Great Mouse Detective

The 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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Disney's The Great Mouse Detective comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned.

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Disney's The Great Mouse Detective comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette, two short cartoons, and a karaoke feature. This is a strong release from Disney/Buena Vista with extras aimed at children more than someone with an interest in film production.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/2002
UPC:
0786936144437
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:14:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The making of the Great Mouse Detective; The Great Mouse Detective scrapbook; "Donald's Crime" animated short; "Clock Cleaners" animated short; "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind" sing-along song; Digitally restored; Widescreen (1.66:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; French and Spanish language tracks

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Flaversham's Toy Shop/Opening Titles
2. Dr. Dawson Finds Olivia
3. Olivia Tells Basil Her Story
4. Ratigan's Scheme/"The World's Greatest Criminal Mind"
5. An Intriguing Case
6. Toby
7. Searching for Fidget
8. Fidget Abducts Olivia
9. Fidget's Bungle
10. Elementary, Dr. Dawson
11. "Let Me Be Good to You"
12. Ratigan's Secret Lair
13. Bye-Bye Basil/"Goodbye So Soon"
14. Escape From Ratigan's Trap
15. The Queen's Golden Jubilee
16. The Chase Is On
17. Inside the Clock
18. Basil Victorious/End Credits

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The Great Mouse Detective 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Curtina More than 1 year ago
I saw this film for the first time in the theaters with my father when I was about five years old, and I am as entranced watching it now at twenty-seven as I was then. This movie is what used to have us lining up for Disney back when we were kids- a film with lovable characters, a solid and engrossing plot, and most importantly a great story that the audience cannot help but be drawn into. It is, without a doubt, a much-unappreciated Disney great.
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16-years-old and I still laugh at Basil's 'Whatever.' to Olivia's last name.I thought he was so cute when I was little,I actually had a crush on him. Sad,I know. Ah,nothing can beat them old Disney classics,before they started making them 'politically correct.'The old ones are hilarious,for some reason. Definatly buy this movie,it's downright funny and because today's my (duh!) 16th birthday.XD
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie when I was younger and I still love it. In my opinion it is the best Disney movie. It was funny and entertaining and had the one of the best songs from a Disney movie ever. I still watch this movie now with my cousins.
bloodyroseKF More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie every time i stayed at my grandmother's house when I was a child. I don't remember how old i was, but i'm 23 and i STILL love it! Great classic! They don't make Disney movies like they used to anymore.
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