The Great Mouse Detective
Based on the novel Basil of Baker Street, this film follows crime-fighting mouse Basil and his sidekick, Dr. Dawson, as they help a toymaker who's been kidnapped by the evil Ratigan. The duo traps Ratigan, but are they in time to stop his evil plan?
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Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; "Donald's Crime" animated short; "Clock Cleaners" animated short; "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind" sing-along; making-of featurette; scrapbook.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Great Mouse Detective is a Disney tribute to Sherlock Holmes that has potentially frightening themes such as kidnapping, blackmail, and world domination. Although it's rated G, it does feature a menacing evil genius who wants to kill the reigning Mouse Queen and uses his creepy henchman bat to commit crimes. There are also a couple of cartoon-violence scenes (a pub brawl and a climactic duel) and notable drinking/smoking scenes. But for young tweens -- especially those interested in detective mysteries -- this should be a fun bet.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- An evil rat acts menacingly throughout the movie: He kidnaps a father mouse, threatens him, and then kidnaps his young daughter. A henchman bat can be quite creepy. A cat eats a mouse, and there's a pub fight and final duel between two central characters.
- Benign words like "dastardly" and "fiend."
- Social Behavior
- Basil's smarts defeat Ratigan's greedy plans. Self-sacrifice and courage are rewarded in the end, and the villains get their due comeuppance. Olivia and her father work as a team.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Rodent characters drink/get tipsy in two scenes -- the first near the beginning of the movie when the bad guys are making their evil plans and the second toward the end (takes place in a bar). The villainous rat smokes a cigar; lead character Basil also smokes. A tipsy Watson ogles a burlesque dancer.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it