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The Devil and Daniel Mouse (1978)

Not Rated | | Animation, Short, Comedy | TV Short October 1978
When a young female mouse makes a deal with the devil to become a rock star and learns the price, her boyfriend has to help her avoid damnation.

Director:

Clive Smith (as Clive A. Smith)

Writers:

Patrick Loubert (story), Ken Sobol (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... B.L. Zebub / The Devil (voice)
Annabel Kershaw ... Jan Mouse (voice)
Martin Lavut Martin Lavut ... Weez Weezel / Pawnbroker (voice)
Jim Henshaw Jim Henshaw ... Daniel Mouse (voice)
Dianne Lawrence Dianne Lawrence ... Journalist / Vicky Viper (voice)
John Sebastian ... Daniel Mouse - singing / Rock Show Emcee (voice)
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Finding their audience drying up in favour of rock music, two young mouse folk singers find themselves with a bleak future. Desperate for a better career and life, the female vows that she would do anything to become a rock star. Instantly, the Devil arises to take advantage of that and offers to make her a star in exchange for her soul. She agrees and she quickly becomes the star she's dreamed of while her boyfriend, Daniel Mouse, is left behind. On the night of her greatest triumph, the devil comes to collect on her soul. In desperation, she turns to Daniel who must attempt the impossible task of trying to find an escape loophole for his girl's release. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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A song from the heart beats the Devil every time! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated

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This special is the precursor story and inspiration for Nelvana's hidden gem, Rock & Rule (1983). See more »

Quotes

B.L. Zebub: [disguised as a tree, talking to Jan Mouse] According to our contract at precisely midnight on the night of her greatest triumph,
[takes out contract, points to it]
B.L. Zebub: the party of the first part
[points to Jan Mouse]
B.L. Zebub: , that's you, agrees to render up her soul now and forevermore, to the party of the second part.
[gestures to himself]
B.L. Zebub: That's me.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD release on the 2-disc set of "Rock & Rule" is missing two and a half minutes worth of footage. Missing from this version are the following scenes:
  • The title segment is trimmed down, and the first few lines of "Look Where the Music Can Take You" have been removed.
  • After Jan appears on the cover of "Rolling Moss" there's a scene with her and Wease backstage. Wease tells her that she's headlining the "Roxy Meadow Marathon" as he fumbles with a bottle of champagne -- the cork flies off and pops him in the nose (which explains why he has a bandage on his nose at the Hollywood Bowl).
  • When Jan falls out of the log and the Devil morphs into a fish, there's a longer sequence of him chasing her underwater.
  • When Jan's hiding in the forest, Wease discovers her before the Devil morphs into a tree.
  • After the Devil tells Jan that she has "24 hours to say goodbye to" her friends, Jan returns to town momentarily to seek help from the band, who are loading equipment into a van. They inform her that "the union man says" she didn't pay her dues -- a reveal of Wease implies that he is the "union man" that got them kicked out.
  • During the trial, Dan claims that the Devil's contract is invalid "because she was too small," to which the Devil rebuttals, "She was big enough to sign."
  • The final credit on the film is missing: "Produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation."
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Utterly charming
16 April 2006 | by TelevisionJunkieSee all my reviews

In exchange for fame as a rock star, Jan Mouse unknowingly signs a contract for her soul with Bealzabub.

Yes, the story's been done to death (another commenter mentioned the very similar "Phantom of the Paradise"), but this has to be one of the most charming versions. Rooted in the '70s, the animation is truly dazzling at times, the music (by The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian) is diverse and infectious and the film itself is entertaining enough for both children and adults. Not too many '70s made-for-TV specials can boast all of that.

While Mrs. Daniel Mouse is the star, it's the Devil who steals the show, constantly morphing and contorting with ease as he subtly growls his dialog. One of the greatest villains to grace any screen, it's almost a shame that Beal didn't appear in a theatrical film where he had exposure to a wider audience.

It seems that "Daniel Mouse" is under-appreciated by fans of the much darker "Rock & Rule," the film that it inspired, but it appears on the 2-disc DVD set of "R&R" (where I first discovered it). Just a warning: the DVD version has been slightly trimmed, but it can be found in it's entirety for viewing online. While this is certainly more sugary and family-oriented than the later film, it's WAY above average fare for TV from that era... I'd certainly liken it to a good Disney production.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Diable et la souris See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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