I once knew a mouse who didn’t have a house… and he crossed into mine. When a real live mouse first crossed my path, I wanted to put an outfit on him right away. My mom, on the other hand, called our next door neighbor and borrowed a cat. The cat, a natural predator, took care of my potential friend right away.
Disney is one of the few companies that seems to humanize mice:
- The Rescuers
- The Rescuers Down Under
- The Aristocrats
- Ratatouille (my favorite!)
Don’t forget the most famous mice: Mickey & Minnie and family. While Mickey and Minnie don’t have standard human names, most of the others do (Gus, Bianca, Mortimer, Jaq, Olivia..) Pink Floyd called it’s mouse “Gerald”.
Why are mice so human in Disney films? Does anyone know whether Walt or his family had any special experiences with mice? Were they especially loyal to him? Did they make him any cute outfits to go to a ball? Perhaps they cooked him breakfast
I haven’t been able to figure it out. And where do Tom and Jerry fit in (Metro Goldwyn-Mayer rivals)? Which mice came first? As much as I feel for the mice in Disney films, I still don’t think I’ll let them cook for me, even if the mouse I meet has a human name.