Great Mouse Detective

Great Mouse Detective

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Director: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, Dave Michener, John Musker

Cast: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, Dave Michener, John Musker

     
 

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The first Disney animated feature to make extensive use of computer technology, The Great Mouse Detective was based on the children's novel Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus. The titular hero is Basil, a Holmes-like rodent (complete with deerstalker) who solves crimes in the company of his friend and chronicler Dr. Dawson. Basil and Dawson are retainedSee more details below

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The first Disney animated feature to make extensive use of computer technology, The Great Mouse Detective was based on the children's novel Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus. The titular hero is Basil, a Holmes-like rodent (complete with deerstalker) who solves crimes in the company of his friend and chronicler Dr. Dawson. Basil and Dawson are retained by the daughter of a mouse toymaker who has been kidnapped by the diabolical Ratigan. The villain hopes to force the toymaker to construct a fake version of the queen who will grant power to the bad guy--or at least, for that part of the world behind the walls of London. Though nearly eliminated by Ratigan, Basil and Dawson trap the villain in the fast-moving mechanisms of Big Ben. By relying on computer animation, Disney was able to keep the budget of Great Mouse Detective down to a manageable size, thus earning back the losses incurred by the studio's previous cartoon feature, The Black Cauldron. Among the talented voice actors utilized in The Great Mouse Detective is Vincent Price, who plays guess what part? (Hint: he ain't Basil).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
One of Disney's best animated features of the 1980s, The Great Mouse Detective is based on Eve Titus's book Basil of Baker Street, about a Victorian-era rodent of Holmesian (as in Sherlock) cunning. When a toymaker (voiced by Mr. Ed's Alan Young) is kidnapped, his daughter enlists the deerstalker-topped rodent to solve the case. The legendary Vincent Price supplies the voice for one of Disney's most memorable villains, the aptly named Ratigan, or as he refers to himself in song, "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind." With its ambitious use of computer animation, Mouse Detective helped to usher in a new age of Disney animation. The film's thrilling set piece is a climactic confrontation inside the turning gears and cogs of London's Big Ben. The film was co-directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who would later collaborate on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and Treasure Planet. Will children sit for this film's more old-fashioned pleasures? It's elementary!
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Coming on the heels of the disappointing The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective marked a welcome, if unexceptional, return to form for the Disney studio. Mouse is a modest and unassuming entertainment with wonderful parts that somehow add up to a slightly lesser whole. The animation is clean and solid, flowing smoothly yet with energy and featuring convincing and effective character design. Backgrounds are colorful and atmospheric, and there are a number of clever and amusing inventions, including a Rube Goldberg-esque deathtrap for Basil. The plot is strong, with the genre's requisite twists and turns (although not so many as to confuse younger viewers), and the film moves along at a lively clip. Vincent Price makes his cartoon debut, supplying the oiliness and slithering vocal tones the role requires. Barrie Ingham and Val Bettin are just right as Basil and Dawson, and Melissa Manchester puts in a pleasing music hall turn. The abbreviated score is only so-so, although Ratigan's big number is well staged. Despite all these assets, the film still lacks that little extra spark; fortunately directors Ron Clements and John Musker would find that spark (in a big way) with their next effort, The Little Mermaid.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/1999
UPC:
0786936106008
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Val Bettin Dawson,Thug Guard
Eve Brenner Queen Moustoria
Candy Candido Fidget
Barrie Ingham Basil/Bartholomew
Susanne Pollatschek Olivia
Vincent Price Professor Ratigan
Alan Young Flaversham
Ellen Fitzhugh Bar Maid
Melissa Manchester Voice Only
Basil Rathbone Voice of Sherlock Holmes
Wayne Allwine Thug Guard
Tony Anselmo Thug Guard
Diana Chesney Mrs. Judson
Laurie Main Watson
Shani Wallis Lady Mouse
Walker Edmiston Thug Guard

Technical Credits
Ron Clements Director,Screenwriter
Burny Mattinson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Dave Michener Director,Screenwriter
John Musker Director,Screenwriter
Ed Austin Cinematographer
Roy M. Brewer Editor
Hendel Butoy Animator
Ellen Fitzhugh Songwriter
Vance Gerry Screenwriter
Larry Grossman Songwriter
Mark Henn Animator
Steve Hulett Screenwriter
Jay Jackson Animator
Glen Keane Animator
Jay Lawton Musical Direction/Supervision
Melissa Manchester Songwriter
Henry Mancini Score Composer
James Melton Editor
Rob Minkoff Animator
Bruce M. Morris Screenwriter
Matthew O'Callaghan Screenwriter
Melvin Shaw Screenwriter
Guy Vasilovich Art Director
Pete Young Screenwriter

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