YMMV / The Great Mouse Detective

  • Awesome Music:
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Show this to people or bring it up and the only thing they'll remember is Miss Kitty's song and dance in her showgirl outfit.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Allow us to take a break to honor our Furry Fandom with a burlesque show.
  • Canon Fodder: Perhaps due to its status as one of the few Disney movies not to be given an unneeded sequel, it has a bustling fan fiction community, some stories of which are mouse-ified re-tellings of Sherlock Holmes stories.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Basil. His introduction involves him racing in to his apartment in a huge Chinese costume, shooting his pillows, giving a Big "NO!" when the bullets don't match up, and then playing his violin dramatically. And then there's how he escapes the trap in the climax.
    • Ratigan, despite being the villain, and a ruthless one at that, is pretty awesome, both in his over-the-top personality and the lengths he'll go to just so he can rub his success in his enemies' face. Of course, that's what you get when you combine the animation of Glen Keane with Vincent Price's voice.
  • Cult Classic: One of Disney's most underrated films, along with The Black Cauldron.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Fidget of all people. While he has some comical and likable qualities, the manner in which he kidnaps Mr. Flaversham and Olivia is pretty violent and scary, and at one point he suggests throwing Olivia off the balloon to lighten the load. And yet, a massive amount of fans took a liking to the guy, with even Disney Adventures presenting him as a youthful, sympathetic sidekick to Olivia.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Fidget (so much so that a comic story in the last issue of Disney Adventures gave him a Heel–Face Turn and turned him into a sidekick to Olivia). No few animation, film, and comic magazines during the time of the film's original release and re-release had reviews and articles questioning why "the big dog" was pushed so heavily in the advertising when it was the bat that who most audiences came away remembering.
    • Miss Kitty as explained in Best Known for the Fanservice and One-Scene Wonder.
    • Ratigan, for Disney Villains. He isn't featured in the merchandise as much as other Disney villains, but he still has tons of fans.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Basil keeps a portrait of Ratigan, his Arch-Enemy, whom he obsessively pursues, in his room for one thing...and Ratigan has a voodoo doll of Basil on his shelf. Sure, it has pins in it, but who do you think made the doll, hmmm? Disney did release this, after all...
    Lindsay Ellis (Referring to the Disneyland pin of them): "They're such ex-boyfriends."
    • Ratigan's "Goodbye So Soon" song reeks of this, as well as the almost fliratious way he says "Bye bye, Basil" as he leaves Basil and Dawson to die in his Death Trap while the song is playing.
    • Ratigan also playfully pinches Flaversham's cheek and almost kisses him.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Comics about Basil are very popular in the Netherlands. But Dutch Disney comics tend to feature relatively obscure Disney characters anyway - a good 50% of the weekly comics are about Bre'r Rabbit, Madame Mim, Hiawatha, Panchito, or Horace Horseshoe.
  • Glurge: It can be very hard to watch Olivia and Flavisham's reunion owing to how cringe-worthily tooth-rotting it is. Especially since they're carrying on like that in front of the Big Bad.
    Ratigan: "How sweet..... I just love tearful reunions."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: No such thing as a Holmes adaptation without it.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Fidget. He's a criminal who definitely Would Hurt a Child but he's also a cripple who gets yelled at by Ratigan, is nearly eaten alive for leaving a clue behind, and gets tossed out of a blimp and falls into the Thames.
  • Love to Hate: Ratigan, mainly due to Vincent Price's love of hamming it up.
  • Magnificent Bastard: "The nefarious Professor Ratigan! He's a genius! Twisted for evil! The Napoleon of Crime! There's no evil scheme he wouldn't concoct! No depravity he wouldn't commit! Who knows what he is up to even as we speak?"