The Great Mouse Detective

1986 G 1h 14m DVD

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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?
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+
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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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