The Great Mouse Detective

1986

The Great Mouse Detective

Critics Consensus

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

82%

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Total Count: 17

79%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 58,732
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Movie Info

This animated children's film spoofs the Sherlock Holmes legend by recasting the major characters as rodents. Basil, the Great Mouse Detective, and his companion Dr. Dawson must use their powers of deduction to foil the world domination plans of the scheming villain Ratigan.

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Cast

Diana Chesney
as Mrs. Judson
Eve Brenner
as Mouse Queen
Alan Youg
as Flaversham
Vincent Price
as Professor Rattigan
Alan Young
as Flaversham
Val Battin
as Dawson
Val Bettin
as Thug Guard
Shani Wallis
as Lady Mouse
Basil Rathbone
as Sherlock Holmes, Voice of Sherlock Holmes
Walker Edmiston
as Citizen/Thug Guard
Wayne Allwine
as Thug Guard
Tony Anselmo
as Thug Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Great Mouse Detective

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

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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