The scene: Basil, a mouse detective who lives below Sherlock Holmes, is out to solve the kidnapping of a toymaker and to foil his nemesis Professor Ratigan's plot to overthrow the mouse monarchy. The film is based on the children's book series "Basil of Baker Street" by Eve Titus. The Sherlock reference? It's elementary: Basil, who dresses like his famous upstairs neighbor, is named for Basil Rathbone, one of the first actors to portray Holmes in film. The evil Professor Ratigan, voiced by Vincent Price, is based on Professor James Moriarty from the Holmes stories. Other characters are based on Queen Victoria and Holmes characters Dr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson. And Sherlock Holmes' faithful basset hound, Toby, lends the mice a hand in their investigation.
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