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I vaguely recall a movie from my childhood (so probably some time in the 80s or 90s). It was an animated movie (not anime) and it culminated with a fight inside Big Ben or another huge clock tower, among large gears and other mechanical objects. Unfortunately I remember little else about it. I recall it as having had significant fantastical elements. I think there might also have been a robot involved, but my memory on that is hazy.

Although this isn't much information, it seems specific enough that there are probably very few movies matching this criterion. Could anyone enlighten me as to what movie I am remembering?

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    Definitely not the answer to your question, but I feel "Cars 2" deserves an honourable mention. The secret-agent style jaunt in the Cars universe culminates in hour heroes suspended over the gears in a massive and very Big-Ben-Like clock tower. – AJFaraday Mar 12 '18 at 8:54
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    @eshier This movie features a plot to replace the Queen of English mouse-dom with a robotic duplicate. Does that qualify it for sci-fi? – ApproachingDarknessFish Mar 12 '18 at 22:27
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    To the people voting that this is not related to sci-fi or fantasy, the title is specifically listed under Wikipedia's American animated fantasy films category. – forest Mar 14 '18 at 6:13
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    Meta post about this question. – Rand al'Thor Mar 14 '18 at 12:58
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    I would suggest adding in your memory of the robots, even if it was vague at the time. This should help stem further close votes. – phantom42 Mar 15 '18 at 12:25
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Possibly Disney's The Great Mouse Detective (1986)? The movie ends with a fight inside Big Ben in which the villain's cloak gets caught between some gears.

He then plummets to his death when the clock strikes 10:00 and shakes him off.

Also known as "The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective" or "Basil the Great Mouse Detective" in some countries. It's an animal-based adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.


There is indeed a robot, specifically, a robotic duplicate of the Queen of English Mouse-dom:

A royally dressed anthropomorphic mouse confronts her artificial duplicate, constructed in the manner of mechanical doll

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    Yes that was exactly it! I seem to also remember that that movie is also where I first learned about rifling in forensic ballistics. – forest Mar 12 '18 at 6:16
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    One of the great unsung Disney movies, and definitely one of my favorites. – John Doe Mar 12 '18 at 15:25
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    I haven't thought about this movie in ages, but I probably watched it about a hundred times as a kid. What a classic! – AlMar89 Mar 12 '18 at 21:50
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    A childhood favorite of mine as well! – ApproachingDarknessFish Mar 12 '18 at 21:59
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Honorable mention for the climactic clock-tower fight in Lupin the Third: Count of Cagliostro:

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    What's the site policy about "honorable mentions"? Your answer arrived after the other answer was accepted. I am genuinely asking, and I upvoted your answer since it fits with the OP. – Taladris Mar 14 '18 at 11:28
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    Sounds like a good idea to do them, since other people might search for similar terms for that other movie/book/etc. – Florian Schaetz Mar 14 '18 at 15:04
  • @Taladris I believe they are generally encouraged for exactly the reason Florian mentioned. – eshier Mar 15 '18 at 13:26
  • @FlorianSchaetz: I agree with that. The (limited) drawback is that we can only accept one answer. – Taladris Mar 16 '18 at 3:32
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    I remember this movie as a LaserDisc Video Arcade Game that I put many quarters in around 1985. Similar to "Space Ace" or "Dragon's Lair" LaserDisc Video Arcade Games. – NJohnny Mar 17 '18 at 6:40

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