Headscratchers / The Rescuers

  • Madame Medusa lives in (or at least is hiding out in) a derelict steamboat in a desolate swamp. She has two pet crocodiles that are obedient to her. So why does she totally freak out at the sight of a tiny mouse? It's not like they'd be carrying some horrible disease that she could probably already get from the swamps mosquitoes or her crocodiles.
    • Fear is often an irrational, illogical emotion. For instance, someone who likes to do extreme dangerous sports could still freak out at the mere sight of any harmless spider. Also, Rule of Funny. Her Eek, a Mouse!! scene is one of the funniest part of the movie.
  • Anybody noticed how similar this movie is to The Goonies?
    • How so? The only similarity I can think of is that it's about a kid looking for treasure in a flooded cave, and even that's not much of one—in The Goonies, it's the entire plot, while it only occupies the climax of The Rescuers.
      • You seriously don't see the similarities between Madame Medusa and Mama Fratelli?
      • I always thought she paralleled Cruella De Vil more. Besides, Medusa is a re-imagining of one of the Rescuers book's villains, the Diamond Duchess.
      • Funny thing that...Cruella De Vil was actually intended to be the villain at first, but really, could you see her using those gators for anything but shoes? Or that she'd move from genuine fur coats to Diamonds?
      • What'd force her to choose between one or the other?
      • Rescuers: 1977. Goonies: 1985.
    • Great - now all I can think of is Bernard doing the truffle shuffle.
      • Oh you BASTARD. I can neither get that out my MY head now, nor can I stop laughing about it. Oh, and by extension I keep thinking of the Chairmouse piloting that plane in The Mummy. SCREW.YOU.
  • A good question for either movie, and any other movie that involves children talking to animals. What is going to happen to these kids when they get older? Will they eventually stop believing that animals can talk and assume they were speaking to imaginary friends the whole time? Or will they be placed in therapy and treated like they're crazy by the rest of the world for insisting they really did speak to animals?
    • Or they might just shrug it off and go on with their lives. If they run into talking animals again they'll just be less shocked than everyone else. As for the kid in The Rescuers and 'Down Under, I think they'll be okay. Penny's talking to animals might be chalked up to loneliness issues if anyone worries about it at all. Cody, on the other hand, might be considered a bit traumatized from his multiple near-death experiences if he tells anyone the exact details of what he went through.
    • Well in the Peter in Kensington gardens (book set before Peter and Wendy, ie Peter Pan) and in the real Mary Poppins book. It seems like we can talk to birds/animals at birth but that ability disappears when one is older. It's been lampshaded in Arthur between Kate and Pal.
  • A room full of qualified agents and Bianca chooses the janitor to be her co-agent? Why?
    • Perhaps she thought that all the agents are so eager to go with her only because of her looks and would not consider her a real partner. The chairman is rather pompous and it can be assumed that other agents are similar. In contrast Bernard is a humble fellow who still truly believes in the Rescue Aid Society ideals (which is established when he sings the jingle standing outside) even though he's just a janitor. Also it was Bernard who said (again having no right to speak) that it's too dangerous for her to go alone. Most importantly the "qualified agents" doesn't look very adventurous themselves so it was enough for Miss Bianca to feel his Hidden Depths to make a choice.
  • Remember all those jewels that Penny finds during her earlier trips down into the cave and the many more mentioned down there later on? All those gems are implied to be worth a lot of money; they could have kept both Snoops AND Medusa living in luxury for the rest of their lives. How come they just didn't have Penny grab as many of those gems as she could and then live off the piles of money the gems could have been fenced for?
    • Medusa wasn't interested in money. She wanted the diamond. Presumably she planned to sell the other gems later, but she really wanted the Devil's Eye for herself.
    • Alternatively, Bianca is right: Medusa is insane.
  • Why was the diamond given to a museum? If anything it seems like Penny should be able to keep it after all she went through because of it.

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