• Short Summary

    In Copenhagen, Denmark, the famous Tivoli amusement park has come up with an attraction that is winning comparison with California's Disneyland.

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    In Copenhagen, Denmark, the famous Tivoli amusement park has come up with an attraction that is winning comparison with California's Disneyland.

    And, like the American fun centre, the Danish attraction features a mouse - or, rather, 161 mice - to draw the crowds.

    Mouse Town is believed to be the first and only show of its type in the world. The 161 "citizens" of the minature town have been delighting visitors with a display of antics that mimic the activities of people joining in the fun of the fair offered at Tivoli.

    The mice perform in a large glass cage in which there is a model of a town and the amusemants to be found at Tivoli.

    Patrons are astonished to find the performers are completely un-trained. Owner of the show, Viggo Kaerby, says every activity they pursue is a completely natural display.

    According to Kaerby the only problem, apart from keeping the town tidy, is to watch for aggression by the mice. It seems, that like their human counterparts occasionally one might get the urge to take over the town. Kaerby has to act quickly before others join in the aggressive mood.

    When the season at Tivoli ends, the mice will spend their vacation on a farm in south Sealand from where they originally came.

    SYNOPSIS: Copenhagen's Tivoli amusement fair has been drawing crowds for about a century and a half.

    But its latest attraction really has Danish audiences on their toes.

    Well if Mickey can pack them into Disneyland, just think what one hundred and sixty one members of his family can do. Mouse Town is believed to be the only show of its type in the world.

    Its citizens have been a top attraction for visitors for the last three seasons.

    To the squeaks and squeals of spectators, they've been getting around in a delightful mimicry of crowds enjoying other attractions at Tivoli.

    But, it's hard work, requiring the pint-sized entertainers to keep their spirits up.

    The mice are completely untrained. They, like the Tivoli crowds, just make the most of the facilities provided and enjoy themselves.

    But there's one catch. Anyone who thinks he is going to be a big wheel in Mouse Town is likely to find himself evicted. The owner, Viggo Kaerby, says aggression is the one trait that could be catching among the population.

    So far the citizens have behaved remarkable well. They have kept clean, none have fallen ill and all have kept within the town boundaries.

    With a diet that includes twelve kinds of vitamins they are nibbling at the chance for stardom.

    Being in show business means that the mice get their own vacation -- spent at a farm in south Sealand, where they were bred. Meantime, on with the show.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA95PL8OSFL4O0GOBGFK4APWU12
    Media URN:
    VLVA95PL8OSFL4O0GOBGFK4APWU12
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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