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The Devil and Daniel Mouse (1978)

When a young female mouse makes a deal with the devil to become a rock star and learns the price, her boyfriend has to help her avoid damnation.



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Cast overview:
Chris Wiggins ...
B.L. Zebub / The Devil (voice)
Annabel Kershaw ...
Jan Mouse (voice)
Martin Lavut ...
Weez Weezel / Pawnbroker (voice)
Jim Henshaw ...
Daniel Mouse (voice)
Dianne Lawrence ...
Journalist / Vicky Viper (voice)
Daniel Mouse - singing / Rock Show Emcee (voice)


Finding their audience drying up in favour of rock music, two young mouse folk singers find themselves with a bleak future. Desperate for a better career and life, the female vows that she would do anything to become a rock star. Instantly, the Devil arises to take advantage of that and offers to make her a star in exchange for her soul. She agrees and she quickly becomes the star she's dreamed of while her boyfriend, Daniel Mouse, is left behind. On the night of her greatest triumph, the devil comes to collect on her soul. In desperation, she turns to Daniel who must attempt the impossible task of trying to find an escape loophole for his girl's release. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The devil meets his match in a rock and roll fable. See more »


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Release Date:

October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le Diable et la souris  »

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Look where the music will take you
19 September 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this cartoon as a kid growing up in Fairmont, West Virginia (the home of Mary Lou Retton). It is an excellent modern day adaptation of Benet's classic story told in animation. They do a wonderful job of bringing it into the 70's, in fact you could almost say that it is a cartoon for adults in some ways. The message is meaningful in so many ways that a song from your heart sets you free and beats the devil every time. I am so sorry but I still have that song stuck in my head from over twenty years ago......look where the music will take you when your getting low....a song from your heart sets you free and beats the devil every single time.

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