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Tom, ready for a game of cat-and-mouse.

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. Or a mouse comes out to scare you.

The holes Real Life mice gnaw through walls are of course not so perfectly shaped as these, though the sapient inhabitants of fictional Mouse Worlds might be capable of engineering them. However, the existence of neat arch-shaped holes in baseboards is Truth in Television, as these were often cut for plumbing installations (especially heating pipes) and are often wide enough that mice can and do crawl through them.



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    Asian Animation 

    Comic Strips 
  • A trademark schtick of Garfield strips. Sometimes this even extends to windows with pots of flowers under them, mailboxes, welcome mats, etc.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.


    Live-Action TV 

    Video Games 

    Western Animation 
  • 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
  • Looney Tunes:
    • The 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 cottage 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, complete with a door.
  • 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.
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Once Upon an Ed" in the outside wall of Jonny 2x4's house to escape the Kankers. Ed crams his two friends inside and forces himself in after them but being his story the reasons why they do it is a warped version of how they got into Jonny's wall.
  • Can be seen in the kitchen in Courage the Cowardly Dog.


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