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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

During the spring when an insane Manny shows up and uses a rock to smash the two toy mice, he isn't wearing his scarf, most likely due to the season change, and his tail was briefly missing when he cowers at the sight and aftermath of the damage he did to the toys. They both reappeared later of in his next scene when he and the other rats invade the dollhouse. 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 Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Winds of Change (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Much in Little
Music by Roger Kellaway
Lyrics by Gene Lees
Sung by Robin Reed
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This has got to be one of the BEST BEST BEST animated features ever!
5 August 2002 | by CaptainChunkSee all my reviews

Where in the hell did the public get off not going see this wonderful animated gem? This movie is AMAZING! The surreal animation and the deep meanings...these could really change a kid's life and give them a better understanding of life. The performances, the art...the music... There is so much to say that is good about this film. I truly feel this is one of the most perfect films I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.

The novel this wonderful film is based on is also great. Well, Greatness spawns greatness. This film is wonderful...wonderful. The plot, the writing...See for yourself and "Be Happy".


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