When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in his country house, Dr James Mortimer asks Sherlock Holmes for help to save Sir Henry Baskerville, the only known heir, from the curse that haunts Baskerville family.
A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.
Sherlock Holmes takes a vacation and visits his old friend Sir Henry Baskerville. His vacation ends when he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a double-murder mystery. Now he's got to ... See full summary »
The mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville is blamed on a longstanding curse that has followed the Baskerville family for two hundred years. Enigmatic sleuth Sherlock Holmes is on the ... See full summary »
Of the four Sherlock Holmes series of animated films made for Australian TV, This is the best.
All of these films have two major positive qualities - They are true to the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the voice of Holmes is that of legendary actor Peter O'Toole, who does a splendid job bringing a light touch of wit to the character of the famous detective.
All four films also share two major failings: the animation is shoddy and the pacing is slow.
Somehow, these failings are not so intrusive in this version of the Hound of the Baskervilles; my guess is because the original story is by far the most leisurely and most convoluted of the Holmes narratives, with a denouement that is simplicity itself. Consquently it is easy to remove unnecessary slow moments from the story before finishing the script, and to use the major 'clew' to compress the finale - this worked for Hammer in their Peter Cushing version as well. Consequently the version here actually feels tighter than the original.
Won't impress fans of recent animation, but a worthy view for an off-hour for Holmes enthusiasts.
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