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27 Reasons Why "The Great Mouse Detective" Is The Greatest Disney Movie

These precious little pipsqueaks.

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7. Basil of Baker Street, our crime-solving hero, lives at 221 1/2 Baker St., right underneath his human counterpart, Sherlock Holmes, at 221B Baker St.

Sherlock, meet your mouse match. He also plays violin. His is smaller.

(Holmes is voiced by Basil Rathbone, who played the detective in a series of Sherlock films starting in 1939!)

8. The film explores the tension between two brilliant rodents, both equally vain and equally obsessed with their rivalry.

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A hero who does the right thing for the wrong reasons?! And a criminal who does the wrong thing for those same reasons? Please, keep going.

9. Professor Ratigan murders one of his henchmen for calling him a rat. He feeds the mouse to a huge cat.

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He makes the cat eat him because he is both evil and someone who doesn't like to get his hands dirty. Please note more terrifying shadow violence.

13. There are two big musical numbers in this film, and Professor Ratigan's has a harp solo.

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Henry Mancini's score is quite the caper in itself!

18. Themes of class and disempowerment abound. Do you think a bar full of raucous animals cheers up only when a sexy mouse sings "let me be good to you" by accident?

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No one else is good to them, which is why this is so appealing. They lose themselves in drinking and cheap entertainment to forget their lousy lot in life. There's a reason this bar is called the Rat Trap. Would they be criminal lowlifes if they had other options? LIKELY NOT.

21. There's a token queen. Her crown is like a little boop on her little head. She's not very important except that she's technically the target of Ratigan's evil plot.

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But we all know everything Ratigan does, he does to antagonize Basil.

24. Ratigan, in a maniacal rage, loses his impressive mind and turns to his own physical strength to fight Basil. Like the rat that he is.

25. Basil, of course, triumphs, and he comes around to loving Olivia because she is sassy and awesome.

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It's always great when two mice who disliked each other at first realize the reasons they didn't get along are now the reasons they love and respect each other.

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