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House Hunting Mice
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Directed By: Chuck Jones
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: September 6, 1947
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Michael Maltese
Tedd Pierce
Animation: Phil Monroe
Ben Washam
Lloyd Vaughan
Ken Harris
Layouts: Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds: Peter Alvarado
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Stan Freberg (uncredited)
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Hubie and Bertie
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Preceded By: The Foxy Duckling
Succeeded By: Little Orphan Airedale
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House Hunting Mice

House Hunting Mice is a 1947 animated short film from Warner Bros. Studios, that was produced in Cinecolor (the reissue was printed by Technicolor). Running for 7 minutes and starring mice Hubie And Bertie, the short was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese and Tedd Pierce. and the voices were done by Mel Blanc and Stan Freberg.

Plot summary

In their search for cheese, the mice duo wander into a model "home of tomorrow" and battle against the automated convenience features, including robots who sweep floors when they detect any foreign objects. Very often, the unintelligent Bertie goofs around with the appliances in the home which results in getting both mice into trouble, causing Hubie to frequently slap him in the face.

Music

House Hunting Mice, among many other animated shorts, features the song "Powerhouse" by Raymond Scott when the automated sweeping robots pursue the two mice.

Series

The cartoon was originally part of the Looney Tunes series. However the lobby card errorneously calls it a Merrie Melodie; presumably it was originally planned to be part of that series, but was changed at the last minute (and the lobby card was never withdrawn). Incidentally, the cartoon was later reissued as part of the Merrie Melodies Blue Ribbon program (the closing music remained unchanged from the original issue).

It is currently unknown if there is a print with the original closing rings.

Notes

  • This is one of those few AAP CN airings of cartoons with the AAP card. However, a 1995 dubbed version does exist.
  • The cartoon's plot is essentially a reworking of Chuck Jones' second cartoon Dog Gone Modern (1939), starring The Two Curious Puppies. However, in contrast to the slow-paced, Disney-esque original from 1939, this cartoon on the other hand is faster-paced and more comedic.
  • This is the Hubie and Bertie's only solo cartoon. All their other six cartoons are paired with cats (Claude Cat).

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