* ActingForTwo: Barrie Ingham voices both Basil and the unlucky Bartholomew. Interestingly, that makes two out of the three characters in the movie who call Ratigan a rat (the other being Olivia), and one out of two that live to tell the tale.
* ActorAllusion: When Bill the Lizard tries to assure Ratigan that he's a "big mouse" to convince him to spare Bartholomew, his voice suddenly switches to a high-pitched falsetto, referring to the particular [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse big mouse]] his voice actor was best known for providing.
* AwesomeDearBoy: Creator/VincentPrice on his role as Ratigan. He had stated that Ratigan was his favorite film role. Having two songs written for him certainly helped.
* CelebrityVoiceActor: Creator/VincentPrice as Ratigan, naturally. Interestingly, an effort was made to maintain this in foreign dubs:
** In the Mexican Spanish dub, Ratigan was played by popular Mexican actor Narciso Busquets.
** In the Japanese dub, Ratigan is voiced by veteran actor Akira Takarada.
** In the French dub, Ratigan was voiced by Gerard Rinaldi, not only an acclaimed comedian but also a popular singer and songwriter.
* DuelingMovies: With ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', another animated movie about mice coming out the same year (though it didn't come out until a few months afterward). While the film made its money back, ''American Tail'' was a smash hit and, at the time, the highest-grossing animated feature ever made. Both of these things would factor into Disney deciding to re-beef their animation department.
* ExecutiveMeddling:
** Largely averted, as Jeffrey Katzenberg had little to no faith this movie would be any good. Most of his attention was spent on meddling with ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', which ''would'' become a failure. Katzenberg did, however, demand the title of this film be changed from ''Basil of Baker Street'' to simply ''The Great Mouse Detective'', a move that inspired an infamous fake memo that became a category on ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. Two of the four directors have since said they've always hated the new title. However, those directors may have had some solace in the title being changed to "Basil the Great Mouse Detective" in some international versions, including Australia.
** A positive example: Co-director John Musker has stated that the famous Big Ben sequence was not in the original script or storyboards. Ratigan's ship would have still crashed into it, but Ratigan would have been killed from the crash while Basil and Olivia [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat would have survived]]. Katzenberg insisted there needed to be some kind of showdown between Basil and Ratigan, and thus the fight inside and out of Big Ben was conceived.
* IAmNotShazam: The lead dancer at the bar is listed in the credits as "Miss Kitty Mouse," but, Fanon aside, this doesn't actually appear to be her name. Rather, it's a description of her. She isn't "Miss Kitty Mouse," but "the Miss Kitty mouse."
* ImageSource:
** DetectivesFollowFootprints
** GoodSmokingEvilSmoking
** [[VillainousBreakdown/AnimatedFilms Villainous Breakdown/Animated Films]]
** YellowEyesOfSneakiness
* TalkingToHimself:
** Raśl de la Fuente is Basil and Sherlock Holmes.
** Esteban Siller is Dawson and Watson.
** Diana Santos is Olivia and the Lady Mouse.
** Diana's uncle, Francisco Colmenero, is Bartholomew, one of Ratigan's thugs, the bar guy, and one of the mouse citizens.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Music/{{Madonna}} was considered to voice Miss Kitty and perform the song "Let Me Be Good To You".
** This isn't as far-fetched as it may seem when one listens to Madonna's jazzy showtunes on the ''Film/DickTracy'' soundtrack.
** Olivia was originally planned to be older, acting as a potential love interest for Basil, but it was later decided she should be a child to make her more sympathetic.
** Creator/JohnCleese was the first choice to voice Basil. Creator/PeterCook and Creator/MichaelPalin were also considered.
** Creator/PatrickMacnee was considered for the voice of Dawson.
** Ratigan's original design was [[LeanAndMean very thin and frail-looking]]. They changed it after Creator/VincentPrice was cast [[InkSuitActor to reflect Price's larger build]]. Glen Keane also says that he based it partially on then-head of the studio, Ron Miller, an ex-football player.
** Originally, Ratigan was a very ugly mouse ''mistaken'' for a rat, instead of a rat ''willingly'' passing for an ugly mouse.
** Michael Eisner wanted Music/MichaelJackson to voice a character who would enter the saloon, confront Basil, and sing a song at the tavern.
* WorkingTitle: ''Basil of Baker Street''.
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