The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, classic tale mixes live actors and mice puppets.
  • NR
  • 2008
  • 60 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Children may learn the value of friendship, and see how friends are willing to take risks for each other.

Positive Messages

Parents will want what's best for their kids, but they may not always understand exactly what that is. That's why it's important for young people to be able to cultivate a sense of imagination and adventure, and to be open to new experiences that their parents may not completely endorse -- like making friends with a motorcycle-loving mouse.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ralph is initially a bit self-centered, eager to try out a new toy motorcycle even after promising to leave it alone. But when he's really needed, the mouse will risk his life to save his human friend.

Violence & Scariness

Mice discuss the grim fates of some of their relatives at the hands of rodent-hating humans and predators such as cats and owls, and one mouse barely escapes such an unpleasant end as he undertakes a dangerous rescue mission.

Sexy Stuff

The film is based on a popular title by the beloved children's author Beverly Cleary.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bycfarthing08 May 8, 2018

Great story

Loved it as a child
Adult Written byheidih1 September 22, 2014

Fun for kids, a bit bland for the grown ups

Beverly Cleary's beloved tale comes to life in this short movie from the 1980s. The child is charmingly played, but other characters are a little stilted.... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bySpider2003 February 12, 2021

The Mouse and The Motorcyle 1986 tv special review by Logan Strohl

I remember watching this at school when I was just 10 years old back in 2013 7 years ago and really enjoying it The Mouse and The Motorcyle is one of the best... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 12, 2019

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Why do Ralph and Keith become friends? What do these unlikely pals have in common?

  • How does Ralph's behavior change during the story? Does he keep his promises at the start of the film? Is he more trustworthy by the end?

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