The Lyin' Mouse
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|The Lyin' Mouse|
|Merrie Melodies series|
Blue Ribbon reissue card
|Directed by||I. Freleng|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger (uncredited in reissue)|
|Story by||Tedd Pierce|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
Billy Bletcher (both uncredited)
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Ken Harris|
|Studio||Warner Bros. Cartoons|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures |
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||October 16, 1937|
|Running time||7 minutes|
A mouse is trying to free himself from a trap when a cat arrives. The mouse, desperate to avoid being eaten, asks if the cat has heard the story of "The Lion And The Mouse." He tells a story about a ferocious lion in the jungle who scares all the animals; the mouse has a horn that imitates the lion's roar, and has some fun with it until the lion catches him. The mouse pleads for his life, and the lion, distracted by a bigger catch, agrees. The bigger catch is a trap set by the Frank Cluck expedition; the lion avoids the first trap, but falls for the second, and find himself in a circus lion-taming act (where he put his head inside the tamer's mouth). The mouse happens by, and chews a lion-shaped hole in the lion's wooden cart/cage, setting him free. Back to the cat: moved by this story, he releases the mouse. Just before entering his hole, the mouse yells one last word at the cat: "Sucker!" The cat shrugs and says, "Well, can you imagine that."
- DVD - Looney Tunes Mouse Chronicles: The Chuck Jones Collection (USA 1995 dubbed print added as a bonus)
- LaserDisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Volume 5, Side 3 (USA 1995 dubbed print)
- This short is the first Warner Bros. cartoon to give story credit, in this case, to Tedd Pierce.
- This cartoon was re-released into the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies program on December 22, 1945.
- The ostrich from "Plenty of Money and You" makes a cameo appearance, when the animals run away from the mouse's lion noise. Coincidentally, both shorts with that ostrich were directed by Freleng.