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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10 November 1953 (USA)  »

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Ben i ja  »

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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 »

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Amos tells of the Mayflower sea voyage (1620) and then segues into the life of painter Hans Holbein (died 1543), but doesn't tell the viewer that these scenes are out of order. See more »

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Amos Mouse: [voiceover] As the years passed, Ben's reputation grew. Letters poured in from all over the colonies. Requests for money, for information on inventions, advice in business, and even advice to the loved one. I spent all my time answering them. Meanwhile, Ben putted around with his experiments.
Ben Franklin: [sneaks up on Amos with and shocks him with his finger]
Amos Mouse: [screams] Oww!
Ben Franklin: [laughing] Oh, Amos, you should have seen yourself! That was so funny!
[notices that Amos is going away]
Ben Franklin: Amos, where are you going?
Amos Mouse: I'm ...
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Referenced in Kim Possible: Tick-Tick-Tick (2002) See more »

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A favorite literary short from my childhood
31 May 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I have always loved films (animated and live action) and also theatrical shorts that are based on books. This is one of my favorite literary shorts from my childhood, because I've watched it a bunch of times as a kid; I've even read the book too.

This short has an excellent cast featuring Sterling Holloway as Amos Mouse/Narrator, Charles Ruggles as Benjamin Franklin; Hans Conried as Thomas Jefferson, I love the talents of Hans. I also love why they combined paintings and the animated characters in the backgrounds - excellent work! I recommended this short those who literary shorts and films like me.


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