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.
Run time: 78 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 22nd June 1977
Box Office Worldwide: $71.2M
Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures
Production compaines: Walt Disney Productions
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Fresh: 24 Rotten: 5
IMDB: 6.9 / 10
Producer: Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring: Bob Newhart as Bernard (voice), Eva Gabor as Miss Bianca (voice), Geraldine Page as Madame Medusa (voice), Joe Flynn as Mr. Snoops (voice), Jeanette Nolan as Ellie Mae (voice), Pat Buttram as Luke (voice), Jim Jordan as Orville (voice), John McIntire as Rufus (voice), Michelle Stacy as Penny (voice), Bernard Fox as The Chairman (voice), Larry Clemmons as Gramps (voice), James MacDonald as Evinrude (voice), George Lindsey as Rabbit (voice), Bill McMillian as TV Announcer (voice), Dub Taylor as Digger (voice)