If you or your children are fans of a good mystery, you’ll want to check out The Great Mouse Detective which Disney recently re-released as a newly restored Digital Master Special Edition DVD. Originally made in 1986, it tells the story of Basil of Baker Street – the famous Mouse Detective who might remind you a bit of Sherlock Holmes, the hero of Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective series. Basil helps the daughter of a Mouse Toymaker – her father having been recently abducted by the henchmen of Basil’s arch-enemy the Evil Dr. Ratigan.
This is a movie that has something for the kids and the parents. Although it’s one of the more mature Disney movies I’ve seen – with a lot of humor that’s funnier as an adult (especially if you are a fan of the Sherlock Holmes series) it still has enough classic kid-friendly humor that it entertained my four year old, who immediately wanted to watch it again when it ended.
All in all, I thought it was good campy fun. The English major in me got a kick out of the literary references and as a mom – well I was just glad my kid liked it (I have to be honest, I wasn’t sure he’d get it at all – but it seems to me that kids will relate to what they understand and largely ignore the rest). It may not go down in history as one of my favorite Disney movies but it’s definitely charming and a great way to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of mystery stories and Sherlock Holmes.