Disney long forgotten in front of the classics Cinderella Where The beauty and the Beast, Bernard and Bianca nonetheless a beautiful and moving cartoon, filled with traumas.
“RESCUE, Rescue Aid Society! Head held high, touch the sky, you are my everything!” 23rd feature film from the Disney Dream Factory, Bernard and Bianca is a film beautifully showcasing classic manual animation, adapted from two novels written by Margery Sharp (The Rescuers, Miss Bianca). The story follows two mice, Bernard and Miss Bianca, both of whom hold positions with the Rescue Aid Society, an organization dedicated to helping those in need.
Released in 1977, The Adventures of Bernard and Bianca marked, in a way, the end of an era for Disney animation. Over the past decade, many of his collaborators have stayed and continued to work on studio films. Undeniably, this feature film is the culmination of years of hard work and constitutes an entertaining and interesting coda in the careers of several legendary animators. It’s a deep, political, melancholy film that has touched us all at one point. A rare work that marks forever, and that is why we decided to come back to it, with a lot of love for it.
“How, an operation to rescue a traumatized childhood?”
DISNEY’S BRONZE AGE
When we come to the production period of Bernard and Bianca, we are down to a total of four films from the Silver Age, which a start with Cinderella. As we’ve mentioned before, and as many Disney fans probably know, this is the era of animation that followed the death of its creator. To this day, films from this era are not held in as high regard as those from previous and subsequent eras.
The adventures of Bernard and Bianca actually started to germinate in Walt Disney’s mind in 1962. Unfortunately, due to a subtext that was too political for his liking, the film was put on hold.. The 1960s were a tumultuous time socially, and the author wanted his designs to be a refuge from the rampaging mobs. It was not until 1970 that the project was relaunched and relegated to a young team of animators before being taken over by the senior animation team after the release of Robin Hood (1974). The making of the film took almost four years, with the combined talents of 250 people, including 40 animators who produced around 330,000 cartoons.
“Take my hand, we will cry together”
Before becoming what she is today, the story has undergone many revisions, and not just the political revisions that Disney dismissed. Ideas that were eventually scrapped included a pigeon as a means of transporting mice and an arctic setting for the film, based on the book, in the show’s most recent era. The arctic setting was to include a singing polar bear whose voice was performed by Louis Prima and the biggest abandoned idea of all was to use the film as a sequel to the 101 Dalmatians, making Cruella De Vil the main villain.