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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The first Walt Disney Animation Studios film made without any involvement from Wolfgang Reitherman, following his retirement in 1981 during the production of The Black Cauldron (1985) and his death two months before that film released into theaters. See more »
The footprints Basil follows outside Baker Street and in the toy store appear and disappear between cuts. See more »
Oh Ratigan, oh Ratigan / You're tops, and that's that / To Ratigan, to Ratigan...
To Ratigan, the world's greatest rat! Hic!
[Ratigan does spit take; the henchmen turn in terror]
What was that?
What did you call me?
Oh, he didn't mean it, Professor!
It... it was just a slip of the tongue.
I am not a rat!
Course you're not.
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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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