27 February 2004 | bob the moo
Overly sweet characters but still has funny moments
When a new family of mice move into the floorboards of a house, the resident male is overjoyed to see that the family includes the hottest little mouse he has ever seen! However attempts to put moves on her are hampered by fact that she is on the other side of the hallway - a hallway guarded by a hungry, mean cat. Will love find a way?
With a jolly animation style, bright colours, sweet mice and a romantic plot, I was terrified that this cartoon would be as bad it those few words would suggest. Things looked bleak as a cute male mouse made eyes at a cute female mouse `across the way', but happily things got better once the cat made an appearance. The material is actually pretty good when you consider the dross too often given to minor characters, I laughed quite a few times and some of the gags are actually quite imaginative and clever.
As far as characters, none of these here are really that good. The cat is easily the best as he gets the laughs by being the brunt of most of the jokes. The mice are too cutesy and nondescript to really be good as characters; in fact, if it weren't for the cat I'd have dismissed this as sickly mush.
Overall this short is actually a lot funnier and sharper than you'd think from the set up. The jokes may not be unique to this short but the basic characters do a good job of delivering the material; the cat in particular does well to lift the material out of the cutesy romantic plot into a much better vehicle.