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The Mouse and His Child is a 1977 animated film [6] based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Russell Hoban. [7]

The Mouse and His Child
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles Swenson
Fred Wolf [1]
Produced byWalt deFaria
Written byRussell Hoban (novel)
Carol Monpere
StarringPeter Ustinov
Cloris Leachman
Sally Kellerman [2]
Music byRoger Kellaway
Distributed bySanrio [3]
Release date
  • November 18, 1977 (1977-11-18) (U.S.)
  • December 18, 1980 (1980-12-18) (Australia)
Running time
83 minutes [4]
CountryUnited States
Japan [5]



The mouse and his child are two parts of a single small wind-up toy, which must be wound by a key in the father's back. After being unpacked, 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.

They accidentally fall out of a window and land in the trash. Once transported to the dump, they become enslaved by Manny the rat, who runs a casino and uses broken wind-up toys as his slave labor force. With the aid of a psychic frog, the mice escape and meet other animal characters on a quest of becoming free and independent self-winding toys.

They rediscover the elephant and seal, who are somewhat broken down. Together they manage to form a family and destroy the rat empire. [8]


Home mediaEdit

The film was first released on RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video on VHS in 1985 [9] and re-released in 1991 [10] in the United States. A DVD version has yet to be released in the United States [11], but it was released on DVD in Japan. [12]


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