The Flying Mouse

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The Flying Mouse
Silly Symphonies series
Directed by David Hand
Produced by Walt Disney
Music by Frank Churchill
Bert Lewis
Animation by Hamilton Luske
Bob Kuwahara
Harry Bailey
Bob Wickersham
Backgrounds by Carlos Manríquez
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by United Artists Pictures
Release date(s) July 14, 1934
Color process Technicolor
Running time 9 min
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by The Wise Little Hen
Followed by Peculiar Penguins

The Flying Mouse is a 1934 Silly Symphonies cartoon produced by Walt Disney, directed by David Hand, and released to theatres by United Artists on July 14, 1934. The butterfly fairy who appears here may have even inspired the Blue Fairy of Pinocchio six years later. The use of color here was rather innovative as it is set during the course of a single day.


To the tune "I Would Like to Be a Bird," a young mouse fashions wings from a pair of leaves, to the great amusement of his brothers. When his attempts to use them fail, he falls into the tub and shrinks his sister's dress and gets spanked by his mother. When a butterfly calls for help, he rescues it from a spider. When the butterfly proves to be a fairy, the mouse wishes for wings. But his bat-like appearance doesn't fit in with either the birds or the other mice, and he finds himself friendless; even the bats make fun of him, making a point that he is "Nothin' But A Nothin'". The butterfly fairy reappears and removes the mouse's wings, telling him that it is best for him to be himself.

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