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|A Mouse Divided|
The Drunk Stork is delivering a baby to the nearest available home. Sylvester's wife, wanting a baby despite his objections, 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, and he takes him for a walk. Unfortunately, he is quickly forced to bring him back into the house as a battalion of cats pursue Sylvester. Several cats try to steal the mouse, using babysitter, salesman, and Santa disguises, cutting holes in the floor, and using a battering ram, only to be foiled by Sylvester, who is now on the winning end of traps to which he usually falls victim.
The stork returns, still drunk, to retrieve the mouse and deliver it to its proper home. The mouse sees a piece of cheese dangling from a hook in the fireplace, but Sylvester stops the baby, thinking "those darn cats" are making another attempt to kidnap the mouse. Sylvester grabs the cheese and gets hoisted up the chimney. The still-drunk stork mistakes Sylvester for the baby, "Boy! (hiccup) Did that mouse grow!" and then delivers Sylvester to the mouse couple.
Later, two mouse parents walk Sylvester, dressed as a baby, with the wife telling her husband, "Nothing like this ever happened on my side of the family!" and he stares in bewilderment.
- (1983) Beta - Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island
- (1983) VHS - Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island
- (1985) Beta - A Salute to Friz Freleng
- (1985) VHS - A Salute to Friz Freleng
- (1994) VHS - The Looney Tunes Video Show - Volume 9 (UK)
- (1994) VHS - Special Bumper Collection (Vol. 1) (UK)
- (1999) LaserDisc - Sylvester and Tweety's Bad Ol' Putty Tat Blues
- (1999) VHS - Looney Tunes: The Collectors Edition, Vol. 9: A Looney Life
- (2003) VHS - Tweety and Sylvester (2003) (UK)
- (2014) DVD - Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island
- An ABC version cuts all the scenes featuring the drunken stork delivering the mouse to Sylvester's house (and the part where Sylvester's wife suggests that they have a baby, then weeps and wishes she were dead, with Sylvester mocking her), creating a plot hole as to how the baby mouse ended up at their house.
- While this cartoon was used in Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island, it starts at Sylvester's House and the ending is changed and reanimated so that Sylvester was delivered to Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island, where a wedded mouse duo wished for a baby.
- This short can be seen on episode 24 of The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show that aired on February 28, 1987.
- This short was also aired in black and white on October 11 1960 as part of the first episode of The Bugs Bunny Show.
- This short and the Daffy Duck cartoon "Duck Amuck" were submitted for Academy Awards in 1952, though neither was nominated.
- The Boomerang SVOD print uses the unrestored late-1980s/early-1990s VHS/LaserDisc print for this short instead of the 1998 "THIS VERSION" restored print.
- Sylvester's wife would later reappear in "Goldimouse and the Three Cats" seven years later, albeit with a drastically different appearance, voice and personality, where both she and Sylvester had a son named Sylvester Junior.
- This cartoon marks the debut of Friz Freleng's version of The Drunk Stork who would reappear in four more cartoons after this one, "Goo Goo Goliath", "Stork Naked", "Pappy's Puppy", and "Apes of Wrath". Prior to that, a different drunk stork previously appeared briefly at the beginning of Bob Clampett's "Baby Bottleneck", whom is a caricature of Jimmy Durante.
- This is the only cartoon in which the drunk stork's voice is higher-pitched, making him sound a little like Daffy Duck. In later cartoons beginning with "Goo Goo Goliath", the drunk stork's voice is lower-pitched.