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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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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Governor William Keith was the benefactor who took over the teenage Benjamin Franklin's newspaper apprenticeship in 1723 (sending him from Pennsylvania to London), and then made Franklin the scapegoat for Keith's financial mistakes. The film has the two not meeting until after Franklin is an established publisher. See more »

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Ben Franklin: Well, what would you suggest?
Amos Mouse: First, I'd give it a new name. Something snappy, like... the Gazette. The Pennsylvania Gazette. It'll work perfectly.
Ben Franklin: Well... sounds alright.
Amos Mouse: And then, tell them what's going on! Give them some news! Real news! Wake them up!
Ben Franklin: But where would I get news at this hour?
Amos Mouse: I'll get it for you. Hold everything, Ben, until I get back.
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Featured in Disney Dimanche: Episode #1.1 (1979) 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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