The Rescuers ()

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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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Bernard (voice)
Miss Bianca (voice)
Madame Medusa (voice)
Mr. Snoops (voice)
Ellie Mae (voice)
Luke (voice)
Orville (voice)
Rufus (voice)
Penny (voice)
The Chairman (voice)
Larry Clemmons ...
Gramps (voice)
James MacDonald ...
Evinrude / Brutus / Nero (voice) (as James Macdonald)
Rabbit (voice)
Bill McMillian ...
TV Announcer (voice) (as Bill McMillan)
Digger (voice)
Owl (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bats (uncredited)
German Mouse (uncredited) (unconfirmed) (voice)
Robie Lester ...
Miss Bianca (uncredited) (singingVoice)
Peter Renaday ...
American Delegate (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

John Lounsbery
Wolfgang Reitherman
Art Stevens

Written by

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

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
James MacDonald ... sound effects: Evinrude (uncredited)

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)

Camera and Electrical Department

Ed Austin ... camera operator (uncredited)
Jim Pickel ... camera operator (uncredited)

Animation Department

Dale Baer ... character animator
Daniela Bielecka ... background painter
Don Bluth ... directing animator
Bob Carlson ... character animator
Ron Clements ... character animator
Jim Coleman ... background painter
Phyllis Craig ... character animator
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: "Bernard" and "Bianca"
Thomas W. Lay Jr. ... layout (as Tom Lay)
Bud Luckey ... animation director
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
Chuck Williams ... key assistant animator
Rowland B. Wilson ... ink and paint
Jane Baer ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Wilma Baker ... final checker (uncredited)
Betsy Baytos ... animator (uncredited)
Dave Brain ... animator (uncredited)
Bill Brazner ... xerox processor (uncredited)
Randy Cartwright ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Mary Jane Cole ... ink and paint (uncredited)
Diana Dixon ... xerox checker/inker (uncredited)
Becky Fallberg ... ink and paint manager (uncredited)
Maria Fenyvesi ... inker (uncredited)
Tom Ferriter ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Vance Gerry ... layout (uncredited)
Ed Gombert ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Don Griffith ... layout (uncredited)
Heidi Guedel ... animator (uncredited)
Fred Hellmich ... character animator (uncredited)
Ron Husband ... animator (uncredited)
Mark Kausler ... animator (uncredited)
Charlene Miller ... xerox checker (uncredited)
Miho Nagisa ... ink and paint (uncredited)
Carmen Oliver ... color models (uncredited)
Ray Owens ... paint lab (uncredited)
Janet Rea ... xerox processor (uncredited)
Robyn Roberts ... ink and paint (uncredited)
Carmen Sanderson ... ink and paint (uncredited)
Dick Sebast ... animator (uncredited)
Dave Spafford ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Steve Starr ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Tad Stones ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Dave Thomson ... scene planner (uncredited)
Ruth Tompson ... head of scene planning (uncredited)
Hank Tucker ... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Gina Wootten ... ink and paint (uncredited)

Music Department

Artie Butler ... conducted by: musical score
Evelyn Kennedy ... music editor
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Shelby Flint ... featured vocalist (uncredited)
Maria Medina ... song performer (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Al Teeter ... music editor (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Eric Larson ... titles
Burny Mattinson ... titles
Mel Shaw ... titles (as Melvin Shaw)
Boyce R. Doyle ... special consultant: end credits (uncredited)
Pat Lestina ... secretary (uncredited)
Charlene Rogers ... secretary (uncredited)
Lorraine Thilman ... secretary (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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 two ferocious pet alligators Brutus and Nero with the help of Ellie Mae and Evinrude the dragonfly, as well as survive the raging tides inside the horrible pirate's cave. Written by Frederick Irizarry

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Taglines Mystery - Fun - Intrigue! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Bernardo y Bianca (United States, Spanish title)
  • Les aventures de Bernard et Bianca (France)
  • Bernard und Bianca - Die Mäusepolizei (Germany)
  • Los rescatadores (Spain)
  • Els rescatadors (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 78 min
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Box Office

Budget $7,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,609,117, 17 Mar 1989

Did You Know?

Trivia The film's popularity almost led to a spin-off TV series in 1989. When the animation department green-lit The Rescuers Down Under (1990), the spin-off was reworked into Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers (1988), with Chip and Dale replacing Bernard and Miss Bianca. See more »
Goofs During the Rescue Aid Society meeting, one of the name plates says 'Africa'. Africa is a continent, not a country, and as such would not have a UN delegate. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Disney's Greatest Villains (1977). See more »
Soundtracks The Journey See more »
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 »
Quotes Rufus: Faith is a bluebird, we see from far. It's for real and as sure as the first evening star, you can't touch it, or buy it, or wrap it up tight, but it's there just the same, making things turn out right.
Penny: Can't touch it, or buy it, or wrap it up tight, but it's there just the same, making things turn out right. But whoever adopts me has to adopt Teddy, too.
Rufus: Oh, they'll love him! He doesn't eat much, does he?
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