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In a fix? In a bind? In a jam? In a scrape? Maybe you need the assistance of the Rescue Aid Society!

Disney’s 23rd animated feature, “The Rescuers” introduces us to this wonderful (and hopefully fictitious) organization of United Nations mice! Oh, I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s start with the background info.

Released in 1977, “The Rescuers” was an important time in Disney history by becoming the highest grossing animated film of its time, the first animated Disney hit film since “The Jungle Book”, and the end of a golden era that started with “Cinderella” in 1950. It also seems to appear that Walt was involved with the production of this film, albeit minutely.

Posthumously Involved!

Posthumously Involved!

Apparently the book series on which the film is based, was brought to Walt’s attention in 1962, but Walt didn’t like the original idea of two mice saving a poet from a prison; so different adaptations were thought up and worked on, including an idea of the two mice saving a bear from the zoo voiced by Louis Prima.

He voiced the bear, not the zoo!

He voiced the bear, not the zoo!

In the end, the final film as we know it, was worked on and released way after Disney’s death!

The film is about a young orphaned girl named Penny,

It's probably how much her thoughts are worth anyway!

It’s probably how much her thoughts are worth anyway!

who is taken from her orphanage by a Cruella de Vil wannabe named Medusa.

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“After those pup…umm…that diamond!”

They had originally wanted Cruella de Vil to be the villain of this film, but decided against it because they weren’t interested in making sequels.

"...which is kinda ironic, because the first Disney sequel in the Canon is a sequel to the film that's not supposed to be a sequel!"

“…which is kinda ironic, because the first Disney sequel in the Canon is a sequel to the film that’s not supposed to be a sequel!”

She wants Penny to find a valuable and huge diamond for her that’s stuck underground and only Penny is small enough to fit down the hole. When Penny can’t find it and hates her slave-like life, she tries to escape by running away futilely and by sending “Help” messages in bottles hoping somebody (or some bodies) would find it and come to her rescue. One bottle is successfully captured by some mice,

"Hmm...seems like someone's in trouble! Should we take it to the police station, Irene?""No Herman, they'd just lose it. Send it to the RAS!"

“Hmm…seems like someone’s in trouble! Should we take it to the police station, Irene?”
“No Herman, what could adult human beings possibly do about it? Send the bottle to the RAS!”

and sent to the Rescue Aid Society which is like the United Nations for mice! After reading the letter, they decide to send two of their members to rescue Penny: Bernard (well, their janitor actually) and Miss Bianca.

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“I wonder if Penny’s last name is made up of eight letters, thereby making her full name a total of thirteen letters, thereby making it a bad omen?”
“Oh, do come along, Bernard! We’ll rescue the girl successfully or die trying!”
“Yeah, the latter is what I’m afraid of!”

And that’s pretty much the story!

When deciding on a forgotten/minor character for this movie, I really had two choices: I could have either chosen one of the bayou animals that help Bernard and Miss Bianca later on in the movie,

"Ellie May, nobody, and we mean nobody, does a Statue of Liberty impression like you!"

“Ellie May, nobody, and we mean nobody, does a Statue of Liberty impression like you!”

or I could choose a character who’s arguably the most important part of the movie: Euripedes Mouse! And seeing as the latter was more important (hence, having more to write about), I chose him!

Who is Euripedes Mouse, you may ask? Well, he’s the official founder of the Rescue Aid Society! Ever hear the Aesop fable of the mouse who helped the lion take a thorn out of its paw? Well, he’s that very mouse!

So...at the time of the movie's release, the organization was 2382 years old?!

So…at the time of the movie’s release, the organization was 2382 years old?!

If Euripedes hadn’t founded the worthwhile rescue organization, there probably would never have been any! And if there wasn’t any organization, the message in the bottle would have gone unanswered, and Penny would never have been able to get rescued since only the help of 2 mice was the only thing that could have saved her!

"I'm a baby and even I know that's not true!"

“I’m a baby and even I know that’s not true!”

Ok, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but you have to admit, the mouse world would have been a much different place if the Rescue Aid Society hadn’t been founded. The world would have been more like…Don Bluth’s imagination!

"Not all mice are good?! AAAHH!!!"

“You mean to tell me that all mice are good and help each other out?! AAAHH!!!”

So, our thanks goes to Euripedes Mouse for his excellent idea and vision! Hmm, I wonder how he got the idea to found the RAS anyway!

"How's the finger now, Leo?"

“How’s the finger now, Leo?”

"Oh, thank you ever so much, Mr. Euripedes, sir! How can I ever repay you?"

“Oh, thank you ever so much, Mr. Euripedes, sir! How can I ever repay you?”

"No trouble at all, my good fellow! The time has come for mice and cats to cooperate and live in peace and harmony for years to come!"

“No trouble at all, my good fellow! The time has come for mice and felines to cooperate and live in peace and harmony for years to come!”

"Oh how true, Mr. Euripedes, sir! If only more creatures were willing to come rescue their fellow brethren from their ailments and aid them along the way! The condition of society would improve drastically"

“Oh how true, Mr. Euripedes, sir! If only more creatures were willing to come rescue their fellow brethren from their ailments and aid them along the way! The condition of society would improve drastically!”

"Hmm...rescue...aid...society! You've got my cheese wheels turning, dear Leo! If only I could start an organization of fellow creatures helping each other! I think I will! I'll call it the 'Rescue Aid Society'!"

“Hmm…rescue…aid…society! You’ve got my cheese wheels turning, dear Leo! If only I could start an organization of fellow creatures who would help each other out! I think I will! I’ll call it the ‘Rescue Aid Society’!”

"What a noble gesture, dear Euripedes! Maybe I can be your first official client!"

“What a noble gesture, dear Euripedes! Maybe I can be your first official client!”

"Leo, have I not just bandaged your finger? What more ails you?"

“Leo, have I not just bandaged your finger? What more ails you?”

"It's my stomach, sir! It makes this sort of growling sound and causes pangs that race up my belly. Seeing as you're a small creature, maybe you'd be kind enough to walk inside and see what's going on in my stomach?"

“It’s my stomach, sir! It makes this sort of growling sound and causes pangs that race up my belly. Seeing as you’re a small creature, maybe you’d be kind enough to walk inside and see what’s going on in my stomach?”

"But of course, Leo! Anything to help a fellow animal in need! I never fail to do what's right! Open up your mouth, please Leo!"

“But of course, Leo! Anything to help a fellow animal in need! I never fail to do what’s right! Open up your mouth please, Leo!”

"Here you go, sir! (Ha Ha, fool of a mouse)!"

“Here you go, sir! (Ha Ha, fool of a mouse)!”

"What was that?"

“What was that?”

"Here you go, sir! (Ha Ha, fool of a mouse)!"

“Oh, nothing! Just thinking to myself!”

Anyway, Disney’s “The Rescuers”, although personally not a favorite, does deserve to be mentioned and remembered as does its forgotten/minor character: Euripedes Mouse!

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