The Rescuers

Walt Disney Productions Released 1977


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Wolfgang Reitherman , John Lounsbery , Art Stevens

The Rescuers is a 1977 animated adventure comedy co-directed by John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman and Art Stevens. It is based on a series of children's books written by Margery Sharp and is the 23rd feature length animated film produced by Disney. A note in a bottle makes its way to New York where it is found by the Rescue Aid Society. An act of good luck because The Rescue Aid Society is an organization of mice dedicated to helping people in trouble. The note is a plea for help by Penny (Michelle Stacy), an orphan, who is being help captive on an abandoned river boat deep in the Devil's Bayou. Two top mice, Bernard (Bob Newhart) and Bianca (Eva Gabor) are dispatched to help Penny. They discover that Penny is being held by the evil Madame Medusa (Geraldine Page) and forced to search for a hidden treasure. A child is needed to crawl through the small cave, and Penny was unlucky enough to be caught when Madame Medusa went looking. Together with help from an assortment of animal friends Bernard and Bianca challenge Medusa and her henchmen in a battle for Penny's freedom.


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  • 80

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Efficiently short, charming, mildly scary in unimportant ways, and occasionally very funny. It's a perfect show for the very, very young who take their cartoons seriously.

  • 60

    Empire Angie Errigo

    A solid, child-friendly work which will keep little ones content, if not mesmerised.

  • 50

    Time Out London

    There is one lovely character, though - Orville the albatross, who runs an airline service armed with goggles, scarf, and a sardine tin for his passengers to sit in.

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