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The Rescuers (2014)

The Rescuers (2014)

The Rescuers




Critic 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.

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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" Jordan, John McIntire, George "Goober" Lindsay, Joe Flynn (who died in 1974, not long into the four-year production), and a host of others. It scored at the box office, more than compensating for the $8 million investment and the half-decade of work it took to complete the film. In fact, The Rescuers remains one of the most popular of the Disney cartoon films produced after the death of Uncle Walt. A heavily-computerized sequel, The Rescuers Down Under, appeared in 1990. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By: , , , ,
Written By: Margery Sharp, Larry Clemmons, Frank Thomas, Vance Gerry, Dick Sebast
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2003
Walt Disney Pictures


Eva Gabor
as Miss Bianca
Bob Newhart
as Bernard
Geraldine Page
as Mme. Medusa
Joe Flynn
as Snoops
Jeanette Nolan
as Ellie Mae
Jim Jordan
as Orville
Bernard Fox
as Chairman
Bill McMillan
as TV Announcer
Dub Taylor
as Digger
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Critic Reviews for The Rescuers

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | September 3, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Creative Loafing

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

Full Review… | August 24, 2012
Groucho Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Rescuers

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 mission to rescue a little girl. With one-note villains, the movie could have easily been stale, but they were enjoyably over the top. With a nice message for kids, a very fun adventure for all ages, and a story that will brighten up anyones day, this is definitely a film to watch. If I had to fault the film, it would be for the sole purpose that the film is not even 80-minutes long, but it actually feels it's length. Following these characters felt a little dragged on to me, but that is just my opinion. In the end, I had a blast watching this film, and I highly recommend it to kids looking to watch something fun and clever. "The Rescuers" is great family fun.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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 music, bad voicing and an irritating, painfully derivative plot that doesn't amount to anything really worth seeing.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Beautifully animated--and overall pleasing to the senses--The Rescuers is a delightfully dark, yet charming adventure film. The characters are likable (especially Bernard, Bianca, and Penny) and the plot is engaging. It is overall a memorable, smartly-conceived animated film that has that rare gift of being able to appeal to both children and adults because of its amount of suspense and classic Disney fun. It is ultimately one of the best films in the entire Disney animated canon.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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