"Romeo & Juliet" for rats. A regular Joe, Manhattanite Monty Mad-Rat meets Isabella Noble-Rat, the daughter of the rat President, and soon Monty is a goner for this out-of-reach rodent whose family disapproves of the common sewer creature. Adding to the intrigue, a land developer (Ostendorf) appears with a scheme to obliterate the rat population and build a parking garage. The rats band together to raise money to buy their land and prevent ratricide. Admirably lo-tech, kid pic nonetheless suffers from the cute but expressionless and very much wired marionettes playing the rats--they're no muppets--and the broadly characterized roles of the human actors (Hutton, Stiller and D'Angelo). Marionettes complements of Germany's Augsburger Puppet Theatre. Based on the book by Tor Seidler.
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Available on VHS
Running time 90 minutes.
Originally from German.
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