12 oz. Mouse

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  • TV-14
  • 2005
  • 3 Seasons
  • 6.5  (2,433)

12 oz. Mouse is a unique adult animated series that originally aired on Adult Swim, a late-night programming block of Cartoon Network. The show, created by Matt Maiellaro and produced by Williams Street, ran for three seasons from 2005 to 2007. It was later revived for a fourth season, which premiered on the Adult Swim website in 2020.

The show follows the adventures of Mouse Fitzgerald, a hard-drinking, amnesiac detective who lives in a rundown rooming house in a surreal city called Q109. Mouse is constantly accompanied by his best friend and sidekick, a sentient, shape-shifting dog named Skillet. Together, they get caught up in a series of bizarre and absurd mysteries that always seem to involve a shady organization known as the Shadowy Figure.

The art style of 12 oz. Mouse is one of the show's most distinctive features. The animation appears to be intentionally crude and lo-fi, with characters often depicted as disjointed and abstract. The show's creators have cited a variety of influences for this style, including underground comics, avant-garde animation, and outsider art.

Despite its unconventional visuals, 12 oz. Mouse is not just a series of disjointed gags or surrealist imagery. Each episode follows a distinct narrative arc, and there are ongoing plot threads and character development throughout the series. The show also features a unique sense of humor that ranges from absurdist wordplay to slapstick violence to dry wit.

One of the strengths of 12 oz. Mouse is its creative use of music. Each episode features a diverse soundtrack that incorporates everything from jazz to rock to experimental electronic music. The show also features a number of original songs, often performed by characters in the show.

The voice cast of 12 oz. Mouse includes a number of familiar names from the world of adult animation. The lead character of Mouse is voiced by series creator Matt Maiellaro, who is also known for his work on Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Other voice actors include Dave Willis (also of Aqua Teen fame), Adam Reed (Archer), and Dana Snyder (The Venture Bros).

Perhaps the most divisive aspect of 12 oz. Mouse is its storytelling. The show's narrative is deliberately fragmented, with scenes and characters often jumping around in time and space with little explanation. This can make the show challenging to follow at times, and some viewers have criticized it for being needlessly confusing.

Despite this, 12 oz. Mouse has gained a cult following over the years. Fans are drawn to the show's unique visual style, surreal humor, and unconventional storytelling. The show has even been praised for its experimental approach to animation and storytelling, with some critics calling it a precursor to later shows like Adventure Time and Steven Universe.

Overall, 12 oz. Mouse is a fascinating and often bewildering show that rewards close attention and repeated viewings. Its blend of surreal imagery, absurdist humor, and unconventional storytelling make it a stand-out example of the potential of adult animation.

12 oz. Mouse is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (34 episodes). The series first aired on June 19, 2005.

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Francis, Cheap & Out of Control
11. Francis, Cheap & Out of Control
July 31, 2020
In this juicy, explosive episode, the cast of 12 oz. Mouse answers all the questions you've been dying to ask!
Final Beginning
10. Final Beginning
July 31, 2020
Industry Man and his Clock persona are destroyed and the battle to control the Box of Worlds continues.
Portal to the Doorway
9. Portal to the Doorway
July 30, 2020
As the Castellica saves Mouse and team, Rooster escapes the clutches of Industry Man.
Here We Come
8. Here We Come
July 29, 2020
Industry Man interrogates Rooster on the location of the missing Box of Worlds. Peanut Cop dies while freeing Mouse, Aria and Eyeball from the laser cage. Meanwhile, the Castellica gets its orders from Melissa to save Mouse.
Prime Time Nursery Rhyme
7. Prime Time Nursery Rhyme
July 28, 2020
Mouse realizes the Box of Worlds has been stolen is now unstable just as Peanut Cop and Golden Joe come to their rescue. Rooster meets with Sirus and formulate a plan to take down Shyd Industries. Wilx has found his way into Outer Earth.
6. Reveal
July 27, 2020
Sirus, the Architect for the Box of Worlds, breaks ranks with Clock; Aria and Eyeball use a serum to kickstart Mouse's memory and he remembers working with them and helping to create the Box of Worlds.
Because They Could
5. Because They Could
July 24, 2020
Rooster escapes Spider from the World of Muck and finds himself in a desert with a well-armed Kid camping out. Peanut Cop and Golden Joe break out of prison on jet skis and Aria is starting to realize that Professor Wilx is working for Shyd Industries.
You Made This
4. You Made This
July 23, 2020
Eyeball reunites with Mouse on Lotharganin; and Manwoman, in the Outer Earth, is interrogated by Peanut Cop because she has the Box of Worlds in her possession created by Shyd Industries.
3. Adrift
July 22, 2020
A Schooner breaks through the defenses of Lotharganin and all clues point to Professor Wilx and his underlying connection to Shyd Industries.
2. Awaken
July 21, 2020
Shark is reconstructed into an abomination of Square and himself, while Golden Joe and Peanut try to figure a way out of their jail cell.
First 12
1. First 12
July 20, 2020
Picking up from INVICTUS episode, Mouse finds himself without memory and in a new world called Lotharganin where he meets Aria and Professor Wilx; two top scientists from the Outer Earth who worked with Shyd Industries.
Where to Watch 12 oz. Mouse
12 oz. Mouse is available for streaming on the Cartoon Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch 12 oz. Mouse on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and Adult Swim.
  • Premiere Date
    June 19, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (2,433)