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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.


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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>

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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)

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Production took only one year to complete thanks to the use of computers. See more »


The footprints Basil follows outside Baker Street and in the toy store appear and disappear between cuts. See more »


Basil: Dawson, these drinks have been... drugged!
[Dawson has drunken his mug of drugged beer]
Dr. Dawson: [drunkenly] Has a rather nice bite to it...
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References Dumbo (1941) See more »


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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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