The Rescuers “Rescue Aid Society” (1977)

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The Rescuers “Rescue Aid Society” (1977)

The Rescuers is yet another example of an older Disney film that is slowly falling into obscurity. Based on Margery Sharp’s novels The Rescuers and Miss Bianca, the film follows two mice (Bianca (Eva Gabor) and Bernard (Bob Newhart)) as they set out to rescue a girl named Penny from the clutches of Madame Medusa.

“Rescue Aid Society” is sung at the beginning of the film and serves as the official anthem of the (you guessed it) Rescue Aid Society, an organization of mice that mirrors the United Nations in that it is made up of mice from all around the world. As the picture on the wall shows, the group was founded in ancient times by the fabled mouse that pulled the thorn out of the lion’s paw.

R-E-S-C-U-E
Rescue Aid Society
Heads held high, touch the sky
You mean everything to me

In a fix, in a bind
Call on us anytime
We’ll appear from nowhere
Mighty are we

R-E-S-C-U-E
Rescue Aid Society
Honesty, loyalty
We pledge to thee

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R-E-S-C-U-E
Rescue Aid Society
Heads held high, touch the sky
You mean everything to me

In a jam, in a scrape
And you think, “no escape”
Do not fear, we’ll be here
Courageous are we

R-E-S-C-U-E
Rescue Aid Society
Heads held high, touch the sky
Our hearts we pledge to thee

Although not credited, that is actually Robie Lester providing the singing voice for Miss Bianca when she makes her entrance. The song (in the film) is accompanied by what look like a group of Boy Scouts (or would it be Mice Scouts?) who are playing trumpets and drums to keep the group together as they sing. Humorously, one of the mice (from Germany I think) sings with such a loud voice that many members pause in their singing to look over at her.

Let me know what you think of “Rescue Aid Society” in the comments below and have a great day!

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