The Mouse and His Child (film)

The Mouse and His Child

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Swenson
Fred Wolf
Produced by Walt deFaria
Written by Russell Hoban (novel)
Carol Monpere
Starring Peter Ustinov
Cloris Leachman
Sally Kellerman
Music by Roger Kellaway
Distributed by Sanrio
Release dates
  • November 18, 1977 (1977-11-18) (U.S.)
  • December 18, 1980 (1980-12-18) (Australia)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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



The film was first released on RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video On VHS and Beta in 1983, then re-released on VHS in 1985 in the United States. A DVD version has yet to be released in the United States, but it was released in DVD in Japan.


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