First of all, I apologize for the brief "hiatus" in posts here on Baker Street Babble over the past few days. Things just got really busy for a short while. (They're still busy, but I'm carving out a little niche for blogging today.) Fortunately, my hiatus was not as long as the one Sherlock Holmes took after the Reichenbach Falls incident!
Moving right along, though, when I was at work the other day, my wife and kids apparently watched the Disney film The Great Mouse Detective, an animated film that I've never seen. Apparently my girls enjoyed it, so I will have to give it a watch sometime soon, and give a full report here on the blog. In Sherlock Holmes on Screen, Alan Barnes calls the film "an entirely joyful, well-observed piece that numbers among the best of Doyle-inspired parodies." The film follows the adventures of a mouse detective named Basil, who lives in the walls of 221B Baker Street. The flat's more famous resident appears in the film, voiced by Basil Rathbone! Basil (the mouse) is assisted in his investigations by a portly mouse named Dawson, and faces off against a nefarious rat named Ratigan (the Moriarty of the film), voiced by Vincent Price. All in all, it looks like a delightful adaptation, and Barnes mentions that Basil the mouse detective is "more acceptable and engaging lead than many human Sherlocks."
In other kid-related Sherlock news, my younger daughter was watching the PBS show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (an animated spin-off of the famous Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), and I was amused to see Daniel Tiger using his imagination to pretend to be a detective. Guess how he was dressed? You got it: deerstalker cap, matching cloak, and holding a magnifying glass! Detective Daniel is keeping the game afoot.
I know The Great Mouse Detective is a pretty old film now (1986), and Daniel Tiger wasn't actually playing Holmes per se, but thanks to streaming video on Netflix and PBS, today's children are still being exposed to the characters and themes of the Holmes stories. It truly is a remarkable time to be a Sherlockian, and the next generation will likely have its share of them to carry the torch!
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.