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
Madame Medusa's pet alligators, Brutus and Nero, are based on the two bloodhounds, Tyrant and Torment, from Margery Sharp's "Miss Bianca" (1962), while Mr. Snoops is a retouched "Mandrake" from the same novel (and who would appear later in "The Turret" (1963). Mr. Snoops was also a caricature of animation historian John Culhane who made regular visits to the studio and was nicknamed "Mr. Snoops" by the animators. In his biography, Culhane described how the animators tricked him into various acts and poses in order to obtain inspiration and live-action reference for the character. See more »
When Bernard climbs into the bottle, his rope hangs down inside, then it's gone, then it's back again. See more »
[phone rings, Medusa comes in]
Who could be ringing at this time of night?
Madame Medusa's Pawn Shop Boutique.
[Snoops's voice is on the line: "Hi, boss!"]
Snoops! Don't tell me, Snoops, let me guess! You found it! Ha ha! You've found the diamond!
Give you *time*? You bungler! You have been down there for three months!
[indistinct voice continues]
Bottles? What - Bottles? You caught Penny sending messages in *bottles*! You BLUNDERING fool, can't you control a little girl...
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The opening credits describe the journey of the girl's bottle through raging ocean waters. The entire scene is made up by still paintings. See more »
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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