Tale of Two Mice

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Directed By: Frank Tashlin (uncredited)
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: June 30, 1945
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Richard Bickenbach
Cal Dalton
Art Davis
I. Ellis
Anatole Kirsanoff (uncredited)[1]
A.C. Gamer (Effects, uncredited)
Layouts: Richard H. Thomas
Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Babbit and Catstello
Preceded By: A Gruesome Twosome
Succeeded By: Wagon Heels

Tale of Two Mice, re-released as A Tale of Two Mice, is a 1945 Looney Tunes short directed by Frank Tashlin.


Catstello is being chased by a cat rapidly at high speed around the house, yelling "Hey Babbit!" Catstello narrowly escapes into the mousehole, while the cat crashes into a wall. Babbit notices this and asks Catstello for the cheese, which he replied that he hasn't got any because he is scared of the cat. Babbit then chastises Catstello for his cowardice, but when this doesn't get into Catstello's head. Babbit continuously slaps him on the head.

They attempt to steal cheese that is being guarded by a cat. Their schemes include past a sleeping cat, which doesn't go so well as Catstello runs off at first time, a small airplane and a rope and pull system. Finally, Catstello manages to escape the cat with a wedge of Swiss cheese, which unfortunately Babbit doesn't like. Fed-up with Babbit constantly ordering him around, repetitively slapping him as well as his ungratefulness for his efforts, Catstello continuously slaps him and force-feeds Catstello chunks of Swiss cheese. Catstello remarks "Ooohhh, I'm a baaaaaaad boy!"


  • LaserDisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 2, Side 3: Frank Tashlin
  • DVD - San Antonio (USA 1995 Turner print)
  • DVD - TCM Spotlight: Errol Flynn Adventures (USA 1995 Turner print)


  • On the now-defunct WB channel, the sequence in which Babbit's states, "If this don't work, then I'll be a jack-ass," followed by Catstello in a crashed toy airplane yelling, "Jack-ass! A jack-ass!" and braying like a donkey was cut.[2]


  • This is the first cartoon where Babbit and Catstello are recast as mice instead of cats as in their debut cartoon "A Tale of Two Kitties" (1942), as well as as the protagonists rather than as antagonists to Tweety. They would later be recast as mice again in "The Mouse-Merized Cat" (1946)
    • This is also the first cartoon where Catstello turns against Babbit in the end due to the former fed-up of the latter's constant abuse. This would happen again in "The Mouse-Merized Cat".
  • Frank Tashlin, the director of this short, is not credited during the opening credits, is due to him leaving before the cartoon was released into theaters.
  • When this short was re-released as a Blue Ribbon, it was retitled as A Tale of Two Mice.
  • The unnamed cat in this cartoon physically resembles Babbit from "A Tale of Two Kitties". It is possible that director Frank Tashlin and the animators of this short designed the cat based on the said character.
  • This cartoon was re-released into the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies program on January 10, 1953. Because the cartoon was re-released in the 1952-53 animation season, the Lydian "THE END" ending card is present in place of the original ending title card.
    • Despite the re-release, the original opening and ending titles, as well as the title card and credits, are known to exist.[3]



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