The Great Mouse Detective
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

This animated children's film spoofs the Sherlock Holmes legend by recasting the major characters as rodents. Basil, the Great Mouse Detective, and his companion Dr. Dawson must use their powers of deduction to foil the world domination… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: July 2, 1986
DVD Release Date: July 23, 2002
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Great Mouse Detective may not rank with Disney's classics, but it's an amiable, entertaining picture with some stylishly dark visuals.

Time Out

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.

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Clever Sherlock Holmes tribute mixes wit, peril.

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Steve Crum

Pedestrian Disney cartoon w/nice Vincent Price voice-over.

Nina Darnton
New York Times

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Michael Dequina

An amiable little trifle that entertains during its scant running time.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's a lot of fun.

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TV Guide

This is high-quality animation. The engaging characters play out the action against elegantly designed backgrounds.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Not classic, but the start of something good.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Ranks among the barely passable Disney animated movies of the '70s and '80s (most), as nothing in it feels really sufficient - not the amount of… More
Melvin White
Basil: Ratigan, no one can have a higher opinion of you than I have, and I think you're a slimy, contemptible sewer rat!† "Can he bring the dirty rat… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
There are some thrilling and memorable moments (the climax) and songs ("Let Me Be Good to You" and Vince Prince's delightful "Goodbye So… More
Dead Angel
Cartoon version of Sherlock Holmes! It was really good.
Daniel Mumby
Considering the large number of Disney films I have reviewed, it would be easy to call me jaded when I go after certain offerings from their much-loved back… More
Jennifer Xu
Basil of Baker Street is one of the sexiest Disney characters in the history of animated cinema, and this is not just because he is a mouse. I do not have a… More