The cartoon mouse's refuge: a neat arch-shaped hole cut into a wall at the floor, sometimes with a door.
If you have one of these in your house, expect your perfectly triangular cheese wedges
to go missing soon.
Often the gate to Mouse World
- A rare live-action example, though more realistic looking, can be found in the movie MouseHunt.
- It also appears in Willard, created by the giant rat Ben chewing through the wall.
- A trademark schtick of Garfield strips. Sometimes this even extends to windows with pots of flowers under them, mailboxes, welcome mats, etc.
- While they're not mice, the Minish in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap have several small holes that look like this. They do, indeed, lead to the Minish's Mouse World.
- In Luigis Mansion, these are all over the place. Some release golden mice, worth major dollars. Luigi can enter most or all with a special device, usually yielding more treasure. Or ghosts. Often both.
- One of the first puzzles of Sam & Max Hit the Road requires you to grab a stash of cash from one of these.
- One puzzle in The Neverhood involves getting a mouse to a wedge of Cartoon Cheese via a wall of mouseholes. Your job was to figure out which holes the mouse would stop at.
- Glider PRO has a stock mouse hole that can appear in any old room.
- Tom and Jerry, as in the picture above.
- Early Mickey Mouse cartoons didn't show his house, but early comic strips and children's books did. It had a round, obviously mousehole-like front entrance despite Mickey's large, non-mouselike size.
- In 1931, Mickey's house began to be shown in the cartoons and had a normal front door there, after which the ancillary material was retconned to match.
- The "Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks" shorts on The Huckleberry Hound Show
- Likewise the Looney Tunes cartoons featuring Speedy Gonzales and, before that, Babbit and Ratstello.
- Sniffles lived in a mouse hole in some shorts as well, even earlier.
- Mostly averted in Walt Disney's Cinderella, but there is one.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy may have purposefully installed a mouse hole in her house to shelter mice.
- Invoked in Tex Avery's King-Size Canary, when the jumbo-sized cat and mouse do this with a train tunnel (@ 7:02).
- You might notice the classic arch-shaped mouse holes in the skirting boards in the background on The Simpsons.
- In Futurama, the vermin live in holes like this. The vermin in this case being owls.
- Motormouse lives in one in the Motormouse and Autocat segments of The Cattanooga Cats,
- Winslow lives in one of these in CatDog
- The Animated Adaptation of Spencer Johnson's Who Moved My Cheese depicts the mice's houses as arched Quonset huts, in contrast to the more squared-off houses of the littlepeople.
- The Simpsons episode How Munched is that Birdie in the Window?: In the intro, when the Simpsons entered their living room, Prof. Frink shrank them and they ran into the hole to escape the cat.
- An earlier gag had the family sitting down on the couch, only for the camera to zoom into a hole to show a mouse version of the family sitting on their couch.