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When not dodging Sylvester, a visiting German mouse learns about capitalism from his American friends.

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Sylvester / Hans / Uncle / Aunt / Elevator Operator / Mice Children (voice)
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Storyline

Hans, a German mouse, arrives in America to visit his cousin, Willie. Hans wants to know all about the free market capitalist system. So, Willie takes Hans to see a lecturer in a university, another mouse, who talks at length about the capitalist system while Sylvester Cat chases all three rodents around the lecture halls. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Logik for mus See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first of three cartoons on economic subjects underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It was followed by Heir-Conditioned (1955) and Yankee Dood It (1956). See more »

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Followed by Yankee Dood It (1956) See more »

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Far Above Cayuga's Waters
(uncredited)
aka "Alma Mater"
Music from the song "Annie Lisle"
Written by H.S. Thompson
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past and future
4 November 2008 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Barack Obama's election as president today at least suggests that that what Friz Freleng's "By Word of Mouse" portrays may return. An endorsement of free enterprise and mass production, it applied in the 1950s, before the factories shut down and moved to the third world so that they wouldn't have to pay the workers anything. But even the economy that we had in the '50s resulted in consumerism (and, among other things, car dependence). Oh well, at least we had rock 'n' roll.

Friz Freleng made two other cartoons like this (all three cartoons starred Sylvester). Fortunately, most of Friz's cartoons starring Sly had the slobbery cat doing what he did best: chasing Tweety and getting maimed.


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