Friday, April 19, 2013

Project Disney -The Great Mouse Detective

Project Disney: The plan is to tackle all of the Disney films, re-reading the classic stories and tales that inspired many of them and to look at how the changes the filmmakers made, the new elements they introduced and the essential elements they kept. We will, of course, be talking about the films as movies as well, saying why we enjoy them and what some of our favorite moments are, but our focus will be on looking at them as adaptations. For the films that are not drawn from any one work we’ll be looking at some of the possible literary influences that we see in the stories. Inspired by Project Disney hosted by Picture Me Reading.

The Game's Afoot!! This week we get to talk about The Great Mouse Detective based off the book Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus.  I am surprised that this movie isn't more popular right now and that Disney hasn't advertised it a little more with the popularity of Sherlock Holmes right now. The movie was released in 1986, and isn't one of the more popular movies.  The animation is dated but it is back on Netflix right now so if you want to see what it is all about be sure to watch it on there.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to read Basil of Baker Street before this post.  Turns out the book is out of print.  I am trying to get it from the Inter-library Loan from the library so I am waiting patiently to read it.  So this week's post will mainly be about the movie thought I was able to read this synopsis of the story.   I love Basil. He is a great spin on Sherlock Holmes!  Basil knows everything... science, math, disguise! In the movie Basil plays the violin well, but in the book he is no good at it so he plays the flute.  Of course there is a great villain named Professor Ratigan. A young mouse Olivia comes to find Basil to search for her father whom Ratigan has stolen away. (In the book it is parents who go to find Basil because their twin children are missing).  How can you have a Sherlock story without a Watson? Well it just so happens there is a mouse similar to Watson named Dr. Dawson.

Some things in this story you don't see anymore in any film for kids is the smoking.  Basil smokes in a bar.. and there are others in the bar smoking too.  I suppose my generation didn't even think twice about this.  But nowadays people might be offended for their kids to see this. Also.. I love that Basil and all the mice live in the same house as Sherlock Holmes and use his dog to help them out!! They have a mini city under Sherlock's house. Another interesting fact is that the voice we hear of Sherlock Holmes in the Great Mouse detective is clips taken from the original films voiced by Basil Rathbone.  You only see glimpses of Sherlock in the film.. including him playing a violin at the end of the film! In the book.. Basil and Dawson are the only ones allowed in Sherlock's house as a rule.

Even though I only got to read a little of the book I really enjoyed it.  I prefer the villains in the book which are just three mouse thugs.  I thought the villain in the movie was a little over the top.  This movie is not my favorite Disney movie and I think it is because I didn't really think the villain was that great.  I really like the parts though when Basil was being a detective!  By the way.. BUZZ Feed did a great post on the Great Mouse Detective!!

Snow White
Peter Pan
Treasure Planet
Sleeping Beauty
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Princess and the Frog
Beauty and the Beast
Lady and the Tramp
Alice in Wonderland
The Rescuers
The Rescuers Down Under
Oliver and Company
The Little Mermaid
101 Dalmatians
Fantasia 2000
The Jungle Book
The Emperor's New Groove
The Sword in the Stone
The Aristocats
The Lion King
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
Robin Hood
The Black Cauldron 
Mary Poppins
Lilo and Stitch  
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Make Mine Music
Fox and the Hound
Melody Time
Here is the host Picture Me Reading's exciting Great Mouse Detective Post!


  1. Oh wow! That looks so familiar! And it makes me want to watch/read the story! It reminds me back to my childhood a lot, even though it kinda reminds me of ermm...I lost it. It's with the dog and they have spaghetti date? Yeah, somehow it reminds me of that. Oh and it reminds me of Robin Hood with the fox too. XD

    1. I am pretty sure you are talking about Lady and the Tramp!

  2. Love this movie, and I so didn't know there was a book. I MUST try and hunt it down now.

    1. It was hard for me to find the book. I am surprised it is out of print!!

  3. Love the images you found for this post! Especially the modern Basil one. :D I have never seen this movie, but from your post and Picture Me Reading's, I definitely need to put it on my Netflix queue!

  4. I have always liked this movie. I had NO idea it was a book. Is it a children's book? Did you find yours at the library? I must find this book!...and rewatch the movie.

    1. No I didn't find it at the library.. :( I am waiting to see if I can get it through Inter-library loan. Hoping I do!

  5. I don't remember watching this growing up, I may have, but I've ordered if from the library now and can't wait to watch it! That picture for "Basil" created by Steven Mousett is brilliant!
    I haven't been very involved with this feature, but it looks like a lot of fun! Loved the post.

    1. I am glad that you are getting to watch it!! I think it is a neat take on Sherlock!