The Great Mouse Detective

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Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his archenemy, Professor Ratigan.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 7.1/10 (12,615 voted)

Ron Clements

Stars: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin

In Victorian London, England, a little mouse girl's toymaker father is abducted by a peglegged bat. She enlists the aid of Basil of Baker Street, the rodent world's answer to Sherlock Holmes. The case expands as Basil uncovers the crime's link to a plot against the Crown itself.

Writers: Peter Young, Vance Gerry


Vincent Price

Professor Ratigan


Barrie Ingham

Basil of Baker Street


Val Bettin

Dr. David Q. Dawson
Thug Guard


Susanne Pollatschek

Olivia Flaversham


Candy Candido



Diana Chesney

Mrs. Judson


Eve Brenner

The Mouse Queen


Alan Young

Hiram Flaversham


Basil Rathbone

Sherlock Holmes

(voice) (archive sound)

Laurie Main

Dr. Watson

(voice) (archive sound)

Shani Wallis

Lady Mouse


Ellen Fitzhugh

Bar Maid


Walker Edmiston

Thug Guard


Wayne Allwine

Thug Guard


Tony Anselmo

Thug Guard


New! In The Classic Walt Disney Tradition


Official Website:
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Release Date: 2 July 1986

Box Office Details

Budget: $14,000,000


Gross: $38,600,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The same bears from Girdler's
Grizzly were used along with several other animals as models for the characters in this film.


When Olivia is hugging Basil at the end of the movie, her hair ribbon is on her right ear, but when she steps back it's on her left ear.


My friends, we are about to embark on the most odious, the most evil, the most diabolical scheme of my illustrious career. A crime to top all crimes, a crime that will live in infamy!
[henchmen cheer]

Tomorrow evening, our beloved monarch celebrates her Diamond Jubilee. And with the enthusiastic help of our good friend, Mr. Flaversham…
[henchmen chuckle]

…it promises to be a night she'll never forget.
[burns picture of Queen with cigarette]

Her last night, and my first as supreme ruler of all mousedom!

User Review

A forgotten Disney masterpiece.

Rating: 10/10

This is probably one of the most unknown Disney classics.

For the time the movie was quite new and revolutionary and it doesn't
quite fit in with the other movies Disney made in that period., perhaps
that's the reason why it has been forgotten. But "The Great Mouse
Detective" deserves to be known and seen.

The characters are real classics and one of the best to have ever
appeared in a Disney movie. Actually Professor Ratigan (voiced by the
legendary Vincent Price) is quite possibly my favorite movie villain of
all time. No wonder that it was Vincent Price's favorite role. His
style and humor is priceless and it cracks me up every time. But the
other characters are also very memorable. I especially like the
character of doctor Dawson.

The story is good and very pleasant and very mature compared to other
Disney's from that period. But of course the idea of making a story
about the mouse version of Sherlock Holmes alone is already good enough
to make a fun movie about.

One of the other things that makes this movie different compared to
other Disney's from that period are the songs or better said the lack
of it. The movie features only one song (3 if you count the bar song
and the goodbye, so soon song.). But it's not a miss. The surprising
magnificent musical score by famous composer Henry Mancini make up for
this loss.

The movie has a very spectacular final on and in the famous Big Ben.
It's by far my favorite Disney movie ending.

Certainly a fun movie to watch over and over again.


P.S.: If you're Dutch speaking, I highly recommend that you watch this
movie Dutch spoken. Believe it or not it's even better and more fun
then the English version! Believe me, just give it a shot.