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The Mouse and His Child (1977)

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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 (voice)
Cliff Norton ...
Crow (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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The toy store's sign reads "McMacken's Toys," named for the film's art director, David McMacken. See more »


The Frog: Tell you your fortune? Give me your palm.
The Mouse Child: [indicating their permanently linked hands] We don't have one.
The Frog: Can't read your hand. Well, no matter, I'll just read your feet.
Ralphie: Their feet?
The Frog: An ancient form of divination taught to me by the praying mantis of the Babylonian persuasion.
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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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Never Forgotten Film
19 July 2001 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I was seven years old when this film came out, and probably around 8 or 9 when I first saw it on HBO. Now, at 31, I still can remember with startling clarity almost every detail of this movie! Is it dark? Yes. Is it deep? Yes. But what a great way to introduce pre-pre teens to higher concepts of philosophy! If you are tired of your youngsters filling up on the piffle that passes for children's movies and are looking for something more, this is the film for you. The plot is definitely heavy- lots of emphasis on philosophical concepts and deeper modes of thought; but it will stick with you and your child, and give lots of topics to converse on that go beyond "princess meets prince" threads that permeate most movies available for this age group.

I would strongly suggest that the parent view the film with the child (and probably recommend that parents watch the movie first without the kiddies- so to be prepared for the inevitable questions when viewed with children). A fantastic way to make a child think, instead of burst into song!

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