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Disney's first animated sequel. This would later carry on with Fantasia 2000 (1999) and Winnie the Pooh (2011), whilst the rest of the sequels would be straight to video.
Eva Gabor's last film before her death in 1995. A third Rescuers movie was planned for 1996, but after her death, this and all future Rescuers movies were scrapped.
The producers wanted to have all the voice actors from the first Rescuers film reprise their roles of their respective characters for the sequel. However, in the original Rescuers film, the albatross Orville was voiced by Jim Jordan, who died two years before this film released. There were no voice replacements for Jordan, so Orville was replaced with the character'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.
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, developed for the film. It cut the production time for an animated movie down by at least six months.
On its initial release, this film was preceded by the Mickey Mouse short subject The Prince and the Pauper (1990). Interestingly enough, this was only the second Mickey Mouse short made since the 1950s, with the first being Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983), which was made to accompany the 1983 re-release of The Rescuers.
McLeach would serve as an inspiration for several later Disney villains for years, including Gaston from Beauty and the Beast (1991), Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas (1995), Clayton from Tarzan (1999), and Commander Rourke from Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001).
The flying scenes with Marahute were inspired by the films of Hayao Miyazaki, which typically feature elaborate aerial scenes.
Adam Ryen, the boy who voiced Cody, also dubbed the same character in his native Norway.
Of all the things McLeach calls Joanna as an insult (four-legged python, salamander, etc,) he never once refers to her as her actual species, a goanna (a monitor lizard found in Australia and southeast Asia).
The least successful film released during the Disney Renaissance. After the poor opening weekend, box office Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg ordered all television advertisements for the film pulled. This film opened on the same weekend as another film to star John Candy, Home Alone (1990), which went on to gross more then ten times then The Rescuers Down Under did; a reason for the marketing for it was pulled by Disney. The financial failure of this feature discouraged Disney from releasing later animated sequels theatrically.
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.
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 only film released during the Disney Renaissance to not be a musical. Second Disney animated film not to be a musical, though it is worth mentioning that McLeach and Wilbur both sing incidental songs while none of the characters in The Black Cauldron (1985) (the first) sing.
An old Apple keyboard is shown when the mice in the Marshall Islands receive the message about the kidnapping.
The only film of the Disney Renaissance to not have a sequel or TV spin-off, though the film is itself a sequel.
George C. Scott, who voices the sadistic poacher McLeach, was actually an animal-lover.
The voice of the Nurse Mouse was also the voice of Minnie Mouse, Russi Taylor.
The first animated film to have the appearance of "multi-plane shots" with the use of computer layering and formatting as opposed to manually producing the shots with multi-plane cameras (previous Disney films had no multiple-plane shots or only two-plane shots).
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Bryan Brown, Clint Eastwood, Paul Hogan, John Mahoney, Jack Palance and Mandy Patinkin were considered for the role of McLeach.
Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, and Steve Martin were considered for the role of Wilbur.
Cody is a lover of animals who willingly helps them any chance he gets. The name Cody is derived from the Irish word "cuidightheach", meaning "helper" or "guardian".
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McLeach's shotgun is a Winchester Model 1912 with heavy modifications including a scope.
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Originally Wilbur's calendar was to have a picture of Bart Simpson from The Simpsons (1989); this can be seen in the original animatic.
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Tristan Rogers and Peter Firth are the only actual Australian voice actors in the film as the voices of Jake and Red, respectively.
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Third Disney film to use anthropomorphic mice as the main characters. The others were the original The Rescuers (1977) and The Great Mouse Detective (1986) although other films, like The AristoCats (1970), featured mice characters
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A lifelong Disney fan, Bruce Broughton jumped at the chance to compose the score and turned down an offer to score Home Alone (1990) to work on this film.
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Bernard and Miss Bianca don't appear until about 18 minutes into the movie and don't interact with Cody, the boy they're trying to rescue, until about 56 minutes in.
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Early storyboards showed Wilbur originally sported a coat rather than a scarf.
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