Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Two tiny agents vs. the world's wickedest woman in a dazzling animated adventure!
What can two little mice possibly do to save an orphan girl who's fallen into evil hands? With a little cooperation and faith in oneself, anything is possible! As members of the mouse-run International Rescue Aid Society, Bernard and Miss Bianca respond to orphan Penny's call for help. The two mice search for clues with the help of an old cat named Rufus.
I like how this box art goes out of its way to make this look bright and colorful, when it's in fact the dingiest, grimiest, rainiest animated feature that Disney ever released.
I had a similar reaction to this as I did rewatching Lady & The Tramp last year - only in this case, I had never watched The Rescuers before! Like Lady & The Tramp, this is one I could see loving as a kid, but appreciating so much more now. I soaked in all the beautiful imagery and gorgeous hand-drawn animation. From the unique prologue & opening credits, I knew I was going to love this.
A young orphan Penny sends for help the old fashioned way - a message in a bottle. Members of the international mouse organization, the Rescue Aid Society, discover the bottle that was washed to shore in New York City. When the classy, well-dressed Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor)…
The December Project: Film #20
The Rescuers, and its belated ‘90s sequel, were always some of my least favourite Disney animated features. Made 35 years ago, it was produced during a belt-tightening period in the studio’s history and frankly it shows in every department from the so-so animation, bland music and forgettable story. Based on the Margery Sharp novel, the story revolves around two mice sent by the Rescue Aid Society to save a kidnapped young girl.
For what is essentially an adventure story I never found The Rescuers particularly exciting. Even at 80-minutes the whole thing tends to drag despite the globe trotting antics of our, admittedly charming, rodent heroes. I think part of the problem is due to…
THE RESCUERS represents something of a passing of the baton at the Disney studio. It was the first animated feature to contain significant contributions from the new crop of animators hired to step into the shoes of the Nine Old Men (who were now quite literally old men): future stars like Glen Keane and Ron Clements rubbed shoulders with old stalwarts Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.
The result, while still very much part of Disney's "dark age" in terms of its low budget and uncertainty of tone, is a big improvement on the films that preceded it, particularly the nadir that was the aimless, lazy ROBIN HOOD. There's actually a story this time round, and while there's still a tendency…
Somehow, I never saw this as a kid, though I did see the sequel where George C. Scott voices the villain and John Candy voices an albatross. The original is very charming, and I can see why it holds a special place in the hearts of many people who saw it as a kid. The hand-drawn animation is gorgeous, and as it's a '70s toon, the colors really pop. I have to admit, listening to Bob Newhart's voice, I spent much of the movie thinking of his performance as Major Major in Catch-22. I should revisit that one soon.
I decided to show The Rescuers to my kids tonight because it was on Netflix and I hadn't seen it in a long while.
In fact, I'm not sure that I ever saw the entire thing as a kid.
I was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It is clearly a product of its times. You can see what seems like the influence of Ralph Bakshi in the film's earlier New York City scenes and the songs used are very era-specific.
The characters of Bernard and Bianca are wonderfully conceived, even if the idea of talking mice was something that Disney had explored in depth previously. The idea of a Rescue Aid Society that sends members to the…
Ever so close to paying off on its promises. But not quite.
I cannot believe I've never watched this Disney classic before. Lovely story about International rescuing mice!
As much as I loved The Rescuers Down Under when I was little, I don't think I ever watched the original film. Overall I thought the movie was fine, but mostly unforgettable. Also it's pretty clear they take most of the images for this film from other Disney films. Just off the top of my head: Peter Pan, Bambi, 101 Dalmatians especially. I'm surprised how much the animation style didn't quite feel like Disney, but more like the missing link between classic Disney and the Disney that would come around in the late 80s-early 90s.
Movie a Day - Day 82
I had seen this one as a kid but never felt too strongly about it. Having just watched it again, I still don't feel particularly strong about it either way. It's an entertaining adventure, and Eva Gabor and Bob Newhart are fun together, but that's about it. The use of Penny, the little gap-toothed orphan girl, is shamelessly manipulative, but I can't deny that she's one adorable cartoon.
Pat Buttram again, this time as Luke (some kind of hillybilly mouse or maybe a muskrat) who was also in "Angel's Revenge"
An older animation from Disney but still pretty good. I'm going to watch the sequel soon which I've heard is even better.
Interesting that a few of some of today's "controversial" things are in here and back then there were no problems. I wish people weren't as offended nowadays.
Not the most exciting, especially when compared to its sequel - but it's ok. Also the Rescue Aid Society has a mouse representative from Austria AND another from Vienna!
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