Lord Southmere escapes from China with a microfilm of the formula for the mysterious "Lotus X", and is captured by Chinese spies who have been instructed to retrieve the microfilm from him.... See full summary »
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 »
[talking to himself]
Now, let's see, first thing, I go, uh, in the morning I go to the, um, uh, the guard!
The Mouse Child:
No, the manager.
Son, don't help him. They'll make us thieves soon enough.
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In the Japanese release, the closing credits are altered and feature pictures of characters from the film, which are shown alongside the text on multi-colored backgrounds. See more »
The American release has closing credits simply displayed against a pink background. However, the Japanese release has alternative closing credits with images of characters (see Crazy Credits). See more »
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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