Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective was first released on July 2, 1986.
It was ultimately Vice President of Walt Disney Feature Animation Peter Schneider who made the decision to change the title of the film from “Basil of Baker Street” to its current title. On February 13, 1986, an inter-office memo was sent out to Disney employees in Schneider’s name announcing the renaming of the studio’s most beloved classics. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) would be called “Seven Little Men Help A Girl”, Fantasia (1940) received the title “Color And Music”, The Jungle Book (1967) was getting its title changed to “A Boy, A Bear And A Big Black Cat” and so on in that fashion. Schneider was furious over the memo and attempted to find the author (animator Ed Gombert) so he could fire them. All the other employees found it a harmless joke and kept quiet. A copy of the memo eventually landed in the pages of the LA Times and all the “new” names were incorporated into the “What’s In A Name?” category on Jeopardy! (1984). (x)
Tabby’s Day Two: Favorite Character -Basil of Baker Street “From that time on, Basil and I were a close team. We had many cases together, but I’ll always look back on that first with the most fondness; my introduction to Basil of Baker Street, the great mouse detective.”