Cert: U Runtime: 74 mins Director: Ron Clements, Bunry Mattison, David Michener and Jack Musker Cast: Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susane Pollatschek and Vincent Price
There’s always a chance, Doctor, as long as one can think
When you think of Disney, normally you get Lion King, Cinderella, Snow White for me it’s Basil, The Great Mouse Detective. This was a film I adored as a child, it was a regular feature in my weekly routine. So that’s why its my blast
from the past this week. So what is the film all about? Olivia ( Susane Pollatscheck) and her toy shop father are celebrating her birthday, but her father is quickly taken away by a rotten gang of mice who are led by a giant rat, Ratigan (Vincent Price), who is planning to over throw the queen and become leader of the mouse world. Olivia, the daughter, goes to Basil (Barrie Ingham) of Baker Street, he’s a mad detective who has been chasing Ratigan for a long time. Along with the help of Dr. Dawson (Val Bettin), Olivia, and Basil go after Ratigan to make sure that his plan fails.
The Great Mouse Detective is basically a kid-friendly version of any film or television show based on Sherlock Holmes. As a matter of fact, in the world of this movie at least, Basil lives in the house of the one and only Sherlock Holmes. He even uses Sherlock’s dog named Toby to help him solve this case and track down possible clues. There are a few scary scenes in this film, but they’re not quite as dark as the previous Disney animated feature The Black Cauldron. One is when we see Ratigan’s henchman bat Fidget for the first time in a frightening close-up. Another is when we see one of Ratigan’s drunken henchmen get eaten by Ratigan’s cat as ordered by Ratigan himself, simply because he calls his boss a rat much to his intense disapproval. These scenes are scary, but in a good way. And speaking of Ratigan, let’s delve further into why I think he’s an awesome Disney villain, shall we? Ratigan has a key personality trait that any great Disney villain should have.
He just enjoys being evil, meaning that he’s having the time of his life committing all the unjust crimes that he does. He basically loves being bad so much that we sort of like his character because he’s so content with making his victims suffer. That’s one more reason why we like villains in the first place. The central hero Basil is also worth talking about, too. His impressive intelligence and ability to solve crimes with ease is one thing, but to make him charming and fun at the same time is another thing altogether. The Great Mouse Detective makes for a good evening’s entertainment for both kids and adults. Even if it isn’t a groundbreaking film for Disney, it’s at least a film that is confident and very well-told. The narrative is free of distractions, the animation is good as always, and the characters (especially the hero and the villain) still hold up well. If you’re a fan of mysteries and are looking for a way to introduce young kids to them, then The Great Mouse Detective easily ranks as one of your best bets.