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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".

Writers:

Russell Hoban (novel), Carol Monpere (screenplay) (as Carol Mon Pere)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Manny the Rat (voice)
Cloris Leachman ... Euterpe (voice)
Sally Kellerman ... The Seal (voice)
Andy Devine ... The Frog (voice)
Alan Barzman Alan Barzman ... The Mouse (voice)
Marcy Swenson Marcy Swenson ... The Mouse Child (voice)
John Carradine ... The Tramp (voice)
Neville Brand ... Iggy (voice)
Regis Cordic ... The Clock (voice)
Joan Gerber Joan Gerber ... The Elephant (voice)
Bob Holt ... Muskrat (voice)
Mel Leven Mel Leven ... Ralphie (voice)
Maitzi Morgan Maitzi Morgan ... Teller / Starling (voice)
Frank Nelson ... Crow #1 (voice)
Cliff Norton 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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Genres:

Family | Animation

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Fred Wolf Films

Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Extraordinary Adventures of the Mouse and His Child See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Both Peter Ustinov who voiced Manny the Rat and Andy Devine who voiced the Frog also did voice work for Disney's Robin Hood (1973), in which Ustinov voiced Prince John and Devine voiced Friar Tuck. See more »

Quotes

The Frog: What would you have from the future? It could be anything you like.
The Mouse Child: I want the Elephant to be my mama.
The Mouse: You what - ?
The Mouse Child: And the Seal to be my sister. And we'll all live together in the toy store.
The Frog: An elephant? That's rather a large order. And you?
The Mouse: I don't want anything given to me. I want something taken away.
The Frog: What's that?
The Mouse: Our key. The world being what it is, we'd be better off if we were free to wind ourselves.
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Connections

Referenced in Hudson Hawk (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Scat Rat
Music by Roger Kellaway
Lyrics by Gene Lees
Sung by Roger Kellaway
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Existential allegory masquerading as children's story
24 March 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

THE MOUSE AND HIS CHILD is a symbolic study of human suffering that apparently was palmed off as a kiddie cartoon feature because of it's characters(A clockwork toy mouse and his son).This film, however, has very little that recommends it as a typical children's cartoon--it's dark, with somber colors, no chirpy songs, no silly sidekicks or lame comedy. The mouse and his child fall from the safety of their toy store window and are cast out with the garbage, after which they roam around the outside world, looking to be "self-winding". Along the way they encounter various nefarious characters, including a rat who exploits worn-out toys by forcing them to labor for him hauling scavenged items from the garbage. See the symbolism yet? I didn't when I first saw this thing when I was six, but, in regard to the reviewer who wondered if children would "get" this movie, I can say that I felt sadness for these two little toy mice, struggling to find their way in a cruel world, and wondered if they would ever be safe. I knew that the rat was the bad guy, and that the mice would have to escape him if they were to find what they wanted. There's nothing here that I believe would disturb a child, it's grim tone won't endear the movie to most families. While children might not understand the symbolic signifigance of all they see, they can understand the mice's need to belong and be happy, which is what the film is about. Try this film if you sicken from the sugar supplied by the recent Disney offerings; this one offers substantial food for thought


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