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

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 Frederick Irizarry

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22 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bernardo y Bianca  »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 11,076,382 (Sweden)
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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)| (original release)

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Penny goes back to her room, Bernard and Bianca are climbing out of Evinrude's boat, yet when Penny is praying, the mice have somehow reached the top deck where Penny's room is situated. See more »

Quotes

Bernard: [reading a pamphlet] Listen to this - it says here, 'Devil's Bayou is uncharted and hazardous. Each day's operations... '
Bianca: [sleepy] Mmm, interesting.
Bernard: '... must be-'
Bianca: Good night, dear.
[falls asleep on his shoulder]
Bernard: '... planned with care and... '
[he puts his arm around her]
Bernard: Good night, Bianca.
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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 »


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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Highly underrated
17 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Movies like The Rescuers are simply not made anymore. Nowadays, it's all CGI with retarded, unfunny jokes, with no real seriousness or conflict to be found. The Rescuers has all that it says in the tagline

  • Mystery, Fun and Intrigue! Despite what others say, this truly
deserves to be called a masterpiece.

The very idea of two little mice saving an orphan girl sounds very juvenile and slushy - but here, it isn't. The Rescuers combines dark themes such as child exploitation to light refreshing comedy which does not detract from the seriousness of the whole film. Benard and Bianca are very admirable characters, and the swamp creatures are hilarious. Madame Medusa is an excellent villainness. She's intimidating and funny at the same time. There are plenty of colourful characters, Brutus and Nero, the two crocodiles, Orville the albatross and Penny, the sweet yet strong spirited little girl.

The very idea of two little mice saving an orphan girl sounds very juvenile and slushy - but here, it isn't. The Rescuers combines dark themes such as child exploitation to light refreshing comedy which does not detract from the seriousness of the whole film. Benard and Bianca are very admirable characters, and the swamp creatures are hilarious. Madame Medusa is an excellent villainness. She's intimidating and funny at the same time. There are plenty of colourful characters, Brutus and Nero, the two crocodiles, Orville the albatross and Penny, the sweet yet strong spirited little girl.

The animation is typical scratchy 70s style, but the backgrounds are really top-notch, especially in the swamp scenes. They portray a foreboding atmosphere that works well in the appropriate scenes. The paintings shown in the opening credits were inspirational. There are not many songs in The Rescuers, which is probably one of the reasons why it's such a serious film. The soundtrack is fits in well, and nobody bursts into song. 'Someone's waiting for You' is one of the fews songs that moves me to tears. It is just so touching and beautiful.

Sure, it's not entirely loyal to Magery Sharp's books, but who cares? You might as well just get mad at 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail,' because that doesn't stay loyal to the original Arthurian legend. The Rescuers is a true delight, and deserves a much better DVD than Disney has given it.


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