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The Fifth-Column Mouse (1943)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 6 March 1943 (USA)
The mice of a house prepare for war when their appeasement policy fails to end the menace of a cat.

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Dumb Mouse / Cat / Other mice (voice) (uncredited)
Michael Maltese Michael Maltese ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet The Sportsmen Quartet ... Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

In this parable for the failure of appeasement before World War Two, house mice are targeted by a hungry cat, who intrudes upon their idyllic life. When all but one of the mice successfully take refuge in a wall hole, the cat promises to the one mouse who didn't manage to escape, that he won't hurt anyone, provided he's placated with pampering by every mouse in the pack. Acting as the cat's quisling, the mouse speaks to his rodent brothers, telling them to appease the cat, to give the cat all the comforts he wants, and in turn the cat will live in peace with them. The mice are wary of the cat but agree to his terms. Not surprisingly, the cat's appetite isn't assuaged, and he soon craves a mouse dinner. He chases the mice back into their hole, and the mice reject appeasement and decide to fight against the cat. They go through military prep and manufacture an ultimate weapon, a wooden dog with mechanical gears and biting teeth, to combat the cat. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #10 (1942-1943 Season): The Fifth Column Mouse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #913A. See more »

Goofs

When the mice are serving the cat, the cat sits up and a mouse passes through his head. See more »

Connections

Featured in Bad Lieutenant (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Perpetuum mobile (Perpetual Motion), Op. 257
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played when the mice are chasing the cat
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"Animal House" goes to war
16 April 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In one of the many Looney Tunes WWII-themed cartoons, a cat invades a house inhabited by mice and gets them to appease him. But when it becomes clear that he has no desire other than to eat them, they see it as their patriotic duty to defend themselves.

What I mean by associating "The Fifth-Column Mouse" with "Animal House" is that not only is the house inhabited by non-human fauna, but that dog-looking tank was sort of like the Deathmobile from which John Belushi emerged dressed as a pirate.

I'm probably the only person who would think that. Heck, I'm apparently the first person reviewing this cartoon. Do I like it? Well, I consider the cartoon worth seeing. It's an OK, not great cartoon. Featured in "Bugs and Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons".


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