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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: No such thing as a Holmes adaptation without it and it occurs between both Basil and Ratigan and Basil and Dawson.
  • 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?"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ratigan murdering one of his lackies simply because he called him a rat while intoxicated, despite the rest of his lackey's wishes.
  • Older Than They Think: This is widely credited with the first extensive use of computer animation in a Disney feature film, when in fact it had been used for several special effects and a boat in The Black Cauldron. Of course, Disney doesn't like to talk about that one.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Remember Miss Kitty? She's in the show for only one song, but... well, it's a very memorable one, and judging by the amount of fan material about her, quite a few people remembered as the most exciting part of the movie. Also, she has the ever-sexy voice of Melissa Manchester.
  • Popular with Furries: Basil, David, Olivia, and Ratigan have their fans, however if its one thing everyone remembers about the film it's Miss Kitty.
  • Signature Scenes: Miss Kitty's musical number and the confrontation inside the Clock Tower.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes : 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."
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: When this film's title was changed from Basil of Baker Street to The Great Mouse Detective, the name change earned a good deal of scorn, even from inside the studio, suggesting titles for their other films such as Seven Little Men Help a Girl. This prompted animator Ed Gombert to write a memo with these alternate names. This fake memo circulated through Disney Animation and eventually reached then-studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, setting off a chain of events that left the memo to be immortalized in a January 1987 episode of Jeopardy! and earned animation a tongue-lashing from Katzenberg's newly installed right hand Peter Schneider, whose name Gombert used when he wrote the memo. Changing Rapunzel to Tangled and The Snow Queen to Frozen would receive similar reactions years later, minus the shenanigans from the animators.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Many fans note the irony of the film being one of few Disney didn't churn out any sequels for, despite the Sequel Hook and source material leaving plenty of potential for further adventures, not to mention the tons of Canon Fodder left from it's universe.
  • Ugly Cute: Fidget, when he's not bursting into the scene with a Scare Chord, is pretty cute for a crippled and mangy bat.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The Queen's robotic double, exemplified when it starts breaking down.
    • Basil's disguise as a fat Chinese mouse when he first appears. Something about it just looks... off.
  • Vindicated by History: Overshadowed in the 80's by Don Bluth's An American Tail, and for awhile was overlooked or lumped together with the other films of the Dark Age. Now it's been Vindicated by Video and fondly remembered as ones of the films which reinvigorated Disney Animation.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The inside of Big Ben still holds up even today.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After the financial and critical failure of The Black Cauldron, the success of the movie renewed optimism in the future of Disney's animation studio, ultimately laying the foundation for the incoming Disney Renaissance.
  • The Woobie: Olivia's father is kidnapped and her home is wrecked all in the course of a couple of minutes. Her only hope is to find Basil of Baker Street but she has no idea where he or it is, and gets lost in the rain. Then, when she finally finds her "hero", he couldn't care less (initially). It's hard not to want to give her a huge hug.


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