The Game's Afoot! {The Great Mouse Detective fansite}


Welcome to The Game's Afoot!, the definitive fansite for Disney's 26th underappreciated animated classic, The Great Mouse Detective (1986). Relive the exciting adventures of a clever mouse, Basil of Baker Street, and his arch-enemy, the notorious Professor Ratigan, in London 1897. This site contains the most comprehensive information and media on this underrated Disney gem. Be sure to sign Basil's Guestbook, feel free to contribute, and enjoy!


Site Updates

06-15-2018 | More updates with photos and information on the WIP with Professor Ratigan's sculpture from Carlos Roberto Pérez López of Instagram. He's got arms now! :)

06-08-2018 | Another update and photo of the WIP (work in progress) with Basil of Baker Street and Professor Ratigan by Carlos Roberto Pérez López of Instagram. Basil now has arms and Ratigan's hands are on the floor! They're almost finished!

06-01-2018 | Another WIP update (to Professional Artists) with the two sculptures of Basil of Baker Street and Professor Ratigan has been added to the Instagram page of Carlos Roberto Pérez López. They're coming along wonderfully!

05-25-2018 | A few more WIP photos from Carlos Roberto Pérez López working on a Basil of Baker Street clay sculpture, with the addition of Professor Ratigan. Added all to the Professional Artists page!

05-18-2018 | A couple of new Professional Artists to spotlight this week in the art medium of clay sculpting: Carlos Roberto Pérez López is working on Basil of Baker Street while María Hidalgo is working on Dr. Dawson and Olivia Flaversham. Both are with DsHicade (main page), a company that designs custom clay sculptures.

05-11-2018 | New Etsy item of a Great Mouse Detective wooden design as a table lantern with coloring-changing lights. Added to the Craftwork section of the Miscellaneous photo page.

05-04-2018 | Updated the saddest page of the entire site, In Memoriam, with the addition of Dave Michener (Director/Writer), whom passed away at the age of 85. :( Also added another photo from him while working on "Basil" with Burny Mattinson, John Musker, and Vincent Price at the Behind the Scenes page.

04-27-2018 | The Van Eaton Galleries added a new and lovely animation cel featuring Professor Ratigan and his dirigible. The item is still available at the site, but will always be showcased at the Cels section of the photo galleries.

04-20-2018 | After 41 years of working with Disney, Director John Musker retires! Animator John Varvir (Instagram) created this tribute sketch featuring Basil with Mr. Musker. Added to the Professional Artists page of the site.

04-13-2018 | Added a new Basil image signed by Barrie Ingham to the Autographs section of the Miscellaneous photo page.

04-06-2018 | Updated James Silvani's section at the Professional Artist's page with another wonderful crossover drawing featuring Basil and Darkwing Duck. Made at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA. The owner of the drawing is Ryan Sieroty from Instagram.

03-30-2018 | Brand new pin alert: "Disney WDI MOG The Great Mouse Detective Clusters Pin," a LE of 250, has been added to the Pins section of the Merchandise page (2). It features Basil of Baker Street, Dr. Dawson, Toby, and the Flavershams Hiram and Olivia.

03-23-2018 | Continuing with The Walt Disney Family Museum exhibition, "Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane," I came across an article of theirs with the animator discussing the creation of Professor Ratigan. It's been added to the Behind the Scenes section of this site.

03-16-2018 | At the Miscellaneous photo page, I added some information for Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane, a special event at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, CA. The current exhibition runs from March 9th to September 3, 2018.

03-09-2018 | New arts and crafts from Etsy user SuspendedAnimationNY, this is a heat-based hardboard design of Basil and Dawson to stand up in your home decor. Added to the Craftwork section of the Miscellaneous photo page, respectively.

03-02-2018 | More beautiful art found featuring Basil of Baker Street (and the second drawing) by Illustrator John Migle from Instagram. He also has a Tumblr page that contains more of his impressive work. Both works were once again added to the Professional Artists page, respectively.

02-23-2018 | Updated the Professional Artists page with a new entry (featuring Basil of Baker Street and Dr. Dawson) by Siôn Clarke. Check out Mr. Clarke's other fine works at their Instagram!

02-16-2018 | Updated the Storyboards & Sketches page with nine new Concept Drawings (the first one of Basil with a gun is by Vance Gerry and the other eight are by Mel Shaw), courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries. The drawings were added to the Concept Art section.

02-09-2018 | Happy-One-Day-Early-Birthday to Barrie Ingham (Basil's English voice actor), who would have been 86 this year. This week I've added a Flashback Friday photo of the actor himself from 1988 (with Illustrator Pete Emslie) to the Contemporary Cast & Crew page. Pete met Barrie while he was in the stage production of "Me and My Girl" in Toronto.

02-02-2018 | Happy Groundhog Day! :) Added new images on a Basil/Sherlock tattoo to the Tattoo Art section of the Miscellaneous photo page. The Sherlock portion is from the quote next to Basil. It's the modern version starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

01-26-2018 | Updated the Audio & Video Reviews page with a newly published review on the film by (don't be fooled by the title) Hollywood Ruins Everything. It's about 18 minutes long, so check it out! :)

01-19-2018 | Added new images/info to the Craftwork section of the Miscellaneous photo page of two handmade dolls (Missy Kitty and Olivia) by Julia Plous of Instagram. Miss Kitty has already been sold.

01-12-2018 | Updated the Scenes page with a short (and VERY awesome!) animation test featuring Professor Ratigan. Courtesy of Samuel Cabanac from Instagram.

01-05-2018 | Archived 20 more updates. Also updated the Music Videos page with a short but lovely clip of The Great Mouse Detective theme (played on piano by SDJCoxy of Instagram).

12-29-2017 Added another Walt Disney Confession (November 30, 2017) to the I [heart] page. Also added images from artist Alexandra Bowman to the Professional Artists page. Happy New Year, everyone! See you in 2018! :)

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