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From Hand to Mouse
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)
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Mouse
Preceded By: Hare Force
Succeeded By: Birdy and the Beast

From Hand to Mouse is a 1944 Looney Tunes cartoon written by Michael Maltese and directed by Chuck Jones. The cartoon's plot is a parody of the Aesop's fable of "The Lion and the Mouse".


The cartoon begins with a dimwitted lion who 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 him head onto the tree.

From this point on, 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", its 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 earlier on.

Both the lion and the mouse were about to make peace and become allies, only for the mouse to trick 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!" as the cartoon ends.


When this cartoon aired on Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang, the scene where the mouse disguises himself as a Zulu native is cut, although the part where mouse disguises himself as an Indian chief is not cut.


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