"The Great Mouse Detective" Battles Vincent Price, an Unbeatable Combination
|"The Great Mouse Detective" (1986).|
There were 12 writers credited with this tale (which derived from Eve Titus' children's book series), showing how carefully Walt Disney Pictures was taking this animated feature but also how much trouble they had putting it together. Since the concept of cute talking mice had worked so well in "The Rescuers" (and derived all the way back to the classic "Mighty Mouse,") the idea of more talking mice Disney movies seemed a natural for a recovery project like this. The strategy worked, and "The Great Mouse Detective" is one of the truly underrated gems in the Disney movie catalog. It has the unique distinction of having saved the animation department and is the true beginning of the Disney Renaissance.
|Basil (with Dawson) look someone else, perhaps?|
When Hiram refuses, Ratigan won't take "no" for an answer:
Hiram Flaversham: You can do what you want with me. I won't be a part of this-this... this evil any longer!Ratigan sends Fidget out to kidnap Olivia as well, then coerces Hiram into doing his bidding by threatening to feed her to Ratigan's pet cat Felicia.
Ratigan: Oh, very well, if that is your decision.
Ratigan: [pulls out Olivia's toy ballerina and winds it up]
Ratigan: Oh, by the way, I'm taking the liberty of having your daughter brought here.
Hiram Flaversham: O... Olivia?
Ratigan: Yes. I would spend many a sleepless night if anything unfortunate were to befall her.
Hiram Flaversham: You... Y-You wouldn't!
[Ratigan crushes the ballerina in his hand and looks forlornly at it, then at Flaversham]
Ratigan: Finish it, Flaversham!
Basil and Dawson track Fidget using pet dog Toby (owned by Basil's neighbor Sherlock Holmes) and find him in the act of stealing clockwork mechanisms and other items for the planned mechanical mouse. Realizing he has been spotted, Fidget grabs Olivia and runs, leaving Basil and Dawson behind. Using a checklist dropped by Fidget, Basil tracks him down to a waterfront tavern (the "Rat Trap") and thence to Ratigan's hideout.
|Hiram and Olivia.|
|Fidget and the imprisoned Olivia.|
|"It's good to be King."|
|The balloon approaching Big Ben.|
|Original Film Poster.|
|Basil, hard at work.|