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The two find that Madam Medusa, a pawn shop owner kidnapped the girl and has hidden her in her boat which is located in a desserted swamp. The two mice fly to the swamp on a gull were they find a young Penny trying escape the evil Medusa put is caught by Medusa's pet crocadiles. Bernard & Miss Bionca befriend a group of rodents who help the mice get on board the boat. There they over-hear that Medusa kidnapped Penny so that she could get her hands on the largest un-cut diamond in the world, the Devil's Eye, and that Penny is the only one who can fit in the cave. When the two help Penny get the diamond they call upon their rodent friends to help them catch & turn Medusa over to the police.
The movie was followed by a sequel in 1990 "The Rescuers Down Under" which was probally the only ever decent Disney sequel.
Whenever this film came on as a little girl, I could not watch it because it gave me night mares. Even if there were real kids who were in horrible (but obviously not the same) experiences, I had no way to relate to it. Yet looking back, it was a perfect offering for the decade.
I largely developed my current hypothesis about this film from realizing (as sad as it seems) compared to the nightly broadcast of the vietnam war and other urban/social programs---this WAS very kid friendly for it's time. In a time when American social protest was still very visible, the children's fare Disney itself had previously produced seemed outdated and simplistic.
It's also worth noting that efforts in locating missing and exploited children really did not begin until this time, even if it certainly was not Disney's intention to bring issues to the forefront. Again, the somber screenplay and emphasis on social justice owes much to the day's politics where many social safeguards we are accustomed to were non-existent.
The fact that Penny was adopted from an orphanage with little or no safeguards and subjected to such intolerable conditions for so long without any human contact other than the two creeps is another really telling area of the movie. To some extent it was hollywood dramatization, but to another extent that was how things were back then. Thankfully, world governmental bodies (such as the rescue aid society) are around.Read more ›
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Shipping was exactly as expected. Rescuers is a classic movie that my wife enjoyed thoroughly as a child, and we both enjoyed it again as adults.Published on Dec 29 2010 by Andrew
I just love this movie. Two cute mice venture on a mission to save a little girl and bring her happiness to boot. They don't make them like this anymore!! Read morePublished on June 6 2010 by tiffany Kado
ONE of my favorite Disney movies along with Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. This is the story of two mice of the rescue aid society ,out to save a kidannped girl named penny. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by Jeremy Boettcher
This movie has been my favorite since I was a little girl. I love the music and the characters. It's a classic that every child should own and watch again and again. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003
Besides Cruella de Ville and Ursula the sea witch, Madusa was my favortie villain of all. It all starts when the rescue aid society is summoned to answer a call for help from an... Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003
Swamp is no place for 2 mice named Bernard and Miss Bianca The rescuers is high adventure and comedy that the whole family enjoys. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003 by JediMack
Potential buyers should take notice that the "widescreen" presentation is achieved by matting the top and bottom of the standard "Full screen" image. Read morePublished on June 15 2003
I love this one. It is tender and touching and just a sweet movie altogether. I do however wish it were out on DVD already. Read morePublished on April 7 2003 by Loralee H. Darden
This is by far and away one of my favorite Disney movies.
Some of the scenes are a little harsh for a younger audience, but in all it is a very cute, very well written and... Read more
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