The Rescuers
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Two fantasy novels by Margery Sharp were combined for in the Disney animated feature The Rescuers. The title characters are a pair of mice, Bernard and Miss Bianca. A little girl named Penny has been kidnapped by Miss Medusa. When the human law enforcement officials fail to locate the child, Bernard and Miss Bianca take over with the help of several colorful animal companions. In classic Disney tradition, the comedy element is offset by moments of genuine terror. Voices are provided by Bob Newhart (Bernard), Eva Gabor (Miss Bianca), Geraldine Page (Madame Medusa), Jim "Fibber McGee"… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Four years of work were invested on this $7.5 million production and the expense, care, and expertise shows."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The Walt Disney animators returned to top form with this beautifully crafted and wonderfully expressive cartoon feature, the first major work to come out of the Disney studios in a decade."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's still a film that has its charms, along with one of the more peculiarly conceived Disney villains."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A solid, child-friendly work which will keep little ones content, if not mesmerised."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"The mice that soared."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
"The people who really need rescuing are the Disney animators and storymen, who seem uncertain whether to keep up the old studio traditions of cute characters and plush settings, or to branch out into contemporary urban satire."
‑ , Time Out
"The songs aren't up to par, Madame Medusa comes off as a cut-rate Cruella De Vil (no surprise, since the 101 Dalmatians villainess was at one point discussed for this picture), and Newhart's Bernard ranks as one of Disney's dullest toon protagonists."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Great adventure, but too dark for preschoolers."
‑ Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
"A beautifully animated film that showed Disney still knew a lot about making quality children's fare even as their track record was weakening."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the bright spots in a dim period for Disney animated films."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Efficiently short, charming, mildly scary in unimportant ways, and occasionally very funny."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The characters stick in the mind, and the classic Disney animation style works wonders with the likes of Orville and the gators. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The one completely successful Disney feature produced between 1967 and the beginning of the company's renaissance in 1989."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"An old-fashioned Disney delight/"
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Buy it for the little 'uns, but don't necessarily watch it with them."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
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