The Great Mouse Detective (1986) Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susanne Pollatschek Movie Review

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)   3/53/53/53/53/5

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Mouse on a Rat Hunt

Basil of Baker Street, the great mouse detective, finds his skills called in to action when a little mouse girl's father is kidnapped from his workshop by a bat with a peg leg. But it seems this case is much bigger than it first appears with Basil uncovering not only a plot against the British Crown itself but also one which involves Basis's nemesis Professor Ratigan.

Despite having always had a love of movies, something which no one else in my family has, I seemed to have missed watching a lot of movies from my childhood although remember many of them coming out. "The Great Mouse Detective", a movie I remember once being called "Basil, The Great Mouse Detective", is one of those movies having come out shortly before my 14th birthday which passed me by back then and one which going by what many others have written about it is a forgotten masterpiece. Sadly I do not share that same enthusiasm as whilst "The Great Mouse Detective" is entertaining it is by no means a masterpiece.

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

The thing about "The Great Mouse Detective" is that it ticks all the expected boxes for a Disney animation. There are some entertaining characters, a familiar voice here and there, that richness when it comes to the animations and of course a musical number here and there although not as many as usual. But do you know what? None of "The Great Mouse Detective" is that memorable just a cute animation in the moment with some amusing signs, some fun moments of creativity and so on but unlike the true Disney classics nothing to make stand out from the crowd.

What this all boils down to is that "The Great Mouse Detective" may hold some rose tinted memories for those who watched it as children back in the 80s but for me it ends up just an okay animation but not one which ranks with the truly great Walt Disney animations.