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The Rescuers

Original theatrical release poster
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
John Lounsbery
Art Stevens
Produced by Wolfgang Reitherman
Written by Books:
Margery Sharp
Larry Clemmons
Vance Gerry
Ken Anderson
Frank Thomas
Burny Mattinson
Fred Lucky
Dick Sebast
Dave Michener
Starring Bob Newhart
Eva Gabor
Michelle Stacy
Geraldine Page
Joe Flynn
Jim Jordan
John McIntire
Jeanette Nolan
Pat Buttram
Bernard Fox
Music by Score:
Artie Butler
Sammy Fain
Carol Connors
Ayn Robbins
Shelby Flint
Release date(s) June 22, 1977
Running time 77 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,200,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $71,215,869
Followed by The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

The Rescuers is a 1977 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977. The 23rd film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film is about the Rescue Aid Society, 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, jittery janitor Bernard (Bob Newhart) and his co-agent, the elegant Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor), set out to rescue Penny (Michelle Stacy), an orphan girl being held prisoner in the Devil's Bayou by treasure huntress Madame Medusa (Geraldine Page).

The film is based on a series of books by Margery Sharp, most notably The Rescuers and Miss Bianca. Due to the film's success, a sequel entitled The Rescuers Down Under was released in 1990.



The film begins in an abandoned river boat in Devil's Bayou, where orphan Penny drops a message in a bottle containing a plea for help into the river. The bottle is carried out to sea and washes up in New York, where it is recovered by the Rescue Aid Society. The Hungarian representative, Miss Bianca, volunteers to accept the case and chooses the janitor Bernard as her co-agent. The two visit Morningside Orphanage, where Penny lived, and meet an old cat named Rufus. He tells them about a wicked woman named Madame Medusa who once tried to lure Penny into her car and may have abducted Penny this time.

The mice travel to Medusa's pawn shop, where they discover that she and her partner Mr. Snoops are on a quest to find the world's largest diamond, the Devil's Eye. With the help of an albatross named Orville, and a dragonfly named Evinrude, the mice follow Medusa and Mr. Snoops to the bayou. There, they learn that Penny was captured to enter a hole that leads down into the pirates' cave where the Devil's Eye is located.

Thanks to Miss Bianca's perfume, the mice attract the attention of Medusa's pet alligators, Brutus and Nero. Bernard and Miss Bianca escape, and find Penny. The following morning, Medusa and Mr Snoops send Penny down into the cave to find the gem, unaware that Miss Bianca and Bernard are hiding in her skirt pocket. The three soon find the stone within a pirate skull; as Penny pries the mouth open with a sword, the mice push it out from within, but soon the oceanic tide rises and floods the cave. Miss Bianca, Penny, and Bernard barely manage to retrieve the diamond and escape.

The greedy Medusa steals the diamond for herself and hides it in Penny's teddy bear. When she trips over a cable, Medusa loses the bear to Penny, who runs away with it. Medusa retaliates with gunfire, causing the mice to flee until they are met by Brutus and Nero, her alligators. Bernard and Miss Bianca trick them into entering a cage-like elevator, trapping them.

Two of the gang set off Snoops' fireworks, making the boat sink. Penny and the gang use Medusa's "swampmobile". Medusa is left clinged to the boat's smoke stacks with Brutus and Nero attacking below.

Back in New York, the Rescue Aid Society watch TV to hear that the Devil's Eye is given to the Smithsonian Institution and Penny is adopted by a new father and mother. Bernard and Miss Bianca remain partners in the Rescue Aid Society's missions and soon after depart on Orville, accompanied by Evinrude, to a new rescue mission.


The film was four years in the making with the combined talents of 250 people, including 40 animators who produced approximately 330,000 drawings; there were 14 sequences with 1,039 separate scenes and 750 backgrounds.[1]

It was the first Disney film that combined the talents of Walt Disney's original crew of story writers and animators (including Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men") with a newer, less experienced crew that Walt Disney Productions had recruited in the mid-1970s.[1]

Penny struggles to free the Devil's Eye diamond from a pirate's skull. The producers carefully designed every shot of the scene to raise the tension.[2]

The film marked the last joint effort by veterans Milt Kahl, Ollie Johnston, and Frank Thomas, and the first Disney film worked on by Don Bluth as an animator, instead of an assistant animator.[3] Other animators who stepped up during production were Glen Keane, Ron Clements, and Andy Gaskill, who would all play an important role in the Disney Renaissance of the 1980s and 90s.[4]

The Rescuers was also the company's first major animated success since The Jungle Book and the last until The Little Mermaid. The film marked the end of the silver age of Disney animation that had begun in 1950 with Cinderella. This also marked the first successful animated film that Walt Disney himself had not worked on.

During the 1960s and early 70s Disney films took on the trend of comedy, rather than story, heart, and drama. The Rescuers marked the return of the animated drama films the studio had previously been known for, such as Bambi and Dumbo. Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston stated in their website that The Rescuers had been their return to a film with "heart" and also considered it their best film without Walt Disney.[5] Also unique to the animation was the opening credits: this film marked the first time that practiced camera movements over still photographs were used to make the opening credits. Prior to this, the studio had used the cels with the credits motionless over different still backgrounds, sometimes over one single background, as was done in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

The film marked the end of the studio's so-called "sketchy" animation period of the 1960s and 70s. The 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.


  • Bob Newhart as Bernard, Rescue Aid Society's timid janitor, who reluctantly tags along with Miss Bianca on her journey to the Devil's Bayou to rescue Penny. He is highly superstitious and dislikes flying.
  • Eva Gabor as Miss Bianca, the female representative of the Rescue Aid Society from Hungary. She is sophisticated and adventurous, and fond of Bernard, choosing him as her co-agent as she sets out to rescue Penny. Her Hungarian nationality was derived from that of her voice actress, Eva Gabor.
  • Geraldine Page as Madame Medusa, a greedy, redheaded, wicked pawnshop owner and the lead villainess in The Rescuers. Upon discovering the Devil's Eye diamond hidden in a blowhole, she kidnaps the small orphan, Penny, to retrieve it for her, as Penny is the only one small enough to fit in it. In the end, she is thwarted and presumably eaten by her two alligators, Brutus and Nero.
  • Michelle Stacy as Penny, a lonely orphan girl, residing at Morningside Orphanage in New York City. She is kidnapped by Medusa in an attempt to retrieve the world's largest diamond, the Devil's Eye.
  • Joe Flynn as Mr. Snoops, Medusa's clumsy business partner, who obeys his boss's orders to share the Devil's Eye. Upon being betrayed by Medusa, however, he turns on her and flees by raft.
  • Jim Jordan as Orville, an albatross who gives Bernard and Bianca a ride to Devil's Bayou. The role was the last for Jordan, who retired after the film's release.
  • John McIntire as Rufus, the elderly cat who resides at Morningside Orphanage and comforts Penny when she is sad. Although his time onscreen is rather brief, he provides the film's most important theme, faith. He was designed by animator Ollie Johnston, who retired after this film following a 40-year career with Disney.
  • Jeanette Nolan as Ellie Mae and Pat Buttram as Luke, two muskrats who reside in a Southern-style home on a patch of land in Devil's Bayou. Luke is particularly known for drinking homemade liquor, which really packs a punch.
  • James MacDonald as Evinrude, a dragonfly who mans a leaf boat across Devil's Bayou, giving Bernard and Miss Bianca a ride across the swamp waters. His name is derived from the Evinrude brand of outboard motor.
  • Candy Candido as Brutus and Nero, Medusa's two aggressive pet alligators, who return Penny after she attempts to run away. They are last seen attacking Medusa after she betrays them.
  • Bernard Fox as Mr. Chairman
  • George Lindsey as Deadeye
  • Larry Clemmons as Gramps
  • Dub Taylor as Digger
  • John Fiedler as Deacon Owl
  • Shelby Flint as Singer, Bottle
  • Bill McMillian as T.V. Announcer

Film Credits


Bernard was inspired by the character of the same name in Margery Sharp's The Rescuers series and much of his personality and character were kept. In the novel Miss Bianca, however, Bernard plays a very minor role.

Penny was inspired by Patience, the orphan in the novel. Mr. Snoops is a version of Mandrake, a character of the book. His appearance is a caricature of animation historian John Culhane.[1] Culhane claims he was practically tricked into posing for various reactions, and his movements were imitated on Mr. Snoops' model sheet. However, he stated, "Becoming a Disney character was beyond my wildest dreams of glory."[6]

Brutus and Nero are based on the two bloodhounds, Tyrant and Torment in the novels.

A pigeon was originally proposed to be the transportation for Bernard and Bianca, until animator Frank Thomas remembered a True Life Adventures film of albatrosses and their clumsy take-offs and landings, and suggested the ungainly bird instead.[3]

Originally, Cruella de Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians was to have been recast as the villainess in The Rescuers, but this idea was dropped since the studio was not interested in producing sequels at the time. She was replaced by a retouched version of the Diamond Duchess in Miss Bianca. The two characters share surprisingly few similarities, other than perhaps the tendency to drive recklessly. The motive to steal a diamond originated in Margery Sharp's 1959 novel, Miss Bianca. Her appearance was based on animator Milt Kahl's ex-wife, whom he didn't particularly like. This was Kahl's last film for the studio, and he wanted his final character to be his best; he was so insistent on perfecting Medusa that he ended up doing almost all the animation for the character himself.[7]


The Rescuers was re-released to theaters on December 16, 1983 along with a new Mickey Mouse featurette, Mickey's Christmas Carol, Mickey's first theatrical appearance after a 30-year absence. In anticipation of its upcoming theatrically released sequel in 1990, The Rescuers saw another successful theatrical run on March 17, 1989.

The Rescuers premiered on VHS and Laserdisc on September 18, 1992 as part of the Walt Disney Classics series. It was re-released on VHS as part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection on January 5, 1999, but was recalled three days later and reissued on March 23, 1999 (see "Controversy"). The Rescuers was released on DVD on May 20, 2003.

Sources indicate that the film has been, along with a small number of other Disney films, added to Walt Disney Home Entertainment's prestigious "Platinum Collection" line and will be released as such on DVD and Blu-ray on March 12, 2013.[8]


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.[citation needed] The film broke a record for the largest financial amount made for an animated film on opening weekend, a record it kept until 1986, when An American Tail, directed by Rescuers animator Don Bluth, broke the record. The Rescuers was Disney's first significant success since The Jungle Book and the last until The Little Mermaid.

The film was received with praise from critics[9] and was also well-received by audiences. The Rescuers was said to be Disney's greatest film since Mary Poppins in 1964 and that it seemed to signal a new golden age for Disney animation.[10] The film was ranked 20th out of the 48 canon Disney animated features in a 2009 countdown at Rotten Tomatoes, where it holds a "fresh" 84% rating.[11]

In his book, The Disney Films, film historian Leonard Maltin refers to The Rescuers as "a breath of fresh air for everyone who had been concerned about the future of animation at Walt Disney's," praises its "humor and imagination and [it is] expertly woven into a solid story structure [...] with a delightful cast of characters." Finally, he declares the film "the most satisfying animated feature to come from the studio since 101 Dalmatians." He also briefly mentions the ease with which the film surpassed other animated films of its time.[12]

The film received an Academy Award nomination for the song "Someone's Waiting for You", which was nominated in 1978 at the 50th Academy Awards.[13] The song lost to "You Light Up My Life" from the film of the same name.

Jack Shaheen, in his study of Hollywood portrayals and stereotypes of Arabs, noted the inclusion of delegates from Arab countries in the Rescue Aid Society.[14]


The songs were written by Sammy Fain, Carol Connors, and Ayn Robbins, and performed by Shelby Flint. For the first time since Bambi, all the most significant songs were sung as part of a narrative, as opposed to by the film’s characters as in most Disney animated features.

  • The Journey (a.k.a. Who Will Rescue Me?) – Sung during the film’s opening credits, the song follows Penny’s bottle as it floats out of the Devil’s Bayou and into the Atlantic Ocean. The song’s repeated line "Who will rescue me?" has led many to believe that the song is being sung from Penny’s perspective, but the line, "I’m lost at sea without a friend" confirms that it is actually the bottle singing. For this reason Shelby Flint is credited as the bottle’s "voice".[citation needed]
  • Rescue Aid Society – Sung by the Chairman (Bernard Fox), Bernard (Bob Newhart) and Miss Bianca (Robie Lester, filling in for Eva Gabor), as well as the various international mouse delegates (the Disney Studio Chorus) during the R.A.S. meeting. A reprise of the plays when Bernard and Bianca begin to lose their faith, and are reminded of the song and its meaning.
  • Faith is a Bluebird – Although not an actual song, it is a poem recited by Rufus and partially by Penny in a flashback the old cat has to when he last saw the small orphan girl, and comforted her through the poem, about having faith. The titular bluebird that appears in this sequence originally appeared in Alice in Wonderland.[citation needed]
  • Tomorrow is Another Day – Sung as Bernard and Bianca travel to Devil’s Bayou upon Orville’s back. The heartwarming song plays again at the film’s closure, as Bernard and Bianca, assisted by Evinrude and Orville, set out on a new rescue mission, thus concluding the film with the lines: "Tomorrow is another day", a very loose homage to Gone with the Wind[citation needed], which features the exact same final line.
  • Someone’s Waiting For You – Sung as Penny begins to lose her faith, after Medusa cruelly speaks to her. During this segment, the star of faith, that Rufus mentioned earlier lights up the night sky. Bambi and his mother appear during this segment.[citation needed] Various artists, such as Lea Salonga, have covered it.
  • For Penny's a Jolly Good Fellow - Sung by the orphan kids at the end of the film, a variation of the song "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow".


One of the frozen frames containing a picture of a topless woman in the window

On January 8, 1999, three days after the film's second release on home video, the Walt Disney Company announced a recall of about 3.4 million copies of the videotapes because there was an objectionable image in one of The Rescuers background cels.[15][16][17] [18][19][20]

The image in question is a blurry image of a topless woman that appears in two out of the film's more than 110,000 frames. The image appears twice in nonconsecutive frames during the scene in which Miss Bianca and Bernard are flying on Orville's back through New York City. The two images could not be seen in ordinary viewing because the film runs too fast - at 30 frames per second on video.[15][21]

In 1999, two days after the recall was announced, the London press site The Independent reported:

A Disney spokeswoman said that the images in The Rescuers were placed in the film during production, but she declined to say what they were or who placed them...The company said the aim of the recall was to keep its promise to families that they can trust and rely on the Disney brand to provide the best in family entertainment.[15]

The Rescuers video was reissued March 23, 1999 with the offending image edited out. On May 20, 2003, the film was released on DVD.


The Rescuers was the first Disney animated feature with a sequel; The Rescuers Down Under was released theatrically on November 16, 1990.

The sequel takes place in the Australian Outback, and involves Bernard and Bianca trying to rescue a boy named Cody and a giant golden eagle from a greedy poacher named McLeach. Both Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor reprised their lead roles. Since Jim Jordan, who had voiced Orville, had since died, a new character, Wilbur (Orville’s brother, another albatross) was created and voiced by John Candy.

The film Oliver & Company was also originally supposed to be a sequel to The Rescuers, featuring Penny now living with her adoptive parents and Rufus the cat.[citation needed] However, due to concerns that the story would not have been convincing, Penny was replaced by a similar girl, named Jenny.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ Smith, D: "Animal Heroes", page 80. Disney: The Ultimate Visual Guide, 2002
  3. ^ a b Thomas, Bob: "Carrying on the Tradition", pages 111-112. Art of Animation: From Mickey Mouse to Hercules, 1997
  4. ^ Finch, Christopher: "Chapter 9: The End of an Era", page 260. The Art of Walt Disney, 2004
  5. ^ "Feature Films". Frank and Ollie's Official Site. Retrieved 12 April 2007. 
  6. ^ Johnston, Ollie, and Thomas, Frank: "The Rescuers", pages 156-163. The Disney Villain, 1993
  7. ^ "Madame Medusa". Disney Archives: Villains. Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Los Rescatadores - Edición Platino". ZonaDVD. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  9. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes - The Rescuers". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 12 April 2007. 
  10. ^ "The Animated Films of Don Bluth - The Rescuers". Retrieved 12 April 2007. 
  11. ^ "Disney Animation Celebration". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  12. ^ Maltin, Leornard (2000). The Disney Films, p.265. JessieFilm Ltd., New York. ISBN 0786885270. Quotations from this same source were used in the 1998 home video promotional trailer for the film found in the VHS release of Lady and the Tramp (1955) of the same year.
  13. ^ Oscars Database
  14. ^ Jack G., Shaheen (2001). Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People. Olive branch Press (an imprint of Interlink publishing group). p. 393. ISBN 1-56656-388-7. 
  15. ^ a b c "Disney recalls 'sabotaged' video". The Independent (London). Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  16. ^ "Photographic images of a topless woman can be spotted in The Rescuers". Urban Legends Reference Pages. Retrieved 12 April 2007. 
  17. ^ Davies, Jonathan (11 January 1999). "Dis Calls in 'Rescuers' After Nude Images Found.". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  18. ^ Mikkelson (1996). 
  19. ^ Howell, Peter (13 January 1999). "Disney Knows the Net Never Blinks". The Toronto Star. 
  20. ^ Miller, D.M. (2001). "What Would Walt Do?". San Jose, CA: Writers Club Press. pp. 96. 
  21. ^ "Disney Recalls 'The Rescuers' Video.". Associated Press. 8 January 1999. 

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The Rescuers is a 1977 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions, first released to movie theatres in the United States on June 22, 1977. The twenty-thirdanimated feature in the Disney animated features canon, the film is about the Rescue Aid Society, 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, a hesitant Bernard (Bob Newhart) and the elegant Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor), set about to rescue a little kidnapped orphaned girl named Penny (Michelle Stacy) from the clutches of the evil treasure seeker Madame Medusa (Geraldine Page), who needs the girl in order to obtain a valuable treasure, the Devil's Eye, the world's largest diamond.


Madame Medusa: Snoops, you don't have a way with children. You must gain their confidence...make them like you.
Mr. Snoops: Yeah? Well, how do you do that?
Madame Medusa: You force them to like you, idiot!

Mr. Snoops: Bring her right on in, boys. Come on. [looks at Penny] So, you tried to run away. Ah, well, it didn't work, did it? Huh?

Mr. Snoops: All right, you little brat. Now, you are gonna go down in that hole, and you are gonna dig till you find me the diamond. You understand that? And no sassing me.

Penny: The water's coming in, please pull me up!
Madame Medusa: [voice echoing from the cave] Not until you get the diamond!

[Orville has skidded face-first on the runway]
Bernard: Are...Are- are you hurt, sir?
Orville: Nope. One of my better landings, bud.

Miss Bianca: [watching Orville fly] Doesn't he fly beautifully? And you wanted to take the train, you fraidy cat.
Bernard: Fraidy cat? No,'s just that- I like trains. I mean, they serve Roquefort, and...
[Orville flies in too low]
Bernard: [gasps] Pull up! Pull up!

[Passing through the zoo, Bernard is scared by a lion's roar]
Miss Bianca: What did you do to make him so mad?
Bernard: Nothing, he's just a...just a grumpy old lion.
Miss Bianca: Well, after all, waking him up in the middle of the night; wouldn't you be grumpy too?

Orville: Say, bud, read the checklist to me.
Bernard: Uh, oh, yeah. "Goggles down."
Orville: Check.
Bernard: "Wing flaps down."
Orville: Check.
Bernard: "Tail feathers."
Orville: Double check.
Bernard: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." [looking apprehensive]
Orville: And here we go!

Mice: [singing] R-E-S-C-U-E, Rescue Aid Society, heads held high, touch the sky, you mean everything to me...

Bernard: It's - It's no use, Bianca. Maybe Rufus the cat was right. Wh-what can two little mice do?
Mice: [singing in the background as a flashback] R-E-S... Rescue Aid Society, heads held high, touch the sky, you mean everything to me...
Miss Bianca: But, Bernard, the Society's counting on us. We can't quit now. Oh, and that little girl. We just have to rescue her.
Mice: [singing continues] R-E-S-C-U-E Rescue Aid Society, heads held high, touch the sky, you mean everything to me...

Mr. Snoops: Welsher! Swindler! Chiseler!
Madame Medusa: [Pointing gun at Mr. Snoops and Penny] Shut up, Snoops! And don't move. If either of you try to follow me, you'll get BLASTED!
Penny: [walking towards Madame Medusa] You give me my teddy bear. You promised.
Madame Medusa: [Pushing Penny away with her foot and walking backwards] Teddy goes with me, my dear. I've become quite attached to him.

[laughing eviliy]

Bernard: Can you tell us what happended to a little girl named Penny?
Rufus: Yeah, I sure can. But you ain't gonna find her around here. You see, poor little thing ran away.

Orville: (after Medusa runs over him with her swamp mobile) Holy smoke! (coughs) Why don't you watch where you're going?! (continues coughing as he flies away)

Ellie Mae: Are you ready to help rescue that little young 'un?
Deadeye: Sure enough, Ellie Mae!
Deacon Owl: Hallelujah!
Ellie Mae: [Notices Luke fast asleep] Luke! On your feet, you lazy critter!
Luke: Oh, uh- Shucks, Ellie Mae. I was just a-waitin' for someone to holler charge!
Gramps: Dag nab it! Let's cut out the jawin' and get it goin'.
Deadeye: [Chuckling] When old Gramps gets head up his nose gets plum out of joint.
Ellie Mae: Take it easy, Gramps! We gotta stay here till Evinrude brings us word from the mice.
Gramps: If that bug don't get here soon, they'll put that poor little girl down the black hole again!

[repeated line]

Madame Medusa: Snoops! Snoops, get down here!
Mr. Snoops: W-W-What's up, Medusa? W-What's going on?

[repeated line] [Medusa's equipment isn't working properly]

Madame Medusa: Snoops! What's wrong?

[after escaping Medusa and Snoops]

Bernard: Are you- Are you all right, dear?
Bianca: Why, she- she tried to kill us. That, that, that terrible woman! Oh, if I was only a ten-foot mouse, I'd show her.

Madame Medusa: High tide or not... that little brat is going to find me that diamond... tomorrow... or else!

Madame Medusa: [In a soothing, hypnotizing voice] Now my dear, you're going to find big shiny diamond for your aunty Medusa.
Penny: [looking down scared] Teddy doesn't like it down there, he's afraid. Aren't you, Teddy?
Madame Medusa: Aw, tis, tis, tis, I'm just keep him up here with me, where he'll be safe.
Penny: Give me back my teddy bear! He's mine, he's mine! [backing up near the end of the cave]
Madame Medusa: [yelling] You get down there and FIND THE BIG DIAMOND, or YOU WILL NEVER SEE THAT TEDDY AGAIN!!
Penny: [Staring at Medusa, with a shocked look on her face.] I'm right, I'll go.

[repeated line]

Bernard: Sure wish we'd taken the train.

Rufus: Faith is a blue bird, we see from far. It's for real and as sure as the first evening star, you can't touch it or buy it or wrap it up tight but it's there just the same, making things turn out right.
Penny: Can't touch it or buy it, or wrap it up tight but it's there just the same making things turn out right. But whoever adopts me has to adopt teddy, too.
Rufus: Oh they'll love him! He doesn't eat much, does he?

TV Announcer: Penny, you were a brave little girl to do what you did all by yourself.
Penny: But I didn't do it all by myself. Two little mice, from the Rescue Aid Society, helped me.
TV Announcer: Mice? Rescue Aid Society?
Penny: Yes! They rescued me. Um, could I say hello to them?

[waves to the camera]

Penny: Hello, Bianca! Hi, Bernard!
TV Announcer: You can - talk to these little mice?
Penny: All the time! Mice can talk like anybody. Didn't you know that?
TV Announcer: Eh, I didn't. But I do now, Penny.

Madame Medusa: [Madame Medusa calls Penny into her bedroom] Come in! Come in!
Penny: [Penny walks in holding her teddy bear] Did you wanna see me, ma'am?
Madame Medusa: Why, yes my dear. Don't be so shy.


Madame Medusa: Now, I'm going to let bygones be bygones. Do you know what would make Auntie Medusa very happy?
Penny: Yes, you want me to find that diamond.
Madame Medusa: That's right, dear!
Penny: But I've tried as hard as I could. Honest!
Madame Medusa: Of course, you have. But we must try harder, mustn't we?
Penny: Then please, will you take me back to the orphanage... like you promised?
Madame Medusa: Penny, don't you like it here? A big, beautiful boat all to yourself.
Penny: But if I don't get back to the orphanage... I'll never get adopted.
Madame Medusa: "Adopted"? What makes you think anyone would want a homely little girl like you?

[Penny walks away in tears]

Bernard: We gotta find her and help her.
Rufus: Yeah, but two little mice! Wha - what can you do?

Bottle: [singing while being washed away] I'm lost at sea without a friend. This journey, will it ever end? Who will rescue me?

Mr. Chairman: [reading Penny's message]

[clears throat]

Mr. Chairman: "To Morningside Orphanage, New York." Hmm. Most difficult to decipher. I can't make it out.
Bianca: "I am... In a terrible... terrible trouble." Oh. Oh, dear. It's all watered out. "H-h-hurry! Help! Penny."
Mr. Chairman: Penny? Morningside Orphanage? Huh! Dash it all, it's not much to go on, is it?
Bianca: Oh! Oh, that poor little girl.

Bianca: Captain you fly beautifully. It's just like being on a roller scooter.
Bernard: He just went through a red light.
Bianca: I do that all the time, darling. Now come on, stop worrying.

Rufus: What's wrong, Penny honey?
Penny: Nothing.
Rufus: Come on now, come on. No secrets. You tell old Rufus, huh?
Penny: Well, it was adoption day at the orphanage.
Rufus: Well... what happened?
Penny: A man and lady came and looked at me, but they choosed a little red-headed girl, 'cause she was prettier than me.
Rufus: Aw, sh-sh-she couldn't be! You listen to me, darling. You're something extra special.
Penny: No I'm not.
Rufus: Why, some day a mamma and a pappa will come to the orphanage looking for a pretty lil' girl, just like you.
Penny: Honest?
Rufus: I'll bet my whiskers on it.

Madame Medusa: [Holding the Devil's Eye] Just look at it! Filled with power, for it's owner!
Mr. Snoops: Let me look! Let me look at it!

[Medusa only shows the diamond for a fraction of a second]

Mr. Snoops: I got... Hey, that wasn't much of a look!

[inside the cave, gurgling sounds are heard from a large hole]

Bernard: What-wh-wh-what was that?
Penny: That's where the water comes in. Oooh, I'm afraid to go over there.
Bernard: Well, if I were a pirate, that's just where I'd hide the Devil's Eye. Eh, I'll go over and- check it out.

[as Bernard approaches the hole, a loud gurgling sound emanates from it; he starts to back away]

Bernard: Come-

[clears throat]

Bernard: Come to think of it, If I was a pirate, I wouldn't, I wouldn't hide anything back there.

Bianca: Oh, that poor little girl. Oh, Mr. Chairman, can I please have this assignment?
Mr. Chairman: You? Miss Bianca? Why, this is unprecedented. I mean, It's not like it was in the old days, when it was a man's world. But, I guess there's a first time for everything.

Bernard: [about the seat belts] Miss Bianca, make sure it's fastened good and tight.
Bianca: I can't. It'll wrinkle my dress.

Bianca: Poor Evinrude. Your carburetor is all pooped out.

Madame Medusa: Brutus! Nero! Stop that infernal racket, I mean now!

[Hits one of the crocodiles on the head; Bernard pops out of it's mouth]

Madame Medusa: [screams and jumps on a chair] Aaah! Snoops! Snoops, a mouse! Oh, kill it! Kill it!

Bernard: [Climbing the steps to board Orville] ... eleven, twelve... Oh no. There... there are thirteen steps on this ladder.
Bianca: [chuckles] Why don't you jump the last one?

Rufus: Mice!
Bernard, Bianca: Cat!
Rufus: Now, look here. If anyone found out that mice have moved in, I'd get kicked out, lose my job.
Bianca: Don't worry, Mr. Cat, we- we won't be here long.
Rufus: [while stretching his legs] Wh- I- I'm too old to be chasing mice.

Madame Medusa: At the next low tide I'm going to put her down there, myself, and keep her there until she finds it. And it is as simple as *that*!

Bernard: [Bernard sees their flight should have left already] Flight leaves... 6:45. Oh, no. We missed the flight. Miss Bianca, if you hadn't...
Bianca: Oh, come on. You worry too much. You know that flights are always late.
Orville: [Through radio communication] Albatross flight 13 to tower. Albatross 13.
Bianca: Now, what did I tell you? We're lucky, Mr. Bernard.
Bernard: Luck? Flight 13? Maybe we'd better take the train.
Orville: [Through radio] Wake up! Dab-drat it, somebody answer down there! Get off the dime! Hello? Hello? Is anybody down there?
Bernard: [answering] Uh, he-hello?
Orville: [Through radio] Where the tuck have you been? Oh, you lazy knucklehead.
Bernard: Well, we just got here, sir. You see, my co-agent insisted on packing her, uh...
Orville: Look, bud. Am I clear to land? Traffic up here is thicker than- Wow! Dab-blast, you dirty road-hog! You crazy- Look. What is- You stupid lug-headed...
Bianca: Uh, oh, what did he say, Mr. Bernard?
Bernard: I wouldn't dare repeat it.
Bianca: Well, then give him the permission to land.
Bernard: Uh, Captain? You, uh, you have our permission to land.
Orville Well, it's about time, bud!

Bianca: Oh, look! The little girl's treasures!
Bernard: Boy, the things kids collect.

Orville:: Sufferin' sassafras! My rudder's on fire! Bail out! Bail out!

Luke: Here, cousin. It looks like you could use a swig of this. It's good for what ails you.

[pours "swamp juice" down Bernard's mouth; Bernard has spastic reaction and gasps]

Madame Medusa: [phone rings, Medusa comes in] Who could it be at this time of night?


Madame Medusa: [answers in a snooty voice] Madame Medusa's Pawn Shop Boutique.

[Snoops's voice is on the line: "Hi, boss!"]

Madame Medusa: Snoops! Don't tell me, let me guess! You found it! Ha ha! You've found the diamond! [laughs with joy]

[indistinct voice]

Madame Medusa: [turns angry] Give you *time?* You bungler! You have been down there for three months!

[indistinct voice continues]

Madame Medusa: Bottles? What bottles? You caught Penny sending messages in *bottles!* YOU BLUNDLERING FOOL, CAN'T YOU CONTROL A LITTLE GIRL?! Shut up! I'm taking the next flight down to Devil's Bayou!

[slams the phone down onto the receiver]

Penny: [the swampmobile won't start] Oh, please start!
Bernard: Advance the spark!

[the horn blares in his face]

Bernard: Not the horn, the spark lever. Digger, hold this.

[hands him cable]

Bernard: It's that doohickey on the steering wheel.

[Bianca pulls lever, Digger gets electrocuted]

Penny: Oh, here. I brought you something.
Rufus the Cat: Grand notion! Cat-nip snaps.
Penny: [giggles] No, they're ginger snaps.
Rufus the Cat: Well, an old codger like me could use a little ginger.
Penny: I taked two extra ones for lunch today. We're not s'posed to do that.
Rufus the Cat: You can trust me. I won't tattletale on you.
Penny: I love you, Rufus.

Penny: [praying] Please bless Rufus, and Teddy... And all the kids at the orphanage: Jennifer, Bobby, Mary, Julie. And please let someone find my bottle. There's a message in it. Because running away isn't working. Amen.

Penny: [working out a plan to trap the crocodiles, Nero and Brutus] See there? The elevator.
Bianca: Oh, it's a perfect cage Penny.
Bernard: Great idea. Now, uh, what - what can we use for bait?
Penny: Oh, they'll eat anything.

Penny: [doing an impression of Medusa] Brutus! Nero! Did you let that little brat escape again? You're too soft!

[swinging a broom]

Penny: Wap! Wap!
Bernard: [chuckles] Hey, Penny, that's not bad.
Bianca: [laughs] That's exactly like Medusa.
Penny: [walks like Medusa and imitates her again] Track her down, boys! Bring her back!

Bernard: [planning an escape] Wait a minute. She-she might catch us in her swamp mobile.
Penny: We'll swipe it! I've always wanted to drive it.

[imitates engine and driving around]

Bernard: [as he, Bianca, Penny, and the swamp denizens escape successfully from the riverboat via the swampmobile] We did it, Bianca!
Bianca: Hooray! Oh, Bernard, Bernard, you're wonderful!

[chuckles as she and Bernard embrace; the others cheer happily as the swampmobile drives away into the distance]

Madame Medusa: [lamenting, as she is left clinging to one of the riverboat's smokestacks] There - goes my diamond!

TV Announcer: And because of a courageous little girl named Penny, the world's largest diamond, the Devil's Eye, is now at the Smithsonian Institute. But what's even more important, folks, this little orphan's dream has come true. Today, she's being adopted. And here she is with her new mother and father.

Penny: We - Hi. Where'd you come from?
Bernard: We found the bottle with-with your message, and we've come to rescue you.
Penny: Did you hear that, Teddy? Our bottle worked!

[looks confused]

Penny: Didn't you bring somebody big with you? Like the police?
Bernard: Uh, no. There's just, uh - the two of us.
Bianca: But if the three of us work together and we have a little faith...
Penny: That's what Rufus said: "Faith makes things turn out right."

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