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