Long before “Tangled” and “Frozen,” Disney artists complained about the silly title of another Disney film—”The Great Mouse Detective.”
#Basil of Baker Street
Steve Hulett recounts his experiences working on “Oliver & Company” and the unexpected tragedy that happened during its production.
Steve Hulett remembers the time when Disney artists were told they were being moved to a warehouse off the lot, and the animation division’s first “gong show” pitch session.
When the Disney strike of 1982 ended and the story artists returned to their respective work spaces in the animation building, “Basil of Baker Street” was still running along two sets of tracks. There were storyboards filled with gags and character bits, and boards filled with plot points.
“Basil of Baker Street” by novelist Eve Titus was an illustrated children’s book centered on a mouse who fancied himself an ace detective. The mouse resided (naturally enough) inside the walls of 31 Baker Street in London, home of a human-sized ace detective, the name of whom escapes me.