Date watched: May 14th, 2020
Year released: 1986
First time watching?: Yes
From IMDb: “Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy maker and uncovers its link to his archenemy, Professor Ratigan.”
As a self proclaimed Disney nut, I have no idea why this movie completely escaped me as a child. I knew of the movie, and I always knew it was essentially Sherlock Holmes as a mouse, but I’d never actually watched the movie. It was released around the time period known as Disney’s ‘Dark Age’ or ‘Bronze Age’ including ‘The Aristocats’, ‘Robin Hood’, and ‘The Fox and the Hound’ which were all movies released in the period following Walt Disney’s death, when the studio were trying to find their feet without their leader. It is also the time period immediately preceding the ‘Renaissance’ period of the great movies such as ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘Aladdin’. ‘Basil the Great Mouse Detective’ is often cited as being the most critically and commercially successful movie released during this era of Disney.
I think going and watching this movie for the first time as an adult may actually have added something to my enjoyment of the film. By this point, I’m relatively well acquainted with the stories of Sherlock Holmes, so I was able to pick up on loads of little nods to the greatest fictional detective that probably would have passed me by as a child.
This movie was a classic reimagining of a classic, well known story. I do enjoy a good mystery and Disney’s version of a mystery was very well done.
Every time I’ve mentioned to friends over the last week or so since I watched it people are surprised it’s my first time watching it, and I’m surprised too. I really enjoyed it. It’s not lacking any of the Disney magic, despite being released during their ‘Dark Age’. I can easily see why so many people speak of it fondly.
My rating: 8/10