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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.

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The Aristocats “Scales and Arpeggios” (1970)

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While Edgar is plotting how to get rid of Madame’s cats so he can be the sole inheritor of her fortune, Duchess (Eva Gabor) is making sure her three children; Marie (Liz English), Toulouse (Gary Dubin) and Berlioz (Dean Clark) focus on their lessons. Specifically, Toulouse works on his painting while Marie and Berlioz study the piano and singing (Marie sings, Berlioz plays). Duchess is determined to see her children grow up into refined aristocats and is horrified at the idea of them behaving like common alley-cats (Toulouse idolizes them).

“Scales and Arpeggios” is a simple song that genuinely sounds like something a music student would be asked to perform. It begins with solfege syllables (do re mi fa so la ti) and evolves into a lesson on why students should focus on scales and arpeggios, some of the basic building blocks of music:

Do mi so do do so mi do
Every truly cultured music student knows
You must learn your scales and your arpeggios
Bring the music ringing from your chest
And not your nose
While you sing your scales and your arpeggios

If you’re faithful to your daily practicing
You will find your progress is encouraging
Do mi so mi do me so mi fa la so it goes
When you do your scales and your arpeggios

Do mi so do do so mi do (Repeat)
Though at first it seems as though it doesn’t show
Like a tree ability will bloom and grow

If you’re smart you’ll learn by heart what every artist knows:

You must sing your scales and your arpeggios!!

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During the song, Toulouse decides to get in on the act (having finished with his painting) and jumps down to the piano much to Berlioz’s annoyance (since his brother’s paws are still covered in paint). While Marie and Duchess sing a duet, the brothers quickly begin a musical ‘argument’ that ends with each insistently pounding out their own melody on the piano.

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I freely admit, as a kid I loved to sing along with this particular song (I fancied myself to be just like Marie) and I enjoyed trying to hit the high notes at the very end. It’s a short and sweet song that shows Duchess and her children in their element as cultured felines, and is also the last normal activity they experience before Edgar arrives with their specially prepared supper (which has been thoroughly laced with sleeping pills. I’m still not sure if Edgar planned to overdose them so they never woke up or just wanted them to sleep long enough that they could be dumped in the middle of nowhere).

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