Ben and Me
Studio: Disney Release Date : November 11, 1953
  1. General Info

Watch Online!


Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted

Synopsis

A revisionist version of American history as a small mouse comes to live with Benjamin Franklin and turns out to be responsible for many of his ideas; including the beginning of the Declaration of Independance!

Included in:

The Liberty Story

Awards

Nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Two Reel Subject

Television

Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 1)

Video Information

VHS

United States

Ben and Me

Germany

Micky, Donald und Goofy im Märchenland

France

La Joyeuse Menagerie

Italy

Ben and Me
C'era Una Volta un Topo

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Ben and Me / Bongo

Japan

Once Upon a Mouse

DVD

United States

Disney Rarities
Timeless Tales Volume 3

Germany

Zauberhafte Marchenwelt 3

Italy

Walt Disney Le Fiabe 1

United Kingdom

Walt Disney's Fables : Volume 3

Technical Specifications

Running time: 24:55
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English

Reviews and Comments

From Ryan :

I remember seeing this cartoon as a kid. Years later, I saw it again on Mouseterpiece Theater. I like this short pretty well. This is a good cartoons for a history teacher to show his/her class. Amos the mouse looked a lot like one of the mice from the movie "Cinderella" and a cat in one scene looked like Lucifer from the same movie.

From Olivia E. :

An absolutely heart warming movie. I watched it for the first time in years after having chosen to read the Autobiography of Ben Franklin for my semester project in my English class, and all the people that Ben meets on the street in the movie were actually real people from his life.

From Jeremy Fassler :

I haven't seen this short in a while, but from what I remember, I liked it a lot. I used to be a big 1776 era buff when I was about six or seven, and I used to love this short. I like the animation a lot, and I love the concept of how the mouse writes the declaration of independence in the end. I would recommend this cartoon to anyone who is a fan of history, or would like to see a good Disney cartoon.

From Christopher Cruz :

I'm 22 years old and came across this cartoon short when I was 7. I saw it again at age 12 after reading the novel (which I must add, is as entertaining as the cartoon). I've always loved history, especially US history. My favorite is the Colonial Era. I haven't seen Ben and Me in a while and would like to find it on video (call me childish.) I think it's entertaining, funny, and as other reviewers have pointed out, a great thing to add to any classroom curriculum.

From Kenneth Colby :

I own a copy of the video Ben and Me and use this in school classes with little boys and girs through the Sons of the American Revolution group that I belong too. They seem to relate and remember this more so than trying to talk to them about it.

From Julie Arsenault :

I have always loved films (animated and live action) and also theatrical shorts that are based on books, and this was one of my favorite literary short from my childhood, because I've watched it a bunch of times as a kid, and I've even read the book too.

This short has an excellent cast featuring Sterling Holloway (Amos Mouse/Narrator), Charles Ruggles (Ben Franklin), and Hans Conried (Thomas Jefferson),and I also love why they combined paintings and the animated characters in the backgrounds. Excellent work! I recommended this short those who literary shorts and films like me.


From Baruch Weiss :

This cartoon focuses on a mouse named Amos and the famous Benjamin Franklin. Amos helps Benjamin with some new inventions and he helps him with the beginning of the Declaration of Independence. This is a fabulous cartoon with nice music and background art and animation. What is more, it is part of our history told with a Disney twist (when it comes to Disney it is always mice). Finally, I enjoyed the scenes where Benjamin plays tricks on Amos.

From Billy Joe :

Ben and Me is a very fun tale. It focuses on Benjamin Franklin's history, adding a fun little character, Amos Mouse (voiced by Sterling Holloway). Amos Mouse helped Ben do such things as print newspapers, and even helped him discover electricity. I really enjoyed it when Amos invented the final words for Thomas Jefferson's "Declaration of Independence". It all started with a mouse. This short is recommended, and is worth watching (and rewatching too!).

This short is the first featurette produced by Disney. It was also played before the first Disney feature to be distributed by Buena Vista, "The Living Desert".

From Josh Perez :

When I first purchased Disney Rarities from the Walt Disney Treasures Line the last thing I expected was to find myself with a short lasting almost 30 minutes. At first I wasn't even sure if I would buy the set, but then I noticed that it contained animated shorts so I quickly bought on the first day of release. The set contained many shorts I hadn't seen since I was a kid, but this was one short I had never seen before. As I watched it for the first time I fell in love with it and actually hoped for it to be longer than what it really was. I would have easily watched it if it was made as a feature-length film. I thought it was great. I only wish that animators now-a-days will put as much thought to their cartoons as they did back then.

From Jen :

I am 40 years old. I watched "Ben and Me" in school as a child. It stuck in my head all these years, because I loved it. A great Educational, yet funny movie. For years, I've searched for this movie to buy for my own, but can't find it anywhere. Today, I found it on YouTube!!! I could'nt believe it. It is in 2 parts. I sat and watched it as if I was a kid.

Click on thumbnail for full size image


Click on thumbnail for full size image


Screenshots

Submitted by eutychus

Screenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and MeScreenshots from the 1953 Disney cartoon Ben and Me

History

8/9/2012

  • Credits added by eutychus

4/12/2013

  • Video Link added by eutychus

8/2/2013

  • Television info added by eutychus

11/19/2013

  • Awards added by eutychus

9/3/2014

  • Animation type added by eutychus
  • Color type added by eutychus
  • Sound type added by eutychus
  • Aspect ratio added by eutychus
  • Print format added by eutychus
  • Negative format added by eutychus
  • Cinematographic format added by eutychus
  • Original Language added by eutychus

11/23/2014

  • Video Link added by eutychus

2/4/2015

  • Home video info added by ToonStar95

5/5/2015

  • Home video info added by ToonStar95

6/18/2015

  • Credits added by ToonStar95

Sources

Leslie James "Les" Clark: Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Marvin Woodward: Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Hamilton S. "Ham" Luske: Director
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Ted Sears: Story
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman: Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Ken Anderson: Art Direction
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Hugh Hennesy: Layout
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

George Rowley: Effects Animation
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Oliver M. "Ollie" Johnston, Jr.: Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Don Lusk: Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Oliver Wallace: Music
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

John Lounsbery: Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Thor Putnam: Layout
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Dick Anthony: Backgrounds
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Del Connell: Story
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Harvey Toombs: Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Thelma Witmer: Backgrounds
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Bill Peet: Story
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Claude Coats: Art Direction
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Jerry Hathcock: Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Hugh Fraser: Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Al Dempster: Backgrounds
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Hal King: Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Bill Thompson: Voices
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Hans Conried: Voices
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Cliff Nordberg: Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Al Zinnen: Layout
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Eric Cleworth: Animator
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Robert Lawson: Story
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Winston Hibler: Story
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Sterling Holloway: Narration
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

Charlie Ruggles: Voices
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)