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Swiss Cheese Family Robinson (1947)

A message in a bottle alerts Mighty Mouse to the plight of three mice shipwrecked on an island, which is overrun by cannibal cats.

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Mannie Davis

Writer:

John Foster (story)
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The Swiss Cheese Family Robinson, a trio of shipwrecked mice (mother, father and daughter), float on a raft made of Swiss cheese, which grows smaller as its passengers grow hungrier. The raft is nearly gone when the mice are attacked by swordfish. A turtle, making like a motorboat, rescues the mice and deposits them on an island. But they aren't safe yet. The island is overrun by cannibal cats, who quickly capture the poor mice and begin their ritual dance in preparation for the feast. Luckily, while on the raft, the father had sent off a message in a bottle. With verbal assistance from the off-screen narrator, the anthropomorphic bottle finds its way to Miami Beach, where Mighty Mouse is relaxing. Mighty Mouse, with more nudging from the narrator, finds the bottle, reads the message and flies off to the rescue. Written by J. Spurlin

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Animation | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1947 (USA) See more »

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Terrytoons See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The Swiss Cheese Family Robinson, a trio of shipwrecked mice (mother, father, daughter) with a hunk of Swiss cheese for a raft, is a spoof of the family in Johann David Wyss's adventure novel, "The Swiss Family Robinson." See more »

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Narrator: On the golden sands of Miami Beach, a certain well-known champion of justice is secretly enjoying a much-needed rest. As he relaxes by the calm blue waters of the ocean, little does he realize that many miles away, float the victims of a shipwreck, the Swiss Cheese Family Robinson, hoping that somehow their message for help will reach civilization.
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Routine "Mighty Mouse" short spoofs the Swiss Family Robinson; one or two bright moments
11 October 2008 | by J. SpurlinSee all my reviews

The Swiss Cheese Family Robinson, a trio of shipwrecked mice (mother, father and daughter), float on a raft made of Swiss cheese, which grows smaller as its passengers grow hungrier. The raft is nearly gone when the mice are attacked by swordfish. A turtle, making like a motorboat, rescues the mice and deposits them on an island. But they aren't safe yet. The island is overrun by cannibal cats, who quickly capture the poor mice and begin their ritual dance in preparation for the feast. Luckily, while on the raft, the father had sent off a message in a bottle. With verbal assistance from the off-screen narrator, the anthropomorphic bottle finds its way to Miami Beach, where Mighty Mouse is relaxing. Mighty Mouse, with more nudging from the narrator, finds the bottle, reads the message and flies off to the rescue.

"Swiss Cheese" is a routine Terrytoon with some bright moments. I like the idea of a raft that is also food. And there's a funny moment during the jazzy ritual dance where the picture freezes and a cat's wide grin mimics the piano keys that are playing on the soundtrack. The cannibal cats, which are black caricatures, may distract modern viewers from the general blandness.


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