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Ben and Me (1953)

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A mouse tells the story of how he guided Benjamin Franklin to success and prominence.



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Cast overview:
Amos Mouse (voice)
Tom Jefferson / Crook (voice)


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 <>

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10 November 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ben i ja  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Ben Franklin: Well, Amos, we're a success. What a day. What a day.
Amos Mouse: Yes, Ben.
Amos Mouse: What a day.
Ben Franklin: Now I can pay my bills and you can have cheese.
Amos Mouse: Cheese. Mmmmmm. Good night, Ben.
Ben Franklin: Good night, Amos.
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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, and this was one of my favorite literary short from my childhood, because I've watched it a bunch of times as a kid, and I've even readed the book too.

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

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