The Rescue Aid Society is 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, Bernard and Miss Bianca set out to rescue Penny, an orphan girl. The two mice discover that the girl has been kidnapped by the evil pawn shop owner Madame Medusa and her companion Mr. Snoops. On the back of Orville the albatross, Miss Bianca and Bernard travel to the terrifyingly gloomy Devil's Bayou island where they learn the shocking truth: The innocent young girl is being forced down into a dangerous, dark underground pirate's cave where she must find the Devil's Eye, the world's largest diamond and Madame Medusa's greatest obsession.
Songs from movie soundtrack
The Journeymusic and lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, sung by Shelby Flint. The opening song expresses the lifeless object's desperate call for help when lost at sea instead of Penny's hope of being rescued.
Who will rescue me
Oh, who will rescue me
Who will rescue me
I'm lost at sea without a friend
This journey will it ever end
Who will rescue me
Rescue me, rescue me
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Directed by John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens; story by Larry Clemmons, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Vance Gerry, David Michener, Ted Berman, Fred Lucky, Burny Mattinson, Dick Sebast; produced by Wolfgang Reitherman; music by Artie Butler; film editing by James Koford, James Melton.
Bernard (Bob Newhart): Rescue Aid Society's timid janitor, who reluctantly tags along with Miss Bianca. He is highly superstitious and dislikes flying;
Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor): the Hungarian female representative of the Rescue Aid Society;
Madame Medusa (Geraldine Page): a greedy, redheaded, wicked pawnshop owner;
Mr. Snoops (Joe Flynn): Medusa's clumsy business partner;
Ellie Mae (Jeanette Nolan) and Luke (Pat Buttram): two muskrats who reside in a Southern-style home on a patch of land in Devil's Bayou;
Orville (Jim Jordan): an albatross who gives Bernard and Bianca a ride to Devil's Bayou;
Rufus (John McIntire): the elderly cat who resides at Morningside Orphanage and comforts Penny when she is sad (designed by animator Ollie Johnston, who retired after this film following a 40-year career with Disney);
Penny (Michelle Stacy) a lonely orphan girl, residing at Morningside Orphanage in New York City;
The Chairman (Bernard Fox): the chairman to the Rescue Aid Society;
Gramps (Larry Clemmons): a grumpy old turtle who carries a brown cane;
Evinrude (James MacDonald): a dragonfly who mans a leaf boat across Devil's Bayou, giving Bernard and Miss Bianca a ride across the swamp waters;
Deadeye (George Lindsey): a fisher rabbit who is one of Luke and Ellie Mae's friends
Digger (Dub Taylor): a mole;
Deacon Owl (John Fiedler);
Brutus and Nero (Candy Candido): Medusa's two aggressive pet alligators;
TV Announcer (Bill McMillian).
The Rescuers was also the first Disney animated film to feature a prologue, or part of the story prior to the opening credits sequence, making said sequence part of the storyline.
The Rescue Aid Society was originally the "Prisoners' Aid Society", just as it was in the original Margery Sharp novels.
Ellie Mae and the Swamp Folk were originally going to carry a small flag that said "Swamp Volunteers". This detail was dropped, since this would be the only time they would serve as rescuers.
The nine rescuers' names are: Bernard, Miss Bianca, Ellie Mae, Evinrude, Luke, Gramps, Deadeye, Deacon and Digger.
The Rescuers was successful upon its original theatrical release earning $48 million at the box office and becoming Disney's most successful film to that date.