Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Great Mouse Detective's release ...
The film, costing $12 million to make, the flick grossed $38.6 million domestically, and marked several firsts for Disney.
It was the first animated film greenlit by Jeffrey Katzenberg. (Already in production, the crew wondered if Eisney and Katzenberg would shut the feature down. Happily, they didn't.)
Mouse marked the first extensive use of computer animation in a Disney animated film
TGMD marked the directorial debuts of Ron Clements and John Musker, who of course went on to helm multiple Disney features afterwards, from Little Mermaid to Aladdin to The Princess and the Frog.
It was Disney veteran Bernie Mattinson's first producing gig on an animated feature film. (He had previously produced and directed Mickey's Christmas Carol.)
So. Happy Birthday Great Mouse Detective/ Basil of Baker Street!
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