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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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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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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

Ralphie: [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.
The Mouse: Son, don't help him. They'll make us thieves soon enough.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Scat Rat
Music by Roger Kellaway
Lyrics by Gene Lees
Sung by Roger Kellaway
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Fantastic film, but who is the targeted audience?
9 August 1999 | by SnufkinSee all my reviews

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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