‘The Rescuers’ and ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ follow a pair of brave mice on their journeys to protect innocent children around the world. The two-movie collection is available on Blu-ray August 21.
To most, mice are small insignificant creatures - even a nuisance. But Disney has been bankrolling lovable rodent characters since the beginning with Steamboat Willy. Almost fifty years later, a couple of tiny, long-tailed heroes were given the opportunity to carry a picture in The Rescuers. They were so well-liked, their adventure was continued in a sequel, The Rescuers Down Under.
Unbeknownst to humans, selected mice are members of an international Rescue Aid Society that responds to distress calls. When they receive a message in a bottle from a little girl in trouble, Bianca (Eva Gabor) takes it upon herself to ensure her safety - along with Bernard (Bob Newhart), who she volunteers to be her partner. The pair travel near and far to complete their mission, but not as far as their next assignment would take them.
In the sequel, Bianca and Bernard go to Australia to help a little boy who was kidnapped by a poacher. To get there, they must fly with the original albatross' nephew (John Candy). The mission becomes further completed when, in addition to rescuing the boy, they must also help save a rare eagle and her eggs.
These mice's journeys appear so much more perilous because of the inherent, additional dangers that result from their size. It makes their adventures somewhat more exciting than the average animated rescue. They're nearly squished by brooms, drowned and eaten by large reptiles.
The characters are not only engaging, but amusing. Bianca and Bernard are a very likable couple, complementing each other's personalities; he being the cautious one, and she ready for a new adventure at the drop of a hat. They are also perfectly voiced by the exotic-sounding Gabor and the gentle-voiced Newhart. Outside of Candy's bird, the other characters are mostly filler to their dynamic and experiences. Unfortunately, large reptiles are once again vilified through their association with the stories' bad elements.
Though released 13 years apart, the duo picks up where they left off narratively and in terms of entertainment.
Starring: (voices of) Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor