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The Rescuers (1977)
A Disney classic that would make anyone tear up.
This animated movie does do a convincing job at depicting what children should never ever be put through, including going into hazardous, humid caves in quest of diamonds. Geraldine Page's voice role as Madame Medusa leaves me to think that she wasn't a very likable actress or person for that matter. I can cite her three appearances on the television series "Rod Serling's Night Gallery" as an example, in the series stories "Stop Killing Me," "The Sins Of The Fathers," and "Something In The Woodwork." Like her character in "Something In The Woodwork," her character in this animated movie got her comeuppance! Her Madame Medusa role is one that would have been sufficient to earn her a slap across the chops! I am not saying this to raise the ire of women's rights groups, I am only stating characters she has played are cold-hearted, uncaring, and mean spirited, not to mention annoying!
The lovely songs like "The Journey," "Tomorrow Is Another Day," and the Oscar-nominated "Someone's Waiting For You," will be more than enough to send you reaching for your Kleenex as a result of weeping. Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor are superb in their voice roles of Bernard and Bianca. He even sings well on "Rescue Aid Society." :)
One problem though, is that it's never explained why Penny was kidnapped besides the reason of her being small enough to retrieve the Devil's Eye diamond from a skull in a dark, humid, hazardous cave. Situations like this one of wrongful child labor and placing their welfare in jeopardy, even though this one was fictional, still make the host of "America's Most Wanted," John Walsh, furious to this day, even though the case has now been solved about who murdered his son, Adam, in 1983.
The comic relief is used sparingly and in the appropriate places where it is a welcome lift. Hopefully, Madame Medusa and Mr. Snoops got arrested and executed. I found myself saying at one point viewing this, "Go to Hell, Madame Medusa!"