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 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
Walt Disney's early vision for the film centered on the kidnapping of a polar bear from a city zoo. It was around this time that concept artist Ken Anderson toyed with the possibility of reusing the character of Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians (1961) as the main villain, to the sheer disapproval of some. When attention was brought back to Margery Sharp's work, the Diamond Duchess from "Miss Bianca" (1962) became the primary inspiration for the character of Madame Medusa, with early sketches for her design showing similarities to Garth Williams's illustrations from the novel of the character. Milt Kahl deliberately portrayed Madame Medusa's driving similarly to that of de Vil's, as a tribute to Marc Davis's work; the backgrounds during this scene show a style particularly reminiscent of those in the 1961 film as well. See more »
When Penny shows Bernard and Miss Bianca the elevator, they are each at the top of the stairs. In the next shot, they are all at the bottom of the stairs, inspecting the elevator. See more »
What's wrong, Penny, honey?
Come on now, come on. No secrets. You tell old Rufus, huh?
Well, it was adoption day at the orphanage.
Well... what happened?
A man and lady came and looked at me, but they choosed a little red-headed girl. She was prettier than me.
Aw, sh-sh-she couldn't be! You listen to me, darling. You're something extra-special.
No I'm not.
Why, some day a mama and a papa will come to the orphanage looking for a pretty lil' girl, just like you.
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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 »
Why is The Rescuers my favorite Disney movie? I'm not sure, other than the fact that it's just so sweet, and never fails to make me really happy. Seeing those mice from all over the world is just too adorable for words!
The animation is beautiful, as are the backgrounds, and the character design is some of the best among Disney movies (Madame Medusa is a great departure from typical Disney characters). The songs are nice too (my favorite part of the whole movie is the sequence to "Tomorrow Is Another Day").
They just don't make movies like this anymore. Penny, the orphan that Bernard and Bianca rescue from that nasty old Medusa, is truly warm and sweet, and you really care about her. Something was missing from the boy that Bernard and Bianca rescued in the sequel. Penny's truly something else.
The Rescuers is an underrated gem, and has something for everyone.
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