Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Jules Bass
Written by: Romeo Muller
Release date: November 23, 1968
Running time: 60 minutes
Available on: VHS
The Mouse on the Mayflower is a Rankin/Bass Thanksgiving special that premiered on NBC November 23, 1968. The special was narrated by Tennessee Ernie Ford as the voice of William, a pilgrim mouse, and also featured Eddie Albert.


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The tale begins with the pilgrim preachers deciding to move to America and getting aboard Mayflower. However, because of the huge storm, the ship gets on the verge of sinking. Then, William, 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 autumn season and they do not have much food stored for the winters. The pilgrims then learn to plant crops during the spring season and celebrate a big feast towards the onset of the autumn season or fall.

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  • Mayflower, Mayflower
  • How About a Little Elbow Room
  • When He Looks At Me
  • Time Stands Still
  • This Land Was Meant to Be Free
  • November