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The Fifth-Column Mouse (1943)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 6 March 1943 (USA)
The mice of a house prepare for war when their appeasement policy fails to end the menace of a cat.

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Dumb Mouse / Cat / Other mice (voice) (uncredited)
Michael Maltese Michael Maltese ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet The Sportsmen Quartet ... Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

In this parable for the failure of appeasement before World War Two, house mice are targeted by a hungry cat, who intrudes upon their idyllic life. When all but one of the mice successfully take refuge in a wall hole, the cat promises to the one mouse who didn't manage to escape, that he won't hurt anyone, provided he's placated with pampering by every mouse in the pack. Acting as the cat's quisling, the mouse speaks to his rodent brothers, telling them to appease the cat, to give the cat all the comforts he wants, and in turn the cat will live in peace with them. The mice are wary of the cat but agree to his terms. Not surprisingly, the cat's appetite isn't assuaged, and he soon craves a mouse dinner. He chases the mice back into their hole, and the mice reject appeasement and decide to fight against the cat. They go through military prep and manufacture an ultimate weapon, a wooden dog with mechanical gears and biting teeth, to combat the cat. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #10 (1942-1943 Season): The Fifth Column Mouse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #913A. See more »

Goofs

When the mice are serving the cat, the cat sits up and a mouse passes through his head. See more »

Connections

Featured in Bad Lieutenant (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

All in Favor Say 'Aye'
(uncredited)
Written by Cliff Friend
Sung with substitute lyrics by the mice during the second meeting
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28 March 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Fifth Column Mouse (1943)

*** (out of 4)

Creative and fun short has a group of mice having fun inside a house when to their horror a cat gets in and soon a chase is on.

While this short is in no way, shape or form in the same league as Tom and Jerry, for the most part there are enough laughs and some great animation that keeps it entertaining. I was really impressed with the animation including one great shot where we see the cat's mouth and teeth with a mouse inside it. The details to the teeth and mouth were just terrific. There's plenty of fun action throughout the running time as the mice finally get enough of the cat and decide to give him a taste of his own medicine.


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