In Victorian London, England, a little mouse girl’s toymaker father is abducted by a peglegged bat. She enlists the aid of Basil of Baker Street, the rodent world’s answer to Sherlock Holmes. The case expands as Basil uncovers the crime’s link to a plot against the Crown itself.
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A cute Walt Disney homage to "Sherlock Holmes" that for many young boys (me included) was the first experience I got to experience the wonderful world of classic crime "who dunnits" movies. It also ends with a breathtaking climax that has a pinch of Hitchcock as it ends on top of Big Ben's dial pointers. Vincent Price's sweet voice as the villain, Rattigan, is the icing on the cake.
Mice protagonists! Corrupt Buckingham Palace guards! Steampunk before it was cool! So much to adore––a great pre-introduction to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for kids, as well. On a technical level, loved the primitive CGI microscope shots.
Everyone talks of Vincent Price as Rattigan (which is great don't get me wrong), but personally I found that the best part in the movie is Basil (Voiced by Barry Ingham), hes's just delightful to watch in his over-the-top wackyness.
a beautiful and different animated feature , so lively and enigmatic and have a beautiful sense of place , time and atmosphere...........totally recommended for those who want to try a different style cartoon.