Rest easy, Muppets. This intermittently charming children's tale about an endangered pack of New York City sewer rats features marionettes so old-fashioned they make Elmo seem positively state of the art. It seems the wharf rats of Manhattan's West Side are in
some serious trouble. Not only has a scientist (Jerry Stiller, in one of the film's few live-action cameos) just developed a new super rat poison -- "Rat-Away XGS" -- but ruthless land developer Lou Dollart (Josef Ostendorf) plans on tearing down the wharves in order to build a giant parking
structure. After holding a public "rat chat" -- this is, after all, a "democ-rat-cy" -- President Noble-Rat decides the...