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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a faithful adaptation of the popular children's novel by Beverly Cleary, blending live actors in the human roles with realistic looking puppet animation to bring the mice to life. Ralph, the mouse, is a mischievous scamp looking for some fun, and his new human friend Keith has just the thing: a toy motorcycle that's perfectly suited for a small rodent. The film is tailored for a young audience, with no swearing, drinking, or anything else that might alarm parents.
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What's the story?
When Keith and his parents check into the falling-apart Mountain View Inn, the adults are dismayed to learn the hotel may have vermin. Keith, however, is thrilled to make friends with an adventurous mouse named Ralph. The mouse is just as thrilled when Keith lets him take a spin on his toy motorcycle, just the right size for Ralph to zip around the room and down the hall. The unlikely friendship is put to the test in THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE when Keith falls ill, and Ralph must take on a dangerous nighttime mission, braving owls, cats, and hotel maids, in search of medicine.
Is it any good?
This version of The Mouse and the Motorcycle perfectly captures the sweet spirit of Beverly Cleary's classic children's novel. It reveals the unique bond between children and the special playmates that adults are unable to appreciate. Or in this case, a new mouse friend that Keith's parents would never believe capable of befriending a young boy. The film features live actors in the human roles with furry puppets as the animals, and the animated effects aren't especially impressive. But that's not the point here: The joy is in the charming story and the important relationship between Keith and Ralph. Kids will enjoy the tale, and will be able to relate to a story that focuses on things that only children understand, while parents will be happy to find their children laughing at something so pure and simple.
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