With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
When a bottle containing a plea for help from a little girl named Penny makes its way to the Rescue Aid Society, a mouse organization in the basement of the United Nations building dedicated to the rescue and well-being of anyone in need, it is up to the brave mouse Miss Bianca and her chosen partner, the shy janitor Bernard, to rescue the girl. Searching for clues at her home at Morningside Orphanage in New York City, the two mice discover that the girl has been kidnapped by the evil pawn shop owner Madame Medusa and her companion Mr. Snoops. On the back of Orville the albatross, Miss Bianca and Bernard travel to the terrifyingly gloomy Devil's Bayou where they learn the shocking truth: the innocent young girl is being forced down into a dangerous, dark underground pirate's cave where she must find the Devil's Eye, the world's largest diamond and Madame Medusa's greatest obsession. Before returning safely home, Miss Bianca, Bernard, and Penny will have to combat Madame Medusa's two ... Written by
The first of the Disney classics to improve the Xerography process considerably. While its xeroxed predecessors had a much sketchier look and used a black toner, this movie used a medium-gray toner for a softer-looking "line" (the cel artists added some color inks, too, but Xerography handled most of the inking). The Rescuers was also the first one where purple outlines (for Miss Bianca) was used (color-xerography). Later, other colors were developed. See more »
During the first mouse shoot-out scene (the one with the organ), Medusa falls down, and for a split second the whites of her eyes are red, and the irises are white. See more »
This is one of Disney's best underrated creations. Has all the desirable charm on a Disney cartoon. Its artwork is simple but undeniably pretty and colorful, which makes it a movie with human warmth, soul and life. It's a strongly nostalgic classic, delightful, heartwarming, original, dark and spooky without being too scary, suspenseful and fun. The fine artwork is delicious for the eyes, with lots of gorgeous landscapes.
The soundtrack is a classic. "The Journey" and "Someone's Waiting For You" are not only nostalgic but very moving. "Tomorrow is Another Day", more than just nostalgic, has very optimistic lyrics. A kind of optimism so common those days but killed and buried in a coffin by today's world and society.
The story is one of the better and more interesting on Disney animated classics. There are enjoyable characters like Bernard, Bianca, Evinrude and Orville. Endearing characters such as Penny, a cute little girl with enormous and expressive eyes. A great villain, Medusa, who happens to be one of my favorite Disney villains. Although a bad person, she's not too frightening. She's also got some of the funniest Disney sidekicks: the hilarious crocodiles Brutus and Nero and the poor devil Snoops.
'The Rescuers' was one of the movies I watched more times in my childhood. I think it was one of those I watched almost every day at the time. It was one of my favorites at the time and now, after so many years, it continues to be one of my Disney favorites. It has aged very well, time wasn't able to harm its magic and enchant. It's still exemplary when it comes to film-making of quality. Or should I say cartoon-making of quality? Whatever, you know what I mean.
Title in Portugal: 'As Aventuras de Bernardo e Bianca'.
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