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Monday, February 2, 2015

Production cel of Toby, Basil, Olivia, and Dr. Dawson from "The Great Mouse Detective," 1986


Original hand painted production cel of Toby, Basil of Baker Street, Olivia Flaversham, and Dr. David Q. Dawson set on a lithographic background that matches the scene from "The Great Mouse Detective," 1986; Disney seal lower right; Framed with a brown wood frame, three acid free mats, and UV conservation clear glass.


Eve Titus in a series of stories about Basil of Baker Street; a mouse that lived next door to Sherlock Holmes and who shared many of his skills and traits.  Although usually paned by critics, I adored the film and remember exactly where and with whom I saw the film.  I think one reason I liked the film so much is because I loved reading the real Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.  


Close up of the mice on Toby's nose.

Toby, the Bassett Hound, is one of my favorite Disney Dogs!  He is lovable and fun and rolls on his back for scratching and like all dogs works for food; in his case cheese crumpets.  Toby is also obedient and being a Hound dog, is great at tracking.  In his cel, Basil, Dr. Watson, and Olivia are off to track down the whereabouts of Olivia's father; and here all three of those characters are standing on Toby's nose.  The detail is really incredible, given how small the figures!  You can see the magnifying glass is Basil's hand as well as the detail of his coat and deerstalker hat.  I have never seen another cel of Toby and the mice this nice in all my years of dealing and collecting!


Framed Great Mouse Detective Cel.