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
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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
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
Say, Ben, this your paper?
That's it, Amos. "Poor Richard's Almanac".
[Amos reads the paper
"Sunrise: 6:22, Sunset: 7:43, High Tide: 4:20... a cat in gloves catches no mice..." Huh! "Poor Richard's Almanac." Poor, indeed.
But Amos, consider all the information...
Information! Ben, when the sun's up, it's up! Why read about it?
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