1945 continues this watchable but inconsistent quality, and after a couple of weak cartoons for Mighty Mouse in the latter portion of 1944 'Mighty Mouse and the Pirates' sees a step in the right direction. Proving to be a decent, above average start to the 1945 batch and a good example actually of the Mighty Mouse series being a watchable if uneven and very formulaic one, with a lot of the good things and the not so good things.
A good premise but does very little with it, being basically very standard Mighty Mouse. So if you have seen any of the previous cartoons in the series you will know how it's all going to go and what to expect. No real surprises here.
Mighty Mouse, considering he's the lead character, could have been used better too. Like he can be, he is underused and when he does appear while entertaining it has nothing really new to what he did in his previous cartoons and actually one can question the point of him when 'Mighty Mouse and the Pirates' was doing okay without him, even though pretty non-existent story-wise.
However, the music continues to be the best asset, like it consistently was in all the Terrytoons cartoons at this point of their filmography. It is beautifully and cleverly orchestrated and arranged, is terrific fun to listen to and the lively energy is present throughout, doing so well with adding to the action. Oh and that song is very catchy and the operatic dialogue moving things forward nicely. The animation, having come on such a long way from being a weak point to the most improved component, impresses too and shows how much the studio had advanced on a visual level. It is nicely detailed, lively and colourful without being garish. It is also interesting for a slightly different character design for Mighty Mouse.
There are more gags than in the latter 1944 Mighty Mouse cartoons, not hard to achieve though, and they are well timed and humorous. The pirates are far more interesting than Mighty Mouse and have the funny and compelling personalities that is not quite as strong as with him. The conflict has fun and tension.
In a nutshell, above average but unexceptional. 6/10