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.
The production values are pretty bad, the story drags somehow in an 80 minute movie, it's outclassed by it's sequel, and overall it just hasn't aged well. That said, it's not bad. In fact it's surprisingly good despite of all of the flaws.
I only watched the sequel as a kid but man, this movie is pretty rough. Voices are great but it's pretty slow and the animation hasn't really aged well. Sequel is great.
Really enjoyable, very old-fashioned, Disney feature that I somehow didn’t see as a kid. It’s pretty derivative of the other Disney movies of its day, but I guess they all were.
I still love Orville the Albatross, Bernard and Bianca. For the rest it's a straight down the middle Disney film. Nothing bad, nothing outstanding.
[English/ Spanish review]
Long long ago (that is, the seventies), in a Disney galaxy far, far away, we had this movie with a kidnapped orphan girl trapped in a nightmarish bayou, kept by organ-playing crocs and with her life under threat. Her only hope? A couple of newyorkers and a bunch of southern local rednecks. Time to reconsider its condition of 'minor piece'.
Hace mucho, mucho tiempo (esto es, los años setenta), en una galaxia Disney lejana, muy lejana, teníamos esta película sobre una huérfana secuestrada y atrapada en una pesadillesca zona pantanosa, custodiada por unos cocodrilos que tocan el órgano y con su vida bajo constante amenaza. ¿Su única esperanza? Un par de neoyorquinos y un grupo de enloquecidos pueblerinos locales. Es hora de reconsiderar su condición de 'obra menor'.
Strong idea, slow start, so much is way too easy (how Bianca and Bernard 'track down' Madame Medusa so quickly, and their entire relationship… Miss Bianca instantly throws herself at Bernard because… ?), a couple of truly great sequences (the organ scene and everything with Evinrude, who had my 4.5 yr old in stitches), and a solid conclusion. As is typical for Disney, the un-nuanced personification of evil is troubling, but I did appreciate that even the "bad guys" were not all on the same page- certainly raised questions for my son, who wanted to know if the alligators were suddenly "good" at the end, as they tried to snap at Medusa...
Just rewatched this with my 9 and 5 year old boys. They really loved it, and it holds up so well! Nice balance of quiet moments with action sequences that are easy to follow. Still makes me cry.
Marvelous, bloody great flood of memories just came rushing back. After taking a huge break from this Disney list, it was awesome to jump back in again.
Medusa is without a doubt one of the most underrated villains from Disney.
A triskadecaphobic mouse who wears a flat cap joins a fellow member of the murine rescue society of which he is a member in an adventure to save an orphan girl who's been forced to look for a diamond. Brilliantly old school animation from the house of mouse let down by some shockingly dated music.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- In Your Hands
- Tuesday, After Christmas
- Six Shooter
Seeing as everybody else is going for it.
11,122 minutes wasted watching films
185 hours worth…
- The Care Bears Movie
- The Rescuers
- Tarka the Otter