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 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
[after Amos is nearly killed during the kite experiment
Amos, speak to me. Was it electricity?
Was it electricity?
[shouting, with lightning coming out of his mouth
WAS IT ELECTRICITY? Goodbye! Goodbye, and forever!
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