Original Air Date: December 13th, 1987
OK, how adorable is this? Some kid sees a department store Santa (played by Dick Van Patten) being kidnapped, so he rushes to his neighbor's house. His neighbor is the one and only Jill Roberts (Darcy Marta) a famous teen mystery novelist (wow!). Turns out she co-writes her books with a little mouse who chooses to remain anonymous. He's so cute and his name is Alex the Mouse (voiced by the wonderful Donald O'Connor!). Jill and Alex the Mouse are certain there is a simple explanation, but investigate so as to not disappoint this fairly unannoying kid...
Turns out some department store employees weave tangled webs and after Jill accuses the wrong person of the crime (Sam Hall, played by the incredibly awesome Lloyd Bochner), she and her totally 80s bud end up in a big old mess. Can Alex the Mouse save Jill and Sam and Santa and the crazy 80s girl in time for Christmas?
A Mouse, A Mystery and Me was completely unknown to me until today when I was researching television Christmas specials which may be of interest for the yuletide blogging I wanted to do. It's not that odd, since I was past the age of cartoons by the time this aired, but still... it's kind of just a blip on the old classic TV radar. And that's too bad, because it's adorable, if a little too simple. Of course it's less than 30 minutes long, so perhaps uncomplicated was a wise choice. Currently, you can watch A Mouse, A Mystery and Me online! It's a delightful little show and is perfect for the rodent lover in your life!