The Rescuers

The Rescuers is perfect for Christmas - it’s a lovely family movie without the irritating Christmas tat. From its basic yet beautiful introduction with static paintings. through the robust characterisation, rough animation and moving song, it’s a classic from start to finish, especially compared to some of the more recent Disney fare. It’s well plotted, with no parts that drag or bore. The voice talent, particularly Oscar-winning Geraldine Page as Madame Medusa is hilarious and well-timed. The well-named Evinrude (a real brand of motorboat engine) is very funny. It has the typical Disney blend of humour, drama, and sentiment that makes them such a good watch. Walt Disney would be proud.

Merry Christmas, everyone.