The Rescuers came out three years before my birthday, on the day I was born – June 22nd, 1977 and was Walt Disney’s first major success after The Jungle Book in 1967 and it’s last until 1989 when the Little Mermaid showed up on screen. This probably has a lot to do with the reason why it was incredibly popular in the early 80s and the reason why it became the most influential animation of my childhood.
Some of my earliest memories are of Bianca and Bernard, the Rescuers. The movie begins with the head mice gathering at the Rescue Aid Society, an international mouse organization headquartered in New York that shadows the UN. The Rescue Aid Society is dedicated to helping abducted victims around the world and in this case it is Penny, a little orphan girl being held prisoner by Madame Medusa – a treasure hunter.
Now it is celebrating it’s 35th Birthday, in gorgeous high-definition Blu-ray. It has come along way from static colored t.v. screens from the 80s! For those of you that remember the tale of Penny, Bernard and Bianca, you’ll be swept back in time with this classic; remarkable and lovely as always.
The Rescuers Down Under was released in 1990 and is one of only 3 sequels to be produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It begins with Bernard trying to ask Bianca to marry him when things get a little messed up.
Both movies do deal with the abduction of children and although have the grateful happy endings, the idiot (although vicious) villains and the amusing animal comedic characters – it is something that has always given the films a very mature aspect to them. They are fascinating and memorable for adults and yet still grab at the hearts of children even decades later. I loved watching these movies with my family and talking about the memories I had growing up with them.
Congratulations on your 35th Anniversary Bernard and Bianca!
Purchase: You can purchase The Rescuers 35th Anniversary Edition & The Rescuers Down Under on Blu-ray Combo for $22.75 on Amazon.
I received a copy for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.