Thursday, April 22, 2010

THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE: Mystery in the Mist Edition

The game is afoot! The world’s greatest sleuth dons his miniature deerstalker hat and puts his extraordinary deductive ability into animated action when The Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist Edition comes to DVD on April 13, 2010 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. In the greatest little mystery in Disney history, the renowned Basil of Baker Street takes on his archenemy, the evil genius Dr. Ratigan, and this time the battle is for the entire city of London! With fresh and exciting bonus features, The Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist Edition will thrill audiences with an exciting game of “mouse and mouse” that’s not elementary by a long shot!

Inspired by the adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant detective Sherlock
Holmes, The Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist Edition marks the directing
debut of now legendary filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker, creators of such
Disney animated blockbusters as The Princess and the Frog, The Little Mermaid and
Aladdin. As Basil sniffs out one clue after another with unmatched ingenuity, kids and adults will delight in a heartwarming and suspenseful adventure that goes from Baker Street to the tower of Big Ben in the charmingly downsized London of Mousedom. An intriguing mystery, spectacular animation and unforgettable characters make The Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist Edition a devilishly clever family gift!

Viewers can test their own powers of deduction and go behind the scenes of the movie
with bonus features that include:
• So You Think You Can Sleuth? — An animated look at the history of detective
work, complete with a crime-solving puzzle for the entire family.
• The Making Of “The Great Mouse Detective”
• “The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind” Sing-Along Song

When talented toymaker Hiram Flaversham is mousenapped, his winsome daughter
Olivia turns to the most famous mouse detective of them all, Basil of Baker Street.
Accompanied by his assistant and confidante, Dr. David Q. Dawson, Basil uncovers a
villainous plot by the “slimy, contemptible sewer rat” Dr. Ratigan to replace Moustoria, Queen of Mice, with a look-alike robot and take control of the entire rodent population of London. Based on Eve Titus's book Basil of Baker Street, The Great Mouse Detective channels the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous creation into a richly animated, Sherlock Holmsian tale set in Victorian-era London’s underground mouse kingdom.

This is probably one of Disney's most underrated movies. I remember seeing it back in the late 1980's when I was just a kid and it's one of those classics that you just don't forget. It's not just a movie for fact, I think I enjoyed it more as an adult because I could appreciate the mystery plot. It's not just a bunch of cartoon mice running around doing zany things for a cheap laugh. There are well-written characters and a real, strong plot here and no excessive cheese factor (pun intended).

As with a lot of the current Disney releases the Bonus features pretty much rock out loud. I got the entire gang playing along with "So you think you can sleuth" and we laughed the whole time. I love when movies give you not only entertainment but a chance to test your brain power.

If you haven't seen this movie, you should! Even those of you without kids will love it.

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