The Great Mouse Detective

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The Great Mouse Detective
Genre: Animation
Running Time: 74 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: July 2, 1986
Directed by: Ron Clements
John Musker
Written by: Ron Clements
John Musker
Burny Mattinson
Mel Shaw
Matthew O'Callaghan
Dave Michener
Pete Young
Vance Gerry
Bruce Morris
Steve Hulett
Distributed by: Buena Vista Distribution
Starring: Vincent Price
Barrie Ingham
Val Bettin
Susanne Pollatschek
Candy Candido
Diana Chesney
Eve Brenner
Alan Young

The Great Mouse Detective is a 1986 American animated mystery comedy film produced by the then-new Disney Feature Animation and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. It was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements in their directing debut (who went on to direct several other Disney hits). 

The film is based on the novel series Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus (which in return is based on the fictional character, Sherlock Holmes).


Basil embarks on the greatest case of his career when London's master toymaker is kidnapped. He ends up pitting his wits against his old adversary, Professor Ratigan, who wants to become `supreme ruler of all mousedom'.

Why It Rocks

  1. Great animation, voice-acting (Vincent Price is phenomenal as Ratigan) and songs.
  2. Although we've seen human-like mice in fiction loads of times before, a Sherlock Holmes mouse is something new.
  3. The protagonist, Basil, is humorous and easily lovable.
  4. Pretty cool action scenes. The Big Ben chase is the best example.
  5. The film saved Disney from going bankrupt due to the failure of The Black Cauldron. This one was a critical and commercial success in contrast to the latter.
  6. Nice humor, for example, Ratigan's pet cat Felicia is very funny.
  7. To Ratigan, the world's greatest rat!

Bad Qualities

  1. Some scenes, especially the beginning, can be too intense for younger viewers.
  2. The Let Me be Good to You scene, while funny, seems to be tossed in for no reason.


The Great Mouse Detective received positive reviews from critics and audience members alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an 81% critic approval rating with an average rating of 6.99/10, while the audience approval rating is a 79% with an average rating of 3.93/5. On Metacritic, the movie has a critic score of 73/100, while the audience score is an 8.0/10.[1]

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