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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Great Mouse Detective (Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Review

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The Great Mouse Detective (Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Review

Synopsis:  From the creators of The Princess and the Frog and The Little Mermaid comes the story of a clever little hero on a great big adventure. Join the Sherlock Holmes of Mousedom on a heroic journey unraveling clues through London. If you like Sherlock Holmes, you'll love The Great Mouse Detective. When the diabolical Professor Ratigan kidnaps the city's master toymaker, the brilliant Basil of Baker Street and his trusted sidekick Dawson set off to track down Basil's lifelong nemesis. Little do they know that the evil rat's trail leads all the way to The Queen at Buckingham Palace! Get on the case with Basil, the master of disguise, as he tries to elude the ultimate rattrap and foil the perfect crime.

After a four-year period of story development, animation took just over one year to complete. This remarkably short production span was possible due to new efficiencies in the production process (such as video tests and computer-assisted layouts and graphics), and an increased emphasis on story development prior to the start of production.

Review: Disney is synonymous with the best in animation and children's entertainment.   The Great Mouse Detective was Disney's take on the legend of Sherlock Holmes.  The animation in this mid-80s feature was fantastic, but I feel that this film was underrated in it's time.  The surge in Disney popularity came shortly thereafter with the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.  This film is often forgotten in the mix, and it truly should not be.  This is the first time that you can own this rare gem on high-definition blu-ray.  This is a wonderful film to share with your kids and to add to your film library.

The special features on this set include: New So You Think You Can Sleuth Game, The Making Of The Great Mouse Detective and The World's Greatest Criminal Mind Sing-Along Song.


Interest Range: Animation, Disney