The Great Mouse Detective
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The first Disney animated feature to make extensive use of computer technology, The Great Mouse Detective was based on the children's novel Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus. The titular hero is Basil, a Holmes-like rodent (complete with deerstalker) who solves crimes in the company of his friend and chronicler Dr. Dawson. Basil and Dawson are retained by the daughter of a mouse toymaker who has been kidnapped by the diabolical Ratigan. The villain hopes to force the toymaker to construct a fake version of the queen who will grant power to the bad guy--or at least, for that part of the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As usual with film noir, however, it is the villain who steals the heart and one is rooting for in the breathtaking showdown high up in the cogs and ratchets of Big Ben."
‑ , Time Out
"Clever Sherlock Holmes tribute mixes wit, peril."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"Pedestrian Disney cartoon w/nice Vincent Price voice-over."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"The game is a-paw!"
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
"A bit too stuffy"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Small children may be afraid of some of the bad characters -- the Disney Studio's gift for creating really nasty bad guys means that they are scary -- but they will love the cute, brave mice and cheer their triumphs. Adults will enjoy the wit and style."
‑ Nina Darnton, New York Times
"If the film fails to click on all the emotional levels that Disney might have wanted, at least it's a brightly-paced bit of comedy and fun."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"An amiable little trifle that entertains during its scant running time."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The next best Holmes to Jeremy Brett."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"Certainly not up to snuff with the old-time Disney classics, but quite entertaining all the same."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"It's a lot of fun."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is high-quality animation. The engaging characters play out the action against elegantly designed backgrounds."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Not classic, but the start of something good."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"...intended mainly for kids, most audiences, young and old, will get a kick out of it. ...the film is entertaining in its own low-key manner."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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