The Lyin' Mouse
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: October 16, 1937
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Ken Harris
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher (uncredited)
Berneice Hansell (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Cat
Lion Tamer
Ostrich (cameo)
Preceded By: Rover's Rival
Succeeded By: The Case of the Stuttering Pig
1937-10-16 The Lyin' Mouse (MM)

1937-10-16 The Lyin' Mouse (MM)

The Lyin' Mouse is a 1937 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.


A mouse is trying to free himself from a trap when a cat arrives. The mouse, desperate to avoid being eaten, asks if the cat has heard the story of "The Lion And The Mouse." He tells a story about a ferocious lion in the jungle who scares all the animals; the mouse has a horn that imitates the lion's roar, and has some fun with it until the lion catches him. The mouse pleads for his life, and the lion, distracted by a bigger catch, agrees. The bigger catch is a trap set by the Frank Cluck expedition; the lion avoids the first trap, but falls for the second, and find himself in a circus lion-taming act (where he put his head inside the tamer's mouth). The mouse happens by, and chews a lion-shaped hole in the lion's wooden cart/cage, setting him free. Back to the cat: moved by this story, he releases the mouse. Just before entering his hole, the mouse yells one last word at the cat: "Sucker!". The cat then shrugs and says, "Well, can you imagine that."



  • The EU dubbed print uses the 1941-55 MM ending cue, while the USA dubbed print retains the original end cue.


  • This is the first cartoon to give story credit, here to Tedd Pierce. Unfortunately, the Blue Ribbon reissue removes the original titles, and thus the credit.
  • This is also the last Merrie Melodies short to have the 1936-37 blue Color Rings and the original Merrie Melodies logo in the opening titles.
  • The original BR ending is lost due to the dubbed LaserDisc version, which airs on Boomerang. However, the original BR closing is available through an a.a.p. print on CN Latin America.[1]
  • The ostrich from "Plenty of Money and You" makes a cameo appearance, when the animals run away from the mouse's lion noise. Coincidentally, both shorts with that ostrich were directed by Friz Freleng.
  • As shown on a model sheet, the working title of the short was "The Lion and the Mouse."



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