The Mouse and His Child (film)

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The Mouse and His Child
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Theatrical release poster.
Directed by Charles Swenson
Fred Wolf
Produced by Walt deFaria
Written by Russell Hoban (novel)
Carol Monpere
Starring Peter Ustinov
Neville Brand
Andy Devine
Sally Kellerman
Cloris Leachman
Music by Roger Kellaway
Distributed by Sanrio
Release date(s) November 18, 1977 (US)
December 18, 1980 (Australia)
Running time 83 min.
Country US / Japan
Language English

The Mouse and His Child is a 1977 animated film based on the 1967 Russell Hoban novel The Mouse and His Child. In the United States the film is also known as The Extraordinary Adventures of the Mouse and His Child.


The Mouse and his child are two parts of a single small wind-up toy, which must be wound up by means of a key in the father's back. After having been unboxed, they discover themselves in a toy shop where they befriend a toy elephant and toy seal. The child mouse proposes staying at the shop to form a family, which the other toys ridicule. After falling from a counter and becoming broken, they are thrown in the trash. Outside, they become enslaved by Manny the Rat, who runs a casino in the city dump and uses broken wind-up toys as his slave labor force. With the aid of a psychic frog, the mice escape and meet various animal characters on a quest of becoming free and independent "self-winding" toys. They rediscover the elephant and seal, who are somewhat broken down, and manage to form a family and destroy the rat empire.

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The film was re-released on VHS in 1991 in USA. A DVD version has yet to be released in USA, but it was released in DVD in Japan.

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