Film Review: The Great Mouse Detective () – Feeling Animated
themselves in the modern world, and two human sisters meet up with the talking rodents. When Ratigan rose the following morning, he realized his ears were the detective and the Napoleon of Crime had discovered a great deal . " Swan Lake, which is classic and one of my sister's favorite ballets. Extinct Epcot on Lake Buena Vista Chronicles: Selling The Magic, The Great Mouse Detective (I prefer, rather pedantically, to call it by its Dr. Dawson and Olivia Flaversham meet Basil of Baker Street, the Great Mouse Detective Ratigan is a great villain and actually quite menacing; more to the. Let's face SithVamp Reviews: The Great Mouse Detective. During the song, Basil asks the waitress if they can meet Ratigan. This causes.
She held me as the angst finally poured from my eyes, and she chose me to be her child. She always showed me love and kindness. Although she worked as a florist, she was from a wealthy family, so we never once had to worry about money. I had the best education, and I was taught proper morals and etiquette, and I had nice clothes, but above all, she was always there when I needed her. I did my best to be an obedient, helpful child because I knew I wasn't facing the world alone anymore.
When the future professor had reached thirteen years of age, the class had gotten a new student of eight, the son of a renowned detective. Being a prodigy, the new student studied material far more advanced than his that of his peers.
Rather than shunning Ratigan at once, this newcomer, who would eventually assume the title Basil of Baker Street, regarded him with curiosity. The two were fast friends. For seven years, the two were as brothers, defending each other against the torments of the other students, helping each other advance academically. You became a criminal mastermind, not caring who you hurt because society had never cared about you, and he was the detective determined to stop you.
I can't believe you! I understand oppression and being cast out of society. I understand feeling alone and abhorred by the world. I understand lashing out. What I can't understand is why you want to go back! When we find a way to get you and Basil back home, you'll be a rat in a biased society again, a renowned criminal, and you will be hanged by mice who loathe your very existence, and when others read about it in the newspaper, they'll celebrate and have parades in Basil's honor and literally dance on your grave.
Is that what you want?! You had a handful of gems in your jacket pocket, which surprisingly grew as you did, no doubt in order to maintain size proportion. Do you not realize what you could do with the money of half of those?
You could help save the wolves of Europe and work with field biologists there to see the species thrive again. You could teach English as a second language in Madagascar, Thailand, Romania, the list is endless.
You could build orphanages and women's shelters in India and help those ostracized by society see that they too are human beings worthy of respect. You could go to South America and help conservationists with baby sea turtles. Just imagine a trip around the world doing what you'd like for as long as you wish, experiencing all those different cultures and hearing their stories and seeing their historic monuments, trying new foods and new ways to dress.
If you didn't want to be gone for long periods of time, you could break it down into several trips. You could buy a house that looks like a castle and give it the appearance of a mansion. Your living room could be red and gold like Buckingham Palace, and your bedroom could be black and gold without windows so the sun wouldn't wake you.
Of course the living room would have a huge window so the rising or setting sun would shine through the curtain and bathe the room in an aura of red light. You could make a basement that looked like a cave. Your yard would have sunflowers and so many trees that it looked like you were in the forest, and you would have rose bushes on either side of your porch, as well as stone lions standing guard.
Oh, it would look like something from a fairy tale! And you could have a winding staircase, and you would have plenty of space for your dogs, a silver and white sable German shepherd that looks like a wolf would be named Prince Charming, and his closest companion would be an Irish wolfhound by the name of Alonzo Quijana.
Besides, in Mousedom, you're a hated rat, but here, as a human, you're You've got muscles, ebony hair, dark eyes, musical talent You might eventually find someone special. He wants everyone to meet in the foyer. The culprit has put forth great effort in order to make false accusations against Miss Bailey Palmer.
Her handkerchief was found at the crime scene, and there was a letter in her The accident had caused Michelle to lose a great deal of respect for law enforcement officials, and this inspector was sorely trying her patience. The flames of her eyes dared him to contradict the detective again, but the inspector had enough sense to keep silent. Dottie co-managed this establishment along with one Carlos Delgado. The letter received by Dottie was assumed to be written by Miss Palmer's own hand, but it was blatantly forged by her rival who yearned for greater roles while Miss Palmer remained in custody and thus unable to perform.
Having thoroughly analyzed the evidence, I have concluded the murderess to be none other than her understudy, Miss Jessica Taylor! Basil, for proving my sister's innocence.
With a smug grin, Basil explained his deductions. After all his years as an investigator, he had yet to tire of informing criminals how he had outwitted them. As the officers arrested Jessica, Michelle couldn't resist teasing her sister. You're the greatest detective ever! Michelle giggled mischievously as she casually waved aside the scolding. Alex shook his head. The chemistry he and Basil share is very strong — certainly stronger than that between many popular Disney couples — and this is probably because of their many similarities.
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They are, at the core, essentially the same character; both are egotistical and motivated by the desire to show off their own brilliance to the world, with an almost childlike desire for recognition.
You could make all sorts of psychological arguments about sociopathy or other conditions here, but what I noticed was that while both characters have trouble with genuine emotion, in the end only Basil is willing to make the effort to try and connect with his fellow mice, whereas Ratigan is all about deception and false charm right up to the end. As Basil himself notes, Ratigan has no standards and will stoop to the lowest level to get what he wants.
The supporting cast in this film are also generally strong, once again thanks largely to some great casting. Aside from providing comfort for little Olivia, Dawson is at his most useful in those moments where he inspires a new line of thinking in Basil, always entirely by accident.
Olivia Flaversham fulfils a similar role to Penny from The Rescuers, but like Ratigan and Prince John, the character type is better handled here. Olivia is another little girl whose dilemma motivates the plot, even getting kidnapped like Penny was.
I think what makes her more likeable than her earlier counterpart is her voice actor — in this case, we get Susanne Pollatschek, a genuine Glaswegian who was selected over hundreds of other applicants and was responsible for giving Olivia that distinctive spark. Once she does meet him and finds him dismissive, she stands up for herself, insisting he hear her out where a more passive child might have simply given in. Alan Young, who was selected because of his authentic Scottish brogue and gives the character a kindly, grandfatherly sort of tone.
Once the good guys have got Ratigan on the run at the end, Hiram joins the group and he and Dawson begin to work together to help out in any way they can as things turn ugly at Big Ben. It was a nice touch that he gets to have a hand in saving his daughter himself, rather than simply disappearing from the scene and then having her handed to him by the heroes later.
Look at him, in his little hat. How could you hate him? Continuing the theme of improving upon earlier stereotypes, Fidget is a rare triumph — a henchman who manages not to be annoying, despite having every trait that would suggest he should be.
As with the rest of the cast, Fidget is given some great little moments of characterisation which establish him as a distinct personality from his boss, with his own habits and his own life look at him ogling the dancers at the bar, for instance, or singing a happy little ditty to himself after the burglary of the toyshop.
Speaking of that wing, this is another fun little detail which adds another layer to Fidget, because it raises a host of questions about his past: And for that matter, what happened to his missing leg?
While watching The Great Mouse Detective, I was reminded of Bartok the bat from Anastasiabut only because I found Fidget to be a much more successful version of what is basically the same character.
Bearing in mind that Olivia seems to lack a mother, Mrs. In a way, Mrs. Crikey, what is Basil up to with that? Judson and Mike Gabriel for both Toby and Felicia. In addition to being the most major use of CGI in an animated film to that date, it was also the first time that traditionally-animated characters had been put inside a computer-generated background.
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The character animation here is really spectacular, breathing life into the likes of Basil and Ratigan in a way that only true masters of the craft could have achieved. Apparently, the animators would sketch Vincent Price as he performed, incorporating his dramatic Shakespearean gestures into the character. Basil also gets a lot of fun moments; for instance, I liked the way the animators expressed his more creative side in the odd unguarded moment, with him reaching out for a violin to soothe his frazzled nerves, or casually completing an unfinished chess game in the toyshop.
Mark Henn and Glen Keane really let their talents shine here, but credit also goes to Hendel Butoy for his portrayal of Dawson, particularly during the bar scene. Plot The plot here is a major strength, kept tight and focused and supported by a witty script, similar in style to The Rescuers but more effectively handled — the filmmakers here were more willing to go to extremes in both darkness and light, with a more threatening villain tempered by better comedy.
Cinematography This is one of those few Disney films set in a specific year, but it seems to avoid anachronisms for the most part although there are a few other minor mistakes, such as presenting muffins as crumpets — you can tell this was made by Americans. This must be at least the third time that Disney have visited London in a canon film and once again it looks wonderful, shrouded in atmospheric mists and with horses drawing traps around the gas-lit streets.
The climax is of course a highlight of the cinematography, helped in large part by the more inventive camera angles made possible by the use of a CGI environment. Such shots could not have been so easily achieved in traditional animation, so kudos to the animators for using the computer imagery effectively, as a tool rather than as a substitute.