You’re not imagining things- there WAS a controversy over Mighty Mouse a few years back. I haven’t watched Mighty Mouse in many, many years (not since the OLD cartoons, with the villainous Oil Can Harry were on TV), but about a decade back, Ralph Bakshi (the guy who did the x-rated cartoon “Fritz the Cat”) began doing all-new Mighty Mouse cartoons on TV. From what I’ve read/heard, in Bakshi’s cartoons, Mighty Mouse liked to relax by sniffing flowers. Some folks on the religious right suspected (perhaps correctly, knowing Ralph Bakshi) that the flower snifing was a veiled reference to getting high on drugs, and raised holy hell!
PErsonally, knowing what I know about Bakshi, and about the weirdness of professional animators in general, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if there were all kinds of veiled references to sex, drugs and all kinds of other things in the cartoons… but this one strikes me as VERY veiled indeed, and no little kid was likely to get the joke. And even if a 7 year old watching Mighty Mouse DID get the joke, what are the odds that he’s going to start doing crack as a result?
As usual, the religious right overreacted. And, as usual, they came across looking silly.