A4_8 Basil and Ratigan's Critical Clash in the Clouds!

Kerry Marie Ballantine, Katherine Esther Ward, Emma Miriam Thomas, Christopher Thomas Pain


We recreate Basil's DIY balloon airship as can be seen in Walt Disney's 1986 animated mystery Basil the Great Mouse Detective. We determine whether or not Basil could capture the malevolent felon Professor Ratigan by calculating the speed of the balloon airship and comparing it to that of the Victorian airship La France. We calculated a speed of 2.38m/s +/- 0.38m/s which is insufficient to match the speed of La France (6.00m/s). We conclude that Ratigan is the "King of Mousedom''!

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