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To the tune "I Would Like to Be a Bird," a young mouse fashions wings from a pair of leaves, to the great amusement of his brothers when his attempts to use them fail. When the butterfly he rescues from a spider proves to be a fairy, he wishes for wings. But his bat-like appearance doesn't fit in with either the birds or the other mice, and he finds himself friendless; even the bats make fun of him. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The "Flying Mouse 1934" is one of Leonard Maltin's favorite Silly Symphonies cartoon short. See more »
The sister that got her dress shrunk at the beginning was not among the siblings dancing around the mother when title character came home from his ordeal. See more »
[the boy mouse flies in the cave and the bat drops down behind him]
Hello there brother. Ha ha ha ha ha!
I'm not your brother I'm a mouse.
A mouse. Ha ha ha ha ha! No mouse can fly so you got wings. So if you ain't a bat. Ha ha ha. You're nothing think of that.
[the bat pulls on his wing, points his finger at the mouse and the other three bats drop down]
A mouse ha ha! A mouse ha ha. A mouse ha ha ha ha ha!
[Then the four bats dance around the boy mouse]
You're nothing but a nothing. A ...
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Lovely little cartoon, with an endearing title character
This is not my favourite of the Silly Symphonies, not like Flowers and Trees, The Old Mill, Skeleton Dance, Moving Day and The Ugly Duckling, but The Flying Mouse is a lovely little cartoon in every way.
The animation is beautiful, with crisp backgrounds, pretty colours and well-drawn and cute-looking characters. The music fits perfectly as well, it is very pleasant to the ears especially the tune "I would like to be a bird" and the story is simple but very sweet with the idea that even dreams can turn into nightmares(which for me from experience is true).
Not only that, there is enough humour, poignancy and cuteness to satisfy even the fussiest child or adult, so much of these components are in abundance in such a short running time, and that is why I love The Flying Mouse as much as I do. Then there is the title character, who is very endearing and cute in his personality and you do sympathise with him and his predicament. The ending is very poignant and makes me cry every time I see it.
Overall, lovely, cute and endearing, recommended. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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