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Disney ReviewAThon Part 1 The Rescuers

Posted by blcksb on January 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM

I had an idea a few days ago that I posted on my twitter feed about wanting to review Disney's older films, and I am starting on that now. I have set a timeframe date of 1937 ( the release of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs) to 1989 which is when the 1990's "Disney Renaissance" began.  As I had direct contact for viewing at the time of this writing I shall be reviewing 1977's The Rescuers and its sequel The Rescuers Down Under, I know I said 1989 as the cutoff but for the purposes of sequels (If any) I will be doing those also. Also I will be finishing off each film with a Then/Now part where I compare the film as an adult to how I enjoyed it as a kid. Now onto the show.

The Rescuers was based off of Margery Sharps series of childrens stories, our main protagonists are two mice named Bernard, a mouse of American nationality who is voiced by Bob Newhart, and Miss Bianca who is of Hungarian nationality and is voiced by Eva Gabor (Who was also Hungarian). Bernard is the janitor of the Rescue Aid Society while Bianca is the Hungarian representitive of the group. A letter in a bottle was found washed ashore in New York from a young girl named Penny, who lived an an orphanage who desperately wishes to be adopted, was kidnapped by Madame Medusa to find a diamond known as the Devil's Eye. Bernard and Bianca journey to a swamp known as Devil's Bayou in order to rescue Penny from Medusa and her two alligators Nero and Brutus and the timid and cowardly Mr. Snoops. They encounter locals who wish to get rid of Madame Medusa also and help our two small heroes out in anyway they can.

The Rescuers when released in 1977 was a big hit for Walt Disney Pictures since The Jungle Book in 1967 and its last until 1989's The Little Mermaid. Among those who had worked at Disney during production this was Don Bluth's first film with Disney where he was a full animator instead of an animation assistant. The Rescuers marked the end of the studio's so-called "sketchy" animation period of the 1960s and 70s, thus a new xerographic process restored a softer outline that previously was not possible with the technology, which so far only had been able to produce black outlines. This allowed the use of a medium-gray tone and even a purple tone for outlines, such as that used for Miss Bianca. The style can also be seen in 1970's The Aristocats. 

Then and Now: In honesty as a kid The Rescuers was not a favorite, my sister prefered it to me and the repeated animation frames was used far to much, now that I am older I do enjoy it more but still not an alltime favorite from me the use of same animation frames I know now as a cost saving measure and im cool with it as the more films I see the more I notice it.

Categories: Reviews, Walt Disney Pictures, Animation

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