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The Fifth-Column Mouse (1943)

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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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fifth Column Mouse See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When the cat is shaved near the end of the short, the remaining tufts of hair represent from right to left, dot-dot-dot-dash, Morse code for V (V for victory). 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

Under a Strawberry Moon
(uncredited)
Music by Mabel Wayne
Played when the cat offers cheese to the mouse
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War of the cat and mice
23 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

'The Fifth-Column Mouse' is not one of Friz Freleng's best cartoons by any stretch, in an uneven "still evolving" period of his long career, and he was yet to be in his full prime and not yet found his style properly. For a relatively early effort, 'The Fifth-Column Mouse' is solid and above average but not a Freleng classic, he would do much better later. It is never what one would call hilarious (but is never unfunny), Freleng's later efforts show more evenness and confidence in directing and the story is flimsy.

Being a World War II cartoon, there are references (often political) and while most are easy to get and suitably sharp others are very lacking in subtlety and may go over the heads of younger viewers.

However, the characters are fun and the chemistry lifts 'The Fifth-Column Mouse' in a way that's entertaining if not quite inventive.

The cartoon is amusing at times, goes at a lively pace and it's never dull.

Animation is excellent, it's fluid in movement, crisp in shading, vibrant in colour and very meticulous in detail. Carl Stalling's music is lovely on the ears, lushly orchestrated, full of lively energy and characterful in rhythm, not only adding to the action but also enhancing it.

Voice acting is terrific as usual, then again one can't expect less from Mel Blanc.

Overall, good cartoon if not a Freleng classic. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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