The Fifth-Column Mouse (1943) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

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Fifth-Column Mouse

Fifth-Column Mouse

CotD: Friz gives us his ver­sion of an old Harmon-Ising style car­toon with “The Fifth-Column Mouse” updated to World War II themes.

The Fifth-Column Mouse (1943) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

In the kitchen, a trio of mice are singing “Ain’t We Got Fun” and float­ing on a bar of soap in the sink. A “friendly” cat bursts in and starts attack­ing the mice. He cor­ners one of them and offers him a bribe of cheese to let him join the mouse pack.

The cat tells the mouse that he can have all the cheese he wants if he will con­vince the other mice to be the cat’s slaves. Unfor­tu­nately, the mouse accepts and puts his friends in dan­ger. The cat uses trick­ery to catch and enslave the mice (he con­vinces them to serve him and he won’t eat them).

The cat is waited on hand and foot by the mice. When he announces that he wants a “nice, fat, ten­der mouse” for din­ner, they real­ize that they’ve been betrayed. Instead of pan­ick­ing, the brave mice, to the song “We Did It Before (And We Can Do It Again),” orga­nize an army to fight the cat.

The mouse army pre­pares for bat­tle and comes up with an attack plan. The mice build a mar­velous robot mechan­i­cal bull­dog with extend­ing chomp­ing teeth. The robotic bull­dog chases the cat. The mice then shave him with an elec­tric razor, leav­ing only a dot-dot-dot-dash pat­tern, which stands for the let­ter V (sig­ni­fy­ing vic­tory) in Morse code. The cat runs away and the mice win!

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