A Mouse Divided
Merrie Melodies (Tweety and Sylvester) series
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Directed by I. Freleng
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by Mel Blanc
Bea Benaderet
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Arthur Davis
Manuel Perez
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Irv Wyner
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 Merrie Melodies animated short directed by Friz Freleng and featuring Sylvester. The title 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 towards the mouse 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.

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