As the 50th anniversary of the park continues, the Magic Kingdom is seeing a lot of new decor added to give it more character and personality. It all began with a Figaro statue added to Pinocchio Village Haus, and has continued with teapots and cups outside the Mad Tea Party, Dalmatian puppies in the firehouse, and now with an obscure character from the company’s rich library residing in the Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom.
“Ben and Me” is a 20-minute, later 25-minute animated short based on the book of the same name by Robert Lawson. It was released on November 10, 1953, alongside “The Living Desert.” It recalls the tale of Amos, a mouse who apparently achieved many of the things for which Ben Franklin was given credit. Amos is voiced by the legendary Sterling Holloway. You can watch the entire film here:
Fittingly, the new prop can be found in the Ben Franklin room of the 1971 Magic Kingdom restaurant, the second room on the left.
Staged perfectly, Amos is watching over a portrait of Mr. Franklin.
Amos Mouse is wearing his adorable colonial-era outfit, waving at guests below from his perch next to Poor Richard’s Almanac.
As you can tell, this was hastily added as there are now books missing from the shelf and there’s even still glue stuck to the cover of the almanac. The bookend wasn’t moved either, as it now sits to one side of Amos, far from the other books. You would have to get very close to see this, but the signs are all there.
You may also remember that Amos was recently featured at the American Adventure pavilion in EPCOT during the Festival of the Arts, so this isn’t the character’s first reference at Walt Disney World.
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LOVE Amos! LOVE “Ben and Me” This is a lovely touch that I’ll certainly seek out on my next visit to WDW.
I was a movie theater projectionist back in the day, and I remember running “Ben and Me” before some Disney feature or other. By then (the 1970’s) it wasn’t “The Living Desert” — perhaps “Treasure of Matecumbe” or “Escape to Witch Mountain” or something of that era.
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