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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

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 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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22 June 1977 (USA)  »

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Bernardo y Bianca  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 11,076,382 (Sweden)
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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording) (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)

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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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The film was considered by Walt Disney's marketing department to represent the decade of the '70s in their prestigious Diamond Edition line introduced in 2009. However, in the winter of 2012, it was announced that it would instead be released as a "2-Movie Collection" commemorating its 35th Anniversary, and packaged along with its 1990 sequel. See more »

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The traffic light that changes (and Orville flies through) has the three standard lenses for the green, yellow, and red phases. However, in typical cartoon fashion, the light goes from green to red without any yellow phase. See more »

Quotes

[inside the cave, gurgling sounds are heard from a large hole]
Bernard: What-wh-wh-what was that?
Penny: That's where the water comes in. Oooh, I'm afraid to go over there.
Bernard: Well, if I were a pirate, that's just where I'd hide the Devil's Eye. Eh, I'll go over and- check it out.
[as Bernard approaches the hole, a loud gurgling sound emanates from it; he starts to back away]
Bernard: Come-
[clears throat]
Bernard: come to think of it, If I was a pirate, I wouldn't, I wouldn't hide anything back there.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Rescue Aid Society
(1977)
Written by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
Performed by Eva Gabor (uncredited), Bob Newhart (uncredited), and Bernard Fox (uncredited)
Reprised later by the Disney Studio Chorus
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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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