Critics' Voices: Mar. 9, 1992


THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE. In this 1986 animated feature, now revived for a new generation, a mouse chanteuse performs the first tentative striptease in a Disney cartoon. Otherwise, there's not much momentous in this story of some adorable rodents and a peg-legged bat named Fidgit -- just some clever cartoonists having a holiday on mice.

MISSISSIPPI MASALA. Ethnic rancor in the deep South -- this time between a genial black businessman (Denzel Washington) and an Indian family emigrated from Africa. Director Mira Nair, who artfully depicted a boy's slum life in Salaam Bombay!, cannot make the human ambiguities compelling here....