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The Mouse and His Child (1977)

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


(novel), (screenplay) (as Carol Mon Pere)
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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)
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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Family | Animation


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18 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Extraordinary Adventures of the Mouse and His Child  »

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Last project of Andy Devine. See more »


The Mouse Child: I wanna go home.
Manny the Rat: The very place I had in mind. Come on, now, my lovelies, I'm taking you home.
The Mouse Child: We're going back to the toy shop?
The Mouse: I don't think that's the home he's talking about.
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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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Darkness in a child's world
18 July 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Many people say this is actually an adult film, and not for children. I don't think so. Some adults appreciate it. They get the message, or think they do, but the book and the film draw primarily from a child's view of life. Most of the author's (Russell Hoban) books are of a dark tone. They ultimately celebrate the triumph of light over darkness but the darkness is there to begin with. Even his simplest children's books such as The Stone Doll of Sister Brute and A Bargain for Frances deal with pain, sorrow, loss and forgiveness. Hoban knew that children live in a world that is much too big for them. To them, everything is a potential source of danger. This film captures the child's experience of life beautifully. The child starts out totally dependent upon the father. They wander through a hostile landscape looking for answers, for meaning. The child is confused and ignorant, and the father, to his great credit, is able to admit that he is too. The father, however, takes the lead and tries to interpret their experiences. They meet others, some helpful, some harmful, and eventually they separate from each other and are able to stand and walk and move through the world as independent partners. Much of what happens is cryptic and it's probably a mistake to look too deeply for meanings. Just remember that essentially it's a story about a child and his father learning to get along in a difficult world, overcoming obstacles and ultimately making a home for themselves and their loved ones. And that's all any child, or adult, really wants.

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