Professor Ratigan, the villain from the Disney animated feature The Great Mouse Detective, loves the spotlight as the second in the Favorite Characters series. Every hero needs a villain, or at least that is how it works in the moives. And just as Sherlock Holmes had Professor Moriarty, Holmes’s Great Mouse Detective counterpart, Basil of Baker Street, had Professor Ratigan. So I figured that since I started off the series with the hero, I might as well follow him up with the villain.
Basil of Baker Street, the Great Mouse Detective, examines a clue in this first in a series (hopefully) of some of my favorite movie characters. I am old enough to have seen The Great Mouse Detective during its original theatrical run. In fact, I was a teenager at the time. While I had seen some other Disney animated movies in their first run (The Rescuers, The Black Cauldron), as well as others when they were re-released (Snow White, Pinocchio, and probably others), The Great Mouse Detective was the one that I enjoyed the most, at least until later movies were released.