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  • The Great Mouse Detective

    Vic and I just finished screening this film. Sorry. It sucks. Bad Hannah-Barbera animation with fabulous backgrounds. Lame story.
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    I like it! It's kinda dry and a bit slower paced, but I think it's a nice little film.


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    • #3
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      I think it's better than Hannah-Barberra. The characters are detailed and the animation is more fluid in my opinion. I think Vincent Price did an awsome job as Ratigan.

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      • #4
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        I have one of the animation cels from the movie!

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by Disney Wrassler View Post
          I think it's better than Hannah-Barberra. The characters are detailed and the animation is more fluid in my opinion. I think Vincent Price did an awsome job as Ratigan.
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          • #6
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            Heresy!!!
            Seriously, I love this movie.
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              I like this movie.

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              • #8
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                In one of the Clock scenes with the gears, they use an early form of C.G.I for the first time in this film. I agree with DW, Vincent Price was great!
                The story was slower though.
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                • #9
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                  While not Disney's best, The Great Mouse Detective was the first big step out of the darkness of feature animation in the 70's and 80's. It was a vast improvement over Disney's two previous entries, the weak Fox and the Hound and the abortive Black Cauldron. You can actually see Disney starting to get its groove back. Despite the lame title (Basil of Baker Street still has a better ring to it), TGMD has interesting characters (Vincent Price is a hoot as Ratigan, one of Disney's most underrated villains), good pacing and improved animation over its immediate predecessors. The movie is also noteworthy for including Disney's first attempt at computer-assisted animation, the climactic chase scene in the clock tower.

                  TGMD was only one animated feature removed (the charming but innocuous Oliver & Company) from The Little Mermaid, which put Disney back on top and launched its second golden age.

                  So, yes, I do like The Great Mouse Detective for its entertainment value and for its place in Disney animation history.
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                  • #10
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                    Count me as one who liked this film very much. Totally agree with what the other fans have written. The animation team was hitting their stride with this film and the clockworks scene was a big breathrough in CGI assistance.

                    I also think Basil of Baker Street was a far better title.
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                    • #11
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                      :blush: I liked this movie.
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                      • #12
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                        • #13
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                          I really liked the movie too.
                          I am a long time fan of Vincent Price.
                          And I think I just like "mice" movies in general. The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under are two of my other favorites.

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                          • #14
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                            While some don't like this film or "Rescuers Down Under"...they were in fact major training exercises for great things to come after each.

                            Same way Walt used some of the Silly Symphonies as mainly training exercises for what was to some...Snow White.

                            The training of the "New Golden Age" of animators and the creation and perfection of many animation techniques in both these films...makes them historically important to Disney animated features.

                            The Great Mouse Detective (originally named "Basil Of Baker Street") I could live without ever seeing again. Not that I think it stinks. Just was kinda too corny for me.

                            Rescuers Down Under though...I really enjoyed as a stand alone film. George C. Scott as the voice of the villain in that one, was exceptional, IMHO. A real overlooked Disney Villain.

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                            • #15
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                              I couldn't disagree more about the animation. The character animation is simply fantastic, wonderfully subtle and expressive (especially on Basil, though Dawson has some really great moments). The Great Mouse Detective was, as Opus said, a training ground, and some of the earliest work of legendary animators like Andreas Deja and Glen Keane. (It was Kirk Wise's first film, too; he went on to direct Beauty and the Beast.) This really is a transitional film that shows the promise that would be fully realized in the '90s.

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