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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, 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 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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Benjamin Franklin was not the founder of the Pennsylvania Gazette, which predated Poor Richard's Almanack and was not the same publication under another name. He bought the Gazette in 1729 and published it until 1766 when it was bought by other publishers. Poor Richard's Almanack, which ran from 1732 to 1758, was a publication unrelated to the Gazette, and ran concurrently with it. See more »

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Governor Keith: Good day, Franklin.
Ben Franklin: Good day, Mister...
Amos Mouse: [whispering] Govenor Keith and Dr. Farmer.
Ben Franklin: Govenor Keith, Dr. Farmer.
Governor Keith: Read your new paper, my boy. Congratulations. First rate. Keep up the good work, Ben.
Amos Mouse: [whispering] Thank you, your excellency. I shall do my best.
Ben Franklin: Thank you, your excellency. I shall do my best.
Dr. Farmer: Bright man.
Governor Keith: Yes, indeed. Very alert. Seems to know what's going on.
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History As Told By A Mouse
22 August 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews



A Walt Disney Cartoon.

Amos the Philadelphia church mouse greatly influences Ben Franklin and the founding of the American Republic.

Robert Lawson's classic 1939 story BEN AND ME comes to life in this delightful short film. Celebrated children's author Bill Peet penned the script and left in the original's sense of whimsy and good fun, featuring a slightly bumbling Ben and a remarkably astute Amos - whose ideas become some of Franklin's most famous inventions. The voice cast is perfect, with Sterling Holloway as Amos, Charles Ruggles as Ben & Hans Conried as Tom Jefferson.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by pictures & drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew comic figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a storm of naysayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that childlike simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.


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