A Mouse Divided

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A Mouse Divided
Merrie Melodies (Sylvester) series
Directed by I. Freleng
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by
  • Mel Blanc (Sylvester, Baby Mouse, the Stork and Various Cats.)
  • Bea Benaderet (Sylvester wife, and the Mouse's mother (uncredited))
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Arthur Davis
Manuel Perez
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) January 31, 1953 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6 minutes
Language English

A Mouse Divided is a 1953 animated short featuring Sylvester. The name is a pun on Lincoln's House Divided speech.


The short starts with a drunken stork delivering a baby to the nearest available home. Sylvester's wife, wanting a baby despite his objections ("Every day it's the same thing - pitter-patter of little feet!"), graciously receives the package. Sylvester is nonetheless excited- until he learns the baby is a mouse, at which point he tries to eat it. His wife quickly stops him, and when she goes out (and is not seen again afterwards), he tries again, only to stop after the mouse calls him "Daddy".

Sylvester's attitude changes entirely from this point on, and he takes him for a walk. Unfortunately, the neighborhood cats are not so enamored of the mouse, and he is forced to run back into the house knowing he can't take him for a walk. Several cats try to steal the mouse, using salesman ("Good day, Sir, I represent the Little Giant Vacuum Cleaner Company, Walla Walla, Washington and if you watch closely, you'll notice the powerful action of this machine as it removes completely and forever all foreign particles from around the room. I realize that you may not be ready to purchase the Little Giant right now but if you ever do, just remember the Little Giant Vacuum Cleaner Company, Walla Walla, Washington."), babysitter and Santa disguises, cutting holes in the floor, etc., only to be foiled by Sylvester, who for once, is on the winning end of the same traps that he usually ends up getting foiled by. The stork, meanwhile, returns (still drunk) to deliver the mouse to its proper home. Sylvester, believing it to be another cat, stops the mouse and is pulled up instead.

A later scene reveals two mice walking him (dressed as a baby) with the wife telling her husband, "Nothing like this ever happened on my side of the family!" and he looks at the audience in bewilderment as the cartoon irises out.


  • The ABC version cuts all the scenes featuring the drunken stork delivering the mouse to Sylvester's house.

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