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Basil The Great Mouse Detective

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4.8 out of 5 stars Based on 16 Customer Ratings

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"Nostalgic and beautifully animated"
5 stars"
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For those unfamiliar with animation lore, this is the film that brought Disney back from near closure following the disastrous ‘Black Cauldron’. For me, not only is this film wonderfully animated, but it's an incredibly enjoyable work, the characters are loveable (Vincent Price gives a hilarious performance as the nefarious Prof. Ratigan) and it makes a nice change in this era of CG oversaturation, to get back to excellent full-hearted traditionalist animation from one of the greatest film studios of all time. 5/5

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5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Great movie, disney always does it well. A must for any disney collection :)

"Animation magic"
5 stars"
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I have had it on video but wanted on dvd wow brilliant and so clear. Old fashion animation magic


The glorious Disney tradition of brilliant animation, lovable characters and non-stop fun continues in the thrilling animated classic, Basil The Great Mouse Detective. Set in turn-of-the-century London, the story pits Basil of Baker Street - The Sherlock Holmes of the mouse world - against his diabolically demented arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan (voiced by Vincent Price). The adventure begins when a little girls father is kidnapped by the villianous Ratigan. That's when Basil, his bumbling sidekick Dr. Dawson and a lovable bloodhound named Toby embark on a rollicking, action packed rescue mission that will delight the entire family for years to come.


"Just because Walt Disney created contemporary and traditional classics of animation doesn't mean the studio is out of ideas--not by a long shot. The Great Mouse Detective is richly animated and offers a clever tale. It may not be as easily recognized a title as Aladdin or The Little Mermaid, but all three share the same director, Ron Clements. Originally released theatrically in 1986, the mystery borrows easily from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and is based on Eve Titus's book Basil of Baker Street.
When a brilliant toymaker is kidnapped by a creepy peg-legged bat, his daughter, Olivia, enlists the aid of the legendary Basil. Basil, Olivia, and Basil's assistant, Dr. Dawson, are part of an intricate city system of Victorian-era London mice. Basil quickly realizes his archenemy, Professor Ratigan (a rat who wants to be a mouse), is behind the abduction. Ratigan (voiced by Vincent Price) fiendishly aspires to take over London rodents--and will stop at nothing to achieve his greatest desire. The unlikely trio of good guys become heroes, of course. The engaging story line is a perfect introduction to Doyle's work and mysteries in general. Look for a very cleverly executed voice-cameo by Basil Rathbone (as Sherlock Holmes, natch). Alan Young (Mr. Ed) also provides a voice. Ages 4 and up." --N.F. Mendoza
Re-released on
April 1st, 2003
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
English, Spanish
Length (Minutes)
English, Spanish, Portuguese, English - HI
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Country of Production
  • USA
  • Animation
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All-time sales rank
Top 5000
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