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:
Manny the Rat (voice)
Euterpe (voice)
The Seal (voice)
The Frog (voice)
Alan Barzman ...
The Mouse (voice)
Marcy Swenson ...
The Mouse Child (voice)
Iggy (voice)
Regis Cordic ...
The Clock (voice)
Joan Gerber ...
The Elephant (voice)
Muskrat (voice)
Mel Leven ...
Ralphie (voice)
Maitzi Morgan ...
Teller / Starling (voice)
Frank Nelson ...
Crow #1 (voice)
Cliff Norton ...
Crow #2 (voice)
C. Serpentina (voice)


Adaptation of Russell Hoban's novel about two mechanical toy mice, and their quest to become "self-winding".

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


Ralphie: Aw, go ahead, I need a minute to think anyway.
The Frog: At least.
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Referenced in Hudson Hawk (1991) See more »


Scat Rat
Music by Roger Kellaway
Lyrics by Gene Lees
Sung by Roger Kellaway
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Fantastic film, but who is the targeted audience?
9 August 1999 | by (Nebraska, USA) – See all my reviews

Much of the confusion with this film I think stems from its' source, (Russell Hoban's Mouse and his Child) which was never really intended as a children's book, but got marketed as such anyway (which makes sense, as it uses all the devices of talking animal fantasy). But the book's popularity in the UK (I gather it is now a classic there, while out of print in the US) apparently convinced the film makers it was a great idea for a kiddie flick. The end result though feels as though it has one foot firmly planted in cartoons-for-children and the other amongst psychedelic film directors like Jardowosky, or even coping a feel from boorman's film zardoz. For my own tastes, that makes high entertainment, and already a hoban fan, the film was if anything slightly disappointing as it is somewhat more fluffy then the book (less spontaneous deaths, more happy reunions), but it seems many of the books strengths remained in tack, and the film has it's own funk going on. Although you'll be pressed to find it in your video store, it's worth hunting down. But will kids be able to make heads or tails of it?

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