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Now available on Blu-ray combo pack is Disney’s “The Great Mouse Detective”.

Based on the “Basil of Baker Street” book series by Eve Titus, The Great Mouse Detective parallels characters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels.  There’s even a throwback to the Holmes mythos in our main character’s name, Basil.  Those of you old enough to know this may recall that Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce played Holmes and Watson (respectively) in 14 films based on the detective’s adventures from 1939 to 1946.

The Great Mouse Detective is a pretty solid offering as far as Disney Animated Feature films go.  This (surprisingly) was the first time I’d ever seen it and while I’d say it’s family friendly, there are a few scenes where some of the main villainous characters might be a bit scary for younger viewers.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will enjoy it just for the references and parallels between the two detectives.  Basil, the mouse version of Holmes, shares a striking resemblance to his human counterpart, as does the character of Dr. Dawson (whose name might be a slightly off anagram for “Watson”).

Vincent Price does an amazing job of voicing (and singing as) the villian, Ratigan, but don’t call him a rat!

There’s a few “easter eggs” nestled in the film too.

  • There’s a scene where our main characters are inside Sherlock Holmes’s famous London address of 221b Baker Street. Silhouetted figures of Holmes and Watson are having a conversation in the background.  Their voices are provided from audio from the previously mentioned Holmes movies (voiced by Nigel Rathbone and Laurie Main).
  • Other famous voices in the film could be considered an “easter egg” of sorts.  Alan Young (voice of Scrooge McDuck), Tony Anselmo (voice of Donald Duck) and Wayne Allwine (voice of Mickey Mouse) all do character voices in the movie, just not the ones they are most well known for.
  • There’s a scene that takes place in a toy store.  One of the toys is a figurine of Dumbo that blows bubbles from his trunk as the base he site on rotates from side to side.

The Great Mouse Detective was the first Disney animated feature to use computer graphics alongside traditional animation. It was also the last animated feature before the “Disney Renaissance” began.

Film Synopsis:
When the diabolical Professor Ratigan kidnaps London’s master toymaker, the brilliant Basil of Baker Street and his trusted sidekick Dawson try to elude the ultimate trap and foil the perfect crime.

Talent/Cast:
Vincent Price – Professor Ratigan (voice)
Barrie Ingham – Basil of Baker Street / Bartholomew (voice)
Val Bettin – Dr. David Q. Dawson / Thug Guard (voice)
Susanne Pollatschek – Olivia Flaversham (voice)
Candy Candido – Fidget (voice)
Diana Chesney – Mrs. Judson (voice)
Eve Brenner – The Mouse Queen (voice)
Alan Young – Hiram Flaversham (voice)
Basil Rathbone – Sherlock Holmes (voice) (archive sound)
Laurie Main – Dr. Watson (voice) (archive sound)
Shani Wallis – Lady Mouse (voice)
Ellen Fitzhugh – Bar Maid (voice)
Walker Edmiston – Citizen / Thug Guard (voice)
Wayne Allwine – Thug Guard (voice)
Tony Anselmo – Thug Guard (voice)

Rated: G
Run Time: 74 minutes

Bonus Features:
So you think you can sleuth?
Feature gives a brief history of detectives in real life and in fiction and gives young viewers the chance to solve a mystery.

“The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind” Sing-Along Song
Ratigan’s song from the movie. Presented with on-screen lyrics

The Making Of The Great Mouse Detective
Behind the scenes look at the animation, voice acting and songs for the film