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Ben and Me (1953)

Passed  -  Animation | Comedy | Family  -  10 November 1953 (USA)
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A mouse tells the story of how he guided Benjamin Franklin to success and prominence.

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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>

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When Amos is drawing up the BINDING contract with Ben, watch the gestures of his tail as he spells out this word. See more »

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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

Amos Mouse: My name's Amos, one of the church mice from over on Second Street, and the first thing I'd do is figure a way to heat this place. All your heat's going up the chimney.
Ben Franklin: And what would you propose?
Amos Mouse: Put the fire in the middle of the room.
Ben Franklin: Oh, nonsense! You want to burn the place down?
Amos Mouse: Make something out of iron to put it in.
Ben Franklin: Say, that might be an idea.
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Referenced in The Governor & J.J.: Ben and Her (1970) See more »

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Entertaining, enjoyable and somewhat fictional history lesson about Benjamin Franklin
3 July 2005 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

This is by far one of the cutest animated "history" lessons anyone can watch or show to children. Of course it is fictional with a mouse as the hero and main character but does present the founding of our nation and the writing of the constitution in a very entertaining matter. Amos is really portrayed as the hero in place of Benjamin Franklin, with Franklin portrayed as somewhat of a bumbling, "absent-minded" professor type. We are also shown some of Benjamin Franklin's inventions as well as some of his famous sayings scattered throughout the short movie. We do have a video version of this and I believe it is still available. I highly recommend this very entertaining and educational 25 minute feature by Disney at his best.


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