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The Mouse and His Child (1977)

G  |   |  Family, Animation  |  18 November 1977 (USA)
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Adaptation of Russell Hoban's novel about two mechanical toy mice, and their quest to become "self-winding".

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Manny the Rat (voice)
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Euterpe (voice)
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The Seal (voice)
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The Frog (voice)
Alan Barzman ...
The Mouse (voice)
Marcy Swenson ...
The Mouse Child (voice)
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Iggy (voice)
Regis Cordic ...
The Clock (voice)
Joan Gerber ...
The Elephant (voice)
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Muskrat (voice)
Mel Leven ...
Ralphie (voice)
Maitzi Morgan ...
Teller / Starling (voice)
Frank Nelson ...
Crow #1 (voice)
Cliff Norton ...
Crow #2 (voice)
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C. Serpentina (voice)
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Adaptation of Russell Hoban's novel about two mechanical toy mice, and their quest to become "self-winding".

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The Extraordinary Adventures of the Mouse and His Child  »

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Trivia

The toy store's sign reads "McMacken's Toys," named for the film's art director, David McMacken. See more »

Quotes

The Frog: What would you have from the future? It could be anything you like.
The Mouse Child: I want the Elephant to be my mama.
The Mouse: You what - ?
The Mouse Child: And the Seal to be my sister. And we'll all live together in the toy store.
The Frog: An elephant? That's rather a large order. And you?
The Mouse: I don't want anything given to me. I want something taken away.
The Frog: What's that?
The Mouse: Our key. The world being what it is, we'd be better off if we were free to wind ourselves.
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Tell Me My Name
Music by Roger Kellaway
Lyrics by Gene Lees
Sung by Colin Kellaway (as Colin Chastain Kellaway)
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Existential allegory masquerading as children's story
24 March 2001 | by (Weaverville, NC) – See all my reviews

THE MOUSE AND HIS CHILD is a symbolic study of human suffering that apparently was palmed off as a kiddie cartoon feature because of it's characters(A clockwork toy mouse and his son).This film, however, has very little that recommends it as a typical children's cartoon--it's dark, with somber colors, no chirpy songs, no silly sidekicks or lame comedy. The mouse and his child fall from the safety of their toy store window and are cast out with the garbage, after which they roam around the outside world, looking to be "self-winding". Along the way they encounter various nefarious characters, including a rat who exploits worn-out toys by forcing them to labor for him hauling scavenged items from the garbage. See the symbolism yet? I didn't when I first saw this thing when I was six, but, in regard to the reviewer who wondered if children would "get" this movie, I can say that I felt sadness for these two little toy mice, struggling to find their way in a cruel world, and wondered if they would ever be safe. I knew that the rat was the bad guy, and that the mice would have to escape him if they were to find what they wanted. There's nothing here that I believe would disturb a child, it's grim tone won't endear the movie to most families. While children might not understand the symbolic signifigance of all they see, they can understand the mice's need to belong and be happy, which is what the film is about. Try this film if you sicken from the sugar supplied by the recent Disney offerings; this one offers substantial food for thought


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