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The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  2 July 1986 (USA)
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Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan.

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

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>

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2 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$38,600,000 (USA)
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Trivia

When designing Fidget, the Disney animators were focused on creating a scary, yet comical and lovable character. They were looking for a raspy voice and chose Candy Candido, who had starred in voice-over roles in many previous Disney films as well as Ralph Bakshi films. His own looks were used in matching Fidget's looks. Candido's deep, throaty voice was sped up to avoid Fidget's voice from becoming too low. (Candido's original voice can be heard as the mouse shouting "Get off, you eight-legged bum!" at the juggling octopus in the pub.) See more »

Goofs

After Basil tells Toby "To Buckingham Palace!", as Toby begins to run at the next shot, a black vertical line suddenly appears. See more »

Quotes

Basil: [enraged] Ratigan, so help me, I'll see you behind bars yet!
Ratigan: [face gets close to Basil's] You fool!
Ratigan: [grabs Basil by the collar and lifts him off of the ground]
Ratigan: Isn't it clear to you? The superior mind has triumphed! I've won!
Ratigan: [laughs evilly]
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Referenced in Darkwing Duck (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The World's Greatest Criminal Mind
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Larry Grossman and Ellen Fitzhugh
Performed by Vincent Price and Chorus (uncredited)
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One of Vincent Price's Favorite Roles
15 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I enjoy this film for one main thing, besides the attention to detail concerning Victorian England...the performance of Vincent Price as Ratigan in his scenery-chewing glory. Yes, it's another mice-beneath-your-feet story, but it's so well done. Holmesians will enjoy it's inside jokes and references to other works about the famous fictional sleuth.

Fans of "Ducktales" may note that Alan Young, the voice of toymaker Hiram Flaversham, parlayed his near-perfect Scottish accent into being appointed the official voice of Scrooge McDuck.

But it's Vincent Price in what he later called one of his most favorite roles ever (He even had two original songs written for him!) that draws me back to this film again and again. He clearly enjoyed this role, and the exaggerated movements of Ratigan are obviously his.

An oddly gothic cartoon from Disney, and well worth viewing.


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