A Rat's Tale | Chicago Reader

A Rat's Tale

Full of annoyingly long-winded characters, this unappealing adventure features rodent marionettes that seem out of place on a movie screen—a place where inanimate objects can easily be made to move without revealing the mechanism. An ostracized boy rat meets a pedigreed girl rat in the middle of a crisis in the Manhattan rat community: an expensive rat-poison antidote is running low, and rat politicians are competing to exploit the situation. A town meeting that turns into a sing-along is at least visually stimulating, if only because dozens of puppets occupy the screen at once—briefly impressing you with the technical feat of mounting this thoroughly tiresome production. Michael Huse directed a screenplay by Werner Morgenrath and Peter Scheerbaum based on a book by Tor Seidler; the puppeteers are the Augsburger Puppenkiste, and the live actors include Beverly D'Angelo, Lauren Hutton, Josef Ostendorf, and Jerry Stiller.

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