Disney’s ‘The Great Mouse Detective’ is released on Blu-ray
The Great Mouse Detective
Walt Disney Blu-ray, $19.99
Some people trace the revival of Walt Disney animation to 1989’s “The Little Mermaid,” but one of the main reasons that “Mermaid” got the go-ahead was because of the success of 1986’s “The Great Mouse Detective.” Under the supervision of Ron Clements and John Musker (who later helmed “Mermaid,” “Aladdin” and the recent “The Princess and the Frog”), “The Great Mouse Detective” tells a Sherlock Holmes story more rooted in tradition than the recent Robert Downey Jr. vehicle -- even though all the main characters are rodents. The movie was groundbreaking for its combination of cel animation and CGI. And now “The Great Mouse Detective” is coming to Blu-ray, complete with an interactive game, a singalong and a featurette.
Universal, $29.98; $36.98
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