What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Disney tribute to Sherlock Holmes has potentially frightening themes such as kidnapping, blackmail, and world domination. Although it's rated G, it does feature a menacing evil genius who wants to kill the reigning Mouse Queen and uses his creepy henchman bat to commit crimes. There are also a couple of cartoon-violence scenes (a pub brawl and a climactic duel) and notable drinking/smoking scenes. But for young tweens -- especially those interested in detective mysteries -- this should be a fun bet.
- Families can talk about why stories about detectives solving crimes are so engrossing. Is it because in this case, it's clear who's good and who's evil? How are mysteries with obvious villains and heroes different than mysteries where you don't know who committed the crimes being investigated?
- What other movies feature an "evil genius" with plans for world domination? Parents, discuss with your kids the significance of legendary actor Vincent Price voicing the mad rat character.
- For older kids or families familiar with Sherlock Holmes stories: how closely does the plot follow a Holmes mystery? Why are absurdly clever detectives such a popular "type" in crime stories? Did you know the Sherlock Holmes in the movie is voiced by the actor who played him in the classic 1940s films?
- Roy Disney said this movie was in the "mouse cannon" of Disney films, because the studio was founded on a mouse. What are some other great Disney mice movies?