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The Great Mouse Detective [1986] (1 disc)
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Director:Burny Mattinson
David Michener
John Musker
Ron Clements
Writer:Peter Young
Steve Hulett
Vance Gerry
Composer:Henry Mancini
Songs:Henry Mancini
Length:74 minutes
(1 hour 14 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:81%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Mystery
  • Kids
  • Cartoon
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Action
  • Family
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Synopsis: Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his archenemy, Professor Ratigan.


Reaction: Not the classic of other Disney animated films, but still fun.


Personal Rating: 7/10

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Burny Mattinson => Director
David Michener => Director
John Musker => Director
Ron Clements => Director
Peter Young => Writer
Steve Hulett => Writer
Vance Gerry => Writer
Henry Mancini => Composer / Songs
Eve Titus => Novel "Basil Of Baker Street"
Paul Galdone => Novel "Basil Of Baker Street"
Alan Young => Hiram Flaversham (voice)
Barrie Ingham => Bartholomew (voice) / Basil of Baker Street
Basil Rathbone => Sherlock Holmes (archive sound) (voice) (uncredited)
Candy Candido => Fidget (voice)
Diana Chesney => Mrs. Judson (voice)
Ellen Fitzhugh => Bar Maid (voice)
Eve Brenner => The Mouse Queen (voice)
Laurie Main => Dr. Watson (voice)
Melissa Manchester => Miss Kitty Mouse (voice)
Shani Wallis => Lady Mouse (voice)
Susanne Pollatschek => Olivia Flaversham (voice)
Val Bettin => Thug Guard (voice) / Dr. David Q. Dawson
Vincent Price => Professor Ratigan (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Production took only one year to complete thanks to the use of computers.
  • When designing Fidget, the Disney animators were focused on creating a scary, yet comical and lovable character. They were looking for a raspy voice and chose Candy Candido, who had starred in voice-over roles in many previous Disney films as well as [?] Ralph Bakshi films. His own looks were used in matching Fidget's looks. Candido's deep, throaty voice was sped up to avoid Fidget's voice from becoming too low. (Candido's original voice can be heard as the mouse shouting "Get off, you eight-legged bum!" at the juggling octopus in the pub.)
  • Professor Ratigan was Vincent Price's favorite role.
  • During the recording of Vincent Price's lines, animators sketched his exaggerated Shakespearean gestures and worked them into the animated poses for Ratigan.
  • Ratigan was originally designed to look thin and weak, but when Vincent Price was chosen to play the role, his appearance was changed accordingly.
  • The lizard in Rattigan's gang made an earlier appearance as Bill, the "lizard with a ladder" in Disney's Alice in Wonderland.
  • The lines spoken by Sherlock Holmes (voiced by Basil Rathbone) are from the story The Adventure of the Red-Headed League. According to the text of the story, this would mean that the film takes place sometime in the autumn of 1890.
  • Vincent Price realized a life-long dream with this film. He had always wanted to be the voice of a character in a Disney film.
  • John Cleese was the original choice for the role of Basil.
  • As Basil was based on Sherlock Holmes, Rattigan was based on Holmes' arch-nemesis Moriarty, and, like Moriarty, Rattigan fell to his death with Basil (Holmes) while Basil escaped death.