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Tube Mice was a 1988 children's animated series. It was about the adventures of the mice who dwell in the tunnels of the London Underground of London, United Kingdom.

The series was produced by Honeycomb Animation, and was created by Sarah and Simon Bor.The Tube Mice live in London's ever-busy Underground system, at Oxford Circus,
from where they spend their days travelling the network in the hunt for fun and
frolics. They get around alongside the humans, via miniature doors and carriages
in the tube trains, and their tunnel homes and rooms are constructed of old bits of
Underground trash and litter, seconded under the terms of their oft-quoted
Mouse Code.

The principal mice are a Bubble, Squeak, Vernon and Toaster and this jolly
gang are introduced en masse in the very first episode "We are the Tube Mice".
In the next four episodes we learn more about each mouse, and we meet their
other mouse friends Mickelmouse, Derby, Bo Heemy and Rapper. Stories take
us to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London Zoo and even a strange
Underground Laboratory.Tube Mice" reached our screens around the same time as those Ratties.
The series features wild watercoloured background angles and perspectives.
akin to some crazy childrens' drawing. The scenery is littered with old drinks
cans, sweet wrappers and rubbish, as well as inumerable disembodied human
legs which step through frame, over and past the mice stars as they progress
on to trains, or up and down escalators and tunnels. The mouse tunnels
incorporate old drinks straws for piping, cotton reels and suchlike, in a
Wombling kind-of-way. Meanwhile, the mice stars themselves have noses
that are constantly twitching - or "boiling", if you want to use the proper
animation term. It's the same technique employed by Bob Godfrey for
Roobarb, and it's used to give extra life to the characters.

"Tube Mice" boasts the voices of Dennis Waterman and George Cole in the
roles of Toaster and Vernon, and the characters are an unashamed copy of
the roles they played in "Minder", which was a big hit series for ITV back then.

This spritely series was obviously super-cheap to produce and many sequences
are repeated en masse: Hence we regularly witness Squeak having a jolly notion,
mice businessmen heading down the escalators, Bubble and Squeak going up,
the mice on the same blustery tube platform, and the mice entering their tube
train via the same door, with the very same nougat box seat on display.
The tight budget may also have extended to the scripts, with at least two stories
featuring an escape from a high fall by means of a hankerchief parachute!

"Tube Mice" was a very early production from Simon and Sara Bor and
Honeycomb Animation, who are currently having great success with their
BAA winning series Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids, and the tales of
Binka the black and white cat...