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The Rescuers -- Two mice (Bernard and Bianca) from the "Rescue Aid Society" help a young orphan girl (Penny) to escape the clutches of an evil woman who wishes to use the girl to retrieve a fabulous diamond.
The Rescuers -- Clip: Someone's Waiting For You
The Rescuers -- Clip: The Rescuers Meet Penny
The Rescuers -- Clip: Gators Play the Organ
The Rescuers -- Clip: Tomorrow is Another Day


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Margery Sharp (suggested by "The Rescuers" and "Miss Bianca" by)
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Release Date:
22 June 1977 (USA) See more »
Mystery - Fun - Intrigue! See more »
Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Such a charming film! See more (66 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Newhart ... Bernard (voice)

Eva Gabor ... Miss Bianca (voice)

Geraldine Page ... Madame Medusa (voice)

Joe Flynn ... Mr. Snoops (voice)

Jeanette Nolan ... Ellie Mae (voice)

Pat Buttram ... Luke (voice)
Jim Jordan ... Orville (voice)

John McIntire ... Rufus (voice)

Michelle Stacy ... Penny (voice)

Bernard Fox ... The Chairman (voice)
Larry Clemmons ... Gramps (voice)
James MacDonald ... Evinrude (voice) (as James Macdonald)

George Lindsey ... Rabbit (voice)
Bill McMillian ... TV Announcer (voice) (as Bill McMillan)

Dub Taylor ... Digger (voice)

John Fiedler ... Owl (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ruth Buzzi ... German Mouse (voice) (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Candy Candido ... Brutus & Nero - Medusa's Pet Crocodiles (voice) (uncredited)
Shelby Flint ... The Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Lounsbery 
Wolfgang Reitherman 
Art Stevens 
Writing credits
Margery Sharp (suggested by "The Rescuers" and "Miss Bianca" by)

Larry Clemmons (story) &
Ken Anderson (story) &
Frank Thomas (story) &
Vance Gerry (story) &
David Michener (story) &
Ted Berman (story) &
Fred Lucky (story) &
Burny Mattinson (story) &
Dick Sebast (story)

Produced by
Ron Miller .... executive producer
Wolfgang Reitherman .... producer
Original Music by
Artie Butler (musical score composed by)
Film Editing by
James Koford  (as Jim Koford)
James Melton 
Art Direction by
Don Griffith 
Production Management
Don A. Duckwall .... production manager (as Don Duckwall)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey C. Patch .... assistant director (as Jeff Patch)
Richard Rich .... assistant director
Art Department
Alex Mann .... blue sketch artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Herb Taylor .... sound
Visual Effects by
Jack Buckley .... effects animator
James L. George .... effects animator
Ted Kierscey .... effects animator
Dorse A. Lanpher .... effects animator
Dick N. Lucas .... effects animator (as Dick Lucas)
Animation Department
Dale Baer .... character animator
Daniela Bielecka .... background painter
Don Bluth .... directing animator
Ron Clements .... character animator
Jim Coleman .... background painter
Leroy Cross .... key assistant animator
Guy Deel .... layout
Al Dempster .... color stylist
Andy Gaskill .... character animator
Gary Goldman .... character animator
Stan Green .... key assistant animator
Ann Guenther .... background painter
Bill Hajee .... character animator
Joe Hale .... layout
Chuck Harvey .... character animator
Harry Hester .... key assistant animator
Ollie Johnston .... directing animator
Milt Kahl .... directing animator
Glen Keane .... character animator
Thomas W. Lay Jr. .... layout (as Tom Lay)
Bob McCrea .... character animator
Cliff Nordberg .... character animator
Dale Oliver .... key assistant animator
John Pomeroy .... character animator
Sylvia Roemer .... layout
Walt Stanchfield .... key assistant animator
Art Stevens .... character animator
Dave Suding .... key assistant animator
Frank Thomas .... directing animator
Chuck Williams .... key assistant animator
Randy Cartwright .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Ed Gombert .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Heidi Guedel .... animator (uncredited)
Ron Husband .... animator (uncredited)
Dick Sebast .... animator (uncredited)
Tad Stones .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Hank Tucker .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Music Department
Artie Butler .... conducted by: musical score
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
María Medina .... Mexican version (uncredited)
María Medina .... song performer (uncredited)
Edmundo Santos .... lyrics: Spanish version (uncredited)
Other crew
Eric Larson .... titles
Burny Mattinson .... titles
Mel Shaw .... titles (as Melvin Shaw)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bernardo y Bianca" - USA (Spanish title)
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78 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario/Quebec) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-8 (1988) (uncut) | Finland:K-8 (cut) (1978) | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:G | Peru:PT | South Africa:A | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:7 (original rating) | Sweden:Btl (re-rating) (cut) (1988) | UK:U | USA:G (Approved No. 24763) | USA:TV-G (cable rating) | West Germany:0

Did You Know?

Performer Nancy Adams, who had previously appeared in Robin Hood (1973) singing "Love", recorded a demo for Sammy Fain's "Someone's Waiting for You", which was not used in the final film. The recording is believed to have been lost.See more »
Factual errors: In Madam Medusa's pawn shop, the sign on the wall states "Loan Money 1/2 Rates on Diamond's". In this context, "Diamonds" is a plural, not a possessive noun, and therefore does not require an apostrophe.See more »
Orville:Say, bud, read the checklist to me.
Bernard:Uh, oh, yeah. "Goggles down."
Orville:[Adjusting goggles] Check.
Bernard:"Wing flaps down."
Orville:[Adjusting wings] Check.
Bernard:"Tail feathers."
Orville:[shaking tail] Double check.
Bernard:"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
[looks apprehensive]
Orville:And here we go!
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Movie Connections:
References The Jungle Book (1967)See more »
Someone's Waiting for YouSee more »


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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Such a charming film!, 27 February 2009
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I can't fault this movie at all, other than to say the video I have is a bit grainy. The film is undeniably charming, based on the books by Margery Sharp, which I haven't read.

The animation was just wonderful, right from minute one. It was dark and fluid, and reminded me of the masterpieces of Don Bluth like American Tail and Secret of NIMH. It matched the music perfectly, and none of the characters were drawn stereotypically. I loved the fact they made the protagonists mice, which shows a lot of originality. I was laughing so much at the swamp animals scene, as it looked so ridiculous. Another funny scene was the one with the crocs playing the pipe organ, and then Medussa starts shooting the place down.

The songs were outstanding, and beautifully sung by Shelby Flint. I've heard criticisms that the songs were lifeless and slow, but I strongly disagree. The song at the beginning "The Journey" was beautiful beyond words, as was "Someone's Waiting For You", the one with Penny crying on the boat deck. They were truly emotional and haunting, and often misunderstood by people.

The characters were really funny and engaging, especially the two crocodiles, and Orville(especially when he cries "Mayday, Mayday!")Bernard was brilliantly voiced by Bob Newhart, likewise Bianca by beautiful Hungarian actress Eva Gabor. Penny was really sweet, but the scene-stealer was Geraldine Page as Madam Medussa, who was such a convincing villainess, very sinister yet absolutely hilarious. She reminds me of Ursula from the Little Mermaid.

The script was both touching and funny, with the dialogue between Madame Medussa and Snoops sparkling like bubbles on top of a champagne glass and the story is compelling and beautifully told. All in all, I recommend this and the sequel (which isn't quite as good). 10/10.Bethany Cox

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