David Michener

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

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The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Director:

Ron Clements

Burny Mattinson

David Michener

John Musker

Writers:

Peter Young

Vance Gerry

Steve Hulett

Ron Clements

John Musker

Bruce Morris

Matthew O’Callaghan

Burny Mattinson

David Michener

Mel Shaw

Starring:

Vincent Price

Barrie Ingham

Val Bettin

Susanne Pollatschek

Blurb:

Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy maker and uncovers its link to his archenemy, Professor Ratigan.

Thoughts:

I love The Great Mouse Detective. It was one of my favorite movies growing up, and after all these years, it holds up. The art style is good 2D animation and leaves behind the dirty look of the films from the 70s and early 80s. It still has dark lines outlining the characters, but it doesn’t look grainy. It’s visually appealing, and the story is entertaining. The villain is over the top evil and the hero is flawed but surrounded by people who push him to be better.

It was the first Disney animated movie to use CGI at length, probably the most interesting fact in the Wikipedia article.

The Great Mouse Detective is another film I have few thoughts on. It’s fun to watch, and I highly recommend it. I just don’t have much to say about it.

The Rescuers (1977)

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The Rescuers (1977)

Directors:

John Lounsbery

Wolfgang

Reitherman

Art Stevens

Writers:

Larry Clemens

Ken Anderson

Frank Thomas

Vance Gerry

David Michener

Ted Berman

Fred Lucky

Burny Mattinson

Dick Sebast

Starring:

Bob Newhart

Eva Gabor

Geraldine Page

Joe Flynn

Blurb:

Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters.

Thoughts:

The Rescuers was the first movie on my list that’s not technically mine. When I made my list of owned movies, I included movies that my husband owns as well. We’re one household, so it made sense. There are a couple of movies that he owns that I won’t be watching for various reasons, but I’m including most of them in my re-watch.

The Rescuers was a dark movie. There were hardly any light moments in the entire film. A little orphan girl is kidnapped and forced into a dangerous situation repeatedly so the villain can get a giant diamond, for crying out loud. Current kid’s movies do not have a monopoly on darkness.

While reading the Wikipedia entry for a children’s movie, something you love to see is “nudity scandal.” It sounds like a disgruntled or stupid employee decided to sneak in a shot of a topless woman. It was only in two frames and pretty much impossible for someone to notice on ordinary viewing, but of course, someone spotted it. After seeing the image, I feel like it was more amusing than anything else.

Reviews at the time seem to be mostly positive, saying it was a return to old form for Disney. Since I got rid of most of the movies that came out at that time, I only have my memories to compare it too. The only time I had issues with the animation were when the villain was appeared, and there was a ton of black outlining. I thought she looked pretty bad.

The songs were mostly forgettable, they were nice at the time, but thirty minutes later, I forgot they were even there. I did love the voice cast, though. Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor sounded perfect together.

The film is also a bit dated. Bianca was smart and capable, but since she was a woman, she was often babied. However, she seemed to take it in stride and use it to her advantage, so that was nice.

The Rescuers isn’t necessarily a movie I feel like I need to own, but there are worse movies to have on my shelves.