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The Rescuers (1977)

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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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Margery Sharp (suggested by "The Rescuers" and "Miss Bianca" by), Larry Clemmons (story) | 8 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Larry Clemmons ... Gramps (voice)
James MacDonald James MacDonald ... Evinrude (voice) (as James Macdonald)
George Lindsey ... Rabbit (voice)
Bill McMillian Bill McMillian ... TV Announcer (voice) (as Bill McMillan)
Dub Taylor ... 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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Taglines:

Two tiny agents vs. the world's wickedest woman in a dazzling animated adventure! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bernardo y Bianca See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,111,582, 16 December 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,215,869
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, the Rescue Aid Society was to be placed in a hole somewhere, until the idea of a luggage bag in the basement of the United Nations building came up. See more »

Goofs

When Brutus and Nero bring Penny back to the river boat, just as the crocodiles are entering the doorway, while Brutus is holding her upside down, Penny is facing Brutus. In the next shot where the Penny and the crocodiles are inside the boat, Penny is facing away from Brutus. See more »

Quotes

Penny: [doing an impression of Medusa] Brutus! Nero! Did you let that little brat escape again? You're too soft.
[swinging a broom]
Penny: Wap! Wap!
Bernard: [chuckles] Hey, Penny, that's not bad.
Miss Bianca: [laughs] That's exactly like Medusa.
Penny: [walks like Medusa and imitates her again] Track her down, boys. Bring her back.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

On 8 January 1999, Disney issued a recall of 3.4 million copies of the home video version because two frames included an "objectionable background image", probably inserted without permission during production as an in-joke. The offending frames appear in a scene featuring a pan across an apartment: in one of the apartment windows, a picture of a topless woman can be glimpsed. This scene was intact for the original theatrical release in 1977. However, it was not in the 1992 video version because that was "made from a different print" according to a Disney spokesperson. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ratatouille (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Rescue Aid Society
(1977)
Written by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
Performed by Robie Lester (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 wildanimalsSee 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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