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The Lyin' Mouse is a 1937 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.

The Lyin' Mouse
Blue Ribbon reissue card.jpg
Blue Ribbon reissue card
Directed byI. Freleng
Produced byLeon Schlesinger (uncredited in reissue)
Story byTedd Pierce
StarringMel Blanc
Billy Bletcher (both uncredited)
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byKen Harris
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
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."



  • 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.