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.

This is a fun family film with interesting characters, colorful animation, and a fast-paced plot. The night setting is atmospheric, and offers a variety of memorable scenes, such as a showdown between an evil bat and several mice in an eerie closed toy shop, with mechanical toys being used by the bat to help him escape. The idea of a mouse version of Sherlock Holmes who lives under the real Sherlock Holmes’ house was reasonably well done, though whether serious Holmes fans will agree, they will have to decide for themselves.

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.

6 comments:

  1. I liked this when I was little. :)

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    1. It's a neat movie. Do you still like it now? ;)

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  2. We watched this one a million times when I was younger.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Michael! I remember watching it as a child, too.

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  3. I only saw it recently, and I liked the Sherlock Holmes references, though I found it a rather mediocre film as a whole. Still cute, though. :)

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    1. I wondered what you would think of it, since you're a Holmes fan. ;)

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