
Gadget Hackwrench by Disney

9. Gadget Hackwrench

The mechanical genius and love interest of Chip and Dale (Rescue Rangers). Gadget presented a female role model who was intelligent and a mechanic. Sure, not all of her creations work perfectly… but she’s still a genius… and a pretty cool inspiration for little girls.

NUMBER EIGHT

The Delivery Boy
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Image “The Delivery Boy” © 1931 – The Walt Disney Co. All rights reserved.

8. Minnie Mouse

She’s dating Mickey Mouse, the most iconic mouse in the history of animation. So, yeah, she made the list. If Mickey is the king of the Magic Kingdom, then she is the queen.

Although, the last I heard… they were still only dating. I’m not putting pressure on Mickey to pop the question… but 90-something years is a long courtship little dude.

NUMBER SEVEN

Mighty Mouse #1 - Comic Book Cover
Mighty Mouse by Paul Terry, September 1st 1941

7. Mighty Mouse

“what a mouse…”

“WHAT A MOUSE!!”

A tiny version of Superman who can certainly bring the thunder of justice, Mighty Mouse protected mice everywhere from the feline terrors lurking in the night. How many mice can pick up a car? See, little guys really can make a difference.

NUMBER SIX

Tom and Jerry Image by Hanna and Barbera
Tom and Jerry Image by Hanna and Barbera

6. Jerry

In 2000, Time named Tom and Jerry one of the greatest television shows of all time. Tom chases Jerry. A simple formula with some unexpected comedic timing that made it a very fun show. In addition, they later became friends and worked together against common enemies.

NUMBER FIVE & NUMBER FOUR

5. Pinky

Narf!

4. Brain (a.k.a., the Brain)

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THE BRAIN: Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?

PINKY: I think so, Brain, but if they called them “sad meals” no one would buy them.

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THE BRAIN: Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?

PINKY: I think so Brain… but do I really need 2 tongues?

Pinky and the Brain, forever on the cusp of world domination yet just missing every single time. If Mighty Mouse was a tiny Superman, Pinky and the Brain are a tiny Igor and Lex Luthor… but with more charm and wit. Sometimes I would watch Animaniacs HOPING to see a Pinky and the Brain short. These two genetically altered lab mice are two of the most interesting cartoon characters ever created, and became so popular on Animaniacs that they got their own show. With Steven Spielberg producing, Pinky and the Brain are a dynamic duo!

*Side note, Pinky and the Brain are my favorite mice on this list!*

NUMBER THREE

The Secret of Nimh
The Secret of NIMH movie poster

3. Mrs. Brisby

Mrs. Brisby, the widowed spouse of the late Jonathan Brisby, who was killed while attempting to drug Dragon, the cat that belongs to Farmer Fitzgibbons and his family. Mrs. Brisby is a brown-tan colored field mouse, she has blue eyes and wears a red cloak which is tied around her neck. She lives in a partially underground cinder block on the Ftizgibbon’s farm with her four children Martin, Teresa, Cynthia and Timothy. Mrs. Brisby has a heart of pure gold. She is extrremely loving and kind, even to those who are annoying and treat her with hostility, not even Jenner can fade her modesty.

Mrs. Brisby has no super powers but does have a tremendous amount of will and courage for such a small animal. She faces creatures and obstacles that would normally get a regular mouse killed, even knowing this, she still pursues any solution to save her family from certain death. Mrs. Brisby is a very believable character, she gets injured, extremely frightened and becomes very stressed at times. She puts so much emotional fatigue upon herself out of love, just to save her family, to her, love is and will always be the key. —Source: IMDB

NUMBER TWO, OUR RUNNER-UP FOR TOP MOUSE IS…

Mickey's Choo-Choo
Mickey Mouse “Mickey’s Choo-Choo” © 1929 – The Walt Disney Co. All rights reserved.

2. Mickey Mouse

Mickey is not the most dynamic mouse on this list. He is dating Minnie Mouse and he plays fetch with his dog Pluto. He has been the leading star of many remakes of stories such as “Jack and the Beanstalk” or “The Prince and the Pauper.” But way back when… he was THE star when it came to animation. Mickey is a trailblazer and an animation legend.

Let’s face it, Mickey is the cornerstone of the Disney Franchise. From the Mickey Mouse Club to Disney World, Mickey was the building block for the Disney Empire.

No, he does not have the comic genius or emotional depth as other mice… but he’s Mickey Mouse. Seriously… He’s the iconic logo for Disney.

… AND THE NUMBER ONE ANIMATED MOUSE IS…

An American Tail Movie Poster
An American Tail Movie Poster

1. Fievel Mousekewitz

Journeying by ship from Russia to turn-of-the-century America, Fievel is lost at sea during a ferocious storm. Washing ashore in New York Harbor, Fievel braves the perils and wonders of a strange new world in a thrilling quest to find his family. Don Bluth did an excellent job in bringing Fievel to life.

Make arguments for other mice if you want, none will be as cute or have as much depth as Fievel.

So what do you think? Who was ranked higher than you think they should be? Who is missing from the top ten? Who should not be in the top ten? Leave comments below and share with others!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

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Cute Things Our Kid Says Wrong – Part Two

So, our three-year-old foster kid mispronounces words in the most ridiculously cute way possible (click here for Part One):

Library = Larry

Studying = Scuddying

Bumped my head = Bunked my head

Computer = Poohter

Of course, some things are not so cute. Occasionally she has to go poop, and she says: “My butt hurts.” However, sometimes she does not give this warning. Sometimes she just poops her pants and then she says:  “My butt doesn’t hurt.”

😦

What words have you heard kids mispronounce?

Cute Things Our Kid Says Wrong

So, our three-year-old foster kid mispronounces words in the most ridiculously cute way possible:

Bank = Bink

Caillou (a kids show) = CaiMee … or … CarMee

Octopus = Ossaposs

Hippopotamus = Hickopossamus

Sprinkler = Splinker

Craig = Keg

Hokey Pokey = Pokey Pokey

Back Pack = Pack pack

Itsy Bitsy Spider = Itsy Pitsy Cider

Giraffe = Grif

Random, she sees an ant and calls it a spider. She’s “scared” of spiders! But when she sees a real spider, she calls it a bug, and she’s not afraid of bugs.

What words have you heard kids mispronounce?

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I was nominated for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” by Chronicles of a Public Transit User (Sweetness6645)!! How cool is that 🙂

Inspiring Award

It has been a crazy couple weeks getting ready to be a foster parent. Unfortunately, the foster care system seems very overworked because we have received three calls in the past week to take in kids…

Anyway, now that I have the toddler asleep in his crib, I can respond to this very cool award.

The award rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
4. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

My nominees are:

  1. Ranting About Rectangles, inspired me to pursue becoming a foster parent (and is inspiring in general, which is why I married her).
  2. Bucket List Productions inspires me, and many others, to pursue the joys in life “now.” Buckets lists were, at one time, for people at the end of their lifetime to make up for all the goals they never accomplished. But Bucket List Productions inspires people to pursue their bucket list goals “now.”
  3. Waiting On a Word, one of many great blogs I follow, which inspire me to be a better parent and a better blogger. Waiting on a Word already received this award from someone else, which helps you understand how awesome this blog is!!!
  4. Pudding the Damage On, another great blog that inspires me to be a better parent.
  5. Rosie Says, a blog about gender issues that reminds me there is still a lot of gender inequality in the world… whether it is women in the U.S., or women in the Egypt protests. This inspires me to continue working to make the world better.
  6. The Return of the Modern Philosopher reminds me that the world has a lot of stories. When life seems to be a bit too stressful, reading some of his posts inspires me to relax and not sweat the small stuff.
  7. Sounds like Orange inspires me to sample new music. Every week there are new music artists reviewed on this site… along with other interesting posts 🙂
  8. Livenowandzen, inspires me not only as a blogger but as a parent. The honesty in her posts is humble, plus she is a very good writer.
  9. The Thesis Whisperer, well, I am a graduate student… so this blog is very helpful to me. It inspires me to be a better academic writer, and to not give up when grad school gets “gradschoolish.” In addition, it was because of this blog that I followed through with the idea for a mini-retreat to finish my master’s paper!
  10. Don’t We Look Alike, a blog that has been encouraging to me during the foster care journey my wife and I have pursued.
  11. Drops of Ink, a blog that has already won this award (3 times). You should still check out the haikus / poetry produced by this blog on a regular basis.
  12. Lost in Thot, a blog of wonderful photography that inspires me to attempt great photographs.
  13. Running for Haiti, someone like me who is running for a cause!
  14. Jump for Joy Photo Project, inspiring and fun blog from a creative photo artist.
  15. Leanne Cole Photography, an inspiring and dynamic photo artist that everyone should check out.

I was nominated for this award a couple weeks ago. Again, thank you to Chronicles of a Public Transit User (Sweetness6645). I apologize in the delay for responding to it, but as you know the last couple weeks have been quite busy and amazing for me as I became a foster dad for the first time!

For a foster update, this happened yesterday. I do not have a pseudonym for the foster kid yet:

Kid was hungry, so I made a bottle of milk and formula. The kid started clapping and laughing in anticipation. I turned, dropped the bottle… and it was like a milk volcano erupted in the kitchen. Kid’s laughter turned into crying, literally, over spilled milk. Even though the kid was freaking out, I faked being calm, and in supersonic speed I had a new bottle of milk/formula ready. The kid laughed and guzzled the bottle of formula. While the kid guzzled the bottle of formula, the cats and I cleaned up the spilled milk in the kitchen.

 

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading, and have a safe and wonderful 4th of July!!

Out Of Office (O3)

out of office image

Sorry I have not been around much. I am in the final stages of my uberimportant master’s paper. I trust you will all understand.

A brief update! I run my first half marathon in two weeks. Today I ran 13.56 miles in 2 hours 15 minutes without cramping up or walking. I have also been raising money for Womenspace. If you have a few bucks left over from your tax return, it would be a wonderful thing to give to Womenspace and support their domestic violence shelter services.

I expect to be gone until at least Thursday. Have a wonderful week!