"The Rescuers" (1977)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By: Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Art Stevens, Milt Kahl, Don Bluth
Written By: Larry Clemmons, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Vance Gerry, Burny Mattinson, Fred Lucky, Ted Berman, Dick Sebast, David Michener
Runtime: 80 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Bernard (Bob Newhart) and Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor), two New York City mice, are members of the Rescue Aid Society, an international team that operates beneath the United Nations and comes to the aid of those in need. After receiving word that Penny (Michelle Stacy), a young orphan, has been abducted by Madame Medusa (Geraldine Page), an evil woman seeking a precious diamond, the two set out to bring her back home, with help from other animal friends.
This is a really sweet film. It’s a pity it’s not more popular than it is.
The story is solid with enough heart and quirkiness respectively to entertain both children and adults alike. The length is ideal for keeping children’s attention and keep them occupied as well. It’s child-friendly and any violence or otherwise is kept to a minimum. – Definitely not as dark as some Disney films go. This one is very innocent in comparison.
The characters are very dynamic. I love the relationship between the two protagonists, Miss Bianca and Bernard. They complement each other beautifully. Bernard is quite a bit more timid than Miss Bianca and unsure of himself and the world around him. While Miss Bianca prefers to grab the world around her by the tail and is incredibly self-assured.
I would say one of the better Disney films for children to watch for its characters and their personalities. And indeed, the story. This is definitely worth a watch.