6.7/10
667
8 user 1 critic

The Flying Mouse (1934)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 14 July 1934 (USA)
To the tune "I Would Like to Be a Bird," a young mouse fashions wings from a pair of leaves, to the great amusement of his brothers when his attempts to use them fail. When the butterfly he... See full summary »

Director:

David Hand (uncredited)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The other children at a birthday party mock Elmer Elephant for his big nose, but it proves useful when he needs to save the birthday girl from a fire in her tree house.

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Stars: Bernice Hansen, Clarence Nash
The Old Mill (1937)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A variety of animals find a shelter in the old mill during a fierce storm.

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Stars: Marie Arbuckle, Jean MacMurray, Louise Myers
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The hen is looking for someone to help her plant her corn. Peter Pig and Donald Duck both feign belly aches to get out of the chore. So, with help from her chicks, she plants it herself. ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Stars: Florence Gill, Clarence Nash
Family | Musical | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

We see bunny rabbits preparing for Easter, by making chocolate eggs and rabbits, decorating eggs, and weaving and filling baskets.

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Stars: Florence Gill
Family | Comedy | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As in the classic fable, the grasshopper plays his fiddle and lives for the moment, while the industrious ants squirrel away massive amounts of food for the winter. With his song, he's able... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Stars: Pinto Colvig
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An evil tree stump, jealous of two trees in love, starts a forest fire.

Director: Burt Gillett
Stars: Esther Campbell, Marion Darlington
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Greedy King Midas is granted his wish that everything he touches turns to gold. However, he realizes this may be a curse, when he sits down to eat and the food turns to gold as well.

Director: Walt Disney
Stars: Billy Bletcher
Certificate: Passed Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When a hungry wolf starts blowing down some pigs' houses, they take refuge in their sensible brother's brick house.

Director: Burt Gillett
Stars: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Dorothy Compton
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Walt Disney Silly Symphony telling of the classic fable about a foot race between speedy Max Hare, aka The Blue Streak, and and Slow But Sure Toby Tortoise.

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Stars: Pinto Colvig, Eddie Holden, Ned Norton
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The two foolish little pigs think crying "wolf" on their brother is great sport. Then the real wolf comes around, with his three little wolves. He dresses as Little Bo Peep, with his sons ... See full summary »

Director: David Hand
Stars: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Dorothy Compton
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ambrose the kitten renames himself Butch and runs away from home with plans to become a robber. His first intended victim, though, is a real robber: Dirty Bill, a dog. Dirty Bill asks ... See full summary »

Director: David Hand
Stars: Billy Bletcher
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The two foolish little pigs escort Red Riding Hood on a short cut through the woods, against the advice of their bricklayer brother. When they encounter the wolf, Red runs ahead to granny's... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett
Stars: Sara Berner, Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Bat (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

To the tune "I Would Like to Be a Bird," a young mouse fashions wings from a pair of leaves, to the great amusement of his brothers when his attempts to use them fail. When the butterfly he rescues from a spider proves to be a fairy, he wishes for wings. But his bat-like appearance doesn't fit in with either the birds or the other mice, and he finds himself friendless; even the bats make fun of him. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bird | mouse | spider | fairy | butterfly | See All (31) »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den flygande musen See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The bat wings that the boy mouse gets in the cartoon short would actually work in real life since bats are part of the rodent family. The wings the boy mouse gets by the blue fairy are larger than his body weight and is the reason why he's able to overcome gravity and fly around in the sky, although it would take him much time and practice to fly well in the air. See more »

Goofs

The sister that got her dress shrunk at the beginning was not among the siblings dancing around the mother when title character came home from his ordeal. See more »

Quotes

Boy Mouse: Poor butterfly oh.
[Pets the butterfly but it transforms into a female blue fairy]
Blue Fairy: Brave little mouse. You've been kind to me. I'll grant one wish. What shall it be?
Boy Mouse: I wanna fly.
[Flaps his arms to show he wants to fly]
Blue Fairy: Oh a mouse was never meant to fly. Think carefully beware.
Boy Mouse: Please I wanna fly like the birds.
Blue Fairy: Well if wings are what you wish, then you shall have a pair.
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

Presented by Mickey Mouse See more »

Connections

Featured in The Mouse Factory: The Mouse Show (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

I Would Like to Be a Bird
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Early Disney Milestone In Character Development
28 August 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short.

An adventurous little mouse daydreams of being able to fly like a bird. After saving a fairy from a nasty spider, he is given his wish. Soon, however, THE FLYING MOUSE discovers that sometimes dreams can become nightmares.

This is considered to be a significant cartoon for the Disney Studios, in that it marked a big step forward in creating a real personality for an animated character.

The SILLY SYMPHONIES, which Walt Disney produced for a ten year period beginning in 1929, are among the most interesting of series in the field of animation. Unlike the Mickey Mouse cartoons in which action was paramount, with the Symphonies the action was made to fit the music. There was little plot in the early Symphonies, which featured lively inanimate objects and anthropomorphic plants & animals, all moving frantically to the soundtrack. Gradually, however, the Symphonies became the school where Walt's animators learned to work with color and began to experiment with plot, characterization & photographic special effects. The pages of Fable & Fairy Tale, Myth & Mother Goose were all mined to provide story lines and even Hollywood's musicals & celebrities were effectively spoofed. It was from this rich soil that Disney's feature-length animation was to spring. In 1939, with SNOW WHITE successfully behind him and PINOCCHIO & FANTASIA on the near horizon, Walt phased out the SILLY SYMPHONIES; they had run their course & served their purpose.


5 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed