The Rescuers (1977) Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn, Jeanette Nolan Movie Review

The Rescuers (1977)   3/53/53/53/53/5

The Rescuers (1977)

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After being taken from the Morningside Orphanage in New York City, a little girl by the name of Penny ends up in the swamps of Devil's Bayou where she is held by the evil Madame Medusa. Fortunately she manages to drop a message in a bottle which reaches Rescue Aid Society, an organization of mice in the basement of the United Nations building who take it upon themselves to help those in peril. It is how Miss Bianca and Bernard, a janitor, end up on a quest to find out where Penny is and rescue her. It seems that Madame Medusa plans to use Penny to find the Devil's Eye, a huge diamond which Madame Medusa is obsessed with finding.

Have you realised something, do you know what the key is, have you any idea what I am on about? Enough silly beggars, what I am on about is no matter what Walt Disney animation you discuss there will be someone who saw it as a child and to them it is the best thing since sliced bread. As such I was not in the least bit surprised when I stumbled across a collection of highly enthusiastic reviews of "The Rescuers" an animation which I have to say whilst a pleasant distraction didn't set my world on fire, so to speak.

The thing is that "The Rescuers" tick a lot of boxes; you have the amusing Bernard and then the sexy sounding Miss Bianca, there is also the amusing bird they fly on as well as a whole array of other characters who mix being cute and comical often thanks to the well chosen actors to provide the voice work. Of course there are bad guys as well and bad guys with a couple of gators for henchmen no less which is kind of menacing. But whilst all of this combines to create an entertaining family movie it is for me quite typical in its characters and creativity which is why it left me not so moved by it.

What this all boils down to is that "The Rescuers" has nothing at all wrong with it and it is a fun distraction if you are in the mood for some old time Walt Disney animated fun. But like with all of Disney's animations this is another one which seems to work best for those who saw it as children when it came out.