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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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Amos Mouse (voice)
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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>

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Ben e Eu  »

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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. See more »

Goofs

Benjamin Franklin's 20-year-old son William was his assistant in the kite experiment, but is nowhere to be seen in the extensive sequence recreating the famous event. See more »

Quotes

Colonist: What happened?
Colonist #3: Did he listen?
Colonist: What about the taxes? Did he lift them?
Colonist #3: Did he tell him, Ben?
Colonist: What did the king say?
Colonist #2: What did he say?
Ben Franklin: Gentlemen, I'm afraid the mission was a failure. The king was unreasonable. He wouldn't listen.
Colonist: Alright, men! We'll fight for our independence!
Colonist #2: It has to be war!
Colonist #3: He's right!
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Story of Ben Franklin through eyes of a mouse.
26 December 2001 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

I remember see this cute movie long time ago at the Underground Museum in Franklin Court in Philadelphia. It took a light heart look at Ben Franklin's life told by Amos the Mouse. The film is enjoyable to watch with the whole family. I wish they will release this on video and DVD.


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