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The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Vincent Price , Barrie Ingham , Ron Clements , Burny Mattinson  |  G |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susanne Pollatschek, Candy Candido
  • Directors: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2002
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005T7H5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Great Mouse Detective" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-New Digitally Restored Print
  • The Making Of The Great Mouse Detective
  • "Clock Cleaners" Animated Short
  • "Donald's Crime" Animated Short
  • "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind" Sing-Along
  • The Great Mouse Detective Scrapbook

Editorial Reviews

The clues are in, the chase is on, and the case of the century is about to break wide open in Disney's greatest little mystery in history! Let the creators of ALADDIN and THE LITTLE MERMAID take you on an adventuresome journey through the cobblestone streets of 1897 London, where some suspicious "mousechief" is the suspenseful start to this thrilling musical adventure. Olivia, the brave daughter of a beloved London toymaker, turns to Basil of Baker Street for help with her father's disappearance. Basil's jolly assistant, Dr. Dawson, and loyal dog Toby lend a hand ... and nose ... as they sniff out clues through their charming miniature world. The final chase leads to Professor Ratigan (voiced by Vincent Price), a hard-hearted criminal whom Basil must outwit to save all of Mousedom! Now digitally remastered, fully restored and full of unforgettable characters and spectacular animation -- all leading to a climactic climb atop Big Ben -- it's elementary who you'll want to watch again and again ... THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE!

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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT Disney film not to be missed! February 15, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The year is 1897 in London. Young mouse Olivia Flaversham (Susanne Pollatschek) lives happily with her father Hiram Flaversham (Alan Young) who is a toymaker. But when her father is kidnapped, Olivia intends to get him back. Aided by Doctor David Q. Dawson (Van Bettin), they go to find the renowned, legendary detective, Basil of Baker Street (Barrie Ingham). At first Basil is reluctant to help her but when he discovers that his evil arch-nemesis, Professor Ratigan (Vincent Price) is behind Flaversham's kidnapping, Basil decides to investigate. As they follow clues and use 'elementary thinking', the mice try to outwit the evil Ratigan if they are to save all of mousedom!
An incredibly charming movie, Disney gives us a fun and entertaining film for all ages. When I was very young, I was an avid watcher of ALL Disney animation films. But I remember that besides "Robin Hood", "Lion King", and "Aladdin", "The Great Mouse Detective" was my most favorite! I used to watch over and over. Unfortunately, over the years I strayed away from watching the old Disney classics until just the other day when I was rearranging my videos. I came across "The Great Mouse Detective" and I remembering how much I loved it, decided to watch it. And my, it's amazing how well I remembered it! I was able to say all the lines and sing all the songs while still totally enjoying myself!
My point in saying all of this is that the old Disney classics are... well... classics gems! Nothing objectionable for parents to be aware of for their kids, just some romping good fun. "The Great Mouse Detective" has it all; mystery, humor, a great setting (London), action, and suspense. And I can't forget to mention about the colorful characters, each and everyone incredibly likable.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under rated Disney Classic January 10, 2004
Format:DVD
How the Great Mouse Detective has not found a wider audience is beyond me. Perhaps it's because adults see the cover of animated mouses and assume it's just for kids, but looks can be decieving. I have screened this movie for several of my adult friends (without kids) with many of them running out and buying a copy for themselves after realizing what a truely enjoyable classic it is.
Although the Little Mermaid has been given the credit for Disney Animation's rise to greatness throughout the 1990's it really began with this teriffic classic. The Great Mouse Detective marks the first effort of Don Musker and Ron Clemants (The directors of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin). Although it has two catchy showtunes it plays more like a detective adventure story than the later musical classics of Disney animation. What sets this film apart is that it is character driven. Each character in the film has quirks and traits that play into the film's plot. The Great Mouse Detective is wildly imaginative and orginal. This film also has perhaps the most thrilling endings in Disney animation too.
So in parting I beg you adults out there without kids to give this little animated tale a chance, I guarentee you will not be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
The Great Mouse Detective -- Disney's adaptation of Eve Titus's book Basil of Baker Street -- is by far the best "portrayal" of Sherlock Holmes, both characters and adventures, for kids, teens, or adults...with the possible exception of Without a Clue starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley [PG]. Both movies are true Holmes despite obvious differences, such as being a mouse.

The Great Mouse Detective can be appreciated on many levels. It's great fun for kids, even if they haven't read, or heard, Eve Titus's Basil of Baker Street books. Basil is, of course, THE mouse counterpart to that greatest of detectives Sherlock Holmes. You could say he is Holmes' "under study" for the animal world, living literally "under" Holmes' residence in Baker Street. The Great Mouse Detective is a superb introduction to Sherlock Holmes, but it doesn't take knowledge of Holmes to enjoy it immensely.

For an older audience, there is subtle humor that you miss as a kid, but is hilarious. The movie's a must for those who've enjoyed the great conglomerate, "allusive" humor in Shanghai Knights, such as Jackie Chan balancing and fighting using an umbrella to the title music of "Singing in the Rain." Without seeing The Great Mouse Detective, no viewer can fully appreciate the humor of the "fight in Big Ben" scene in Shanghai Knights and the plunge from the face of the clock to the ground far below.

The fall to their "deaths" of arch villain and hero is a great example of another level at which The Great Mouse Detective can be appreciated. It's is "straight out of Holmes." No one well-read in Doyle's Adventures can fail to recognize the moment where Doyle "kills" Holmes off (or that he brings him back by popular demand).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Great Mouse DEFECTIVE October 17, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
I had thought that Disney would never ruin their product when released on Blu-ray, since that format is all about QUALITY. I was wrong. Once again, the IDIOTS at Disney have ruined another glorious movie. This movie was filmed in a 1:66-1 aspect ratio. It won't take the viewer long to discover that foreheads and feet are cut in half or missing altogether in many scenes. I'M MAD, MAD, MAD!!!!!!!!!!!! WALT DISNEY EMPLOYEES, are you listening? STOP MESSING WITH THE ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIOS. Just because it's there, doesn't mean you have to FILL IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like Sherlock Holmes and this is a Disney Classic that catches the essence.
Published 22 days ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars It was in excellent condition.
I'm saving this for a birthday gift. It was in excellent condition.
Published 24 days ago by cynthia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great quality.
Published 28 days ago by Lindsey Beth Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars an oldie but goodie
I showed this movie to my second grade class as a way to review fiction story structure. They loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME MOVIE
Bought this for my granddaughter's 3rd Birthday as I bought it also for her Mother when she turned 3!
One of my favorite movies.
Published 1 month ago by G. Butka
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Mouse Detective [VHS]
We received this item earlier than estimated date. It plays good too! Our children liked this movie, that's cute for kids. Thank you & have a good day!
Published 2 months ago by Mai P. Pham
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy!
purchased for my son - he loves it and so do i. glad to be able to build him his own collection of movies at such an afforable costs
Published 3 months ago by br in texas
5.0 out of 5 stars Holmes as a Mouse
One of my favorite movies growing up. Having grown up on Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett) and then seeing them do it this way; I love it!
Published 3 months ago by Chevy
5.0 out of 5 stars A very cute Disney movie, one of my favorites!
The Great Mouse Detective is one of my favorite Disney films of all time, it's also one of the most under rated in my opinion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alexander G.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Underrated Disney Classic
The Great Mouse Detective was a Disney film I watched often as a child growing up. I don't think it's given as much credit as it deserves. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lena Hartshorn
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Where is the sequel???? Bring back Basil and Dawson!
I can't quite say that I'm a fan of Disney's 'Classics' being carried on in hopeless attempts to retain their original magic by releasing sequels, BUT, if ever a movie could actually substantiate a quality predecessor...it would be this one. This is definitely an under-rated and underappreciated... Read More
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