Basil, the Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Sherlock Holmes is one of fiction’s greatest detectives and characters ever written. I once read The Hound and the Baskervilles, but that was about all I knew about Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Whoever worked at Disney in the mid 1980’s must have been hard pressed for ideas because they dug up Basil of Baker Street, the Sherlock Holmes of the mouse world. Sadly I think this movie could have ten times better if Mickey Mouse and the gang was actually in it. The fact that they weren’t and the animators were left creating their own characters, left us with a mess. The overall story is rather boring and not really all that engaging. One minute Basil is a stuck up snob and could care less about anyone but himself, and then the next he’s friendly and in it to win it. I get that is how the character is written and that’s what’s expected of him, but there had to be a better story in the book series. Why this particular story? What made this so special that it deserved to be picked up by Disney? I chuckled a handful of times and the only part that was awesome was the escape photo. (If you’ve seen the movie you know what I’m talking about). Disney may have passed the half century mark in regards to animated classics. That’s a whole lot of movies that span over many decades and generations. There will always be hits and misses. Basil, the Great Mouse Detective would be considered a miss for me. 3/10

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