Mighty Mouse is an American animated anthropomorphic, superhero mouse character created by the Terrytoons studio for 20th Century Fox. The character first appeared in 1942 (originally named as Super Mouse) and subsequently in 80 theatrical films between 1942 and 1961. These films appeared on American television from 1955 through 1967, Saturday mornings on the CBS television network. The character was twice revived, by Filmation Studios in 1979 and in 1987 by animation director Ralph Bakshi, who had worked at the Terrytoons studio during his early career.
History with the Macy's Parade
Mighty Mouse first appeared in the Parade in 1951, to help gear up for his 10th Anniversary the following year. It features Mighty Mouse in a basic flying pose, making it seem as if he were flying down the Parade route, and he's one of the few balloons actually designed to seem like flying. He made subsequent appearances up to 1956 when he was retired after an incident in Herald Square. He will most likely never return to the parade, as he is seen as outdated and unpopular in the eyes of many.
- In 1956, winds reaching up to 45 mph affected the entire Parade route. The Mighty Mouse balloon would struggle along the Parade until the handlers lost grip of him around Columbus Circle, causing him to crash into an obstacle and deflate rapidly. Despite this, the balloon somehow recovered from the accident, and made it to Herald Square. However, during his broadcast, Mighty Mouse collapsed in front of the TV cameras. Because of this, he was officially removed from the line of march and retired shortly afterwards.
- In 1954, his stomach was deflated.