Rodents are horrible things. They are filthy little creatures that scuttle around carrying diseases and gnawing on whatever it can find. But slap a celebrity voice on them and they’re the cutest thing ever! To celebrate the release of The Nut Job, let’s take a look at some of the most famous examples of rodents in films
Kicking off our list is sweet, heart warming if not odd family film from the late 90's, Stuart Little. Eleanor and Frederick Little (Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie) go to adopt a little brother for their son George (Jonathan Lipnicki, the kid from Jerry Maguire), but when they get to the orphanage, they meet Stuart (Michael J. Fox), a talking mouse. At first they’re confused, but they soon fall in love and adopt Stuart, much to George’s dismay. So yeah, it is quite odd, but it’s quite funny and exceptionally sweet, and overall a perfect family film (And Stuart Little 2 ain’t too bad either)
So not a film this time but rather the star of several films, it is of course Mickey Mouse. Arguably the most famous animated character of all time, Mickey was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks in 1928 and made his film debut in the animated short Steamboat Willie. He has appeared in over 130 films, including The Band Concert, Brave Little Tailor and Fantasia. Ten of his short films have been nominated for Oscars, and he is the first ever cartoon character to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What more is there to say? He’s a cultural icon, he always has been, and there probably isn’t a soul on the Earth who hasn’t heard of him.
The most recent film on this list comes from Pixar with their hit animation Ratatouille. Remy is a rat with a passion for food, and a talent for cooking. He teams up with a clumsy, inexperienced chef to help produce the food at one of the finest restaurants in Paris. Nearly all Pixar films are amazing but this one in particular is absolutely hilarious, with a lot of heart and an excellent voice cast to boot (Including Peter O’Toole in one of his last film roles).
Time for a Disney classic, 1977’s The Rescuers. The film is about the Rescue Aid Society, an international mouse organisation based in New York. Their job is to rescue abduction victims from around the world. Bernard and his co agent Miss Bianca set out to rescue Penny, an orphan girl being held hostage in the Devil’s Bayou by treasure huntress Madame Medusa. Despite some controversies surrounding the VHS release, The Rescuers received critical acclaim and today is a favourite amongst Disney fans.
Finally, we end on another Disney classic. Inspired heavily by Sherlock Holmes (and named after the actor who played him), the film follows Basil, a mouse sleuth who investigates the kidnapping of a toy maker and finds that it links to his arch-nemesis, Professor Ratigan. Released in 1986, it is the 26th film in the Walt Disney classics series and was well received by critics and audiences alike, and features the voices of Vincent Price and Barrie Ingram.