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The Rescuers (1977)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  22 June 1977 (USA)
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Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard (voice)
Miss Bianca (voice)
Madame Medusa (voice)
Mr. Snoops (voice)
Ellie Mae (voice)
Luke (voice)
Jim Jordan ...
Orville (voice)
Rufus (voice)
Penny (voice)
The Chairman (voice)
Larry Clemmons ...
Gramps (voice)
James MacDonald ...
Evinrude (voice) (as James Macdonald)
Rabbit (voice)
Bill McMillian ...
TV Announcer (voice) (as Bill McMillan)
Digger (voice)


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 Penny's 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 ... Written by Frederick Irizarry

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A girl in danger... A cry for help... And two marvelous mice who will risk anything to save her! See more »


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Release Date:

22 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bernardo y Bianca  »

Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)


SEK 11,076,382 (Sweden)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was the first Walt Disney animated feature to inspire a sequel. See more »


When Penny is first captured by Brutus and Nero, Brutus initially holds her by the strap in back of her dress. In fact, that is how Brutus carries Penny back to the river boat through the swamp. However, when the crocodiles return to the river boat with Penny, Brutus is suddenly holding Penny upside down by her underwear. There is no explanation for how Brutus could have possibly turned Penny around like that without releasing her just for a moment and preventing her from escaping. It even stands to reason that Brutus would not release Penny until he got her back to the river boat. Additionally, when Brutus carries Penny upside down through the door of the river boat, Penny is facing toward Brutus. Yet, in the next shot when the crocodiles are inside the river boat with Penny, she is suddenly facing away from Brutus. See more »


Orville: Sufferin' sassafras! My rudder's on fire! Bail out! Bail ouuuuuuuuut!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits describe the journey of Penny's bottle through raging ocean waters. The entire sequence is made up of still paintings. See more »


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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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User Reviews

Pure Disney blockbuster
18 January 2006 | by (Chantilly, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

THE RESCUERS, in my opinion, is a pure Disney blockbuster. It made me feel all warm and tingly when Bernard (voice of Bob Newhart) and Bianca (voice of Eva Gabor) set out on their mission to rescue Penny (voice of Michelle Stacy). If you ask me, Medusa's (voice of Geraldine Page) clothing was nice, but her hair was absolutely atrocious. To me, it really did look like snakes. That made it obvious as to why her name was Medusa. Before I wrap this up, I'd like to say that everyone was perfectly cast, the direction was flawless, and Disney has scored a big hit. In conclusion, I highly recommend this pure Disney blockbuster to everyone who hasn't seen it. I guarantee you you'll enjoy it.

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