The Rescuers

In 1959, Margery Sharp published a book titled, “The Rescuers.” The premise focuses on two mice named, Bernard & Bianca. Their mission is to save a little girl captured by treasure hunters whose goal is to use the girl to obtain a diamond. Three Years Later, a follow-up, “Miss Bianca” continues the mice’s further adventures. Walt Disney refuses to produce an adaptation of The Rescuers due to its political themes. A Decade Later after Walt’s death, Disney went on to adapt the book.

The Rescuers was released in 1977. (same year Judge Dredd made his comic book debut) It received positive reviews from critics, families and movie goers alike. Plus, it made enough revenue at the box office. Twenty-Four Years Later, a sequel and final installment known as, “The Rescuers: Down Under” surpassed the original. In 1999, Disney recalled VHS tapes of scene with a poster depicting a topless woman in the background. They made the right decision to prevent weirdos from having “private time.” Anyway, The Rescuers is the last Disney animated film in the 70s. Their material from the 80s are a hit and miss.

Disney’s latest film, Strange World is out in theaters. Their next project is “Wish.” Which is slated for a 2023 release. Inspired by Nostalgia Critic’s Disneycember, I’ll be reviewing a few Disney films during December. Don’t worry folks, Christmas themed movies will also be posted. Which ones should I review? Please leave a comment and I’ll respond back.

This review contains no SPOILERS. I’ll give some of you a chance to see this

Safe & Danger Aspects

Safe: Bob Newhart & Eva Gabor both did a solid job for their respective voiceover performances.

The rest of the voice actors (minus Penny’s) all did a good job for their respective performances.

Hand Drawn Animation brings character models, environmental locations to life. It still holds up for a film released in 1977. At the time, Don Bluth worked at Disney in the animation department designing Bernad & Bianca. A Year Later, he called it quits and went solo.

Humor has some legit funny moments. Madame Medusa is hilarious.

Speaking of which, Madame Medusa is a better villain than Madam Mim. The former has more screentime and purpose than the latter. She stole the movie.

Chemistry Bernard & Bianca felt natural. There’s no early romance between them. Bianca kisses Bernard on the cheek as a sign for gratitude. As you may know, Disney is notorious for pairing two people in a relationship way too soon.

Pacing felt stable for a 76-minute animated film.

Near the end, Orville does a “Goofy Holler.” Disney’s equivalent of the “Wilhelm Scream.”

Danger: At an emegency meeting with mice attending a United Nations-esque organization, Africa is labeled a country. It’s actuallty a continent. Whoever wrote the script, is an uncultured doofus.

I know Penny’s actress is voiced by a little girl, but she’s a tad annoying. It’s hard to take child actors seriously. I don’t blame them, I blame the director not putting a lot of effort teaching child actors how to deliver a good performance.

The Final Verdict: B, FOR BOLD!

The Rescuers is a good addition to Disney’s animated filmography. If you wanna introduce your kids to this movie, go right ahead. Don’t forget to show them The Rescuers: Don’t Under. Arguably better than the first one.

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