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Basil The Great Mouse Detective (Disney) [VHS] [1986]

Vincent Price , Barrie Ingham , Burny Mattinson , David Michener    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susanne Pollatschek, Candy Candido
  • Directors: Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker, Ron Clements
  • Writers: Burny Mattinson, David Michener, Bruce Morris, Eve Titus
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Disney
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CMEV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,441 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sherlock Holmes' mouse counterpart Basil lives in the basement of 221B Baker Street, just below the great man himself. Hired to locate a kidnapped toymaker, Basil and his trusty sidekick Dawson soon find themselves up against their arch-enemy Professor Ratigan. It seems Ratigan wants to use the toymaker to make a mechanical replica of the Queen who will then bestow the villain with the right to rule over rodent London - but not if Basil can find a way to stop him.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unappreciated classic! 28 Feb 2003
By A Customer
This film has long been overshadowed by more recent animated features. OK, it doesn't have the catchy tunes or the flashy graphics of the Little Mermaid or the Lion King, but its still an entertaining movie for people of any age.
The film is set in Victorian London, where mice and rats have their own little society. The toymaker, Mr. Flaversham is kidnapped by a one legged bat, and his daughter, Olivia, sets off to seek the help of Basil of Baker Street, and his two wacky sidekicks.
The Great Mouse detective doesn't follow the usual big-spectacle Disney formula, having only 3 musical numbers, none of which are particularly lavish. The most memorable song is performed by the flamboyant villain (perfectly voiced by Vincent Price) and his goofy henchmen.
This film is nowhere near the top of Disney's achievements, but it's still a strong entry in their massive catalog, and it differs so much from the usual Disney style that it has a quaint sort of charm. All in all, I absolutely love this film, it's definately one of my favourites, and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest detective in all of Mousedom! 2 Aug 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This was one of my favourite films as a child and still is today. In my opinion it is THE greatest Disney film and does not have the fame it deserves.
From beginning to end this is a delight to watch, mainly thanks to the wonderful Sherlock Holmes based characters and cunning twists in the plot. There is plenty to amuse both the child and the Holmes fan, from the narration of Dr Dawson, the loveableness of Toby, the evil schemes of the Napolean of Crime - Professor Ratigan , and of course the cunning disguises and eccentric genius of Basil himself, not to mention brief cameos from the human forms of Holmes and Watson. For the ardent Holmes fan there are a number of sneaky and less obvious references to the great human detective. The fun, adventure and suspense will please every child and adult alike.
The film was clearly made with lots of care and attention. The animation and characterisation is great and although Victorian England is dark there is enough Disney magic to warm even the hardest of hearts. It's only weakness as a Disney film is the scarceness of songs, although the nature of the film doesn't present many appropriate moments for songs.
The films is perfect for every age group, it is full of adventure, fun and laughter, and the occasional tear. I thoroughly recommend it to absolutely everyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My childhood favourite! 16 Oct 2007
When I was just seven years old I watched this at the pictures. I then got the story & tape, and the sticker album.

Now at the tender age of 27 I watched this again on DVD the other day and I enjoyed it. It is very different to many other Disney films. For a start it is set in Victorian London. It is one of the last Disney Films to have lavish painted backdrops rather than the more cartoony style we see today.

It is set in a sort of parallel world to ours, one of mice. Basil is approached by young Olivia and Dr. Dawson (the Watson to Basil's Holmes) in order to request his help to find her kidknapped dad. Once Basil learns that his arch-nemesis Ratigan is involved with his disappearance he is only too happy to help.

Sherlock Holmes fans will love the nods towards the Conan-Doyle legend - he infact appears in the film (Holmes that is, not Conan-Doyle!)

Barry Ingham is the perfect voice for Basil. He manages to pack in the eccentricity and that quintessential Englishness required for the role. Basil is one of my all-time favourite Disney characters. My absolute all time favourite though is Fidget - the peg-legged bat who happens to be Ratigan's henchman. His crazy jabbering speech always makes me chuckle.

Speaking of voices - Hollywood great Vincent Price voices Ratigan, an inspired choice. Instead of a rasping throaty growl, he has a more charming sophisticated way of speaking which makes him feel more menacing.

There are a few musical numbers in this film, but they aren't particularly great - nothing you'd expect to find on a Disney compilation CD. The plot is quite 2 dimensional, there's no real sub-plots or anything other than the main story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic disney film for the whole family 2 July 2004
this disney film is brilliant, the charactior are very funny and intertaining.
there is non stop action and the story line is just amazing.
anybody would love this film, it is a great childhood film and will always be remembered.
i swear to you that when you get this film, you will not be disappointed, you will get you moneys worth, so please buy this for you child because when i was a child, i just loved it and i still do, so go on make your child happy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wicked Disney film that u have gotta see 27 Jun 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
This is a wicked disney film. Although it is not very well known i think it is da best 1 ! There is a scary baddie and a good goodie ! The perfect combo 4 a decent film !!!!!
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I'm surprised it took them so long. It wasn't until their 26th feature in 1986 that they finally got round to having a go at the Sherlock Holmes story. And the result was marvellous.

Full of the usual Disney trademarks, anthropomorphic animals, villainous villains, comedy sidekicks, humour and songs. And Vincent Price putting in the performance of his life as the villainous Rattigan. He even gets to sing in one of the real high points of the film, revealing quite a talent for it!

This is a really enjoyable adventure full of spills and thrills. Good fun that will appeal to all the family. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Basil is one of the best!!!
As a child this was one of my favourites. I'd watch it most days and drive my mum mad with it, to the stage she would be practically pulling her hair out. Read more
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Great movie, kids loved it wasn't sure they would as it's an old disney , fast delivery, great price . Very pleased
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