Tell us about Business Mouse...
MT: He's a little cartoon mouse with big business balls, inspired by all the reality TV Business shows and crossed with Top Cat.
He's the boss of Impulse Investments and his operating technique is to white knuckle ride his way through random, badly thought out business deals most of which go tits up. He's permanently on the verge of a heart attack and thats the way he likes it. At the end of the day there's a victory volley on the company machine gun to look forward to.
How long did it take to create?
He's been hanging around in our cartoon stable for quite a while, once we got the nod from Channel 4 he took about 2 months to get his act together.
Who inspired it?
It's a percentage cocktail of all the reality TV business stars plus a few people we've worked with and a large helping of Top Cat.
We were also inspired by the last great depression in the 30's when short cartoons were at their best. It feels well topical.
Is it more Mickey Mouse or Alan Sugar?
All those TV businessmen turn into human cartoons eventually. Maybe BM will end up as a human.
Fave business man?
Sir John Harvey Jones, he's was there right at the start.
He's permanently on the verge of a heart attack and that's the way he likes it
Describe your day Business Mouse
BM: I never stop. Sky news, Bloomberg CNBC, Ceefax, all on split screen, I got a special iPad I can eat scrambled egg off while I catch up with me mates on Twitter and bang out some early emails.
I'm tucked right into the fucking loop 24/ 7 except for the hour I have off for lunch, so its more 23/ 7 I suppose.
I bought the company, stripped it down and flogged it off for spare parts. I was four and a half years old at the time.
Are you a member of any clubs?
I'm not a pack animal, actually come to think of it I am a member of a local video club , if you know what I mean.
How do you unwind?
I don't unwind, that's the first mistake most people make, that's when they creep up and get you, that's when the worm gets dragged out of the hole by the bird, yeah.
On a business golf fourball who would you play with?
Still waiting for Trump to turn the top half of Scotland into a golf course, then I'm up there. Probably team up with Janet Street Porter. She's a right fucking laugh. If she's not around I'd take Melvyn Bragg.
'Get me outta this fucking hole.'
Paper round. I did the round in the morning then in the afternoon I bought the company, stripped it down and flogged it off for spare parts. I was four and a half years old at the time.
How much are you worth?
I'll be honest with you, it fluctuates wildly throughout the day.
What is the secret of making money?
Paint with a big brush, keep your bucket wet and the strokes broad.
Which business do you drool over?
Nano-bot technology, I dunno what it is but I wanna get in on the ground floor.
Which wouldn't you touch with a rats dick?
Blacksmiths, the stats say it all. It don't add up.
Business Mouse is part of Channel 4's Comedy Blaps. Click here to find out more, new episodes are out every thursday...
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