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Mourning during the show with the mouse – "Mother of the Mouse" is dead

Created: 9/11/2022 7:51 am

Kaum jemand kennt sie nicht: die Maus. Nun ist ihre Schöpferin gestorben
Hardly anyone does not know them: the mouse. Now her creator has died © Allstar/Imago

The show with the mouse shaped many people throughout Germany. The character’s creator has died at the age of 92.

Frankfurt – For decades it has been a popular ritual for many people to turn on the show with the mouse on Sundays. She invented the character that was so formative for many generations. Now the “mother of the mouse” is dead: the graphic designer Isolde Schmitt-Menzel died at the age of 92. The WDR announced this, citing the family.

According to WDR, the artist, who was born in Eisenach, illustrated around 35 books and made bronze and ceramic sculptures. She lived a long time as a freelance artist in Texas and southern France. She is best known for the creation of the orange cartoon mouse, which was first seen in 1971 in “The Show with the Mouse”. The WDR acknowledged that she shaped their original and imaginative character with the first 100 or so mouse spots she created.

Show with the mouse: creator Isolde Schmitt-Menzel died

Without her and her great creativity, the mouse would not have seen the light of day, said WDR program director Jörg Schönenborn. “We are very grateful to Ms. Schmitt-Menzel for that.” The Twitter account “Die Maus” operated by WDR said: “She gave the mouse her essential character traits and her color and will live on in her. We are very sad.”
More than 51 years after it was first broadcast, the show has long since become an institution. The mouse was honored by the Federal President, sung about it by Stefan Raab and brought into space by Alexander Gerst. The show also gave tips on how to explain the war in Ukraine to children.

Die „Mutter der Maus“, die Grafikerin Isolde Schmitt-Menzel, zeigt 2012 ihre frühen Entwürfe. (Archivfoto)
The “mother of the mouse”, the graphic artist Isolde Schmitt-Menzel, shows her early designs in 2012. (Archive photo) © Jan Woitas/dpa

Schmitt-Menzel developed the character from her book illustration “Die Maus im Laden”. In a WDR interview on the occasion of the mouse’s 40th birthday, she recalled the character’s hour of birth: “That was exactly not my profession, a gray mouse. I was into fantastic and crazy things. Then I thought: The mice will definitely all get a different color than gray. And the main mouse was orange, with brown ears, arms and legs.” Yellow stands for intelligence, red is energy. “The two things together in my mouse was my aspiration because I’m like that,” she said. Isolde Schmitt-Menzel died last Sunday (September 4th) surrounded by her family in Frankfurt am Main, as the WDR explained. (slo/dpa)

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