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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 »
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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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A fun-filled new cartoon adventure! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This is the third animated film that both Pat Buttram and George Lindsey provided voices for, as Luke the muskrat and Deadeye the rabbit, respectively. In addition, this is the third time that their characters worked together and interacted considerably with one another. The first two times had been, respectively, as Napoleon and Lafayette in The AristoCats (1970) and as the Sheriff of Nottingham and Trigger in Robin Hood (1973). See more »

Goofs

Penny's teddy bear disappears after she shows off the damage to her underwear. In that shot, she is holding Teddy in her left hand, in the next shot of Penny, Teddy is gone. See more »

Quotes

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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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 »


Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by the Disney Studio Chorus
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Charming and Fun
3 April 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Rescuers (1977)

*** (out of 4)

Mice Bernard and Bianca agree to go out and search for a missing girl after the Rescue Aid Society receive a mysterious letter with a girl asking to be helped. The two mice set out to locate the girl and eventually do in a swamp where she's being held captive by a couple bad guys and their large crocodiles. I wouldn't call THE RESCUERS one of Disney's greatest films but it certainly has enough charm and laughs to make it worth sitting through. I think the best thing going for the film is the animation, which simply looks terrific. I really loved the look of the film as its quite gloomy in spots and especially during all the scenes inside the swamp. There are some pretty dark moments and especially during a sequence where the girl and the mice are inside a small cave looking for a priceless diamond. This entire sequence was full of great fun and imagination. Another major plus were the two lead vocal artists with Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor doing excellent work as the lead mice. Both of them really helped bring their characters to life and helped add to the fun. The supporting characters are also good for the most part and I especially liked the two crocodiles as well as the other critters living in the swamp. I thought both villains weren't all that memorable and especially when you consider how great the studio usually is at delivering bad guys. The film certainly has a nice pace to it and I'm sure people of all ages could get into it.


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