Thursday, April 4, 2013
Movie Review: The Great Mouse Detective
After a mouse toymaker is kidnaped by a peg-legged bat, his daughter seeks out the most legendary mouse detective to help her find him. Along the way she is joined by a mouse doctor who has just returned to London from military service. As the three mice begin their investigation, they go up against the mouse detective’s greatest enemy, a rat criminal who claims to be a mouse. Soon they find themselves not only trying to save the toymaker, but also the queen of mice from the rat’s evil schemes.
Violence is mild, but pervasive, including a villainous rat who feeds one of his minions to a cat. The sometimes horror-ish tone might scare small children. A scene involving a mouse bar dancer who removes her dress and dances about in the more revealing attire underneath, to the lustful delight of sailors and the less lascivious enchantment of a protagonist, was cartoonish but still problematic due to its implications, and surprising in a G-rated Disney film.