Thursday, September 6, 2007
The Real First Film Of The Second Golden Age...
Most people seem to credit the start of Disney's Second Golden Age with the success of "The Little Mermaid"...
Now, although the success of this film is what actually catapulted the animation department from the brink of death when it comes to the Walt Disney Company releasing animated films... when it comes to the Second Golden Age it wasn't the first. It was actually the second.
What was the first, then?
That which came before it, of course... I mean, creatively speaking the film that showed the potential that Disney can do came with the 1986 film "The Little Mermaid". I'm talking about that long forgotten classic: "The Great Mouse Detective".
The box office numbers are nowhere near as high as Ariel's film or any other that came after it... but you could see the concern for story... the quality of animation... the great characters and even the music.
Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker, Burny Mattinson and Dave Michener, this adaption of "Basil of Baker Street" by Eve Titus about a mouse version of Sherlock Holmes was a wonderful tale with engaging characters and a compelling story that is magical from beginning to end. Although the music may not be as memorable as Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, but Henry Mancini does a great job of creating memorable songs.
Barrie Inghamas as the Basil of Baker Street was perfect casting and Val Bettin as Basil's trusty assistant Dr. David Q. Dawson was equally good. Those of you familiar with "Duck Tales" will recognize Alan Young playing Hiram Flaversham as the voice of Uncle Scrooge. Also Vincent Price as Professor Ratigan was a deliciously nasty villain... and we also got to hear Vincent Price sing for the first time.
If you haven't seen this film lately... or haven't seen it at all, then head down to your local Blockbuster right away. Pick up a large soda, some popcorn, settle down in front of your entertainment system and enjoy...