Thursday, January 22, 2015

Books on screen

The Rescuers

To be quite blunt, this movie has very little in common with the book of the same name. Disney even acknowledges this. The exact wording in the opening credits is “Suggested by 'The Rescuers' and 'Miss Bianca' by Margery Sharp”. A little research reveals that the movie takes most of its plot from the sequel to The Rescuers, Miss Bianca (a book which I was not able to find). The book The Rescuers introduces us to the characters of Bernard and Miss Bianca and their work with the Prisoner’s Aid Society, sending them on a mission with a Norwegian mouse named Nils to rescue a prisoner from a foul dungeon. Disney’s film version slightly alters the characters (making Bernard an oafish and superstitious janitor rather than a gruff yet brave pantry mouse) and of course sets the tale in the United States rather than Europe, though I’m given to understand that many of the aspects of the plot remain, at heart, the same as the base plot of Miss Bianca. Basically, don’t expect any real crossover between the Rescuers novel and the movie. (And for my money, skip this first movie in favor of The Rescuers Down Under, my personal favorite)

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