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.
|Manny the Rat||Peter Ustinov||Ichirō Zaitsu|
|The Elephant||Joan Gerber||Masumi Harukawa|
|The Seal||Sally Kellerman||Shinobu Ôtake|
|The Frog||Andy Devine||Kinba Sanyûtei|
|The Crows||Frank Nelson
|The Clock||Regis Cordic||Unknown|
|The Tramp||John Carradine|
|Euterpe||Cloris Leachman||Yukiji Asaoka|
|Muskrat||Bob Holt||Kazuo Kumakura|
|Jack in the Box||Robert Ridgely||Unknown|
|Paper People||Iris Rainer
|The Mouse||Alan Barzman||Hiroshi Sakamoto|
|The Mouse Child||Marcy Swenson||Atsuko Sakamoto|
|Ralphie||Mel Leven||Shunji Fujimura|
The film was first released on RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video on VHS in 1985  and re-released in 1991  in the United States. A DVD version has yet to be released in the United States, but it was released on DVD in Japan.
- Sanrio Films Studio Directory-Japanese Studio Title: Kabushikigaisha Sanrio, 株式会社サンリオ|BCDB
- Rotten Tomatoes
- "Russell Hoban/Forty Years: Essays on His Writings for Children", Alida Allison. "The movie of the novel had an alleged budged of $1,600,000 and was retitled The Extraordinary Adventures of the Mouse and His Child."
- (2009) The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons, 3rd, New York: Checkmark Books. ISBN 978-0-8160-6600-1.
- UCLA Film & Television Archive
- The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban: moving metaphysics for kids|Books|The Guardian
- Internet Archive
- Time Out London
- Alan Barzman - 3 Characters|Behind The Voice Actors
- Behind The Voice Actors
- The Mouse and his child (VHS tape, 1985)-WorldCat.org
- Amazon.com The Mouse and His Child VHS
- Top 10 movies starring toys that come alive|Den of Geek
- The Extraordinary Adventures Of The Mouse and His Child (DVD) (Japan Version)|YesAsia
- Screen: 'Mouse And Child' - The New York Times
- Children's literature
- 1977 in film
- The Mouse and His Child at the Internet Movie Database
- The Mouse and His Child at All Movie Guide
- The Head of Orpheus Fan Page For Russell Hoban