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What is the world coming to?
on May 10, 1999
I almost could not believe my eyes. The "Rescuers" books, which are absolutely charming children's classic, out of print, to live on only in this very indifferent Disney version? No, never! Say it ain't so, Joe!
The movie is no fitting legacy for these books- indeed, it only resembles the real story in the names of its principal characters. The delightfully human Mouse Prisoners Aid Society has entirely lost its flavor of a local committee, being transformed what I can only describe as Disneyfied murine cross between the United Nations and a spy ring. The Norwegian poet in the Black Castle has unforgivably become a cute little teddy-toting girl in a Lousiana swamp. Bernard has become a bumbling booby, and Miss Bianca has changed from the sheltered, rather affected, yet clever and charming pet white mouse of the original to a sophisticated spy.
Miss Bianca's Disneyfied counterpart, however, despite her bearing no resemblance to the literary mouse of her name, does have a certain icily Hitchcockian charm at moments. She could have been, in fact, the lovely foreign agent, remote and brave, yet vulnerable and loving, etc. had not this been almost as out of character in the Disney movie as would have been Miss Bianca's true self.
For the rest, it is a mere pastiche of Disneyesque characters- evil alligators, bumbling birds, sinister skulls, cute kids, and a host of various protagonistish rodents.