Last Week's: Munir's Disney Retrospective -- Animated Classic #22: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
The best film of its decade, The Rescuers is also an underrated classic and one which deserves far more attention than it currently receives. Not only is the animation better and more inspired than in previous offerings, but the story packs much more heart and the characters are strongly characterized by a wonderful voice cast (led by Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor) and great character animation from veteran animators like Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. This is also the last film the “Nine Old Men” worked on before retirement (they helped a little in the transition with The Fox and the Hound but this was their last full job) and like The Jungle Book was Walt’s swan song, this wonderful little film is the proper goodbye from the studios’ top artists. Not only do you care about these little mice and their quest to rescue a young orphan, but you will also be very entertained by action-packed scenes, humorous moments and touching scenes. The 70s may not have been the brightest decade in the studios’ history, but The Rescuers is certainly one of the brighter spots from this era. Rating: 4.5/5.
Next Week: Animated Classic #24 Review: The Fox and the Hound (1981)