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A Rat's Tale (1997)

Die Story von Monty Spinnerratz (original title)
Monty is a young cute rat in a rat world living beneath the streeets of Manhattan. When exterminator Dollart gets a new lethal spray to kill all the rodents, Monty, his friend Isabella and ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Josef Ostendorf ...
Mr. Lou Dollart
Mrs. Dollart
Evelyn Jellybelly
Prof. Plumpingham
Nick McRafferty
Andreas Herder ...
Tom O'Dooley
Architekt Stressback
Yoshinori Yamamoto ...
Mr. Futon San
Jack Recknitz ...
Monty Mad-Rat Jr. (voice)
Isabella Noble-Rat (voice)
Raymond Guth ...
Old Monty (voice)
Rudi Rake-Rat (voice)
Jean-Paul Canalligator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Klaus Havenstein ...


Monty is a young cute rat in a rat world living beneath the streeets of Manhattan. When exterminator Dollart gets a new lethal spray to kill all the rodents, Monty, his friend Isabella and Jean-Paul Canalligator have to travel to magic land to make things right. Written by Anonymous

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new york | puppet | based on novel | See All (3) »


Adventure | Family


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Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Rat's Tale  »


Box Office


DEM 16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,768, 22 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,768, 22 March 1998
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Written by Christoph Blaser & Ralf Merten & 'Vernon Price'
Performed by 'Elektrostar'
Courtesy of WEA Records
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A fable from the sewers
15 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Die Story von Monty Spinnerratz, or A Rat's Tale as it is named in English, is a strangely naive, unpretentious German puppet movie featuring some known American actors in minor parts. The production is in many ways extremely simple, on par with TV programs for very young children. No attempt at all has been made to camouflage the strings that move the puppets; while they could easily have been made of fine transparent nylon, they are in fact plain, black thread that stands out against the background. The puppets themselves, while individually designed, have a single, fixed facial expression and look exactly like the scruffy plush toys they are, and the "Canalligator" looks as if it is made of painted cardboard, which it probably is. One gets the impression that this reflects a conscious decision by the film makers to dispense with any attempt at illusion, rather than ineptitude. Especially as there are a few competently done and rather pretty optical effects in the humanly acted scenes, showing that the film wasn't made entirely on a shoestring. The plot matches the production, being a rather simplistic story about love, courage, kindness and freedom from prejudice - among rats, and to some extent also alligators and men. A story fit for small children, with a moral that it takes no subtlety to comprehend. Yet there is something likable about the film, something that can appeal to adults as well. Perhaps I admire the stubbornness and courage it must have taken to produce and market a film like this, or maybe I like to occasionally see simple storytelling without a multi-million dollar budget squandered on special effects and exotic locations. Perhaps I just sympathise with the idea that there is a place for films that aren't cool and hip and controversial and spectacular, but just nice in a very modest and subdued way. In any case I'm glad, and somewhat surprised, that utterly unlikely films like this can be made in our time and day.

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