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The Great Mouse Detective
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Genre:Animation - Family
Year:1986
Rating:G
Length:1 Hour 14 Minutes
Cast:Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, Dave Michener, John Musker

One of Disney's best animated features of the 1980s is poised for a welcome rediscovery on VHS and an extras-laden DVD. The Great Mouse Detective is based on Eve Titus's book Basil of Baker Street, about a Victorian-era rodent of Holmesian (as in Sherlock) cunning. When a toymaker (voiced by Mr. Ed's Alan Young) is kidnapped, his daughter enlists the deerstalker-topped rodent to solve the case. The legendary Vincent Price supplies the voice for one of Disney's most memorable villains, the aptly named Ratigan, or as he refers to himself in song, "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind." With its ambitious use of computer animation, Mouse Detective helped to usher in a new age of Disney animation. The film's thrilling set piece is a climactic confrontation inside the turning gears and cogs of London's Big Ben. The film was co-directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who would later collaborate on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and Treasure Planet. Will children sit for this film's more old-fashioned pleasures? It's elementary! Donald Liebenson

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