The Rescuers

1977 American animated film

The Rescuers is a 1977 American animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977. The 23rd film in the Disney animated features canon, the film is about the Rescue Aid Society, an international mouse organization headquartered in New York and shadowing the United Nations, dedicated to helping abduction victims around the world at large. Two of these mice, jittery janitor Bernard (Bob Newhart) and his co-agent, the elegant Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor), set out to rescue Penny (Michelle Stacy), an orphan girl being held prisoner in the Devil's Bayou by treasure huntress Madame Medusa (Geraldine Page).

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, and Art Stevens. Written by Larry Clemmons, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Burny Mattinson, Dick Sebast, and Ted Berman.
Two tiny agents vs. the world's wickedest woman in a dazzling animated adventure!

Dialogue edit

Mr. Chairmouse: [reads Penny's message and clears throat] "To Morningside Orphanage, New York." Hmm. Most difficult to decipher. I can't make it out.
Miss Bianca: [reads the rest of the message] "I am.... in a terrible.... terrible trouble." Oh. Oh, dear. It's all watered out. "H-H-Hurry! Help! Penny."
Mr. Chairmouse: Penny? Morningside Orphanage? Dash it all! [walks right back up to his podium, complaining] It's not much to go on, is it?
Miss Bianca: Oh, that poor little girl. [raising her hand to the Chairmouse] Oh, Mr. Chairman. Please! Please, may I have this assignment?
Mr. Chairmouse: You? Miss Bianca? [laughs] Dear lady, this is absolutely without precedent. I mean, it's not like the old days when it was a man's world. However, of course, I suppose that there has to be a first time.

[after escaping the zoo]
Bernard: How 'bout trying the 3 blocks down and 4 blocks over?
Miss Bianca: What did you do to make him so mad?
Bernard: Nothing. He's just a, uh, like, uh, a grumpy old lion.
Miss Bianca: Well, after all, waking him up in the middle of the night. Would you not be grumpy, too?
Bernard: I didn't wake him up in the middle of the night. I just walked into a thing--
[fade to black]

Bernard: Sir, could you tell us what happened to a little girl named Penny?
Rufus: I sure can. But you ain't gonna find her 'round here. See, poor little thing ran away.

Rufus: [after telling Bernard and Miss Bianca about when he last saw Penny] She seemed happy enough, but the next thing I heard, Penny was gone.
Bernard: Well, uh, are the police still not looking for her?
Rufus: No, no, no, no. They gave up weeks ago.
Miss Bianca: Oh, this is terrible. That poor little girl.
Bernard: I just can't believe that Penny would run away. Uh, Mr. Rufus, please think. Now there-there must be something else.
Rufus: Well, come to think of it, there was. [pauses] No. No. It's nothing. Penny wouldn't get in with her.
Bernard: Get in what? W-with who?
Rufus: Oh, a weird lady tried to give Penny a ride, but she wouldn't have anything to do with trashy people like them.
Miss Bianca: Trashy people? Who?
Rufus: Well, she and her partner run a sleazy pawn shop down the street.
Bernard: Miss Bianca, we must go down there and investigate.
Rufus: OK, suit yourself. But you'd be wasting your time going down there.
Bernard: She could be in real trouble. We gotta find her and help her.
Rufus: [laughs a bit] Yeah. But.... two little mice? What--What can you do?

[the office telephone rings]
Medusa: [enters her office in a serious huff] Who could be ringing at this time of night? [answers; kindly] Madame Medusa's Pawn Shop Boutique.
Snoops: Hello, Boss!
Medusa: [excitedly] Snoops! Don't tell me, Snoops. Let me guess! [sits down] You've found it! [kicks her legs hysterically when laughs like crazy] You've found the diamond!
Snoops: [speaks indistinctly through the phone]
Medusa: [in fury] Give you time?! Are you serious, dude?! You bungler! You have been down there for 3 months!
Snoops: [indistinctly continues]
Medusa: [firmly] Huh? Bottles? What bottles? [seethes] You've caught Penny sending messages.... [screams bloody murder] ....IN BOTTLES?!?!?!?! REALLY?! [lividly] You blundering fool! Can't you control a little girl?! [pounds her desk in serious anger, then again screams bloody murder] SHUT UP!!!! I am taking the next flight down to Devil's Bayou! [hangs up real hard in a serious huff and prepares to pack her bags]

Bernard: [looks at the departure time] Flight leaves 6:45. [looks at the clock, which indicates that it's 7:00] Oh, no! Seriously? We missed the flight! Miss Bianca, if you hadn't----
Miss Bianca: [laughs when helps Bernard remove his coat] You worry too much. You know that flights are always late.
Orville: [through radio] Albatross flight 13 to tower! Albatross 13!
Miss Bianca: Now, what did I tell you? We are lucky, Mr. Bernard!
Bernard: Luck? Flight 13? [picks up his suitcase and starts to walk away] Maybe we'd better take the train.
Orville: [through radio] Wake up!
[Bernard stops]
Orville: Dad-drat it! Somebody answer down there! Get off the dime, will ya?! Hello?! Hello?! Is anybody down there?!
Bernard: [responds through microphone] Uh, say-- Uh, hello.
Orville: Where in tuck have you been, huh? Ya lazy knucklehead, you?
Bernard: Well, we just got here, sir. You see, my co-agent insisted on packing her, uh----
Orville: [whilst the sound of a helicopter is heard] Look, bud. Am I clear to land? Traffic up here's thicker 'han fleas on a hound dog!
[the loud sound of the helicopter drowns him out and blares through the radio, blowing Bernard off-balance]
Orville: [screams bloody murder] WOW!!!! WOW!!!! [angrily] Dad-blast, you dirty road-hog! Road hog! Sky hog, that's for sure! Seriously, dude?! Crazy! See, look! What is--! Gotta be kiddin'! You stupid lunk-headed--!
[Bernard turns down the volume of the radio]
Miss Bianca: What did he say, Mr. Bernard?
Bernard: I wouldn't dare repeat it.
Bianca: Well, then, you need to give him the permission to land.
Bernard: [to microphone] Uh, Captain? You, uh, you have our permission to land.
Orville: Well, it's about time, bud!

Bernard: [buckles up an open sardine can lid as a seat belt] Miss Bianca, make sure that it's fastened good and tight.
Miss Bianca: I can't. It'll wrinkle my dress.
Orville: Say, bud, read the checklist to me.
Bernard: Uh, oh, yeah. Goggles down.
Orville: [dons his goggles] Check!
Bernard: Wing flaps down.
Orville: [spreads his wings real straight] Check!
Bernard: Tail feathers.
Orville: [shakes his tail feathers] Double check!
Bernard: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again". [looks apprehensive]
Orville: [takes off] And here we go!

Orville: [looks at his tail feathers charred by one of Snoops' fireworks] Sufferin' sassafras! Seriously?! My rudder's on fire! Bail out! [screams bloody murder] BAIL OUT!!!! [turns upside-down, and Bernard and Miss Bianca jump off of the sardine can and start falling, then hold tight onto each other until Bernard produces an umbrella and raises it up] Mayday! Mayday! [spinning with his tail in serious smoke while falling toward the swamp as Bernard opens up the umbrella, holding Bianca to safety, and lets it float like a parachute]

Orville: [after Medusa runs over him with her swamp mobile] Holy smoke! Really?! [coughs while messy-looking and all tarnished with ashes and soot] Why don't you watch where you're goin'?! [continues coughing as he flies away towards New York]

Medusa: I want that diamond. I've got to have the Devil's Eye. You didn't leave the girl down in the cave long enough.
Snoops: She won't take orders.
Medusa: You are too soft.
Snoops: But the water was rising and the tide was coming in and all she did was fuss about her teddy bear getting wet.
Medusa: Snoops, you don't have a way with children. You must gain their confidence.... [hugging one of her crocs] ....make them like you.
Snoops: Yeah? Howddya do that?
Medusa: [picks up her cane and swings to at him, who dodges it] You force them to like you, idiot! At the next low tide, I'm going to put her down there.... [puts her fingers to her heart] ....myself, and keep her there.... [makes circles with both her pointy fingers, then scoops her hands right close to her right shoulder] ....until she finds it. [picks up her cane] And it is as simple as that! [pokes it at Snoops' nose]
Snoops: Oh, as simple as that, is it? [Medusa lowers her cane] Well, you're the boss, eh, Boss.
Medusa: Yes. [rises off of her couch] Now, come along, petsy-poos. [to Brutus and Nero while dancing her way to her office with her cane flung on her shoulder]

[after evading Medusa and Snoops]
Bernard: Are you all right, dear?
Miss Bianca: She tried to kill us. That terrible woman! Oh, if I was only a 10-foot mouse, I'd show her who's boss.
Bernard: It's... it's no use, Bianca. Maybe Rufus the cat was right. What can two little mice do?
Miss Bianca: But Bernard, the society is counting on us. We can't quit now. Oh and that little girl. We've just got to rescue her.

Medusa: [puts on her nightgown] High tide or no high tide, that little brat.... [slams her stool closer to her vanity desk, then sits down and looks into her mirror] going to find me that diamond tomorrow.... [takes off her right earring, then slams it in serious anger] ....or else! [is about to remove her other earring until Penny knocks on her bedroom door]

Penny: [kneels down to her bed and prays] Please bless Rufus and Teddy, and all the kids at the orphanage, including Jennifer, Bobby, Mary, Julie, and so on and so forth. And please let someone find my bottle when there's a message in it because running away isn't working. Amen. [to her stuffed bear] Don't worry, Teddy. We'll--We'll be.... [tearfully] ....all right.
[she sobs on her bed until Bernard and Miss Bianca walk up to her]
Miss Bianca: [tries to awaken Penny] Penny? Penny?
Penny: [awakens in tears] Yes?
Miss Bianca: Penny. Penny, dear, now please don't cry. We are here to help you.
Penny: Wait. Hi! [brushes her tear off of her right eye] Where'd you come from?
Bernard: We found the bottle with your message and we've come to rescue you.
Penny: [in serious joy] Did you hear that, Teddy?! Our bottle worked! [to the 2 mice] Didn't you bring somebody big with you? Like the police or something?
Bernard: Uh, no. There's just the 2 of us.
Miss Bianca: But if the 3 of us work together, and we have a little faith....
Penny: That's what Rufus said: "Faith makes things turn out right".

Ellie Mae: Are you guys ready to help rescue that little young 'un?
Deadeye: Sure enough, Ellie Mae!
Deacon Owl: Hallelujah!
Ellie Mae: [notices Luke fast asleep] Luke! Really?! On your feet, you lazy critter!
[Luke awakens]
Luke: Oh! Shucks, Ellie Mae. I was just a-waitin' for someone to holler "Charge"!
Gramps: Dagnabbit! Let's cut out the jawin' and get it goin'.
Deadeye: [laughs] When ol' Gramps gets head up, his nose gets plumb outta joint.
Ellie Mae: Take it easy, Gramps! We gotta stay here till Evinrude brings us word from them thar mice.
Gramps: If that bug don't get here soon, bam! They'll put that poor li'l girl down the black hole again!

Penny: The water's coming in! Please pull me up!
Medusa: [voice echoes from the cave] Not until you get the diamond!

Snoops: Welsher! Swindler! Chiseler!
Medusa: [holds Penny and Snoops at gunpoint] Shut up, Snoops! And don't move. If either of you try to follow me, you'll get.... [screams bloody murder] ....BLASTED!!!!
Penny: [walks towards Medusa] You gimme my Teddy bear. [getting pushed back by Medusa's left foot on her chest] You promised?
Medusa: [looks at Penny's Teddy bear] Teddy goes with me, my dear, 'cause I've become quite attached to him. [chuckles warmly]

Taglines edit

  • Mystery - Fun - Intrigue!
  • Two tiny agents vs. the world's wickedest woman in a dazzling animated adventure!
  • A girl in danger... A cry for help... And two marvelous mice who will risk anything to save her!
  • Two tiny heroes, one big adventure!

About The Rescuers edit

  • [In] the first 'Rescuers' there was the nudey picture. If somebody had asked an artist, he would say, 'Oh yeah, there’s a naked picture in there. I mean, the Playboy centerfold. Everybody knows that.' Everybody who was in animation knew about the centerfold. But nobody asked us.

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