The Rescuers (1977)
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Critic Reviews for The Rescuers
Four years of work were invested on this $7.5 million production and the expense, care, and expertise shows.
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.
Efficiently short, charming, mildly scary in unimportant ways, and occasionally very funny.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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