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The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

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The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a little boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher.

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Jim Cox (animation screenplay by), Karey Kirkpatrick (animation screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Newhart ... Bernard (voice)
Eva Gabor ... Miss Bianca (voice)
John Candy ... Wilbur (voice)
Tristan Rogers ... Jake (voice)
Adam Ryen Adam Ryen ... Cody (voice)
George C. Scott ... McLeach (voice)
Wayne Robson ... Frank (voice)
Douglas Seale ... Krebbs (voice)
Frank Welker ... Joanna (voice)
Bernard Fox ... Chairman / Doctor (voice)
Peter Firth ... Red (voice)
Billy Barty ... Baitmouse (voice)
Ed Gilbert Ed Gilbert ... Francois (voice)
Carla Meyer Carla Meyer ... Faloo / Mother (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Nurse Mouse (voice)
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Storyline

Cody, a 9-year-old boy from Mugwomp Flats responds to a distress call about a trapped giant Golden Eagle called Marahute. Freeing her, he gains a close friendship with the bird. However, Cody is soon abducted by the murderous poacher, Percival McLeach, who is after that bird which is of a highly endangered species and therefore an extremely profitable quarry. In a panic, a mouse Cody freed from one of McLeach's traps sends a desperate call for help to the Rescue Aid Society in New York City who assigns their top agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, to the task. With transportation provided by the goofy albatross, Wilbur, the agents arrive in Australia and link up with the RAS' local field operative, Jake the Kangaroo Rat. Together, the trio must race against time to find Cody, stop McLeach, and save Marahute. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bernard och Bianca i Australien See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,931,461

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,431,461
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

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Quotes

Doctor: Forceps!
Nurse Mouse: Forceps!
Wilbur: Oh, what now?
Doctor: Spinal streculator!
Wilbur: Oh, that's gonna hurt.
Doctor: Artery router!
Wilbur: Mother!
Doctor: This is rusted tight. I wouldn't dream of using such tools. Bring me the epidermal tissue disrupter!
Wilbur: The epidermal what?
[the nurses start a chainsaw]
[...]
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Alternate Versions

In the French version of the movie (which was made in 1991), the beautiful Anne Meson-Poliakoff's Pop song "Bernard Et Bianca Au Pays Des Kangourous" can be heard during the ending credits with Patrice Tison on lead guitar, Bernard Paganotti on bass, Jean-Jacques Milteau on harmonica, Alex Perdigon, Kako Bessot and Patrick Bourgoin on brass ensemble and Charly Doll on drums & percussions. However she and the other musicians appear to be uncredited. See more »

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Can this possibly be a cartoon?
12 August 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

"The Rescuers Down Under" is a wonderful tale, the rare film that surpasses its original in many, many ways. It has more flair, better animation and the characters are much more interesting. It is the sequel to "The Rescuers," which was released 13 years earlier. They took their time making this sequel - and it paid off. Cartoons can often be represented in a dull fashion, and others can take your breath away - this one takes your breath away.

The intrepid mouse explorers Bernard and Bianca (voices of Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor) from the original film return in "The Rescuers Down Under," when they hear word that a small boy in Australia has been kidnapped by a poacher named McLeach (voiced by the creepy George C. Scott). McLeach has also captured a large eagle, and the kidnapped boy, Cody, has a bond with the large beast.

The Rescuers fly Down Under by hitching a ride on the hilarious, never over-the-top albatross Wilbur (voiced by John Candy). Once there, they pick up a local Aussie "kangaroo mouse" named Jake, who indeed resembles a miniature kangaroo. There are also some other delightful new characters, including Frank, a numbskull lizard, and Joanna the goanna lizard, the sidekick of McLeach. The key to this film is that they know how to make great characters - Joanna is just as fun to watch as Frank, and Jake is just as fun to watch as Bernard and Bianca. You never feel any hate towards any characters. My personal favorite was Wilbur, the albatross. He appears at various points in the film, caught in a mouse hospital, caught watching over eagle eggs, and caught hatching eagle eggs. He awaits the return of Bernard and Bianca, and he's too good-natured to just fly away and forget about them. And John Candy's voice talents are priceless.

A lot of the amazing animation on this film takes place in the air, on the back of a soaring eagle. The animation in the original was raspy, dark and creepy. It wasn't nearly as breathtaking, or even enjoyable to watch. There also aren't any musical numbers in this film - at least not that I remember - and that also helps it out a bit. (I hated the original and its songs.) Maybe it's just me, but sometimes musical numbers don't fit into 'toons - and this is one of those.

"The Rescuers Down Under" is one of the best Disney films I have ever seen. The Disney animation of the 1970s, such as "The Rescuers," was the low-point of Disney. The high-point was films like "Pinnochio." And in all honesty, this film is more interesting than both combined. It's got great animation, an intriguing and fun story, and excellent, well-developed characters. Only one thing entered my head when the credits started to roll: Can this possibly be a cartoon?

4.5/5 stars -

John Ulmer


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