The Rescuers (1977)

Plot Summary:
An orphan girl named Penny puts a message into a bottle and throws it off the boat where she's being held captive. The boat manages to float its way to shore where its recovered by an international mouse organization called the Rescue Aid Society. One of the members, a female named Miss Bianca volunteers to go and chooses the janitor Bernard to go with her.

Their investigation begins at the orphanage where Penny lived and meet an old cat named Rufus who gives them some useful information. From there, they catch a ride on an albatross named Orville who provides service equivalent to that of an airline service. Upon arriving at Devil's Bayou, the pair of mice enlist the help of a dragonfly named Evinrude who basically functions like a motorboat engine. Once on the boat, they are able to speak with Penny and try to plan a way to get her out.

Unfortunately, things don't go as planned and Miss Bianca and Bernard have to think on their feet. What can two mice possibly do in such a situation? Well, they've already come so far, certainly they'll think of something.

I didn't like any of the music in this movie, but the story was interesting and the protagonists Miss Bianca and Bernard make a great team. It should also be noted that the story is a bit darker than many other Disney movies, with the only darker movie I can think of off the top of my head being The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996).

Overall, I personally enjoy watching the older animation style that can be found in this movie and perhaps if you love 2D animation, you'd enjoy watching this movie too. If, however, you're looking for a Disney movie with a ton of memorable songs, you're better off watching some of their other hits.

On a slightly different note, if you've already seen and enjoyed The Rescuers, then you might want to check out the sequel The Rescuers Down Under (1990).


Instant Comments:
The first thing I think about is how modern 3D animated movies use a 2D introduction, and here we have a classic 2D animated movie using a series of still images.

Also much of the background work at the start has this very crude painting style to it.
Though the art direction changes once we get to the meeting of the Rescue Aid Society.
Ha, Hungary makes quite an entrance. Of course I know her name, but she hasn't mentioned it yet.
Miss Bianca's accent is the same as Duchess's accent from The Aristocats (1970). It turns out it's the same voice actor.
"Nothing, just a grumpy old lion."

Penny's sorrow carries a greater gravity than many other Disney stories.
Maybe this crazy woman driver was the inspiration for Cruella de Vil's driving.
"I can't, it'll wrinkle my dress."
"He just went through a red light." "I do that all the time darling." Kiss.
Luke in this movie is voiced by the same voice actor as Napolean in The Aristocats, Pat Buttram.
Within the first page, the only remaining common voice actor is George Lindsey who does Rabbit in this movie and Lafayette in The Aristocats.

Within the remaining credits, there is a person by the name of Ruth Buzzi who goes uncredited in both: German mouse in this movie and Frou-Frou the Carriage Horse (singing voice) in The Aristocats.
It seems her water vehicle might be some sort of pop-pop bot. Orville goes in one end and out the other.
Ha, in his attempt to get the mice, he's playing the one mystery song on the organ.
Bambi and his mom! I suppose those might be the same birds from Bambi too. Then again, it's possible Disney just draws their animals the same way for every movie.

I recall having watched it as a kid.
Watched 20130616 (Netflix, Instant, HD)
The Rescuers (1977) Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, and Art Stevens. 78 min [botn The Rescuers (1959) and Miss Bianca (1962) by Margery Sharp]

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My The Rescuers Down Under (1990) post.


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