The Mouse and His Child (1977)


This animated story of the thrilling adventures of a toy mouse and his child is based on the modern classic of children’s fiction written by Russell Hoban. From their home in the toy shop window, the mouse and his child find themselves cast into a rubbish tip where they become prisoners of the slimy rat, Manny (voiced by Peter Ustinov). Helped by their friends, a fortune-telling rat, an actress parrot, a performing seal and a pink elephant, the mouse and his child plot to escape Manny’s evil clutches and discover how they can become self-winding.

Directors: Charles Swenson, Fred Wolf.
Writers: Russell Hoban (novel), Carol Monpere (screenplay) (as Carol Mon Pere).
Stars (voices): Peter Ustinov, Cloris Leachman, Sally Kellerman, Andy Devine, Alan Barzman, Marcy Swenson, John Carradine, Neville Brand, Regis Codric, Joan Gerber, Bob Holt, Mel Leven, Maitzi Morgan, Frank Nelson, Cliff Norton, Cliff Osmond, Iris Rainer, Robert Ridgely, Charles Woolf.
Composer: Roger Kellaway.


Note: This is an AI-upscaled version that I found on Archive, many thanks to Rhumba for the work that went into creating this version. This animated film has only been released on VHS in the U.S., this version combines the Japanese DVD release with the original English audio track taken from the U.S. VHS and then enhanced in quality and upscaled to 1080p with Topaz or similar software, I’m not a big fan of AI upscales as most of these “restorations”‘ I’ve seen look strange but on animation it can create some pretty good and faithful results, this is one of those examples, even if it’s far from having any real HD detail which is why I haven’t tagged this as “HD”, in reality it’s just a more cleaned up and less blurry copy of the film. Comparison screenshots (resized): 1, 2 or 3. Enjoy!

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  1. Jonathan Shapiro
    June 20, 2023

    Very fortunate to see a crazy-rare 35mm screening of this at the Hammer Museum/UCLA Film & Television Archive. Also saw the Swenson co-directed Twice Upon a Time once as well. Remarkable, beautiful films.

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