The Country Cousin
Studio: Disney Release Date : October 31, 1936 Series: Silly Symphony
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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.

Credits

Director

Dave Hand
Wilfred Jackson

Animator

Milt Schaffer
Johnny Cannon
Marvin Woodward
Leslie James "Les" Clark
Art Babbitt
Jack Hannah
Paul Allen
Cy Young

Story

Bill Cottrell
Dick Rickard

Music

Leigh Harline

Layout

Ferdinand Horvath

Asst. Director

Graham Heid

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Distributor(s)

RKO Radio Pictures

Included in:

From Aesop to Hans Christian Andersen

Awards

Won the 1936 Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Short Subject

Cut Scenes

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

Television

Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 32)

Video Information

VHS

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

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Disney's Best of 1931-1948
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : An Officer and a Duck

Japan

The Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
All Star Cartoon Review
Starring Chip 'n' Dale

DVD

United States

Silly Symphonies
Timeless Tales Volume 2

Germany

Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Aristocats
Aristocats (Special Edition)

France

Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Les Aristochats

Italy

Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies

United Kingdom

Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
The Aristocats

Sweden

Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
The Aristocats

Netherlands / Belgium

Silly Symphonies

Technical Specifications

Running time: 9:15
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

Reviews and 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).

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

Not too long ago, I lamented that the Silly Symphonies had been lackluster in 1936, possibly due to the attention that Walt and his crew were paying to Snow White. I am happy to say that seeing The Country Cousin has revived my faith in the series, as it is a wonderfully funny and charming short.

As you could probably guess, this is a well-worn story, of the country mouse coming to the city to live with the city mouse. But just because we’ve all seen it or heard it a few times doesn’t detract from this version.

First of all, Abner, the country mouse, is a fantastic character. His design is different enough from Mickey to be distinct while keeping certain features, like the rounded face and ears. Instantly upon seeing him, I felt empathy for the poor guy. He is likeable right away, which is important because of the things he does in the short.

What things are those? Well, when Abner steps inside the palatial home that his city cousin, Monty, has inhabited, he is treated to a world full of light, lush furnishings, and most of all – food! There is a whole table full of food for Abner to indulge in, on one condition. He has to be quiet.

And that’s where the trouble lies. Abner gets overwhelmed by the amount of food available, and can’t control himself. He manages to keep from letting out yells or exclamations, but when he begins chomping down on some celery, he’s making just as much noise as if he had yelled.

In a lot of ways, this part of the short is very much like Giantland, the black and white Mickey short that tells the story of Mickey climbing up a beanstalk to confront a giant. This is very similar, with the two mice on the table trying to avoid waking up a cat that is sleeping nearby. Their escapades into the “giant” food are quite humorous, especially when Abner gets into the sparkling wine.

I seriously had to wonder what kind of family makes a feast like this then leaves it sitting out for several minutes with no one watching it. I mean, really, who does that? Their negligence ends up letting Abner box himself in Jell-O, as well as get really lit on champagne.

You can imagine what ends up happening – Abner makes a mess, the noise wakes up the cat, and chaos ensues. What’s interesting, though, is that Abner runs away from the cat, but that is not the gag fest you would expect. Instead, the focus is more on Abner getting outside the house quickly, and the strange cars and people that he has to avoid.

This part of the short is surreal, with cars, bikes and people zooming past our country friend. The hustle and bustle of the city proves to be too much for him, and sends Abner running down the tracks back to his home. Monty lets him go, I guess, because we never see him again after the cat begins chasing Abner.

This is a fantastic short, with some fun gags, but mostly because of Abner. You can probably read my affection for the character. He’s cute, funny and endearing. Hopefully, we’ll see more of him in the future.


From Nic Kramer :

Unfortunately, this was Abner's only film appearance. However an Audio-Animatronic version of both him and Monty were used in the now "extinct" theme park attraction, "the Mickey Mouse Revue".

From Mac :

Another Silly Symphony that shows how far Disney animation has come. It's just full of energy, character and life. The character designs are great – very cute, but not sickly sweet as we saw in Elmer Elephant. There's also some wonderful artwork on display in the backgrounds and a wonderful scope of scale throughout the short. Sometime this sense of scale is used to create an impressive feeling of grandeur, but on the other hand it becomes oppressive and dangerous – very artfully done.

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      Sources

      Dave Hand: Director
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Wilfred Jackson: Director
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Graham Heid: Asst. Director
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Leigh Harline: Music
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Ferdinand Horvath: Layout
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Milt Schaffer: Animator
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Johnny Cannon: Animator
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Marvin Woodward: Animator
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Leslie James "Les" Clark: Animator
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Art Babbitt: Animator
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Jack Hannah: Animator
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Paul Allen: Animator
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Cy Young: Animator
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Bill Cottrell: Story
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Dick Rickard: Story
      • Verified by "Silly Symphonies" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

      Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
      • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)