The Great Mouse Detective 1986

The Great Mouse Detective

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The Great Mouse Detective may not rank with Disney's classics, but it's an amiable, entertaining picture with some stylishly dark visuals.

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Rodent supersleuth Basil and his bumbling partner must thwart evil Ratigan's plot to depose the Mouse Queen.

Cast & Crew

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
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Candy Candido
Fidget
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Diana Chesney
Mrs. Judson
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Eve Brenner
The Mouse Queen
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Alan Young
Hiram Flaversham
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Laurie Main
Dr. Watson
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Shani Wallis
Lady Mouse
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Peter Young
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Vance Gerry
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Steve Hulett
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Ron Clements
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John Musker
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Bruce Morris
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Critic Reviews for The Great Mouse Detective

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (5)

  • Older kids may be less enthused by this mousy story, though parents, particularly Basil Rathbone fans, will marvel at the accuracy with which this sophisticated homage hits Holmes.

    November 12, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • There's no need for details - you know his methods, Watson - but suffice it to say that The Great Mouse Detective's few tunes are unmemorable and all the action (aside from the inventive chase sequences) is snooze-worthy.

    November 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "The Great Mouse Detective" reflects the energy and enthusiasm of a talented group of young artists stretching their wings for the first time.

    November 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The genuinely witty and endearing disney animation that everyone forgets.

    November 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • As usual with film noir, however, it is the villain who steals the heart and one is rooting for in the breathtaking showdown high up in the cogs and ratchets of Big Ben.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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  • Small children may be afraid of some of the bad characters -- the Disney Studio's gift for creating really nasty bad guys means that they are scary -- but they will love the cute, brave mice and cheer their triumphs. Adults will enjoy the wit and style.

    August 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Great Mouse Detective

  • Feb 07, 2015
    A clever riff on Sherlock Holmes, Disney's The Great Mouse Detective is an amusing children's film that's a lot of fun. When a peg-legged bat abducts her father, a young mouse named Olivia seeks out the renowned detective Basil of Baker Street to help her find him. Especially well-crafted, the film makes numerous allusions to Sherlock Holmes stories and character. However, the characters are more than just parodies and have their own unique charm. Vincent Price in particular gives a delightfully performance as Basil's arch-nemesis Professor Ratigan. One of Disney's more underappreciated classics, The Great Mouse Detective puts on a jolly good show.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2013
    The Great Mouse Detective just oozes charm and creativity throughout its short run time. I think of this movie as one of the best examples of a simply fun time for families at the movies. I liked all of the main characters, including the villain, which I feel is one of Disney's best. Also, some of the animation sequences, like the rube goldberg death-machine, were fantastic. However, at times, the movie felt a little predictable, not like a good mystery thriller should. That, along with the lack of heart that best pictures of the genre have, hold this movie back from greatness.
    Adam G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2013
    Not too disappointing as I thought with the premise and the clever mischievous Fidget bat, but the two songs "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind" and "Let Me Be Good to You" were not memorable and the automaton idea for a monarchy control was far from diabolical enough for so-called "greatest criminal mind" Ratigan.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2012
    Basil: Ratigan, no one can have a higher opinion of you than I have, and I think you're a slimy, contemptible sewer rat!  "Can he bring the dirty rat to justice?" The Great Mouse Detective is fun from start to finish for me as an adult. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to watch this during my childhood, but I can guarantee it will be a staple of my children's childhood. The movie is perfectly paced and a perfect length to keep the kids attention throughout. Also, the film doesn't have so many songs that it kills the overall flow of the story. That's something I really appreciate from a children's animated movie. So many of these movies throw song after song at the audience and to me, that just ruins the pace of the film. In this one, there are only a few songs throughout, and the ones that are in it are actually quite good. The Great Mouse Detective follows a story of a Sherlock Holmes like mouse named Basil, his new assistant Dr. Watson, and a little girl. The little girl's toy making father was kidnapped by the always elusive and highly sinister rat, Ratigan. Basil has been after Ratigan for a long time, so he jumps at the chance to solve the case. Ratigan's motive for kidnapping a toy maker involves his overall plan to overthrow the queen and take complete power.  There's a lot of stuff to like about this one. It has a great, London late 1800's atmosphere to it. The voice cast does a phenomenal job. The animation looks great and the set pieces are extremely well done. There really isn't anything to complain about. This is definitely a new favorite of mine when it comes to Disney films, and it's just a shame that it isn't more well known. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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