Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, has been featured in various Disney media over the years.
The animated featurette Ben and Me tells the story of how many of Ben's most famous achievements and writings were actually the results of his friendship with Amos the mouse. When Ben's experiments with electricity end up damaging their friendship, his efforts to get Amos to work with him again result in Amos writing the opening words of the Declaration of Independence as part of a signed agreement not to put him in harms way again.
He was voiced by Charles Ruggles.
Benjamin Franklin is one of the hosts of the attraction alongside Mark Twain.
He provides an optimistic contrast to Twain's cynicism. Additionally, he appears in a scene with Thomas Jefferson as he works on writing the Declaration of Independence.
Benjamin Franklin is seen as a drawing (which comes to life to demonstrate his famous experiment with electricity involving the key and the kite during a lightning storm) on a blackboard during Pumbaa's history teaching session to an owl student.
Within the film's backstory for the Shepherd's Journal published in tie-in materials like The Mythical World of Atlantis, from Plato to Disney, it is mentioned in passing that Benjamin Franklin studied the Journal in 1788 when it was being held in the Palace of Versailles in France.
Benjamin Franklin is alluded to when a young Jack Sparrow reminisces about teaching a young boy named "Benny" a certain trick involving a kite and a key.
Floyd Pepper portrayed Franklin in I Love Liberty. The Muppet Magazine Summer 1987 issue includes an illustrated Franklin in the comic story, "Star Cluck." Gonzo appears in the Muppet Book of Friendship dressed as Franklin, to compliment on one of the founding father's famous quotes. George the Janitor played Benjamin Franklin in the Great Moments in Elvis History sketch from Muppets Tonight episode 101. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew appeared as "Bunsen "Ben" Franklin" in Great Muppets in American History. Baby Scooter appeared as "Scootermin Franklin" in the Muppet Babies episode "This Old Nursery".
He appears in the second season episode "Timephoon!" (known as Benjamin Frankloon) where he was one of the many historical figures transported to the present day. He gives a report on the typhoon as a news weatherman, he was scared of the camera as he feared it stole his soul.
Other appearances and mentions
He was mentioned in the Stuck in the Middle episode "Stuck in the Garage Sale" and the Bunk'd episode "Take the Cake". He was mentioned in the Gravity Falls episode "Irrational Treasure" where it was revealed he was secretly a woman.