The Great Mouse Detective

1986 G 1h 14m DVD

The Great Mouse Detective

1986 G 1h 14m DVD
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Based on the novel &NFi;Basil of Baker Street&NFi_;, 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?
Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susanne Pollatschek, Candy Candido, Diana Chesney, Eve Brenner, Alan Young, Laurie Main, Shani Wallis
Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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