Paul McCartney’s Lost ‘Bruce McMouse Show’ Film Heading to Theaters

Found the below article in Rolling Stone  about this long-shelved concert footage/animation coming to select theaters January 21, 2019

Paul and Linda started this project in 1972 combining the 72 tour with animation about a mouse…Bruce McMouse to be correct.

More details about the showings

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Never-before-seen, The Bruce McMouse Show is a concert film with a difference. Paul McCartney opens with the story of how the band came to meet the inimitable impresario Bruce McMouse. Featuring the original Wings line up, live concert footage from Wings’ 1972 European tour is interspersed with animated scenes, introducing a family of mice living under the stage. After opening the film with ‘Big Barn Bed’ – taken from Wings’ LP Red Rose Speedway – the camera takes us down through the floorboards into this charming animated world. We see Bruce McMouse regale his children with stories from his past, when son Soily rushes into the room in a whirlwind of excitement announcing that “The Wings” are playing above them.

As the concert plays on, Bruce declares to his wife Yvonne that Paul and the band need his help. Bruce then proceeds to venture on stage to offers his services as producer. As the concert progresses, the animated scenes culminate with dozens of animated mice flocking to the venue to see Wings play. The film was directed by Barry Chattington and produced by Roger Cherrill with the live elements taken from four shows in Holland and Germany in 1972.

Paul viewed the initial concert edit and realized there was great potential in the material captured. Prior to the European tour, Paul had the idea of a family of mice and sketched the characters. Picking up the idea, Eric Wylam took Paul’s sketches and created the final McMouse family. This storyline was incorporated and used as a linking theme within the concert footage. The voice-overs for the animated mice took place at the end of 1973, recorded by Paul and Linda McCartney, Deryck Guyler, Pat Coombs and Derek Nimmo.

Production stretched from 1972 to 1977 when the film was complete, however, with changes in the band’s line-up and music scene, the project was shelved. ‘The Bruce McMouse Show’ has been fully restored in 2018 at Final Frame Post alongside a brand-new audio mix (stereo and 5.1) created at AIR Studios and mastered at Abbey Road.

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

16 thoughts on “Paul McCartney’s Lost ‘Bruce McMouse Show’ Film Heading to Theaters”

    1. We are close if my work cooperates. The Belcourt Theater is a great place…they show Indie movies and older ones…that is the theater where we saw Super Fly. It’s not a chain…I hate using this word…but “hip” would be the best description…

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    1. I know lol… It looks pretty cool….the footage from the 72 footage does. This has been in the can since 77…musical style and band member changes is the reason it didn’t come out before.


      1. I know…someting Paul dreamed up. I’ve seen some clips…some seventies animation…I know what you mean… I would rather see Paul’s 76 tour


    1. This one was in my pending folder… Yes the song was but not the movie. None of them had much to do with the movie because they thought it was going to be like the Saturday morning cartoon of them…they ended up loving it.

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  1. Interesting. Certainly would be worth a view, might be quite fun (might not be but who knows). I think I recall hearing of this project many years ago but never knew much about it

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    1. This is one project I never knew about… It’s playing in Nashville…If work doesn’t get in the way…Baily and I are going to try to go…
      Hey Dave…will you do me a favor? My 18 year old did his top 10 album blog…keep in mind he knows a lot of songs but not a lot of complete albums… If you get bored could you go and visit it? He only has one post. Only if you have time…


    1. I hope I can also… I’m gonna try . I love the Theater it’s at… Indie and old movies are all they show I think


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