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By Word of Mouse is a 1954 Looney Tunes short directed by Friz Freleng, and starring Sylvester.


Hans, a mouse from Germany, arrives in America to visit his cousin, Willie. Hans wants to know everything is there to know about the free market capitalist system. Willie takes Hans to see a mouse lecturer from a university, who talks to Hans about the capitalist system. All the while, the three mice are chased by Sylvester.




  • This is the only time that Ben Washam ever animated for the Friz Freleng unit.
  • This is the first short to use the 1954-56 pink color rings.
  • It is the first of three Looney Tunes shorts underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, followed by "Heir-Conditioned" and "Yankee Dood It".
  • The department store Stacy's is based on Macy's.


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