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The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Professor Ratigan (voice)
Barrie Ingham ... Basil of Baker Street / Bartholomew (voice)
Val Bettin ... Dr. David Q. Dawson / Thug Guard (voice)
Susanne Pollatschek Susanne Pollatschek ... Olivia Flaversham (voice)
Candy Candido Candy Candido ... Fidget (voice)
Diana Chesney Diana Chesney ... Mrs. Judson (voice)
Eve Brenner ... The Mouse Queen (voice)
Alan Young ... Hiram Flaversham (voice)
Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes (archive sound)
Laurie Main ... Dr. Watson (archive sound)
Shani Wallis ... Lady Mouse (voice)
Ellen Fitzhugh Ellen Fitzhugh ... Bar Maid (voice)
Walker Edmiston ... Citizen / Thug Guard (voice)
Wayne Allwine ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Italian

Release Date:

2 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$38,600,000
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Dolby Stereo | Dolby Digital (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Basil was first modeled on Bing Crosby, but the animators eventually took inspiration from Leslie Howard. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sherlock Holmes: I observe that there is a good deal of German music on the program. It is quite introspective, and I want to introspect.
Dr. Watson: But, Holmes, that music is so frightfully dull.
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Soundtracks

Goodbye, So Soon
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Larry Grossman and Ellen Fitzhugh
Performed by Vincent Price and Chorus (uncredited)
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Walt Disney picture about a Sherlockian mouse with lots of entertainment and amusement
15 March 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

¨The great mouse detective¨ also titled ¨The adventure of the great mouse detective ¨ is a Walt Disney cartoon feature based on famous characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adapted of Eve Titus' book titled ¨Basil of Baker Street¨ . This amusing cartoon movie deals with Basil , the rodent Sherlock Holmes who investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his archenemy , Professor Ratigan . It begins when Hiram Flaversham ( voice by Alan Young) , a master toymaker , is abducted by a peg-legged bat , on his daughter Olivia's birthday . The nefarious Professor Ratingan (voice by Vincent Price) kidnapped him for forcing his victim Flaversham to make some diabolical device . The young mouse has no one to turn to for help , so she strikes out on her own , looking for the greatest detective in all mousedom , Basil of Baker Street ( performed with gusto by Barrie Ingham) . En route , Olivia encounters Dr. David Dawson (voice by Bettin) , a mouse recently gone back from military duty in Afghanistan . They manage to encounter his rooms at 221 1/2 Baker Street in the cellar of a very notorious address , and the mouse himself soon makes his appearance running around the apartment , ignoring his two hosts , in anticipation of bringing his latest case to a successful final with an experiment in ballistics . Nevertheless , the experiment is a flop , and the detective is thrown into a deep depression, still unwilling to help poor Olivia . But Basil is again galvanized into action . The Sherlockian mouse matches wits with the nasty Professor Rattingan . The crime lord Ratigan is planning in the sewers of London nothing less than the demise of the Queen on the day of her ¨Diamond Jubilee¨ and his own ascension to the throne . Later on , Basil , Dr. Dawson and Olivia are submitted a tempestuous trap by Professor Ratingan and are imprisoned .

This fun animation is set in England's mouse population, who lives not so different from ours, in the mouse holes and basements of the British Empire . The funny characters are the following : Basil who is a bundle of energy , he is played in a clever , broody and impetuous manner similarly to Holmes-Basil Rathbone . Good Doctor Dawson/Watson is drawn or played in kindly way , he's the perfect counterpoint to Basil/Holmes . Ratigan , the arch-nemesis , a Doctor Moriaty-alike is the worst criminal in London, a veritable Napoleon of Crime . Furthermore , a sympathetic thug ,an unfortunate peg-legged bat . This agreeable animation movie contains a lively and enjoyable musical score by the great Henry Mancini . The motion picture is well realized by Ron Clemens and John Musker (among others) who subsequently would have several successes such as ¨The little mermaid¨, ¨Aladdin¨ , ¨Hercules¨, ¨Tresure planet ¨, and ¨The princess and the frog¨ . Rating : Good , worthwhile watching and reissued successfully in 1992 .


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