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Ben and Me (1953)

A mouse tells the story of how he guided Benjamin Franklin to success and prominence.

Director:

Hamilton Luske

Writers:

Robert Lawson (original story), Bill Peet (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Sterling Holloway ... Amos Mouse (voice)
Hans Conried ... Tom Jefferson / Crook (voice)
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Storyline

Amos, a poor church mouse, sets out to find work, since his family of 26 is starving. He's rejected by several places and takes refuge in the run-down print shop of Ben Franklin. Quickly, he gives Ben the ideas for the Franklin stove, bifocal lenses, and the newspaper the Pennsylvania Gazette as Ben's creditors are threatening to shut him down in 24 hours. The paper is an instant hit and Ben prospers. With Amos hidden in his hat prompting him, Ben seems much brighter than he is. However, when Amos is attached to Ben's kite and gets hit by lighting, he leaves. Later, in the summer of 1776, Ben is desperate and begs Amos to return. He agrees but only if Ben will sign a contract. The next day, as they are beginning their talks, Thomas Jefferson drops by for help with the wording the opening of the Declaration of Independence, and as Ben reads the opening words of the contract, Jefferson says, "That's it!" Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The hysterical saga of Ben Franklin and his revolutionary mouse!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When originally released to theaters, this 21-minute cartoon short was double billed with the Walt Disney film The Living Desert (1953) as a 90-minute package deal. This and "The Living Desert" were the first to be released by Buena Vista. RKO continued to distribute Disney's cartoons until 1956. RKO shut down in 1957. See more »

Goofs

While Amos is writing his contract for him and Ben to go over, he writes the word "binding" in a completely different text format. This is to emphasize the importance of this clause. See more »

Quotes

[after Amos is nearly killed during the kite experiment]
Ben Franklin: Amos, speak to me. Was it electricity?
Amos Mouse: Was it electricity?
[shouting, with lightning coming out of his mouth]
Amos Mouse: WAS IT ELECTRICITY? Goodbye! Goodbye, and forever!
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An example of Disney's neglect of a treasure trove.
3 January 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This marvelous film, while occasionally being run in the wee hours on the Disney Channel, has been otherwise shoved to the back of the vault and for being woefully neglected, has suffered a much better fate than much of Disney's output in the 1940's and 1950's. Disney regularly put out one and two-reel shorts and documentaries back then and the majority probably haven't been seen in decades. Ben and Me is a case in point-not in print and rarely shown, while we get the umpteenth replay of Cosmic Capers-a good short, but with so much material available, why not air some less-seen stuff? This film, for example, a funny take on Ben Franklin and why he accomplished so much. One wonders what Edison must have consulted with. Most recommended.


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