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The Country Cousin

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : October 31, 1936

Running Time : 9:15

Synopsis

Abner is invited by his cousin Monty to leave Podunk behind and move to the big city. But he soon learns that the hidden dangers of big city life are not all they are cracked up to be.

Characters

Abner Countrymouse
Monty Citymouse

Credits

Director
Dave Hand
Wilfred Jackson
Asst. Director
Graham Heid
Animation
Milt Schaffer
Johnny Cannon
Marvin Woodward
Les Clark
Art Babbitt
Jack Hannah
Paul Allen
Cy Young
Layout
Ferdinand Horvath
Story
Bill Cottrell
Dick Rickard
Music
Leigh Harline

Source

Based on the story "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse"

Awards

Academy Award winner (Short Subjects - Cartoons)

Cut Scenes

An extended sequence where the Country Mouse gets drunk was snipped out at one time.

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 5 : Disney's Best of 1931-1948
Germany
Meister-Cartoons von Walt Disney
France
Les Chefs-d'Oeuvre de Walt Disney
Italy
I Capolavori di Walt Disney

Laserdiscs

United States
Disney's Best of 1931-1948
Japan
The Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons

DVD

United States
Timeless Tales Volume 2
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Germany
Aristocats (Special Edition)
Aristocats
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
France
Les Aristochats
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Italy
The Aristogatti
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Sweden
The Aristocats
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
United Kingdom
The Aristocats
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 53: Silly Symphonies at the Zoo
The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 23: The "Other" Mice
The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 1: Award Winners
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 32

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by United Artists Pictures

Comments

From Calvin Daprice : It appears that the scene with all the automobiles and humanized car horns was reused in the later cartoon, Mickey's Delayed Date.
From Jerry Edwards : The censored scene of the country mouse getting drunk is still censored in the recent Ink and Paint showings. Top quality animation and excellent adaptation of the Aesop Fable makes this one of my favorites. The censorship angers me because it makes a terrific short seem much more ordinary.
From Ryan : I loved this short back when I was younger. I always found it funny when the city mouse kept SHHH-ing Abner whenever he made noice (e.g. snapping a mousetrap so that he could get a piece of cheese). I also liked the scene where he got drunk on the wine and got the hiccups. In fact, he was so drunk that he would do a stupid thing like tease the cat. He walks up and kicks the cat's butt. Well as soon as he is chased out of the townhouse, he's getting a real taste of big city life. Oh my God wasn't that a nightmare? He runs home thinking "this city life isn't for me."
From Diann : I agree with the other comments. The censored scene should be reinstated. Or in the alternative, made available to those of us who enjoy and appreciate this early full animation from Disney. The backgrounds, however, offer a glimpse of what had "value" during the Depression. Unlimited fancy food served formally. I noticed the electrical connection for the lamp was a screw type, with a socket. A tiny scrap of history unintentionally offered.
From Jeff : Great short. If I remember well, the French version isn't censored. It's bad it's been cut in most of version, it was very funny.
From Baruch Weiss : I thought that this short wasn't too bad, the music was great and the background art and animation was wonderful. Also the scene with the country mouse running into the street with all those vehicles was later used in the 1947 short Mickey's Delayed Date.
From Dino Cencia : I loved this short! In fact, I loved the music. If you listen closely in the short, you can the same music from Toy Tinkers when the 2 mouses were on the table eating food. I heard that same music from Toy Tinkers and my favorite part is when Abner was drunk from drinking the wine and he has the   hiccups and Monty tells him to be quiet not to make noise. But then the 2 mouses see a cat sleeping and Abner was drunk and he wants to bother the cat, so he kicks the cat's butt and it hurts for the cat and the cat chases Abner around the house untill he came out the window and went down into a water pipe and runs with people walking and Abner runs down the tracks home. This is a good Silly Symphonies short. I give it a 79.
From Gijs Grob : A very beautifully executed rendering of the classic tale, The Country Cousin is a gem among the Silly Symphonies. Its story is lean and economical, its characterization highly effective and its silent acting superb. Particularly noteworthy is the drunken performance of the Country Cousin, animated by Art Babbitt, which belongs to the highlights of animation. Everyone who wants to know where "character animation" is all about, should go and watch this cartoon. One cannot find a better example of it. Besides this, The Country Cousin contains some very realistic animation of people's feet walking on the sidewalk. Indeed, the human realism of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) was not far away anymore. Thirteen years later, Tex Avery would explore the theme of The Country Cousin once again, albeit quite differently and way more silly, in his hilarious short "Little Rural Riding Hood" (1949).

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