The Rescuers
The Rescuers (1977)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: June 22, 1977
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring superlative animation, off-kilter characters, and affectionate voice work by Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor, The Rescuers represents a bright spot in Disney's post-golden age.

Variety Staff

Four years of work were invested on this $7.5 million production and the expense, care, and expertise shows.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

It's still a film that has its charms, along with one of the more peculiarly conceived Disney villains.

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Time Out

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media

Great adventure, but too dark for preschoolers.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Efficiently short, charming, mildly scary in unimportant ways, and occasionally very funny.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The characters stick in the mind, and the classic Disney animation style works wonders with the likes of Orville and the gators. [Blu-ray]

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The one completely successful Disney feature produced between 1967 and the beginning of the company's renaissance in 1989.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
While not one of Disney's best animated classics, "The Rescuers" offers a very fun-filled adventure between twice unlikely mice who are on a… More
Daniel Mumby
Disney spent the 1970s in the doldrums, both financially and creatively. The passing of Walt Disney, and the retirement of Golden Age directors like Clyde… More
Carlos Magalhães
The 1970s were arguably one of the weakest decades for Disney in terms of quality, and this is another failure from the studio made in that time, with awful… More
Alex roy
The Rescuers was one of my personal favorite Disney films growing up. This is a terrific film that is very entertaining from start to finish. This is a very… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Beautifully animated--and overall pleasing to the senses--The Rescuers is a delightfully dark, yet charming adventure film. The characters are likable… More
Directors Cat
the film that redeemed Disney during its fall in quality during the 1970's. So much care was put into making this film and in the end it worked. I get just… More