"The Great Mouse Detective" Battles Vincent Price, an Unbeatable CombinationThe Black Cauldron," Disney movies stepped back to slightly firmer ground with "The Great Mouse Detective" (1986), starring Vincent Price and directed by Burny Battinson, David Michener and Ron Clements and John Musker (the team of Clements and Musker going on to do "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin," stand-outs of the Disney Renaissance which one arguably could say began here). There were 12 writers credited with this tale (which derived from Eve Titus' children's book series), showing how carefully Walt Disney Pictures was taking this animated feature. Since the concept of cute talking mice had worked so well in "The Rescuers," the idea of more talking mice Disney movies seemed a natural for a recovery project like this. This Disney movie worked, and "The Great Mouse Detective" is one of the truly underrated gems in the Disney movie catalog, along with the unique distinction of having saved the animation department.
|Basil examining a document|
|Hiram and Olivia|
|Fidget and the imprisoned Olivia|
|"It's good to be King"|
|The balloon approaching Big Ben|
|Basil, hard at work|
Below is the trailer from the 1992 re-release: