Mausspots (partially lost animated interstitials; 1970s-present)

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Screenshot from the first Mausspot.

Status: Partially Lost

Maus is the star of German TV's longest-running show, Die Sendung mit der Maus (The Show With the Mouse, otherwise known internationally as Mouse TV). Aimed at young children but beloved by all ages,[1] the show provides a mix of entertaining animated shorts and live-action films answering interesting questions about the real world.[2]

Despite Maus' 50-year run as the show's mascot, broadcaster WDR hasn't been particularly kind to her short interstitial animations, known as Mausspots, which showcase the silly and often surreal antics of Maus and her pals Elefant (a midget blue elephant) and Ente (a yellow duck).


In recent years, WDR has been showing only the Mausspots from the 1980s and 1990s onward, on the original show as well as the international versions distributed under the Mouse TV banner. The majority from the early years remain lost, as WDR has yet to show them on Maus's website or make any plans to remaster them for future airings. However, there are a few of these early Mausspots floating about on YouTube, mainly as part of anniversary retrospectives.


One of the first Mausspots, circa about 1973.


  1. WDR Lernzeit: Diktat der Jugend? Von „relevanten Zielgruppen“ und anderen Zuschauern; Informationen zur Sendung vom 19. April 2008 (in German)

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