One of the unsung heroes of the Disney collection has hit stores with all-new digital restoration, and it’s really a must own. The Great Mouse Detective has long been a favorite of mine, and for fans and newcomers alike, this is one to put on the list.
From a rather different era of Disney, and the first directing effort of John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog), the mouse-ified version of Sherlock Holmes was ahead of its time, and is still as rich and alive as it ever was. Like another Clements and Musker favorite, Treasure Planet, there’s a lot more to the story than most animated films, and a keener effort toward taking the audience seriously.
Vincent Price carries things along wonderfully as our villain, and overall the film holds up as both a treat for the young, and a brilliantly watchable option for adults.
When talented toymaker Hiram Flaversham is mousenapped, his winsome daughter Olivia turns to the most famous mouse detective of them all, Basil of Baker Street. Accompanied by his assistant and confidante, Dr. David Q. Dawson, Basil uncovers a villainous plot by the “slimy, contemptible sewer rat” Dr. Ratigan to replace Moustoria, Queen of Mice, with a look-alike robot and take control of the entire rodent population of London. Based on Eve Titus’s book Basil of Baker Street, The Great Mouse Detective channels the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creation into a richly animated, Sherlock Holmsian tale set in Victorian-era London’s underground mouse kingdom.
As Basil sniffs out one clue after another with unmatched ingenuity, kids and adults will delight in a heartwarming and suspenseful adventure that goes from Baker Street to the tower of Big Ben in the charmingly downsized London of Mousedom. An intriguing mystery, spectacular animation and unforgettable characters make The Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist Edition a devilishly clever family gift!
DVD Features –
The DVD release is unfortunately sparse in terms of bonus material. In terms of new to this release material, there is only the So You Think You Can Sleuth Game, which gives you a few minutes of rundown on the history of “sleuthing,” along with a short game that isn’t nearly as exciting as it might have been. That and the new digital restoration are the only really upsells to this release. But, the movie does look pretty sharp.
Also included are some bonuses from a previous release: The Making of The Great Mouse Detective is actually a pretty decent effort, though a rather short one, but that’s only when you consider that it is somewhere around ten years old. It isn’t bad, but it will leave you wishing there were more. You also get The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind Sing-Along Song, which is self-explanatory.
On the bonus end, this leaves a lot to be desired, but the film itself is easily worth owning without any special features.
Check out a couple of clips below.
Basil of Baker Street
On the Trail