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Rescue Heroes - The Movie (2003)

Norm Spencer , Joe Motiki , Ron Pitts (II)  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Norm Spencer, Joe Motiki, Lenore Zann, Deborah Odell, Rod Wilson
  • Directors: Ron Pitts (II)
  • Format: Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CABIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rescue Heroes - The Movie" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Two bonus TV episodes
  • Team profiles

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

Rescue Heroes: The Movie is easily the brawny team's most exciting and entertaining animated story to date. Talk about a bad day at the office: When a volcano in Ecuador spouts an unknown element into the atmosphere, a series of mysterious lightning storms create worldwide havoc, from avalanches in Switzerland to bursting dams in Thailand to fires in American forests. The Rescue Heroes scamper over the globe saving lives, but nothing, it seems, can avert a planetary cataclysm once these storms merge in the atmosphere. Complicating matters is an unknown illness striking team leader Billy Blazes, and a bad case of arrogance and insubordination that grounds Rocky Canyon at a critical time. Rescue Heroes: The Movie is far and away more visually pleasing and dramatic than episodes from the Heroes' television show. CGI animation allows more creative angles, movement, and changing backgrounds--very handy for a story spread over much of the Earth. --Tom Keogh

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Rescue Heroes: The Movie is easily the brawny team's most exciting and entertaining animated story to date. Talk about a bad day at the office: When a volcano in Ecuador spouts an unknown element into the atmosphere, a series of mysterious lightning storms create worldwide havoc, from avalanches in Switzerland to bursting dams in Thailand to fires in American forests. The Rescue Heroes scamper over the globe saving lives, but nothing, it seems, can avert a planetary cataclysm once these storms merge in the atmosphere. Complicating matters is an unknown illness striking team leader Billy Blazes, and a bad case of arrogance and insubordination that grounds Rocky Canyon at a critical time. "Rescue Heroes: The Movie" is far and away more visually pleasing and dramatic than episodes from the Heroes' television show. CGI animation allows more creative angles, movement, and changing backgrounds--very handy for a story spread over much of the Earth. "--Tom Keogh"

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love it, AND Mom loves it! May 17, 2004
By Leslie
Format:VHS Tape
I am so glad to have found this Rescue Heroes movie and the Rescue Heroes toys! My 4 year old son came home from daycare playing (acting out) Power Rangers, and all he was doing was wanting to kick, punch, shoot, and fight. I was desperate for an alternative which was action packed and definately still catering to boys. This is IT! He and his 5 year old sister now pretend play Rescue Heroes, and I'm much more comfortable with what they're learning. And the Rescue Heroes are great role models for real life. I'd recommend to all parents trying to reinforce non-violence, when so much coming at kids is violent.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Rescue Heroes: The Movie" is a boon to parents looking for positive entertainment for young children. If there is a better way to capture the attention of a four year old boy for an hour and a quarter, I can't think of what it is. My son repeatedly asked to watch this movie, spurning just about every other kid-oriented DVD out there.

The formal Amazon.com review by Tom Keogh (above) says everything you need to know about the simple plot, so I won't go into detail here. The key differentiator between the movie and episodes of the TV series (by Canadian animators Nelvana) is the movie's reliance on CGI animation. That said, the CGI here is spotty. Some of it looks "Tron"-era while other bits sparkle. The DVD itself is as basic as it gets, consisting of the movie, two episodes of the TV cartoon series, some still-frame background info on the characters (you'll have to read it to your kids yourself--the print is minuscule and hard to follow for the target age group), and a commercial for Mission Select versions of the Rescue Heroes toys, of course.

Yes, this movie is nothing more than a slick marketing campaign featuring the latest redesign of the figurines. How much that troubles you is your decision. My son enjoys a limited amount of the toys, and the idea of him asking me for the newer Mission Select Team is to be expected having digested the advertising that is the movie. Fisher-Price was truly calculating on this one.

Appropriate movies for the under-6 set are hard to come by, so having one geared to that group is nice. This movie is obviously not in the league of "Citizen Kane" and it's a giant ad dressed up as entertainment.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Rescue Heroes fans. November 25, 2005
Format:DVD
You get one full length movie, done in excellent looking computer animation, and two animated shorts from the standard cel animation tv show. I am usually not in favor of some of these modern, CGI looking movies, but this one doesn't stray very much from the characters normal likenesses and looks good. The two bonus tv shorts are from the 2nd batch of Rescue Heroes animation, which featured better animation than the 1st. You will notice a big difference in how some of the characters were drawn, especially Rocky Canyon. He had a very fat face and looked bulky in the 1st batch, but his face got much more realistic looking in the 2nd batch, and he looks leaner. They definitely found better animators for the 2nd series, and it shows in the character's faces.

All the videos and DVD's that come free with the toys are usually the 1st batch of shows, which is why this set is nice to have the newer ones, even though there are only 2. If you are looking for the rest of the shows on DVD, you can get an order form with most of the figures, advertising 4 volumes of Rescue Heroes animated shows. Volumes 1 & 2 feature the older shows (2001) and Volumes 3 & 4 feature the 2003, updated animation ones. They are not for sale on Amazon and can only be ordered through Fisher Price (which takes much shorter than their listed 6 weeks time), or through online auction.

If your child is a fan of the toys or the show, they should love this movie, which features tons of action right from the start. The movie also features some secondary characters such as Rip Rockefeller and Pat Pending. The main characters of Jake Justice, Billy Blazes, Wendy Waters, Ariel Flyer, Jack Hammer, and Rocky Canyon are all here, with Rocky getting a lot of screen time, as the movie focuses on his eagerness to be a RH team leader.

A must have for any Rescue Heroes fan. This DVD is VERY hard to find in most local stores, so I would just order right here through Amazon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, fun-filled adventure for little ones March 24, 2005
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This movie is just great. Full of adventure, action and positive thrills to keep little guys glued to their seats. I'll say one thing, they definitely need to be making more positive movies like this one for our little boys (and girls!). My little guy just sat there glued to the screen when he watched this. He just loves Billy Blazes and the earthquake, wow! He just loved that and seeing all the rescue sequences that followed. What a positive influence this movie is - action packed but with positive action instead of negative. I hope there are more to come! It's also nice for them to see what real-life rescue workers really do. Although this is fictionalized, it does give a good example and "feel" for what are rescue folks may face in a given situation. Great job and highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done! December 1, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
My 5-year-old son has been waiting and waiting for this movie to come out. He got it this weekend for his birthday and has watched it at least a half dozen times, including the extra two TV shows included with the DVD. The graphics are good, the soundtrack excellent, the storyline is interesting, the jokes are corney--the perfect kids' movie!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 year old son loves it
He has some of the toys, and loves this animated movie. I haven't watched it all the way through, and the computer animation is a little early-2000's cheesy, but it looks like fun... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars rescue heroes
my son loooves rescue heroes (hes 4) . i had looked at buying one of the volume sets . they were way too expensive for what little you got. Read more
Published 6 months ago by vance swafford
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any fan!
We LOVE the Rescue Heros in my house. My young daughter excitedly calls every firefighter and police officer she sees a "Rescue Hero!" and they LOVE IT! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Maurina Paradise
3.0 out of 5 stars Rescue Heroes the Movie
I bought this because my grandsons, age five and four, love the half hour TV shows and I bought several VHS versions which they loved. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SUPER HERO MOVIE WITHOUT VIOLENCE!
There is nothing better than a super hero adventure movie where there is no violence, degrading name calling or gestures (i.e. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nathan K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rescue Heroes Movie
We love the lessons that the Rescue Heroes provide such as working together as a team, being loving, being brave, being truthful, etc.
Published 11 months ago by Colleen Liaga
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
My Grand kids are into these guys, so I bought it for my grand daughter who is learning to color and read.
Published 11 months ago by woodpenturner
4.0 out of 5 stars A good children's movie
A good quality movie for kids. Teaches safety and decent moral qualities, too. Animation is not real well done, however.
Published 14 months ago by J. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars near new
My son loves this movie! it arrived in great condition. I was happy to find it because we had borrowed it from our local library, but it was in bad condition and skipped... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Christine
1.0 out of 5 stars Rescue Heroes movie A BOMB!
If your child likes the Rescue Heroes cartoons, don't buy this movie! It's nothing like the cartoons - the characters are very weird looking and it lost the attention of my 3 year... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Christina M Coy
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