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From Hand to Mouse
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Directed By: Chuck Jones
Produced By: Eddie Selzer
Released: August 5, 1944
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Michael Maltese
Animation: Robert Cannon
Ken Harris (uncredited)
Ben Washam (uncredited)
Layouts:
Backgrounds:
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Mouse
Lion
Gorilla
Preceded By: Hare Force
Succeeded By: Birdy and the Beast

From Hand to Mouse is a 1944 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.

Plot

A dimwitted lion has caught a fast-talking mouse (resembling Chuck Jones' creation Hubie and Bertie) to eat. The mouse pleads the lion to spare him, hoping that some day the mouse will be able to help the lion, as in the story of "The Lion And The Mouse". The lion releases the mouse, only for the mouse to trick him by shouting "Sucker!", causing the infuriated dumb lion to repetitively knock his head onto the tree.

The mouse then talks the not-so-bright lion into releasing him on several occasions, all with the same result of the lion getting tricked by the mouse (The mouse shouts "Sucker!" causing the infuriated dumb lion to repetitively knock him head onto the tree). And when a gorilla whom is no brighter than the lion himself interferes with the lion by using it as a "toy", it's up to the mouse to save the lion by replacing the lion with a bomb which explodes after the gorilla plays with it, hence living up to his promise to the lion.

The lion and the mouse are about to make peace and become allies, when the mouse tricks the dumb lion again by making him fall off the cliff by stepping on a tree branch. The lion, now having been tricked by the mouse all along, gets frustrated, loses his sanity, and repetitively shouts into the mirror, "Sucker!"

Censorship

When this cartoon aired on Cartoon Network USA and its sister channel Boomerang USA (though Cartoon Network only aired this once on a 3:00am showing of Bugs and Daffy in 2003 and, as of 2017, this short has not aired on neither Cartoon Network nor Boomerang), the scene where the mouse disguises himself as a Zulu native was cut, although the part where mouse disguises himself as an Indian chief was not cut, despite claims from the original "Censored Cartoons Page" that both ethnic stereotype scenes were edited.[1]

Notes

  • The short is a parody of Aseop's Fable "The Lion and the Mouse".

Gallery

References

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