History Disney / TheGreatMouseDetective

24th Nov '17 8:14:38 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* {{Leitmotif}}: Basil, Dawson and Olivia all have their own respective themes that frequently show up in the film's score: Basil's theme is also used as the main title music, Olivia's is also the tune her father's dancing music box mouse plays, and Dawson's theme prominently features a bassoon.

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* {{Leitmotif}}: {{Leitmotif}}:
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Basil, Dawson and Olivia all have their own respective themes that frequently show up in the film's score: Basil's theme is also used as the main title music, Olivia's is also the tune her father's dancing music box mouse plays, and Dawson's theme prominently features a bassoon.



* MouseWorld: [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Set in a world occupied by mice that fits the trope's description.]]

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* MouseWorld: [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Set The film is set in a world occupied by mice that fits the trope's description.]]description. They even have a queen counterpart.



* MusicalTrigger: Sets off the DeathTrap.
* MusicalWorldHypothesis: The film is Diagetic: all three songs (not including the reprise of "Goodbye So Soon" over the credits) happen in the story.

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* MusicalTrigger: Sets A record player sets off the DeathTrap.
DeathTrap by releasing a marble.
* MusicalWorldHypothesis: The film is Diagetic: all three songs (not including the reprise of "Goodbye So Soon" over the credits) happen in the story. Miss Kitty is a bar singer, there's a record player, Ratigan's minions indulging his vanity, etc.



* NaturalWeapon: Ratigan, at the end, is revealed to have long, deadly sharp claws which are [[ArtMajorBiology conveniently retractable]].
** Not retractable, he just kept them covered with gloves for the majority of the movie.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero, an {{ironic}} version, in that Dawson ''fixes'' the DeathTrap: Ratigan's DeathTrap has fortunately been foiled by the broken record. Dawson bellows out his "PullYourselfTogether" at Basil, and causes the record needle to jump past the broken spot, thereby starting the DeathTrap up again. It's purely RuleOfFunny in action, but allows the more spectacular escape to happen.

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* NaturalWeapon: Ratigan, at the end, is revealed to have long, deadly sharp claws which are [[ArtMajorBiology conveniently retractable]].
** Not retractable,
he just kept them covered normally conceals with gloves for the majority of the movie.
gloves.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero, NiceJobBreakingItHero: an {{ironic}} version, in that Dawson ''fixes'' the DeathTrap: DeathTrap. See, Ratigan's DeathTrap has fortunately been foiled by the broken record. Dawson bellows out his "PullYourselfTogether" at Basil, and causes the record needle to jump past the broken spot, thereby starting the DeathTrap up again. It's purely RuleOfFunny in action, but allows the more spectacular escape to happen.



** Most of the mice in the movie ([[GoodIsNotNice Basil]], Dawson, Olivia, Olivia's father etc.)

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** Most of the mice in the movie ([[GoodIsNotNice Basil]], Dawson, Olivia, Olivia's father etc.) are moral, heroic etc.



* NoKillLikeOverkill: Ratigan's intent with the DeathTrap he's constructed for Basil. Unable to decide which method to eliminate Basil with, he simply uses all of them: Snap his neck with a mousetrap, shoot him with both a derringer and a crossbow, bisect him with an axe, and finally flatten him with an anvil. And all of these objects are human-scale.

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* NoKillLikeOverkill: Ratigan's intent with the DeathTrap he's constructed for Basil.Basil is thorough. Unable to decide which method to eliminate Basil with, he simply uses all of them: Snap his neck with a mousetrap, shoot him with both a derringer and a crossbow, bisect him with an axe, and finally flatten him with an anvil. And all All of these objects are human-scale.



* NotGoodWithPeople: Basil. He is downright rude towards Olivia and seems to be very very uncomfortable while trying to cheer up Dawson.

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* NotGoodWithPeople: Basil. He Basil is downright rude towards Olivia and seems to be very very uncomfortable while trying to cheer up Dawson.



* ObsessionSong: "Goodbye So Soon"
* OffModel: The very unfortunate DVD cover that was formerly at the top of this page. See its completely different art style [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/finnish-dvds/752-1.jpg here]].
** How about the current DVD cover artwork? Basil and Olivia don't look too bad, despite Basil having five fingers (usually he has four) and Dr. Dawson's eyes looking rather odd.

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* %%%* ObsessionSong: "Goodbye So Soon"
* OffModel: The very unfortunate DVD cover that was formerly at the top of this page. See its completely different art style [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/finnish-dvds/752-1.jpg here]].
** How about
here]]. Then there's the current DVD cover artwork? artwork. Basil and Olivia don't look too bad, despite Basil having five fingers (usually he has four) and Dr. Dawson's eyes looking rather odd.



* OffstageVillainy: Ratigan lists his villainous exploits in his opening song, but as his Card-Carrying villainy would suggest [[NoodleIncident we never get to see them]].
* OhCrap: Fidget gives an "Uh oh..." when he realized he left the list behind.

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* OffstageVillainy: Ratigan lists his previous villainous exploits in his opening song, song (The Big Ben Caper and the Tower Bridge Job), but as his Card-Carrying villainy would suggest [[NoodleIncident we never get to see them]].
* OhCrap: OhCrap:
**
Fidget gives an "Uh oh..." when he realized he left the list behind.



* OneWingedAngel: As part of his VillainousBreakdown, Ratigan reverts to his monstrous feral rat form. He proves ''incredibly'' dangerous, nearly killing Basil.
* PantyShot: Olivia, a few times. Most notably when Fidget shoves her into the bottle.
* PaperThinDisguise: Basil and Dawson's sailor disguises. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Ratigan.
** Which is particularly odd, considering that Basil clearly has much more convincing disguises at his disposal, such as the large Chinese mouse he was dressed as earlier in the film when he was introduced. Perhaps he didn't expect to be abruptly confronted by Ratigan in person, but that hardly fits with Basil's usual tendency to consider all possibilities.
* ParentService: Miss Kitty musical number "Let Me Be Good To You".
* PermaStubble: Ratigan, although technically speaking it's just the fur color.

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* OneWingedAngel: As part of his VillainousBreakdown, Ratigan reverts to his monstrous feral rat form.form in the climax. He proves ''incredibly'' dangerous, nearly killing Basil.
* PantyShot: Olivia, a few times. Most notably It's most notable when Fidget shoves her into the bottle.
* PaperThinDisguise: Basil and Dawson's sailor disguises. disguises are poor and this is {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Ratigan.
** Which is particularly odd,
Ratigan. It's odd considering that Basil clearly has much more convincing disguises at his disposal, such as the large Chinese mouse he was dressed as earlier in the film when he was introduced. Perhaps he didn't expect to be abruptly confronted by Ratigan in person, but that hardly fits with Basil's usual tendency to consider all possibilities.
* ParentService: Miss Kitty musical number "Let Me Be Good To You".
You" will go right over the heads of children. Thus, it was clearly meant for their parents.
* PermaStubble: Ratigan, although Ratigan looks like he has stubble but this is technically speaking it's just the fur color.



* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: If this trope were an ocean, then this film would be Disney's first step into the water. But it wasn't until [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid three years later]] that they truly dived in with a splash (pun intended).
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100306022349/disney/images/7/74/Mousedetective017.jpg Olivia]].

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* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: If this trope were an ocean, then this film would be Disney's first step into the water. But water, but it wasn't until [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid three years later]] that they truly dived in with a splash (pun intended).
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100306022349/disney/images/7/74/Mousedetective017.jpg Olivia]].Olivia]] is an adorable little mouse girl.



** She is the Hand Cat, of a RAT.



* SherlockHomage: Basil, blatantly so.

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* SherlockHomage: Basil, blatantly so.Basil is obviously a mouse version of Sherlock Holmes. He even lives under the floor boards of the real Sherlock.



* ShesGotLegs: Miss Kitty the bar singer has some of the most shapely, curvaceous legs ever animated.

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* ShesGotLegs: Miss Kitty the bar singer has some of the most shapely, curvaceous legs ever animated.animated and has a showergirl skirt to showcase them



* SinisterSilhouettes: Happens constantly; even Basil has one.

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* %%%* SinisterSilhouettes: Happens constantly; even Basil has one.



* SmugSnake: Ratigan is [[TemptingFate standing on the very]] ''[[TemptingFate edge]]'' [[TemptingFate of the clock hand]] after Basil has fallen off, and as he's laughing in victory, he doesn't notice that the clock is chiming the Westminster Quarters...
** In general, this is what Ratigan is at his core. He just manages to hide it ''very'' well.

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* SmugSnake: Ratigan is [[TemptingFate standing on the very]] ''[[TemptingFate edge]]'' [[TemptingFate of the clock hand]] after Basil has fallen off, and as he's laughing in victory, he doesn't notice that the clock is chiming the Westminster Quarters... \n** In general, this is what Ratigan is at his core. He just manages to hide it ''very'' well.



* StepfordSmiler: Ratigan's a Type C.

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* StepfordSmiler: Ratigan's a Type C.C, the Mask of Sanity type. He's truly a savage and feral monster under that veneer of wicked cultured.



* SuperSenses: Basil is able to detect drugs in his beer by simply dipping his fingertip into the drink and licking it. [[FridgeBrilliance Which is similar to what real-life mice and rats do if they suspect poison.]]
** He also tastes a sheet of paper to get more evidence on its origins. [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes His mentor]] often sniffed evidence, including corpses, but taste is more of a mouse thing.

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* SuperSenses: Basil is able to detect drugs in his beer by simply dipping his fingertip into the drink and licking it. [[FridgeBrilliance Which is similar to what real-life mice and rats do if they suspect poison.]]
**
]] He also tastes a sheet of paper to get more evidence on its origins. [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes His mentor]] often sniffed evidence, including corpses, but taste is more of a mouse thing.



* ThrownFromTheZeppelin: Fidget the bat.

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* ThrownFromTheZeppelin: Fidget the bat.bat is forced off his boss's zeppelin to "lighten the load". He has a crooked wing so this is still dangerous for him.



* TooDumbToLive: Poor Bartholemew. He was a little too fond of the drink for his own good.
** Also, poor Olivia. It's probably best not to wander off from the detectives protecting you when there's a kidnapper on the loose.
* TranquilFury: Throughout most of the movie, Ratigan repeatedly gets angry, but manages to rein it in and remain FauxAffablyEvil as he threatens and murders his henchmen. [[VillainousBreakdown During the climax, however...]]

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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:
**
Poor Bartholemew. He was a little too fond of the drink for his own good.
good and pressed his bad boss's berserk button.
** Also, poor Olivia. It's probably best not to wander off from the detectives protecting you when there's a kidnapper on the loose.
loose. She ''almost'' dies several times because of this, and the only reason she doesn't is because said detective gets to her in time, each time.
* TranquilFury: Throughout most of the movie, Ratigan repeatedly gets angry, but manages to rein it in and remain FauxAffablyEvil as he threatens and murders his henchmen. [[VillainousBreakdown During the climax, however...this goes away...]]



* VileVillainLaughableLackey: The film has a strong, GenreSavvy villain in Rattigan, but his bat lackey Fidget with a crippled wing and peg leg (while far from incapable of real villainy) is funny and not near as threatening by comparison.
* VillainSong: "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind"
** "Goodbye, So Soon" could maybe count, too!
* VillainousBreakdown: Ratigan, towards the final battle, turns from a formal and composed rat into [[OneWingedAngel a hulking and monstrous one]]. It's even the trope's picture on [[VillainousBreakdown/AnimatedFilms the film page]]!
** Made even ''more'' frightening is the fact he was previously so FauxAffablyEvil. It serves to show just how insane and feral his breakdown has left him, especially since he had, up to now, succeeded in keeping Olivia and her father separated from each other. When he sees Basil successfully reuniting them before his very eyes, and thus depriving him of what little victory he had had left, this accelerates Ratigan's breakdown.

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* VileVillainLaughableLackey: The film has a strong, GenreSavvy villain in Rattigan, but his bat lackey Fidget with has a crippled wing and peg leg (while far from incapable of real villainy) and is funny and not near as threatening by comparison.
* VillainSong: "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind"
**
Mind" has Ratigan recount his past criminal successes and history with the detective always hot on his trail, while his minions feed his ego about how evil and brilliant he is. "Goodbye, So Soon" could maybe count, too!
count as well since it is a smug component of a death trap for said detective.
* VillainousBreakdown: Ratigan, towards the final battle, turns from a formal and composed rat into [[OneWingedAngel a hulking and monstrous one]]. It's even the trope's picture on [[VillainousBreakdown/AnimatedFilms the film page]]!
** Made
page]]! It is made even ''more'' frightening is the fact he was previously so FauxAffablyEvil. It serves to show just how insane and feral his breakdown has left him, especially since he had, up to now, succeeded in keeping Olivia and her father separated from each other. When he sees Basil successfully reuniting them before his very eyes, and thus depriving him of what little victory he had had left, this accelerates Ratigan's breakdown.



* WorldsSmallestViolin: A surprisingly literal example, as Basil ''is'' a mouse playing a violin just his size...
** And played straight in that Basil is ignoring Olivia for his violin playing as she tries to tell her story.

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* WorldsSmallestViolin: A surprisingly literal example, as Basil ''is'' a mouse playing a violin just his size...
** And
size... It is played straight in that Basil is ignoring Olivia for his violin playing as she tries to tell her story.
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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Near the end, Basil escapes Ratigan's killer RubeGoldbergDevice by setting it off at a very precise moment.
** This is established right at the beginning where Basil is able to figure out Dawson's profession and where he came from in less then 3 lines of shared dialogue. The speech Basil gives, is, incidentally, the Lambert stitch speech from ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet''.
* AxCrazy: Ratigan towards the climax, when he's enraged.
* BadBoss: Though his minions generally respect him, it's best not to upset Professor Ratigan, or he'll feed you to his RightHandCat.
** ...or simply toss you overboard [[ColdEquation when you're weighing him down]].
* BadGuyBar: With the inevitable BarBrawl.

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: This is established right at the beginning where Basil is able to figure out Dawson's profession and where he came from in less then 3 lines of shared dialogue. The speech Basil gives, is, incidentally, the Lambert stitch speech from ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet''. Also, Near the end, Basil escapes Ratigan's killer RubeGoldbergDevice by setting it off at a very precise moment.
** This is established right at the beginning where Basil is able to figure out Dawson's profession and where he came from in less then 3 lines of shared dialogue. The speech Basil gives, is, incidentally, the Lambert stitch speech from ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet''.
* AxCrazy: Ratigan towards the climax, when he's enraged.
enraged and no longer pretending to be a classy villain.
* BadBoss: Though his minions generally respect him, it's best not to upset Professor Ratigan, or he'll feed you to his RightHandCat.
** ...
RightHandCat ...or simply toss you overboard [[ColdEquation when you're weighing him down]].
* BadGuyBar: With Ratigan's hideourt is located below a bar that services scoundrels, thus necessitating Basil and Dawson to disguise themselves as such. It comes with the inevitable BarBrawl.



* BerserkButton: Calling Ratigan a rat.
** Subverted when Basil tries to press his button by calling him a rat, Ratigan freezes, spawns TechnicallyASmile, informs him that he would have stuck around to watch his death, but Basil was fifteen minutes late and closes his pocket watch with the most controlled anger in traditional animation.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Ratigan's infamous VillainousBreakdown.
* BigBad: Professor Ratigan.

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* BerserkButton: Calling Ratigan a rat.
** Subverted
rat will "upset him", which means he will kill you. It is subverted when Basil tries to press his button by calling him a rat, Ratigan freezes, spawns TechnicallyASmile, informs him that he would have stuck around to watch his death, but Basil was fifteen minutes late and closes his pocket watch with the most controlled anger in traditional animation.
* %%* BewareTheSillyOnes: Ratigan's infamous VillainousBreakdown.
* BigBad: Professor Ratigan.Ratigan is the kind of London's underworld and the mastermind behind the film's EvilPlan.



* BlowingARaspberry: Ratigan's appearance in the Royal Palace elicits [[{{GASP}} Dramatic Gasps]] from the crowd, except one little kid who just razzes him.

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* BlowingARaspberry: BlowingARaspberry:
**
Ratigan's appearance in the Royal Palace elicits [[{{GASP}} Dramatic Gasps]] from the crowd, except one little kid who just razzes him.



* BoomerangBigot: Ratigan appears to despise rats despite being one himself, and calling him a rat is a surefire way to get yourself killed.
** This is technically averted; it's revealed in the books he really is just a big mouse.

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* BoomerangBigot: Ratigan appears to despise rats despite being one himself, and calling him a rat is a surefire way to get yourself killed.
**
killed. This is technically averted; it's revealed in the books he really is just a big mouse.mouse (which, incidentally, one of his minions says in an attempt to pacify him).



* BrickJoke: Right before leaving for Buckingham Palace, Ratigan tells a soon-to-be-dead Basil "Now, you ''will'' remember to smile for the camera, won't you?" as he activates his deadly Rube Goldberg contraption which is set to take a picture at the exact moment Basil and Dawson are to die.
** [[spoiler: ...A few scenes later, after Basil's last-minute ingenuity ''very narrowly'' lets them escape the trap, he grabs hold of Dawson, catches Olivia and says "Smile, everyone!" as the picture of the three is successfully taken.]]
* BritishRoyalGuards: Two guards are very easily beaten by {{Mooks}}. However the Royal Guard Dogs do a better job on Felicia.

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* BrickJoke: Right before leaving for Buckingham Palace, Ratigan tells a soon-to-be-dead Basil "Now, you ''will'' remember to smile for the camera, won't you?" as he activates his deadly Rube Goldberg contraption which is set to take a picture at the exact moment Basil and Dawson are to die.
**
die. [[spoiler: ...A few scenes later, after Basil's last-minute ingenuity ''very narrowly'' lets them escape the trap, he grabs hold of Dawson, catches Olivia and says "Smile, everyone!" as the picture of the three is successfully taken.]]
* BritishRoyalGuards: Two guards are very easily beaten by {{Mooks}}. However the Royal Guard Dogs do a better job on Felicia.
]]



* ButtMonkey: Ratigan has a tendency to treat Fidget this way.

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* ButtMonkey: Ratigan has a tendency to treat Fidget this way.Fidget.



* TheCameo: Franchise/SherlockHolmes himself appears three times in silhouette. In the books, Basil actually lives under Holmes' floor. From his and Watson's dialogue, Holmes is apparently solving the case of the Red-Headed League. And the dialogue is performed by? ''Creator/BasilRathbone''.

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* TheCameo: TheCameo:
**
Franchise/SherlockHolmes himself appears three times in silhouette. In the books, Basil actually lives under Holmes' floor. From his and Watson's dialogue, Holmes is apparently solving the case of the Red-Headed League. And the dialogue is performed by? ''Creator/BasilRathbone''.



* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: After Hiram Flaversham refuses Ratigan's command to complete a clockwork robot to impersonate the Queen and expresses that he isn't afraid to die, Ratigan [[IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure instead threatens the life of his daughter]], Olivia.

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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: CantKillYouStillNeedYou:
**
After Hiram Flaversham refuses Ratigan's command to complete a clockwork robot to impersonate the Queen and expresses that he isn't afraid to die, Ratigan [[IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure instead threatens the life of his daughter]], Olivia.



* CapeSnag: Basil invokes this on Ratigan towards the climax.

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* CapeSnag: Basil invokes this on Ratigan towards the climax.climax as part of his battle plan.



* CatsAreMean: While this Trope appears often in works where the protagonists are mice, Felicia is an odd case because her ''master'' is a mouse, who uses her as an executioner.
* TheChanteuse: [[OneSceneWonder Miss Kitty Mouse]] during the bar scene.

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* CatsAreMean: While this Trope appears often in works where the protagonists heroes are mice, Felicia is an odd case because her ''master'' is a mouse, who uses her as an executioner.
* TheChanteuse: [[OneSceneWonder Miss Kitty Mouse]] during the bar scene.scene performs this role by singing a melancholy song in a bar during Basil's investigation. Her appearance is homey, until she discards it to reveal something much more stripperific and shifts into a more high energy fanservice song.



* ComplexityAddiction: Basil, was that ludicrous series of chemical reactions really necessary simply to prove that a piece of paper was soaked in salt water? [[note]]Seeing that most chemists would just soak it in silver nitrate solution and leave it in light to see if it darkens... Complexity Addiction it is![[/note]]
** Ratigan's infamous death trap puts even that to shame.

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* ComplexityAddiction: ComplexityAddiction:
**
Basil, was that ludicrous series of chemical reactions really necessary simply to prove that a piece of paper was soaked in salt water? [[note]]Seeing that most chemists would just soak it in silver nitrate solution and leave it in light to see if it darkens... Complexity Addiction it is![[/note]]
** Ratigan's infamous death trap puts even Basil's chemistry set to shame. It is a RubeGoldbergDevice that to shame.that will trigger several lethal weapons (he couldn't choose which ''one'' he wanted) via a marble that will roll down a chute as soon as a record player is finished. It also triggers a camera!



* DeaderThanDead: Had Ratigan's highly elaborate trap worked as intended, Basil and Dawson most ''definitely'' would've been this.
* DeadpanSnarker: Basil.

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* DeaderThanDead: Had Ratigan's highly elaborate trap worked as intended, Basil and Dawson most ''definitely'' would've been this.
*
%%%%Deader Than Dead is not to be convinced with No Kill Like Overkill.
%%%%%%% Example? Context? Please.
%%%%*
DeadpanSnarker: Basil.



* DetectiveAnimal: Basil, naturally.
* DetectivesFollowFootprints: Basil uses a magnifying glass to follow Fidget's clearly visible footprints in the toy store.

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* DetectiveAnimal: Basil, naturally.
naturally, is a Sherlock Holmes sized mouse.
* DetectivesFollowFootprints: DetectivesFollowFootprints:
**
Basil uses a magnifying glass to follow Fidget's clearly visible footprints in the toy store.



* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Basil.

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* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Basil.Basil smokes a pipe while pondering because he is a brilliant English detective. When he's disguised as a sailor, he uses a cigar instead.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: One hundred percent unintentional, but there's a moment where Basil points to a small circular hole in a pane of glass and calls it "our friend's point of entrance" while sticking Dawson's finger into it. He then shows how if you pull, the glass operates like a door, but still.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: One hundred percent unintentional, but there's a moment where Basil points to a small circular hole in a pane of glass and calls it "our friend's point of entrance" while sticking Dawson's finger into it. He then shows how if you pull, the glass operates like a door, but still.door.



* DramaticThunder: As the standard for Disney animated films, Basil and Ratigan's big fight on Big Ben near the end is accompanied by a strong thunderstorm, which clears up once [[spoiler: Basil and Ratigan fall off the clock, and Basil survives thanks to using a piece of Rattigan's getaway blimp.]]

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* DramaticThunder: DramaticThunder:
**
As the standard for Disney animated films, Basil and Ratigan's big fight on Big Ben near the end is accompanied by a strong thunderstorm, which clears up once [[spoiler: Basil and Ratigan fall off the clock, and Basil survives thanks to using a piece of Rattigan's getaway blimp.]]



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Basil doesn't appear at all for the first ten minutes or so of the film, letting the plot be established without him. When Dawson and Olivia are at Basil's flat waiting for his return, the movie (and the audience) is completely thrown off by the abrupt entrance of an insane-looking Chinese mouse, brandishing a revolver and screaming "I shall have him!". No sooner do we adjust to this intrusion that we learn that the Chinese mouse ''is'' Basil, wearing a realistic mask and a fat suit. But even after this, Basil utterly ignores the entreaties of the heroes to obsessively test his theory on matching bullets, howling in anguish when he is proved wrong and slipping into a spell of depression. It is only after all this that Olivia is able to get a word in and set the plot into motion, but by now we already know that Basil is ''not'' your typical Disney hero.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: EstablishingCharacterMoment:
**
Basil doesn't appear at all for the first ten minutes or so of the film, letting the plot be established without him. When Dawson and Olivia are at Basil's flat waiting for his return, the movie (and the audience) is completely thrown off by the abrupt entrance of an insane-looking Chinese mouse, brandishing a revolver and screaming "I shall have him!". No sooner do we adjust to this intrusion that we learn that the Chinese mouse ''is'' Basil, wearing a realistic mask and a fat suit. But even after this, Basil utterly ignores the entreaties of the heroes to obsessively test his theory on matching bullets, howling in anguish when he is proved wrong and slipping into a spell of depression. It is only after all this that Olivia is able to get a word in and set the plot into motion, but by now we already know that Basil is ''not'' your typical Disney hero.



* EverybodySmokes: This being the Victorian era and all.
* EvilBrit: Ratigan, albeit with the American voice of Creator/VincentPrice, although Price's accent in the movie still sounds thoroughly American to British ears.

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* EverybodySmokes: %%%%%%% This being the Victorian era and all.is not context.
%%%%* EverybodySmokes: This being the Victorian era and all.
* EvilBrit: Ratigan, albeit with Everybody is British here because the American voice of Creator/VincentPrice, setting is London, so this trope is averted on technicality, although Price's accent in the movie still sounds thoroughly American to British ears.



* EvilFeelsGood: Ratigan says that aloud quite a few times.

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* EvilFeelsGood: Ratigan says that aloud quite a few times.expounds on the pleasure of evil during his villain song.



* EvilIsHammy: Ratigan. Again, look at who voiced him. It's inevitable.
* EvilSoundsRaspy: Fidget is an extreme example.
* ExitPursuedByABear: Felicia, Ratigan's cat.
* ExpressiveMask / LatexPerfection: Basil as a white rubber Chinese mouse during his introduction (despite taking place in 1897, ''[[AnachronismStew before latex masks were invented!]]'').

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* EvilIsHammy: Ratigan.Ratigan's presence is bigger than he is. Again, look at who voiced him. It's inevitable.
* %%%%* EvilSoundsRaspy: Fidget is an extreme example.
* ExitPursuedByABear: Felicia, Ratigan's cat.
cat, is last seen pursued by royal guard dogs.
* ExpressiveMask / LatexPerfection: Basil ExpressiveMask: Basil's mania is on full display in his as a white rubber Chinese mouse during his introduction (despite taking place in 1897, ''[[AnachronismStew before latex masks were invented!]]'').mask.



* FamilyFriendlyStripper: Miss Kitty's song-and-dance number, which as noted elsewhere, is period-accurate.

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* FamilyFriendlyStripper: Miss Kitty's song-and-dance number, which as noted elsewhere, number is period-accurate.period-accurate for Victorian-era England, with her just showing some leg in a leotard.



* FantasticRacism[=/=]YouAreWhatYouHate: "I am not a rat!"

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* FantasticRacism[=/=]YouAreWhatYouHate: FantasticRacism: "I am not a rat!"



* FourFingeredHands: Exceptions being Ratigan (a rat) and Fidget (a bat).

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* FourFingeredHands: Exceptions All the non-human cast members have four fingers; exceptions being Ratigan (a rat) and Fidget (a bat).



* GeniusBruiser: Ratigan prefers to use his brain to solve his problems (if nothing else to preserve his image), but he is ''vastly'' stronger than any other small animal in the movie.

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* GeniusBruiser: Ratigan prefers to use his brain to solve his problems (if nothing else than to preserve his image), but he is ''vastly'' stronger than any other small animal in the movie.



* GPSEvidence: The brandy, coal dust, and salt water on Fidget's list.
* GratuitousLaboratoryFlasks: Basil has a chemistry setup in his home, which he actually uses to determine that Fidget's burglary list has come in contact with salt water, leading Basil to deduce that Fidget frequents a sleazy pub "where the sewer meets the riverfront." In fact, when Ratigan snares Basil in his ambush, he chides Basil, "Trouble with the chemistry set, old boy?"

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* GPSEvidence: The brandy, coal dust, and salt water on Fidget's list.
list leads Basil to Ratigan's hideout.
* GratuitousLaboratoryFlasks: Basil has a chemistry setup in his home, which he actually uses to determine that Fidget's burglary list has come in contact with salt water, leading Basil to deduce that Fidget frequents a sleazy pub "where the sewer meets the riverfront." In fact, when Ratigan snares Basil in his ambush, he chides Basil, "Trouble with the chemistry set, old boy?"



* {{Hammerspace}}: Ratigan's shoes.

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* %%%%* {{Hammerspace}}: Ratigan's shoes.



* HeelFaceReturn: Fidget does this in a sequel comic.

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* HeelFaceReturn: Fidget does this survives and is suddenly a heroic character in a sequel comic.



* HeroicBSOD: Basil undergoes a near-fatal one after he falls for Ratigan's trap.

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* HeroicBSOD: HeroicBSOD:
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Basil undergoes a near-fatal one after he falls for Ratigan's trap.



* IAmNotWeasel: The professor HATES being called a rat; he's actually a "big mouse". This is actually true in the books - in the film, anatomical clues make it unlikely at best.

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* IAmNotWeasel: The professor HATES being called a rat; he's actually a "big mouse". This is actually true in the books - in the film, anatomical clues make it unlikely at best.



* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Daughter]]: Ratigan kidnaps Olivia to make Flaversham cooperate.

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* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Daughter]]: IHaveYourWife: Ratigan kidnaps Olivia (a daughter in this case) to make Flaversham cooperate.



* InfantImmortality: Partial aversion. Olivia doesn't die but she is put in life-threatening danger several times. Most notably she is almost crushed to death by the clock gears in Big Ben, saved literally at the last second by Basil. Ratigan also threatens to kill her unless they let him escape.
* InsistentTerminology: "I AM NOT A RAT!" [[note]]Ratigan has five fingers on his hands, er, forepaws, while all the other ''real'' mice have four fingers. Not to mention his yellow eyes, sharp teeth and thicker tail.[[/note]] This is different from the books, where he actually is a mouse.
* IntoxicationEnsues: Dawson, after drinking a drugged pint of beer.

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* InfantImmortality: Partial aversion. Olivia doesn't die but she is put in life-threatening danger several times. Most notably she is almost crushed to death by the clock gears in Big Ben, saved literally at the last second by Basil. Ratigan also threatens to kill her unless they let him escape.
* InsistentTerminology: "I AM NOT A RAT!" [[note]]Ratigan has five fingers on his hands, er, forepaws, while all the other ''real'' mice have four fingers. Not to mention his yellow eyes, sharp teeth and thicker tail.[[/note]] This is different from the books, where he actually is really isn't a mouse.
rat.
* IntoxicationEnsues: Dawson, after drinking a drugged pint of beer.beer, is so tipsy that he forgets the mission and starts can-can dancing.



* JumpScare: Twice by Fidget; when he breaks into Flaversham's shop in the beginning of the film, and when he hides in a cradle while inside the human toyshop.
** NightmareFace: Both times.

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* JumpScare: Twice by Fidget; when he breaks into Flaversham's shop in the beginning of the film, and when he hides in a cradle while inside the human toyshop.
** NightmareFace:
toyshop. Both times.times include a NightmareFace.



* KidAppealCharacter: Olivia.

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KidAppealCharacter: Olivia.



* {{Knighting}}: It's certainly implied by the picture in the newspaper article at the end.
* LargeHam: Ratigan is one of Disney's largest. In fact, Creator/VincentPrice said that this was his favorite role, and that he had a lot of fun with it. What's more, he also professed to being "flattered" that all of Ratigan's songs were written specially for him so that he could act as over-the-top as possible.
** Mr. Price was prone to making wild, over-the-top hand gestures and such while acting, which the animators worked into Ratigan's character as well.
** There's also the incredibly expressive, hyperactive unless quite visibly depressed, always overdramatic Basil himself.
*** Barrie Ingham (Basil's voice actor) was ''also'' given to dramatic gesturing. The animators had lots of raw material to work with!

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* {{Knighting}}: It's certainly implied by the picture in the newspaper article at the end.
end that Basil was knighted for his actions in saving the queen.
* LargeHam: LargeHam:
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Ratigan is one of Disney's largest. In fact, Creator/VincentPrice said that this was his favorite role, and that he had a lot of fun with it. What's more, he also professed to being "flattered" that all of Ratigan's songs were written specially for him so that he could act as over-the-top as possible.
**
possible. Mr. Price was prone to making wild, over-the-top hand gestures and such while acting, which the animators worked into Ratigan's character as well.
** There's also the incredibly expressive, hyperactive unless quite visibly depressed, always overdramatic Basil himself.
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himself. Barrie Ingham (Basil's voice actor) was ''also'' given to dramatic gesturing. The animators had lots of raw material to work with!


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* LatexPerfection: Basil's white rubber Chinese mouse mask during his introduction (despite taking place in 1897, ''[[AnachronismStew before latex masks were invented!]]'').
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* FauxAffablyEvil: [[VillainSong In song]], Ratigan professes that he has planned his worst crime yet. His mooks gush ''"Even meaner? You mean it? '''Worse than the widows and orphans you drowned?'''"'' The thing is that his thugs asked the question with enthusiasm, and Ratigan was simply having fun the entire time.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: [[VillainSong In song]], Ratigan professes that he has planned his worst crime yet. His mooks gush ''"Even meaner? You mean it? '''Worse than the widows comes off as rather cheerful and orphans you drowned?'''"'' The thing is that his thugs asked the question with enthusiasm, and Ratigan was simply having fun the entire time. pleasant, especially when compared to Basil (who can be a bit of a smug {{Jerkass}}). However, he's also an evil criminal genius who's perfectly willing to threaten a child in order to get what he wants.



* NiceMice: Most of them, at least.

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* NiceMice: NiceMice:
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Most of them, at least.the mice in the movie ([[GoodIsNotNice Basil]], Dawson, Olivia, Olivia's father etc.)
** Averted with Ratigan's minions, most of them are mice and thuggish criminals. Ratigan, by contrast, is a rat (even though he vehemently denies being one) but in the books he was also a mouse.
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* GroundByGears: Basil flips TheVillain's cape into some bevel gears while the two were fighting inside Big Ben. Basil then rushes to rescue the HeartwarmingOrphan, who is poised to be crushed by much larger gears meshing, leaving TheVillain to [[GivingThemTheStrip tear off his cape to free himself]].
15th Sep '17 5:22:57 PM Zeiss
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* NoKillLikeOverkill: Ratigan's intent with the DeathTrap he's constructed for Basil. Unable to decide which method to eliminate Basil with, he simply uses all of them: Snap his neck with a mousetrap, shoot him with both a revolver and a crossbow, bisect him with an axe, and finally flatten him with an anvil. And all of these objects are human-scale.

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* NoKillLikeOverkill: Ratigan's intent with the DeathTrap he's constructed for Basil. Unable to decide which method to eliminate Basil with, he simply uses all of them: Snap his neck with a mousetrap, shoot him with both a revolver derringer and a crossbow, bisect him with an axe, and finally flatten him with an anvil. And all of these objects are human-scale.
5th Sep '17 6:09:43 AM Diospyros
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** French version of the song goes even a step further by translating the main verse as "Laissez-moi vous gâter" (Let me spoil you). When you are old enough to know that the associated substantive "gâterie"(a treat) refers to a blowjob, it ruins your childhood movie.
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* RudeHeroNiceSidekick: Basil, a GoodIsNotNice detective, has a tendency to be brusque and unconcerned with others (he has NoSocialSkills), while Dr. Dawson is an {{Adorkable}} SensitiveGuy who gets involved in the adventure to begin with because he can't stand to see a little girl cry. Given that this is a ''Sherlock Holmes'' story with mice, the dynamic between Basil and Dawson mirrors the one between Holmes and Watson. This being Disney, he (and [[TheCutie Olivia]]) wind up [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting Basil.]]

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* RudeHeroNiceSidekick: Basil, a GoodIsNotNice detective, has a tendency to be brusque and unconcerned with others (he has NoSocialSkills), while Dr. Dawson is an {{Adorkable}} SensitiveGuy who gets involved in the adventure to begin with because he can't stand to see a little girl cry. Given that this is a ''Sherlock Holmes'' story with mice, the dynamic between Basil and Dawson mirrors the one between Holmes and Watson.Watson (particularly the Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce versions). This being Disney, he (and [[TheCutie Olivia]]) wind up [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting Basil.]]
13th Jul '17 10:50:46 AM Julia1984
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* MostDefinitelyNotAccompanyingUs: The TropeNamer -- said by Basil when he tries (and fails) to get Olivia to stay behind while he and Dawson investigate.
13th Jul '17 10:49:42 AM Julia1984
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%%* MouseWorld

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%%* MouseWorld* MouseWorld: [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Set in a world occupied by mice that fits the trope's description.]]
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