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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 archenemy, Professor Ratigan.

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Peter Young (story adapted by) (as Pete Young), Vance Gerry (story adapted by) | 10 more credits »
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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 ... 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 ... Watson (voice)
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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Can he bring the dirty rat to justice? See more »


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Trivia

Peter Renaday's fourth Walt Disney Amimation Studios film after The Aristocats (1970), Robin Hood (1973), and The Black Cauldron (1985). See more »

Goofs

When Ratigan's sanity snaps in the clock tower, he tears his cape in half to free himself. In his very next shot however, it is still there, albeit becoming much more ragged, only going down a little past his shoulders. But when he and Basil land on the hands of the clock, his cape, though torn, is back at its normal length. See more »

Quotes

Hiram Flaversham: You can do what you want with me. I won't be a part of this-this... this evil any longer!
Ratigan: Oh, very well, if that is your decision.
[pulls out Olivia's toy ballerina and winds it up]
Ratigan: Oh, by the way, I'm taking the liberty of having your daughter brought here.
Hiram Flaversham: O... Olivia?
Ratigan: Yes. I would spend many a sleepless night if anything unfortunate were to befall her.
Hiram Flaversham: You... Y-You wouldn't!
[Ratigan crushes the ballerina in his hand and looks forlornly at it, then at Flaversham]
Ratigan: Finish it, Flaversham!
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Alternate Versions

The 1992 re-release altered the title to "The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective". This was formerly the dominant version until the 2010 DVD release, which brings back the original 1986 version, complete with the original title card. See more »

Connections

References The Rescuers (1977) 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 BaroqueSee 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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Country:

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Language:

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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,220,225, 6 July 1986

Gross USA:

$38,625,550

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,625,550
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | Dolby Digital (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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