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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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The Top Ten Favorite Posts From My Second Year of Blogging

Well, it has been a second year of blogging for Ish Ism. Yes, my first blog post was April 1st, 2012. This second year was clearly harder for me than the first year. They say life has seasons… and this season was a stressful one for me.

1.) I am in my third year of graduate school studying for a comprehensive exam. Studying for the exam takes a lot of time, and I am actually taking it March 31st to April 3rd. So… as this auto post goes up, I am in the middle of a brutal exam. To survive the exam I am fully stocked with coffee, coffee cream, bread, lunch meat, coffee, swiss cheese, coffee, chocolate milk, Soft Batch Cookies, peanuts, and coffee.

2.) I became a foster parent… which apparently also needs coffee.

3.) I am the director of a new blog about food studies. Which, when combined with the other two… needs coffee.

Foster parenting + directing a blog + graduate school + comprehensive exam + marriage = little time for blogging and lots of stress. But by the end of June I will be done with directing the food studies blog, and finished with the comprehensive exam. Thank you to those who continue to drop by even as my blogging has become less regular.

Anyway, following are my top ten favorite posts from my second year of blogging! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.

1.) The Seattle Marathon

2.) Today I became a Dad for the First Time

3.) Foster Care Day 26 – Using Cloth Diapers

4.) I finished the Eugene Marathon

5.) My First Time Oil Painting in over 20 Years

6.) Happy Little Trees and the Joy of Painting

7.) Sunset on the Oregon Coast

8.) Cooking with the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook

9.) Spider Web in Ice

10.) Reblog from my Wife’s Blog “Things I have actually had to say”

My Top Ten Favorite Posts – My First Year of Blogging

Fireworks, Ish Ism One Year Anniversary
http://gifninja.com/animated-gifs/147128/fireworks

Thank you wonderful readers! Today is the one year anniversary from my first blog post, yes, on April 1st. Looking back over my first year I can see that the quality of the posts has gone steadily up (in my opinion).

For those readers who have stuck with me since the beginning, thank you very much.

For those who have only recently joined, thank you.

Below are my favorite posts from my first year of blogging. They aren’t necessarily the most popular ones in terms of page views but they are my favorites.  Three are about my amazing wife, two are about marathon training, two are about foster care, and the other three are the random awesomeness that my blog features on a weekly basis. I did not list any posts from my time in the Philippines because even though I enjoyed writing those … well, they weren’t very good (probably because of the time difference).

I hope you enjoy these if you have not read them (or enjoy them again if you forgot about them!) I look forward to a great second year. Thanks for reading!

  1. Wife of the Year
  2. Unfortunately a Dozen Roses Will Not be Good Enough this Valentine’s Day… Thanks for Nothing
  3. Searching for Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting
  4. Marathon Training Day 154: Twelve Miles and my Body Hates Me
  5. Who Needs Kim Kardashian?
  6. Gone Fishin’… for Rocks and Trees?
  7. Foster Care 103: Child PTSD
  8. Treasures in the Attic… A Treasure Hunter’s Dream
  9. Marathon Training Day 1: Why did I feel sick when I stopped running?
  10. The American Dream and World Peace featuring Kid Logic

My Fundraising Page for WomenspacePart of my marathon running this year includes raising money for Womenspace, a domestic violence shelter and advocacy group: Intimate partner violence can be emotional, physical, sexual or economic abuse. It is the most common and least reported crime in our country. Every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is battered by her husband, boyfriend or live-in partner. Battering crosses all economic, cultural, racial and religious lines. This epidemic of violence can touch any of us. It will take all of us to make each of us safe. To support me in supporting Womenspace, click on the “Running for Womenspace” banner.

My 2013 Bucket List

These are my goals for 2013. Some people let life pass them by … I try to get the most I can out of life. Although that becomes a challenge being a 30-something graduate student, I have still done quite a bit over the years. I have traveled to London, Uganda, China, the Philippines… hiked mountains in Colorado… and visited great cities like Denver, San Francisco and New York. I saw Les Misérables, second row center, New York City (how cool is that?).

In 2012, my wife knocked a big item off her bucket list when we went to see the Irish Rovers play outside Seattle.

Anyway, this is my 2013 list. Continue reading My 2013 Bucket List

Top 10 Reasons I Miss the USA

USA Top Ten List / Philippines by IshIsm.Com
Top Ten Reasons I Miss the USA by Ishism.com

This is a list of the various things I miss about the USA during my research trip in the Philippines. It is not necessarily a cultural study … these are just the things that I, an American traveling in the Philippines, have missed about the USA.

10. Dairy

Vitamin A is one of the primary nutritional deficiencies in the Philippines. And, because of their geographic location and culture they simply do not eat a lot of dairy products. There is a saying, “Filipino cannot survive without rice.” Well, there should be another saying… “American cannot survive without cheese and milk.”

The food here is very good, but when I get home I want a giant chocolate milkshake.

9. Internet Access

I have WIFI, occasionally. However, because of my creepy internet stalker, NBC prevents me from watching the Olympics because I am in another country. I have looked for other internet access locations to view the Olympics, but being in the Philippines has proven to be an interesting challenge in staying globally connected. In the United States I could watch the Olympics and get streaming internet access 24/7.

8. Culture Shock

Culture shock. I drink coke in a bag, everything is shorter than I am accustomed to including doorways, and the water is not safe to drink. At the grocery store, packages of food are sold in much smaller sizes. Many things look similar to what I expect in the United States, but then they are slightly different. In the United States, my brain does not have to work extra hard to recognize Coca-Cola, toilets, or safe drinking water.

7. My Voice/Broken English

This is my fault, not the Philippines. I say it is my fault because I cannot speak Tagalog. I am traveling in a foreign country, but the only words I can understand are some of the Spanish words I pick up. So my speech pattern in English becomes broken into shorter sentences so that I can be understood… and I have adopted a slight Filipino accent which seems to make my words more recognizable.

6. Warped Time

Well, on the West Coast it is 6:31 p.m. Friday in the USA, while in the Philippines it is 9:31 a.m. Saturday morning. So that is one adjustment. The other adjustment is never knowing exactly when someone is going to arrive. An 11 a.m. meeting might mean the meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.

The warped time is not as bad as what I experienced in Uganda, where 11 a.m. meant sometime that day between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. I like knowing that if I say 11 a.m. is the time we meet, then people are going to arrive at 11 a.m. ish, you know… within a few minutes. Starting at 10:30 a.m. throws me off and starting really late frustrates me.

5. Toilet Paper

At public restrooms toilet paper is not provided in the stalls. You can bring in your own, or pay for toilet paper outside the stall. But there is none provided inside the actual stall itself. In the USA, I do not worry about toilet paper being in the stall. Sometimes the stall is empty, but I don’t go into the restroom KNOWING there will be no toilet paper provided freely.

4. Spiders and Lizards

In America, I normally do not enter a restroom looking at the ceiling to make sure there is not a giant spider or some type of lizard which might drop on my head. In the Philippines I have learned to check to make sure nature does not fall on my head!

3. Hiking

This is probably more of a familiarity issue. I do not know where is safe in the Philippines to hike. I am an introvert, so getting away from people is important for me to recharge emotionally/spiritually. In America one of the things I loved about Colorado was being able to hike in the mountains on a regular basis.

Here in the Philippines I have not had the luxury of being able to get away for half a day to hike and recharge.

2. The London 2012 Olympics

I learn about what is going on with the USA Olympic team through the international version of CNN. I am very happy for Michael Phelps, the Women’s soccer team, the Women’s gymnastics team and all the other wonderful gold medal winners. However, I have been unable to watch anything really… not even on tape delay because of where I am at in the Philippines… and because NBC does not share much internationally. Bummer.

1. Friends/Family

The people I have met here have been wonderful. I believe they genuinely want to help me. But I am also an American, which means when I travel to most countries the world becomes Disneyland. (This has not been true in Europe when I was in London). Everyone is nicer to me because I have the image of American money and the image of American warships. I do not think people are afraid of me, but I do know that because I am an American I get treated much better than the average Filipinos who are walking on the same streets and shopping in the same stores.

Some Americans get the warped idea that people in other countries are much nicer than Americans. This is not necessarily true. You see, I am a guest in the Philippines.

Because of the “niceness”… I miss friends and family. My friends and family know I am poor, and they have no issue telling me when I do something stupid. They are genuine. In the Philippines it feels like I am told what will make me happy.

Sometimes when I am mobbed by 3 sales clerks in a store while a Filipino customer is ignored, I imagine the song “Be … our… Guest! BE OUR GUEST! Put our service to the test!” ….

So, this is my top ten list of reasons I miss the USA. What do you think? Leave comments below and share with others! Have a wonderful day!