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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:
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 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 »


Manny the Rat: Frog, you're fired!
The Frog: For bein' a fraud?
Manny the Rat: For being a failure *as* a fraud!
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Referenced in Hudson Hawk (1991) See more »


Much in Little
Music by Roger Kellaway
Lyrics by Gene Lees
Sung by Robin Reed
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Deep, Lasting, and a forerunner
31 August 2001 | by (Canton, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This movie helped me along the path to liking stories with more than talking animals and large Disney Musical Productions, though there's a place for those in my viewing. This movie led me to un-childish series (mostly Japanese) with deep meanings and messages. Deep as Akira (though more comprehensible) and just as dark, this story tells about a toy "family" and a toy child's desperate wish for the family to find itself again and stay together despite cruel enemies and crueler friends. Having read the book again recently, it seems that stories Such as "Toy Story" and "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" took a little from this story's soul.

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