The Mouse and His Child

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  • G
  • 1977
  • 1 hr 23 min
  • 6.8  (518)

The Mouse and His Child is a 1977 animated movie directed by Lionel Jeffries and based on the book of the same name by Russell Hoban. The film features an all-star cast including Peter Ustinov, Cloris Leachman, and Sally Kellerman. The Mouse and His Child follows the adventures of two wind-up toys; a father and son mouse. The mice are determined to find a better life for themselves outside of the toy store they call home. However, their journey is fraught with danger and obstacles that they must overcome to reach their ultimate goal.

The movie begins with the mice being assembled in the toy store. They are both excited about their new lives and eager to explore the world outside. But their initial happiness is soon crushed when one of the toy store employees drops them and they are left lying in a corner, forgotten and broken.

Despite their setback, the father mouse is determined to fix himself and his son so that they can once again venture out into the world. With the help of a wise old seagull, they begin their journey to find a new spring that will allow them to wind their way back to life. Along the way, they encounter numerous obstacles, including a gang of vicious rats, a band of elitist toys, and a cruel carnival owner named Manny the Rat.

Throughout the film, we see the father mouse and his son grow closer as they rely on each other to survive the harsh realities of the world outside the toy store. The movie is a heartwarming tale of love, perseverance, and the power of a family bond that will resonate with viewers of all ages.

The animation in The Mouse and His Child is beautifully done, with each character having its unique quirks and mannerisms that bring them to life. The music, composed by Roger Kellaway, is also worth noting, as it adds to the overall emotional impact of the film.

One of the standout performances in the film is that of Peter Ustinov, who voices Manny the Rat. Ustinov's portrayal of the cruel carnival owner is both sinister and comical, making him one of the most memorable characters in the movie.

Cloris Leachman and Sally Kellerman also deliver stellar performances as the seagull and the cowgirl, respectively. Leachman's wise old bird offers a voice of reason for the mice, while Kellerman's cowgirl provides them with much-needed protection during their journey.

Overall, The Mouse and His Child is a charming and endearing film that will appeal to both children and adults. Its themes of love, family, and perseverance are universal, and its characters are lovable and unforgettable. Whether you're a fan of classic animation or simply looking for a heartwarming story, this movie is sure to entertain and delight.

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    1 hr 23 min
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    6.8  (518)