The Great Mouse Detective [Part 1]: The Source of the Source

It's that time again!

Time for a Two-Parter!

These next two weeks we will be delving into Disney's 1986 movie "The Great Mouse Detective".
As per usual this week will be focused more on the source material and some background information for the studio that will be helpful for next week when we discuss the animated movie in depth. But with source material based on Sherlock Holmes and such a huge shift in artists at Disney, we had to split this up!

Sir Artur Conan Doyle

Sir Artur Conan Doyle

Aly starts us off with a biography of the man behind the legend: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. She goes into his writing life, his love life, and his life as a spiritualist. The latter which strangely led him to be friends with Houdini for a little while... and that did not end well!

The infamous fairy photo

The infamous fairy photo

Then we dig into the main characters and a bit of history on Sherlock Holmes himself, just to give some framework of where the Great Mouse Detective characters are coming from. We then discuss one of the most intriguing fan-clubs in the world, and "The Game" that is afoot among them!


Sarrah gives us a bio this week, but not our usual Animator Profile. This week we learn about Disney CEO Ron Miller, and his wife Diane Disney Miller.

Sarrah tells us how Ron came into the company, and how Walt gave him his start in the industry. We also learn about how Diane and Ron worked to preserve and acknowledge all the work that Walt did in his life.

Last, but not least, Aly gives us the run-down on what exactly Sherlock has inspired. Get comfy, because there is a lot! Yes, Aly misses some things, some big things. But this was to be a basic overview and she highly encourages listeners to do some googling and find out what Sherlock Holmes adaptations interest them! There are so many!

So kick off your slippers, pull out that violin, and put your deductive reasoning to the test as we learn about the world's only consulting detective, and what led him to Disney!

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Ron Miller list of Sherlock Holmes Re-tellings

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The Sherlock Holmes Book.Ed Alexandra Beeden.Hardcover.2015
Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography.Nick Rennison.Paperback.2005
Sherlock Holmes's London.Rose Shepherd.Hardcover.2015