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February 15, 2017
Quite fun, with some interesting clockpunk(!) ideas and aesthetic (the climax, in particular), but really unsubstantial overall. Also, there was a pretty risque burlesque bit in there, which was unexpected, but maybe shouldn't have been between all the drinking and smoking, haha.
January 26, 2017
The Great Mouse Detective (1986) C-74m. ??? D: Ron Clements
Burny Mattinson. Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susanne Pollatschek, Candy Candido. Neatly stylish updating of Sherlock Holmes supplemented with mice and rats (and a bat!); snappy pacing, funny quips, startling casting of Price as towering arch-villain Ratigan, and entertaining songs make this Disney animated feature--though lacking depth--a satisfying adventure. Love the peg-legged bat!
½ December 19, 2016
"The Great Mouse Detective" feels more like one of the many Disney impersonators than one of the studio's own, but it's not without its charms.
½ December 17, 2016
Colourful and well-animated, with a witty if predictable script, this is one of the better late-Disney efforts. It's also helped by having a great voice cast led by Vincent Price chewing the scenery as arch-baddie Rattigan, and a nice score by Henry Mancini.
Super Reviewer
December 1, 2016
Ranks among the barely passable Disney animated movies of the '70s and '80s (most), as nothing in it feels really sufficient - not the amount of Vincent Price (whose character appears very little), nor the amount of songs (though the few ones are nice), nor the level of fun.
½ November 11, 2016
It has some creativity to it, but the songs are not catchy nor is the story.
November 7, 2016
Charming, fun, and entertaining. (And it should be named BASIL OF BAKER STREET.)
October 8, 2016
Fun, but ultimately forgettable.
September 12, 2016
Finally got a chance to see the movie I've always heard so many great things about! Loved how unique the villain was in this one and his identity issues.
September 12, 2016
A Disney piece that gives us entertainment with sinister and shadow of Sherlock Holmes
August 15, 2016
The Sherlock Holmes of Disney! The Great Mouse Detective was a great movie especially with Vincent Price as Ratigan!
½ August 12, 2016
One of the most underrated films in the vault to date, it's no wonder we've never seen this one before. After the failure of The Black Cauldron at the box office the company's future was uncertain, but animators Ron Clements and John Musker teamed up for the first time and produced this gem (Clements and Musker would go on to make The Little Mermaid and Aladdin). With a witty script and air-tight plot that will cater to children and mature audiences too, the movie borrows all the right ingredients that made the Sherlock Holmes stories fascinating. Each character has their moment to shine, even the dastardly theatrical Proffesor Ratigan, who shines in a wonderfully, gaudy musical number that's very Broadway. Most importantly, the film brings back the pure joy that was lacking in the 70's and 80's features and sets the stage for a series of Disney hits.
August 4, 2016
After the disappointment of the forgetable Disney classic The Black Cauldron Disney has some interesting ideas for the next feature film Basil The Great Mouse Detective aka The Great Mouse Detective. It's about the Sherlock Holmes story where Basil and Dawson had to find Olivia's father from the evil villian voiced by the famous Vincent Price. The chase scenes are a lot of fun just like from the other Disney classics. There's even some scary scenes of a bat in it much like in The Black Cauldron, it is one of the darkest feature films ever. The animation and characters are great, my favorite character is Basil and and the animation is good as well but for the clock tower, the animaitors are computer animation to make it look like you're inside the big ben. If anyone's a huge Vincent Price fan, I guess this is a Disney classic for you.
½ July 22, 2016
A good natured spoof on Sherlock Holmes stories.
July 1, 2016
I'm a big fan of the great mouse detective ever since my childhood. It won't appeal to everyone thou.
May 9, 2016
The animation may be subpar, but The Great Mouse Detective gives us an amazingly dark tale with one of the most memorable villains Disney has ever made.
½ April 11, 2016
The Great Mouse Detective is admittedly too familiar and lazy in its storytelling and the film is very forgettable among the Disney flicks, but it is still a solid little film filled with some great characters with the villain being superb, excellent score, some good songs, a great charming tone to it and well executed action sequences. It is forgettable, but endearing and charming and having some great scenes here and there.
March 31, 2016
It matters not that this is animated 'Sherlock Holmes' in everything but name for kids as it's endearing with a fair story.
½ March 30, 2016
One of the most underrated Disney films in my opinion.
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