It's a familiar scene: Goldfinger's got Bond strapped to the laser table. Luthor has Superman weakened by a kryptonite necklace. Victor Quartermaine has Wallace and Gromit cornered with his bunny-blasting gun. So why do they feel the need to gloat and explain their evil plans to the heroes? Is no villain immune from the hubristic flaw of letting his guard down while gloating? Don't you criminal masterminds know what is about to happen?:
Panels from Mickey Mouse #115 (November 1967), art by Paul Murry
Gosh! (Or, as Goofy would say, 'Gawrsh!') Remember when Mickey was resourceful, adventurous and physical? Bring back that high adventure Mouse, I say, instead of this giggly, weak, watered-down comedy relief rodent he is in Disney TV and animated cartoons of today. Bring back the Two-Fisted Mouse. Return the Rat of Wrath. Bring back the grand old days of mice gleefully bashing pirate cats in the faces.