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Mouse on the Mayflower

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First episode date  November 23, 1968
Written by  Romeo Muller
Writer  Romeo Muller
Language  English
7.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Music director  Maury Laws
Country  United States
Mouse on the Mayflower movie poster
Director  Jules Bass Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date  November 23, 1968 (1968-11-23)
Directors  Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Cast  Tennessee Ernie Ford (Narrator (voice)), Eddie Albert (Capt. Standish (voice)), John Gary (John Alden (voice)), Joanie Sommers (Priscilla Mullins (voice)), Paul Frees ((voice)), June Foray ((voice))
Similar movies  Related Jules Bass movies
Tagline  A story of the first Thanksgiving...

The mouse on the mayflower

The Mouse on the Mayflower is a 1968 animated Thanksgiving television special created by Rankin/Bass and animated by Japanese studio Toei Animation. It was the first official special under the Rankin/Bass moniker after changing its name from Videocraft the previous year. It debuted on NBC on November 23, 1968. The special is about a church mouse named Willum, who is discovered on the Mayflower. Tennessee Ernie Ford voices Willum and narrates.


Mouse on the Mayflower movie scenes

The mouse on the mayflower intro


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The famous ship called Mayflower is trapped amidst a huge storm. The entire story is narrated by a church-mouse called Willum, from his viewpoint. The tale begins with the pilgrim preachers deciding to move to America and getting aboard the Mayflower. However, because of the huge storm, the ship gets on the verge of sinking. Then, Willum, the pilgrim mouse, comes up with an idea to save the ship.

When the pilgrims land safely, they write the Mayflower Compact and start constructing their new church and colony. However, it is already the autumn season and they do not have much food stored for the winter. The pilgrims then learn to plant crops during the spring season and celebrate a big feast toward the onset of the autumn season or fall. This is their first Thanksgiving celebration.


  • Tennessee Ernie Ford as Narrator
  • Eddie Albert as Captain Standish
  • John Gary as John Alden
  • Joanie Sommers as Priscilla Mullins
  • Additional voices

  • Paul Frees
  • June Foray
  • Crew

  • Produced and Directed by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass
  • Written by Romeo Muller
  • Music: Maury Laws
  • Lyrics: Jules Bass
  • Animation Production: Toei Animation (as Toei Studios)
  • Key Animation: Hayao Miyazaki (uncredited)
  • Musical Director: Maury Laws
  • Recording Supervision: Phil Kaye, Jim Harris
  • Home media

    The Mouse on the Mayflower was first released on VHS by Family Home Entertainment in 1989 and 1993. Sony Wonder and Golden Books Family Entertainment also released the special on VHS in the Holiday Classics Collection line in 1998.


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