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YMMV: The Great Mouse Detective

  • Adaptation Displacement: There are actual books, plural, about Basil of Baker Street.
  • Awesome Ego: Basil. Also Ratigan.
  • Awesome Music: Henry Mancini, people. Why this film didn't get a soundtrack release at the time is a mystery (and when it did, it wasn't via Disney - step forward Varèse Sarabande with the re-release in 1992).
  • 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.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Allow us to take a break to honor our Furry Fandom with a strip 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 that's not even getting into the trap scene later.
  • Cult Classic: One of Disney's most underrated films, along with The Black Cauldron, only this movie wasn't as much of a failure as Black Cauldron.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Fidget (so much so that a comic story in the last issue of Disney Adventures inexplicably brought him Back from the Dead 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.
    • Also, Miss Kitty.
    • 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...
    • 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.
  • Fridge Horror: Ratigan leaves Basil and Dawson in the Death Trap and Olivia locked in a corked bottle in the same room — he intended to make her watch!
  • 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.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Seriously, there is no other explanation for how a burlesque show got into a kid's film than "the Censors were drunk-on-duty or out of coffee".
  • 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This was not Disney's last project that involved a Funny Animal version of a famous great detective character accompanied by a spunky little girl...(directly invoked by the Darkwing Duck cartoon show, DW owns a statue of Basil.)
  • Ho Yay: No such thing as a Holmes adaptation without it.
  • 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?" And if Tv Tropes type any more exclamation marks, the server will explode!
  • Moe: Olivia
  • Moment Of Awesome: The escape from Ratigan's trap, capped by their posing for the camera ("Smile, everyone!").
  • Mondegreen: The lyric "I'll take off all my blues" in the song "Let Me Be Good To You" has reported to have occasionally been misheard as "I'll take off all my clothes". (Granted, who could blame those who misheard the line? All the clothes Miss Kitty is wearing are BLUE.)
    • It doesn't help that she says the line in question while whipping her skirt off to reveal a one-piece dancer's outfit.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Ratigan, once his true rat personality comes out.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Remember Miss Kitty? Yeah.
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: Basil. He's probably part of why there are furries.
  • Signature Scene: Miss Kitty's musical number.
  • 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. Changing Rapunzel to Tangled and The Snow Queen to Frozen would receive similar reactions years later.
  • Ugly Cute: Fidget, when he's not bursting into the scene with a Scare Chord.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Queen's robotic double.
  • 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 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.
  • The Woobie: Its hard not to want to give Olivia a huge hug.


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