The Rescuers


The Rescuers Review

I'm sorry, but The Rescuers simply can't cut it as an animated classic. It's barely even an also-ran, though the superiority of its sequel, The Rescuers Down Under, makes it worth a look for completists. (Most notable is the fact that troublemaking animators inserted a nude woman into a fleeting shot as the mice are flying through the town -- alas, it's been excised from the new DVD release.)

The story is classic Disney, which is to say, it's pretty typical and lacking any real surprise. The Rescuers are a group of mice working out of the United Nations. They pledge to help anyone in need, and when a "HELP" message-in-a-bottle washes up, the mice send two of their group to the rescue. Why they pick the prissy Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor) and accident-prone city mouse Mr. Bernard (Bob Newhart) is a bit of a mystery.

Eventually, our rescuers stumble upon a kidnapped girl, a stolen jewel plot, and one Madame Medusa -- a hastily retouched Cruella DeVil. Medusa (voiced by Geraldine Page) is one of the worst-drawn characters in animated film history. Sadly, much of the film looks unfinished and jerky, even jumping out of focus during a frame or two. Considering the camera and the animation cels never move, getting the focus right seems like a real no-brainer. Alas, here we are.

The Rescuers' low-budget roots would be forgivable if it had anything of interest to tell us. I guess, in the vein of all Disney classics, it says that the little guy can triumph over the big ones -- in this case, a floppy-boobed, badly drawn, crazy woman who rides a jet engine through the bayou.

And if that ain't a message we can get behind, I don't know what is.

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The Rescuers

Facts and Figures

Run time: 78 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 22nd June 1977

Box Office Worldwide: $71.2M

Budget: $1.2M

Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures

Production compaines: Walt Disney Productions

Reviews 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Fresh: 24 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Bernard (voice), as Miss Bianca (voice), as Madame Medusa (voice), as Mr. Snoops (voice), as Ellie Mae (voice), Pat Buttram as Luke (voice), as Orville (voice), as Rufus (voice), as Penny (voice), Bernard Fox as The Chairman (voice), as Gramps (voice), as Evinrude (voice), George Lindsey as Rabbit (voice), Bill McMillian as TV Announcer (voice), Dub Taylor as Digger (voice)