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Maurice is a proud cat who likes to be called
“Maureece” but is actually “Morris”. He tells
everybody he is the star of the film because it is
named after him. At least, we let him think that’s
how it is. Maurice starts out selfish but, by the
end of the story, he will have sacrificed himself to
save one of the rats. Of course,being a cat, he has
nine lives, so how many does he have left when he
makes the sacrifice? Oh dear, he’s lost count.

That can’t be good...

"maurice always lands on his feet"


Our heroine. She is very smart, sharp, cunning
and weird. Close to genius, but also close to
insanity. Certainly, for her, the line between reality

and a story is blurred, very blurred at times-
most of the times... The idea of failing or getting

hurt doesn’t occur to her, this is a story and they
always have a happy end! She’s a mad professor.
Whatever goes on in her furious brain translates
directly into body motion, she literally lives what
she thinks or, let’s say, it overwhelms her
and drives her forward with momentum.

Malicia is quite a character.

"It's all a big swindle!"


Keith has perhaps the biggest arc in the narrative! He starts off a little hapless, lost, a musician
happy to play his pipe to earn a living (okay, it’s part of a pied piper rat plague scam, but Keith can
live with that), but ends up the hero of the piece AND he wins the girl. How did that happen?

"You need... the Piper!"

Dangerous Beans

Dangerous Beans is the wise, sage-like elder,
to whom the other clan rats turn for guidance.
He is near-blind and relies on his sense of smell
a lot. It tells him everything. Beans is courageous.
It is Beans who tracks Peaches through the dark
sewers to get her back. It is Beans, who, alone,
stands up to the incredible mental power of the mysterious Boss Man (a Rat King).

"Smells like, a mystery!"


Darktan is the military leader of the intelligent rats
(the clan). He’s gruff and masculine, able to make
tough decisions when he needs to. Darktan does not
take prisoners. He leads a squad of rats to rescue
Sardines from the Dog Pit (in an abandoned Iron
Foundry outside the town walls) when Sardines
gets caught by the rat-catchers. Darktan likes his
belt, because it carries all kinds of useful tools for
his fight to protect the clan.

"The concept of the belt is worthy"


Nourishing starts as a naïve rat, for sure, but this
means she is not afraid to ask difficult, important
questions. Nourishing accompanies Darktan on the
rescue mission to save Sardines from the Dog Pit.
She ably rises to the occasion and becomes wiser,
when faced with a series of tough decisions.

"Oh, that was fun! Let's do it again!"


Sardines is an old-school theatrical rat, a hoofer,
a song-and-dance man. We mean rat. Sardines
is an entertainer and cannot resist dancing, come
any occasion... even during the final battle,
when he is being pulled backwards into the
mass of rats body of the Rat King... Sardines
goes in with a moonwalk. At the end of the story,
when the rat clan has won the battle and living in
harmony with the humans, Sardines leads the clan in a victory conga.

"She's got us bang to rights, boss!"


Peaches is the heart of the film because she carries
story book. This is her quest. It’s all she wants.
However, there comes a point in the film where
Malicia reveals to her it’s only a story book!
Peaches’ faith and resolve come crashing down
and she runs away, into the dark sewers...

Dangerous Beans runs after her, determined to find
his friend. At the end of the film, the intelligent
rats and humans ARE living side-by-side and

Peaches’ faith is restored.


The Rat King

(aka BOSS MAN)

A Rat King is created when the tails of eight or more rats
are tied together. Their neural systems combine to make
one super-smart powerful rat mind. The Rat King uses his
enhanced mental powers to pull all the rats in the town
of Bad Blintz into himself. He shapes himself as a human
– Boss Man – so that he can gain power over the Mayor
and the other humans. What could possibly stop its thirst
for power? Only the rat clan... our hero rats, Darktan,
Dangerous Beans, Sardines, Nourishing and Peaches,
working together with Maurice, Keith and Malicia, who
arrive with the real Pied Piper’s pipe just in time for the

final showdown...

"You know I have a thing... for rats"

The Mayor

The Mayor tries to be a good mayor, but it’s
not easy being in charge. There are so many
compromises to make. The Mayor is the father
of Malicia, his wayward daughter, who insists
on doing nothing but reading all day. He has
no idea she is caught up in the magnificent
adventure to take down the Boss Man. Two
costumes are shown, the Mayor, when Bad
Blintz is suffering from the Boss Man’s scheme;
things are dustier, dirtier, drabber; and the
Mayor, when the town is thriving, once the
hero rats defeat the Boss Man / Rat King.

The Pied Piper

Here he is! The actual Pied Piper. And he’s as
crazy as a basket of sharks. DO NOT TRUST
HOUSE in the Dark Woods. Except, Malicia and
Keith do, in a bid to steal the pipe so that they
might have a chance in the final showdown to take on the Rat King...

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