The Great Mouse Detective

The Great Mouse Detective

DVD - 2002
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When a loveable London toymaker is kidnapped, his daughter turns to none other than legendary super-sleuth, Basil of Baker Street, setting the stage for one of Disney's most entertaining and fast-paced musical adventures.


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May 16, 2019

A great, fun movie. It's a bit darker than usual Disney cartoons with a few scary moments, but the characters are memorable, the story is great and the nods to Sherlock Holmes are clever. Worth a watch, but not the best Disney for the young kids.

A very unconventional flik, as far as Disney movies go. It's often credited for being the film that saved Disney, after the fiasco of The Black Cauldron. It's entertaining on practically all counts.

Jan 26, 2019

A good Disney family cartoon film, but not great. Story is slow during the first half, animation is "economy type", quite cartoonish, 2-dimensional. And overall it is jumpy-flashy images, lots of motion but not smooth and easy to watch.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 20, 2018

A fun, underrated Disney movie. My first exposure to Sherlock Holmes (now a treasured favorite of mine) and I didn't even realize it!

SaraLovesBooks Dec 05, 2016

A lesser known film in Disney's library, the Great Mouse Detective is a fun take on Sherlock Holmes tales. The standout performance is of course the late, great Vincent Price, in one of his final film roles as the despicable Professor Ratigan, the foil to the heroic detective Basil of Baker Street. This movie is exciting and full of twists and turns. It's a bit darker and one on the adult side for Disney movies, with a few implied violent deaths and a lot of alcohol consumption by various characters. However, I still think it is one of the best movies Disney ever made.

Sep 26, 2016

the copy i borrowed out from the library wouldn't even read the DVD

Dec 05, 2014

When her famous toy-making father is kidnapped, an overly precious little mouse goes in search of the legendary “Basil of Baker Street”—the greatest mouse detective in all of London. Accompanied by Basil’s new friend and confidant, Dr. Dawson, the three mice discover the abduction is actually part of a much larger and more evil plot hatched by Basil’s archenemy Professor Ratigan; one that has links all the way to Buckingham Palace itself where the Mouse Queen resides in a hole in the wall. Can the three sleuths foil Ratigan’s plans in time to save the Empire? Some nice old-school animation and a couple of bright songs fail to raise this one above the level of Saturday morning cartoon. Still a treat for the little ones despite a few (implied) messy deaths and an evil crippled bat. For older folks it’s fun to hear Vincent Price hamming it up as the voice of Ratigan though, and an old recording of Basil Rathbone (as an animated Sherlock Holmes) elicits a twinge of nostalgia.

May 27, 2013

Cute, enjoyable movie with a new twist on the original Sherlock Holmes characters. There's a perfect balance in all the characters: from clever and sophisticated Basil, kind-hearted and loyal Mr. Dawson, sweet and trustful Olivia, to prideful and crafty Ratigan and his thugs. Another not as well known classic by Disney.

Jan 17, 2013

Again, good clean fun for the whole family. A children's version of Sherlock Holmes.

theorbys Aug 31, 2012

It had a certain charm, and warmth, I loved the Victorian background, and the voice characterizations of the little girl, and of Vincent Price as the villainous Ratigan, were outstanding. But I did not much care for the simple character design, and while it had a couple of good animated sequences, the animation overall was kind of tepid. I'd like to see a second, better film done with this character. Still it was entertaining enough.

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May 16, 2019

nickster13 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

May 23, 2013

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Oct 24, 2010

This is Sherlock Holmes for small children, under 14, and not really a story for adults. I mean you can watch it, but it is not a cartoon that is good for both kids and adults.
I was bored and surprised that Disney still has some of the imagery it does in it's movies. (racist, sexist, bullieshness)
That being said.... it's alright for young ages who "just see good and evil" and have not been tainted but societial thought processes.
To harsh, maybe, but it's just my opinion..


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May 23, 2013

Other: Scenes at a bar with some slinky dancing females along with drinking and smoking characters. A female mouse rips off her skirt revealing bare legs which she flaunts suggestively at the audiance. Male mice "ahhh" at the sight of it and I think there's some cheering. One mouse appears drunk. A very close call to death comes for our main characters involving being squished and sliced by an ax.


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