Merlin the Magic Mouse and Second Banana
Looney Tunes character
First appearanceMerlin the Magic Mouse (1967)
Created byAlex Lovy
Designed byJaime Diaz
Voiced byDaws Butler (1967)
Larry Storch (1968–1969)
JP Karliak (2023–present)
In-universe information

Merlin the Magic Mouse is an animated cartoon mouse, who starred in five Warner Bros. Looney Tunes shorts late in the series, from 1967 to 1969.[1] The first cartoon was Merlin the Magic Mouse, directed by Alex Lovy.

In 1967, Jack L. Warner reorganized the Warner Bros. animation department, and hired Lovy away from Hanna-Barbera Productions to create new characters for Warners. The two that Lovy came up with were Merlin the Magic Mouse and Cool Cat.[2]


Merlin was a nightclub magician (he usually preferred to be called a prestidigitator, though he could never pronounce this correctly) who traveled around for work.[3] Much of the humour of the character derived from the fact that, while he was often regarded as a cheap stage magician, he knew some very real and powerful magic tricks. His magic words were typically "Atascadero Escondido!" Merlin also has a sidekick, appropriately named Second Banana, which is a slang term for a magician's assistant.

Daws Butler provided the voice of Merlin and Second Banana in the first short, Merlin the Magic Mouse; Larry Storch performed the voices for the other four films.[4] Merlin's vocal mannerisms are based on that of W.C. Fields.[4]

He would later be featured in Tiny Toons Looniversity, voiced by JP Karliak.[5]



  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 104. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ Maltin, Leonard (1987). Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons (Revised ed.). Plume. p. 276. ISBN 0-452-25993-2.
  3. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1991). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals. Prentice Hall Press. p. 166. ISBN 0-13-275561-0. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b Merlin the Magic Mouse at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on February 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Extra, So Extra". IMDb.