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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".

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(novel), (screenplay) (as Carol Mon Pere)
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Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies.

Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey
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Cast

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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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The Tramp (voice)
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Iggy (voice)
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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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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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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Hudson Hawk (1991) See more »

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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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