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The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

aka The Great Mouse Detective

"London's crime-fighting ace on his most baffling case!"

Details: 74 mins · English, Deutsch, French, Italiano · G (USA)

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This one slipped by me when I was a kid, which is odd given that I watched most of the obscure Disney canon, but I finally got around to seeing it in the interest of completionism. It was… okay. The little girl’s voice was rather grating, and Rattigan did not make for a very compelling villain. Honestly, Basil is probably the only reason to watch this movie. I can see why they call it the Disney Renaissance, because this film is really not up to par with most of their output.

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Cast:

Small Basil of Baker Street
No_movie_poster Dr. David Q. Dawson
Small Professor Ratigan
No_movie_poster Olivia Flaversham
No_movie_poster Fidget
No_movie_poster Lady Mouse
No_movie_poster Dr. Watson
No_movie_poster Thug Guard
Small Hiram Flaversham
Small Bartholomew

Crew:

No_movie_poster Henry Mancini Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Ron Clements Director
Small John Musker Director
No_movie_poster Vance Gerry Screenplay
No_movie_poster Matthew O'Callaghan Screenplay
No_movie_poster Burny Mattinson Director
No_movie_poster David Michener Director
No_movie_poster Paul Galdone Novel
No_movie_poster Eve Titus Novel
No_movie_poster Steve Hulett Screenplay
No_movie_poster Bruce Morris Screenplay
No_movie_poster Melvin Shaw Screenplay
No_movie_poster Peter Young Screenplay
No_movie_poster Ed Austin Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Roy M. Brewer Jr. Editor
No_movie_poster James Melton Editor
No_movie_poster Burny Mattinson Production
No_movie_poster Ron Clements Other
Small John Musker Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Melvin Shaw Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Bruce Morris Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Vance Gerry Story Contributor
No_movie_poster David Michener Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Burny Mattinson Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Steve Hulett Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Peter Young Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Ron Clements Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Matthew O'Callaghan Story Contributor

Taglines:

"London's crime-fighting ace on his most baffling case!"

Plot:

In London, circa 1897, a young Scottish mouse named Olivia Flaversham is celebrating her birthday with her toymaker father, Hiram. Suddenly, Fidget, a bat with a peg leg, barges in, and after a brief struggle, disappears with Hiram. Fidget takes Hiram to Professor Ratigan who commands him to create a clockwork robot which mimics the Queen of the Mice so Ratigan can rule England. Hiram initially refuses to participate in the scheme, whereupon Ratigan threatens to harm Olivia.


Olivia searches to find Basil of Baker Street, a world-famous detective and Ratigan's archnemesis. Returning to London after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Dr. David Q. Dawson stumbles upon Olivia, and helps her find Basil's residence. At first, Basil is reluctant, but when Olivia mentions Fidget, Basil now realizes his chance to capture Ratigan. Basil and Dawson take Toby, Sherlock Holmes's pet dog, to track Fidget's scent, where they find him in a toyshop stealing clockwork mechanisms and toy soldiers' uniforms. Fidget later traps Olivia by ambushing her from inside a toy cradle. Basil and Dawson pursue Fidget, but become entangled and fall behind. While searching the shop, Dawson discovers Fidget's checklist, to which Basil does some chemical tests to discover the list came from a riverfront near the Thames. Basil and Dawson disguise themselves as sailors and go into a tavern called the "Rat Trap" and follow Fidget to Ratigan's headquarters. They are caught, and Ratigan ties them to a spring-loaded mousetrap connected with a Rube Goldberg machine. Ratigan sets out for Buckingham Palace, where Fidget and his accomplices kidnap the queen. Basil, along with Dawson, deduces the trap's weakness and escape just in time.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1986-07-02 : United States of America

DVD : 2002-07-23