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June 1, 2011

Basil of Baker Street

Basil of Baker Street (Mr. Basil) is the brilliant lead character in The Great Mouse Detective.  Basil can also be seen in Disney's House of Mouse, Basil the Great Mouse Detective video game and in Darkwing Duck in which his statue opens up the passage to Darkwing Duck's home base.

The closest thing that Basil has to family is his house keeper Mrs. Judson and his partner Dr. David Q. Dawson. His other close confidants are Toby, Olivia, Hiram Flaversham and bad bat turned good Fidget after Ratigan throws him into the Thames. His arch-nemesis is the evil Professor Ratigan along with his goons, along with Felicia and Bartholomew.
Although Basil can be seen wearing a few different outfits in The Great Mouse Detective, Basil's main outfit has a very Sherlock Holmes look to him, he has a long brown coat, with brown slacks, a green tie, cream and black shoes, and a really cool looking brown hat. He also smokes a pipe in the film.

*Fun Fact* Vincent Price voiced Basil's enemy Ratigan, he is also the narrator for Michael Jackson's Thriller, and he also was the original voice for Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris, but his evil laughter is now only used there. He also has one of the creepiest laughs I have ever heard in my life, it sends chills down my spine.

Basil is voiced by Barrie Ingham. Basil's weapon of choice is a pistol, and Basil lives below the Sherlock Holmes residence in a Flat. Some notable quotes from Basil are 'Ratigan, so help me, i'll see you behind bars yet!' and 'It's elementary, my dear Dawson!'. 
I believe that Basil used to be in the parks as a meet and greet but he has since officially been retired.


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