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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Production took only one year to complete thanks to the use of computers. See more »
During the Big Ben sequence, Ratigan's necktie comes off at one point, but then it's back on when he and Basil fall down the clock tower, and then disappears when they land on the clock hand. See more »
Oh, I love it when I'm nasty. Fidget?
[Fidget wakes up, falling to the ground]
Bright and alert as always. Here's the list. You know what to do and no mistakes!
No-no-no mistakes. Tools, gears, girl, uniforms...
I'm going, I'm going, I'm going!
[Fidget scurries off]
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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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