Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1977. Walt Disney Productions. Story by Larry Clemmons, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Vance Gerry, David Michener, Ted Berman, Fred Lucky, Burny Mattinson, Dick Sebast, based on the stories The Rescuers and Miss Bianca by Margery Sharp. Produced by Wolfgang Reitherman. Music by Artie Butler. Production Design by Don Griffith. Film Editing by James Koford, James Melton. Academy Awards 1977. National Board of Review Awards 1977.
Margery Sharp’s children’s books have been adapted with winning ease in this film by Walt Disney productions. Two mice, both employees of the Rescue Aid Society, go in search of a little kidnapped girl when they receive a message in a bottle from the child asking for help. She has been taken by a greedy woman (voiced by the superb Geraldine Page) in a Louisiana bayou who needs her to help find a precious diamond she is lusting for. Bernard and Bianca may only be two tiny creatures, but with self-confidence and a good network of helpful friends, anything’s possible. The little world of studious mice is absolutely adorable, and Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor‘s voice work as the romantic couple just divinely charming. The mice went on to their own sequel (with Newhart and Gabor returning to do the voices) in 1990’s less successful The Rescuers Down Under.