A review of the animated series Mike Tyson Mysteries, including it’s comedic style and main character descriptions.
In 1988, at the height of his boxing career, Mike Tyson ended a ninety-one second bout against the previously undefeated Michael Spinks with his deadly, lightning fast hook, causing Spinks to collapse to the canvas. In 2015, he used the same tactics to land a devastating blow square on the chin of a helpless old lady, sending her careening down an escalator.
If you’re wondering why the latter event didn’t make news headlines it’s because it was one of the exploits of animated Mike Tyson in the cartoon series, Mike Tyson Mysteries. Voiced by the veritable Mike Tyson himself, animated Mike, armed with a vague grasp of the English language, takes on all sorts of ‘mysteries’ in nonsensical, slightly nihilistic ten minute shorts, reminiscent of a supercharged and steroid injected Scooby Doo.
In the series, Mike has calmed down since his days as a professional boxer and spends his free time aiding the general public, at least that’s his intention. But, don’t think for a second he’s not going to punch anything or anyone. Here are few things he’s punched to save the day: an unscrupulous business mogul intent on exploiting the Nicaraguan people’s land, an IBM supercomputer housing the brain of chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer and a potential child abductor who turns out to be famous director, Robert Redford.
Despite his iron fists and quick temper, Mike finds himself becoming a more caring person in his older years, adopting a Korean daughter named Yung-Hee. She often acts as the voice of reason and moral compass for the rag tag mystery team, dispelling many of Mike’s absurd theories. He’s also aided in his adventures by his two best friends; Pigeon and the Marquess of Queensbury. Pigeon is a…pigeon. He was a man but his foul mouth and abusive nature led him to be turned into a pigeon by his witch of an ex-wife (yes, witch). The Marquess, or Marcus, is a self-proclaimed “stage-four phantasm” who invented modern boxing rules, enjoys fine foods, interior decorating and chic men’s fashion.
Mike Tyson Mysteries is the perfect show to watch at the end of the day when your brain decides to shut off. It’s all surface, much like Tyson himself, and that’s why it’s so great. The jokes are witty, crude and delivered non-stop which assures anyone watching, an absurd but ultimately worthwhile comedic ride. The mystery team may not always succeed but they’re sure to give it their best effort…at least thirty percent of the time. In the words of Mike Tyson “I just look around and say, I’m a mess. I don’t know why I do things.” Neither do we Mike, but it makes for a great show.