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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
A little mouse wishes to fly and tries to make wings out of leaves.
When he rescues a butterfly/fairy from a spider she grants him a wish.
He wants wings. His wish comes true but he discovers that birds reject
him, his family are afraid of him, and REAL bats taunt him. He begs
with the fairy to go back to being an ordinary mouse.
It's a thoroughly average Disney cartoon with an obvious moral (always be yourself!). The animation is okay, but the characters featured are not memorable at all. It's strange that they chose to create another, generic, mouse character when they already had the much more popular Mickey to sell to audiences. It would have been a bit better if they did.
A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short.
An adventurous little mouse daydreams of being able to fly like a bird. After saving a fairy from a nasty spider, he is given his wish. Soon, however, THE FLYING MOUSE discovers that sometimes dreams can become nightmares.
This is considered to be a significant cartoon for the Disney Studios, in that it marked a big step forward in creating a real personality for an animated character.
The SILLY SYMPHONIES, which Walt Disney produced for a ten year period beginning in 1929, are among the most interesting of series in the field of animation. Unlike the Mickey Mouse cartoons in which action was paramount, with the Symphonies the action was made to fit the music. There was little plot in the early Symphonies, which featured lively inanimate objects and anthropomorphic plants & animals, all moving frantically to the soundtrack. Gradually, however, the Symphonies became the school where Walt's animators learned to work with color and began to experiment with plot, characterization & photographic special effects. The pages of Fable & Fairy Tale, Myth & Mother Goose were all mined to provide story lines and even Hollywood's musicals & celebrities were effectively spoofed. It was from this rich soil that Disney's feature-length animation was to spring. In 1939, with SNOW WHITE successfully behind him and PINOCCHIO & FANTASIA on the near horizon, Walt phased out the SILLY SYMPHONIES; they had run their course & served their purpose.
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This is a color short in the Silly Symphonies series produced by Disney
studio. There will be spoilers ahead:
A little mouse who wants to fly like the birds does a good deed, thereby rescuing a good fairy. When granted a wish, he wishes to be able to fly. The fairy tries to dissuade him, saying mice were never meant to fly, but he's adamant that he wants to fly and so she gives him bat wings.
The middle of the short is where the little mouse learns that getting what you wish for isn't necessarily a good thing. This is a change in the essential nature of what he is, not merely "rising above his station". Had he asked to be faster or have keener eyesight, that's one thing. Neither would go against the essence of being a mouse.
Mice don't fly, they aren't designed to fly, they aren't birds or bats and they won't magically become either simply because they add wings to a mouse body. Wings can't make a mouse into a bird. This he learns the hard way. If a mouse wants to fly, he should take lessons in flying a plane.
Strong animation and well developed characterizations make this short memorable. This short is available on a number of DVDs and is well worth tracking down. Most recommended.
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This is a Disney cartoon short that's about a mouse who daydream about
flying like a bird. He makes his first attempt to fly but putting on 2
leaves on his arms and then tries to fly. But his 3 mouse brothers
laugh at him when he falls in the mud.
The boy mouse gets up and tries again on a rose but the wind blows him backwards and the boy mouse can't control himself and then his rear end gets poked by a tree thorn and falls into the tub as his mouse mother puts a dress on his mouse sister, getting both his mother and sister all wet, then shrinking his sisters dress.
The mouse is embarrassed by this and tries to run but his mother grabs him and whips his furry exposed rear end with his tail until his butt turns red and his mother let's him go, his 3 mouse brothers laugh at him again and the boy mouse is crying and walking away.
Then the boy mouse hears a butterfly crying for help from the spider and the mouse rescues the butterfly from the spider. But the butterfly turns out to be a fairy and grants him a wish, the boy mouse wants to fly so the fairy gave him bat wings and the boy mouse tires it out and flies. but gets rejected by everyone including the birds, his family and cave bats.
The mouse boy cries and the fairy appears asking him why he's crying. The boy mouse tells the fairy he's a nothing so the fairy makes his bat wings disappear and the boy mouse is excited and runs home to his mouse mother and 3 brothers.
I find this short entertaining but I find it silly and cute that the boy mouse and his 3 mouse bothers wears a waistcoat, Mickey Mouse gloves and slippers but no pants. I find it embarrassing that the boy mouse gets his furry butt poked by the thorns and then getting spanked by his mother, especially when he doesn't have any pants on. I don't think it was nice of his family and birds to reject his dream of flying, they should have treated him better and not get scared of him.
What a great cartoon! When the mouse returns to his normal self at the end and runs for home crying out "Mom!" I think I cry just about every time. The music fits in perfectly too. His mother embraces him, his brothers dance around them, happy that he has returned, and all is well. Mushy? Maybe, but I love it anyway!
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If there was any doubt as to Walt Disney's role as the benevolent dictator
of American Popular Culture, "The Flying Mouse" dispels
In it, our protagonist, a mouse dressed in a hat and waistcoat, fantasizes about being a bird and learning to fly. Apparently this occurs in the far future, where mice have mastered the arts of construction and tailory, but have not yet developed the glider.
The mouse rescues the Blue Fairy (who had apparently abandonned Pinnochio and Gepetto) from a futuristic, hideously deformed spider with a badly soiled derby hat.
As a reward, the fairy grants the mouse the gift of wings. However, these aren't nice, pretty bird wings, they are nasty evil looking bat wings. The local birds look down their nose at him, and his brethren mice think he is evil. Instead of using his wings to fly away from the podunk town he lives in to someplace that is perhaps more urbane about these things, the mouse falls in with some bats, who are, of course, evil, and soon the flying mouse regrets his decision to wish for wings.
I won't reveal the ending here, but the message of the film that seems to shine through is: Mistrust new things. Don't aspire to dreams which are above your station. Change is bad. And buy your #$%*$ "Mulan" videos! Messages which shine through in Disney films to this very day, no matter how hard they try to sugar-coat them.
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