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
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Peter Renaday's fourth Walt Disney Amimation Studios film after The Aristocats (1970), Robin Hood (1973), and The Black Cauldron (1985). See more »
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 »
You can do what you want with me. I won't be a part of this-this... this evil any longer!
Oh, very well, if that is your decision.
[pulls out Olivia's toy ballerina and winds it up]
Oh, by the way, I'm taking the liberty of having your daughter brought here.
Yes. I would spend many a sleepless night if anything unfortunate were to befall her.
You... Y-You wouldn't!
[Ratigan crushes the ballerina in his hand and looks forlornly at it, then at Flaversham]
Finish it, Flaversham!
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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 »
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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