|“||You are a rat!||„|
|~ Basil to Ratigan|
Basil is voiced by the late Barrie Ingham.
Role in the film
In the film, when Dr. David Q. Dawson meets a lost and frightened Olivia Flaversham, desparately searching for Basil to help her locate her kidnapped father, he helps her find Baker Street. Before long, all 3 are involved in a maze of mystery and intrigue, looking for clues and realizing that all clues point to one person—Basil's arch enemy, the nefarious Professor Ratigan. When Olivia is kidnapped as well, Basil is able to track down Ratigan's hideout using skillful observation and deduction.
Basil's keen and penetrating mind save the day when, after a near coup of the English royalty, becomes involed in a fierce battle with Ratigan at the top of the tower of Big Ben, where Ratigan, out of sheer bad temper, transforms from a very formal, composed rat to a highly savage one. He pursues Basil with grteat speed and leaps into him, and they both fall onto the clock's hour hand. Finally, Ratigan extends his long and strong claws and begins slashing and violently beating Basil, causing some serious injuries to him such as smacking him in the throat, a gash across his muzzle, scratched deeply by Ratigan's claws across the flesh of his back, and a bleeding arm. Because of these injuries and Ratigan's size, Basil is unable to fight back and Ratigan manages to knock him off the hand. However, Basil grabs onto the wreckage of the blimp saving his life. Suddenly the clock bell tolls,causing Ratigan to plunge off off the hand; as he falls he tries to take Basil with him but fails and falls 278 feet into the clouds below. The fall kills Ratigan. Basil recovers from his injuries and Dawson becomes his new assistant.