94 user 57 critic

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan.


(story adapted by) (as Pete Young), (story adapted by) | 10 more credits »

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Rescuers (1977)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters.

Directors: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page
Animation | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher.

Directors: Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel
Stars: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York.

Director: George Scribner
Stars: Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies.

Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can.

Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich
Stars: Grant Bardsley, Freddie Jones, Susan Sheridan
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A poor boy named Arthur learns the power of love, kindness, knowledge and bravery with the help of a wizard called Merlin in the path to become one of the most beloved kings in England history.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Stars: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Stars: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway
Robin Hood (1973)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Stars: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A collection of animated shorts based on the stories and characters by A. A. Milne.

Directors: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman
Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An animated adaption of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaption of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

Directors: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore
Dumbo (1941)
Animation | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

Directors: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, James Baskett
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee


Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Bettin ...
Susanne Pollatschek ...
Candy Candido ...
Fidget (voice)
Diana Chesney ...
Mrs. Judson (voice)
The Mouse Queen (voice)
Sherlock Holmes (voice) (archive sound)
Laurie Main ...
Dr. Watson (voice) (archive sound)
Lady Mouse (voice)
Ellen Fitzhugh ...
Bar Maid (voice)
Walker Edmiston ...
Citizen / Thug Guard (voice)
Thug Guard (voice)
Tony Anselmo ...
Thug Guard (voice)


In Victorian London, England, a little mouse girl's toymaker father is abducted by a peglegged bat. She enlists the aid of Basil of Baker Street, the rodent world's answer to Sherlock Holmes. The case expands as Basil uncovers the crime's link to a plot against the Crown itself. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


London's crime-fighting ace on his most baffling case! See more »


G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





| | |

Release Date:

2 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


$38,600,000 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
See  »

Did You Know?


Production took only one year to complete thanks to the use of computers. See more »


The clamp on the leash changes color when Basil latches it to Toby's collar. See more »


Ratigan: Oh, my dear Bartholomew. I'm afraid that you've gone and upset me. You know what happens when someone upsets me.
See more »


Referenced in Shanghai Knights (2003) See more »


Goodbye So Soon (Reprise)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Larry Grossman and Ellen Fitzhugh
Performed by Chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

An awesome hero and villain await those who decide to see "The Great Mouse Detective"
22 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

The Walt Disney Company's 26th full-length animated feature film, "The Great Mouse Detective" (1986), was considered one of the better films made in the period between "The Jungle Book" (1967) and "The Little Mermaid" (1989). That may not sound like high enough praise seeing that this period was regarded as one of the company's lowest points with duds such as "The Black Cauldron" (1985). But trust me when I say that the praise is well justified in the case of "The Great Mouse Detective", which gets much of its entertainment value from an awesome hero and villain.

A young Scottish mouse named Olivia is searching for a detective in London who can help search for her kidnapped toymaker father. With the help of Dr. David Dawson, she searches for a world-famous mouse detective by the name of Basil of Baker Street. Basil accepts the case since he is lead to believe that the main suspect of this kidnapping is his archenemy Professor Ratigan (Vincent Price, giving a fun performance in this juicy role). Ratigan plans on using Olivia's father to help build a robot of the Mice Queen, so he can rule all of England. Will Basil, Olivia, and Dawson be able to stop Ratigan before it's too late and rescue Olivia's father?

"The Great Mouse Detective" is basically a kid-friendly version of any film or TV show based on Sherlock Holmes. As a matter of fact, in the world of this movie at least, Basil lives in the house of the one and only Sherlock Holmes. He even uses Sherlock's dog named Toby to help him solve this case and track down possible clues. There are a few scary scenes in this film, but they're not quite as dark as the previous Disney animated feature "The Black Cauldron". One is when we see Ratigan's henchman bat Fidget for the first time in a frightening close-up. Another is when we see one of Ratigan's drunken henchmen get eaten by Ratigan's cat as ordered by Ratigan himself, simply because he calls his boss a rat much to his intense disapproval. These scenes are scary, but in a good way.

And speaking of Ratigan, let's delve further into why I think he's an awesome Disney villain, shall we? Ratigan has a key personality trait that any great Disney villain should have. He enjoys being evil, meaning that he's having the time of his life committing all the unjust crimes that he does. He loves being bad so much that we sort of like his character because he's so content with making his victims suffer. That's one more reason why we like villains in the first place. The central hero Basil is also worth talking about, too. His impressive intelligence and ability to solve crimes with ease is one thing, but to make him charming and fun at the same time is another thing altogether.

"The Great Mouse Detective" makes for a good evening's entertainment for both kids and adults. Even if it isn't a groundbreaking film for Disney, it's at least a film that is confident and very well-told. The narrative is free of distractions, the animation is good as always, and the characters especially the hero and the villain still hold up well. If you're a fan of mysteries and are looking for a way to introduce young kids to them, then "The Great Mouse Detective" easily ranks as one of your best bets.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Most Underated Disney Film of all Time y_gab
'You're not coming through...' Miss-M
Basil and Roger mannerisms brinatello_j78
Mr. Flaversham is Scottish, so... VanDerShippen
Olivia and her father. jvfunn1
RIP Laurie Main brinatello_j78
Discuss The Great Mouse Detective (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: