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The Rescuers Down Under [1990]

Director:Hendel Butoy
Mike Gabriel
Writer:Byron Simpson
Jim Cox
Joe Ranft
Karey Kirkpatrick
Composer:Bruce Broughton
Length:77 minutes
(1 hour 17 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:68%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher.

Reaction: A little more humor and lighter tone, but there is still a well developed story with real stakes. Fun film.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Hendel Butoy => Director
Mike Gabriel => Director
Byron Simpson => Writer
Jim Cox => Writer
Joe Ranft => Writer
Karey Kirkpatrick => Writer
Bruce Broughton => Composer
Adam Ryen => Cody (voice)
Bernard Fox => Chairman / Doctor (voice)
Billy Barty => Baitmouse (voice)
Bob Newhart => Bernard (voice)
Carla Meyer => Faloo / Mother (voice)
Douglas Seale => Krebbs (voice)
Ed Gilbert => Francois (voice)
Eva Gabor => Miss Bianca (voice)
Frank Welker => Joanna (voice)
George C. Scott => McLeach (voice)
John Candy => Wilbur (voice)
Peter Firth => Red (voice)
Peter Greenwood => Radio Announcer / Airplane Captain (voice) (uncredited)
Russi Taylor => Nurse Mouse (voice)
Tristan Rogers => Jake (voice)
Wayne Robson => Frank (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • A third [Rescuers] movie was planned for 1996, but after the death of Eva Gabor, this and all future [Rescuers] movies were scrapped. This was, in fact, Eva Gabor's last film.
  • Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi and Steve Martin were considered for the role of Wilbur.
  • In the original [Rescuers] film, the albatross Orville was voiced by Jim Jordan who died two years before this film released. The character was replaced with Orville's brother Wilbur, voiced by John Candy. This is a reference to the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, the inventors and pilots of the first functional airplane.
  • Joanna is a Goanna, which are monitor lizards found in Australia and southeast Asia.
  • Adam Ryen, the boy who voiced Cody, also dubbed the same character in his native Norway.
  • The name Cody is derived from the Irish word "cuidightheach" meaning "helper" or "guardian".
  • On its initial release, this film was preceded by the Mickey Mouse short subject [The Prince and the Pauper]. Interestingly enough this was only the second Mickey Mouse short made since the 1950s, with the first being Mickey's Christmas Carol which was made to accompany the 1983 re-release of The Rescuers.
  • After the poor opening weekend box office Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg ordered all television advertisements for the film pulled.
  • Second Disney animated film to not be a musical or have any songs and the only film released during the Disney Renaissance to not be a musical.
  • McLeach would later serve as an inspiration for several Disney villains for years, including Gaston, Governor Ratcliffe, Clayton, And Commander Rourke.
  • The financial failure of this feature discouraged Disney from releasing later animated sequels theatrically. Sadly, this one became the least successful film released during the Disney Renaissance and the only film of the Disney Renaissance to not have a sequel, or TV spin-off.
  • [?] Bryan Brown, Clint Eastwood, Paul Hogan, John Mahoney and Mandy Patinkin were considered for the role of McLeach.
  • The twisted version of "Home on the Range" that McLeach sings was not performed by George C. Scott. It was instead sung by the voice of Joanna, Frank Welker.
  • This was the first 100% digital feature film ever made. The animation and backgrounds were done traditionally but all of the coloring, many effects and the final film printing was all done digitally. This was the first film produced with Disney's Academy Award Winning "CAPS" production system. It's also the first Disney animated feature to use fully-rendered CG backgrounds (for the aerial shots of the UN building and the Sydney Opera House, and the globe for the relay sequence). The CAPS system developed for this film cut the production time for an animated movie down by at least six months.
  • Disney's first animated sequel.
  • McLeach's shotgun is a Winchester Model 1912 with heavy modifications including a scope.