The Rescuers - Disney Films Project

The Rescuers - Disney Films Project

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I've been looking forward to The Rescuers coming up on our list as it is one of my childhood favorites. I was about 8 years old when it was released in theaters and it just captured my imagination. Mice saving the world? Adorable! Bernard and Bianca made a great team and I loved all the other fun characters like Rufus the cat and the swamp folk. And even though Nero and Brutus are villains, they are sort of hilarious.

The story is simple, but entertaining. The animation is not top notch, but I never worried about that as a child. It's pretty representative of what the Disney studio was producing at the time. Overall, it's a film that has stood up to the test of time as I still enjoy watching it today. I give it 8 out of 10 Mickeys.

Second Opinion with Alex Nelson

Well, here we are with the last good film of this time period, in my opinion. The Rescuers is what Disney’s output should have been after Walt’s death. Don’t get me wrong, the Pooh short compilation is excellent. But Rescuers is more akin to the successes of old.

We have characters that actually stand out, from our heroes, Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor, to the supporting cast, such as Orville, Penny, Rufus and Evinrude.

… And do my eyes deceive me? After ages of ineffective second stringers, do I see …ACTUAL VILLIANS?

I’ve never been so glad to see someone evil in my life!

Granted, Madame Medusa is basically a Cruella ripoff. But if you’re going to make a villain, making one that is like one you own that is menacing is the lesser of two evils compared to phoning it in for comedy. And by having two gators and a bumbling minion, the film manages to have it both ways! Nero and Brutus are imposing reptiles, and Snoops is inept enough that he seems relatable, but still somewhat of a jerk. Special mention to the entire cave sequence, which was built for tension. It wasn’t easy, but they pulled it off, after many mistakes across the canon after Walt died.

And the soundtrack is excellent. Not just the moving songs, but also individual pieces that underscore sections, such as the chase in the bayou, and the cave sequence. One can find incredible music here.

The animation is a bit odd on the outlines, likely as a result of Disney wanting to show what they could do with the technology. Also, having parts of the finale spelled out for the audience is a bit problematic. Still, things could have been much worse.

My final rating for this film is 7/10 Mickey Ears. Why couldn’t the other films have been like this?

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