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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem
You hear a lot about this film being Disney's first sequal, but don't let that freak you out if you've never seen the original Rescuers film. There's really no need to have seen The Rescuers to appreciate The Rescuers Down Under. The only thing these films share are the two main characters (Binard and Bianca) and the plot point of saving a child in jeopardy. Where the...
Published on January 15, 2001 by Bruce Aguilar

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3.0 out of 5 stars I remember this better
Released a full 13 years after the original, The Rescuers Down Under was the first Disney sequel, but was also considered a failure at the box office, which stopped Disney releasing later sequels theatrically. Hence, the reason why Disney now have a long line of straight-to-DVD sequels, which no one ever buys, and all end up in the bargain bin.

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Published on January 14, 2007 by Meesha


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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem, January 15, 2001
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You hear a lot about this film being Disney's first sequal, but don't let that freak you out if you've never seen the original Rescuers film. There's really no need to have seen The Rescuers to appreciate The Rescuers Down Under. The only thing these films share are the two main characters (Binard and Bianca) and the plot point of saving a child in jeopardy. Where the original was a touchy-feely story of abandonment, this film tackles the very different issue of wildlife preservation. I find this to be a far better film than The Rescuers (although I loved it as a child and still hold a special place for it in my heart), and a welcome change of pace form the usual Disney fare.
This was the first film to use Disney's new CAPS system of filming animation and the results are truly stunning. Bright vivid colors, blending and shading, sharp crisp lines, and subtle use of computer animation are the hallmarks of the "new" Disney and it all began with this film. The opening sequence is a great example of what the system can do and remains one of the most thrilling openings to any Disney film. More breathtaking scenes, like the flights with Marahute, futher attest to the technological achievement of the film.
Story wise this film gives us Disney's most realistic depiction of childhood to date (B.A. before Andy from Toy Story, but he's really a PIXAR creation anyway), in the protagonist Cody. He's strong willed, bright, has a sense of adventure and never seems overly cute. He's just a boy who wants to save his friend, the last golden eagle Marahute, from the evil poacher. Some very fun and comic characters are introduced (notably Frank the lizzard) to offset one of the meanist villans ever, Percival McLeach. He's drawn in a realistic way that exaggerates his features just enough to give him a very menacing look. Believe me, when he yells at Cody you will recoil in fear!
With all this high praise you might be wondering why this isn't a more widely known film. Well it had the unfortunate distinction of following The Little Mermaid, which sent the studio in the direction of Broadway-styled musicals. I haven't mentioned music for the film because there isn't any. Althought the score is fantastic (and a hotly sought after collectors item), there isn't one song in the entire film. Simply put, it got lost under all the hoopla about Disney's new style. People were looking for more of the same from Disney and soon they would get it.
Rating the DVD itself, I'd give it a 5 for picture and sound, but only a 3 for bonus material. Disney has released a few DVD's with outstanding bonus', however this isn't one of them. All you get is a trivia game that will be really easy to win after you see the film and a mode that tells you the story in words or has a voice over read it to you. But don't let the meager bonus material stop you from getting this DVD. Now that time has passed and most of us are looking for something new from Disney, take a look at this overlooked gem. You'll be overwhelmed by it's adventure, granduer, beauty and most importantly, fun.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fly Like an Eagle...literally!, August 24, 2000
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This movie has a wonderful message about friendship and how precious every life is, be it human or animal. The film has everything going for it; great animation, wonderful background music, and a story that combines humor and high drama. The story is about how an Australian boy named Cody comes to the aid of a beautiful eagle, that was illegally trapped by a poacher named McLeach (George C. Scott), only to find himself later kidnapped by McLeach. Woodland creatures send for help via an elaborate telegraph to a couple of UN delegate mice, named Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor) and Bernard (Bob Newhart) in NYC. Bianca and Bernard enlist the services of a hilarious albatross named Wilbur (John Candy) and set off across the atlantic to...well, rescue Cody. The story even has a little romance between Miss Bianca and Bernard thrown in for good measure. The highlight of the film for me actually comes early. After Cody releases the eagle from the trap, he nearly falls to his death only to be swooped up and taken for the ride of his life by the grateful eagle. Believe me, everytime I view this sequence I get teary eyed. A beautiful film, one of Disney's best!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem, January 11, 2001
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You hear a lot of talk about this film being Disney's first sequal, but don't let that freak you out if you've never seen the original Rescuers film. There's really no need to have seen The Rescuers to appreciate The Rescuers Down Under. The only thing these films share are the two main characters (Binard and Bianca) and the plot point of saving a child in jeopardy. Where the original was a touchy-feely story of abandonment, this film takcles the very different issue of wildlife preservation. I find this to be a far better film than The Rescuers (although I loved it as a child and still hold a special place for it in my heart), and a welcome change of pace from the usual Disney fare.
This was the first film to use Disney's new CAPS system of filming animation and the results are truly stunning. Bright vivid colors, the blending of shades into one another, sharp crips lines, and subtle computer animation are the hallmarks of the "new" Disney and it all began with this film. The opening of the film is a great example of what the system can do and remains one of the most thrilling openings to any Disney film. More breathtaking scenes, like the flight with Marahute, further attest to the technical achievement of the film.
Story wise this film gives us Disney's most realistic depiction of childhood to date (B.A. before Andy from Toy Story, but he's really a PIXAR creation anyway), in the protagonist Cody. He's strong willed, bright, has a sense of adventure and never seems overly cute. He's just a boy who wants to stop the evil McLeach from killing the last of the great golden eagles, and his friend Marahute. The relationship between Bianca and Benard is expanded upon, but again you don't need to know their history from The Rescuers to understand what's happening. Some very fun and comic characters are indtroduced (notably, Frank the wacky lizzard) to offset one of the meanist villans ever, the poacher, Percival McLeach. He's drawn in a realistic way that exaggerates his feaures just enough to give him a very menacing look. Believe me, when he yells at Cody you will recoil in fear!
With all this high praise you might be wondering why this isn't a more widely known film. Well it had the distinction of follwing The Little Mermaid which sent Disney in the direction of Broadway-styled musicals. I haven't mentioned music for The Rescuers Down Under because there isn't any. Although the score is fantastic (and a hotly sought after collectors item), there isn't one song in the film. It got lost under all the hoopla about Disney's new style. People were looking for more of the same from Disney and soon they would get it.
Rating the DVD itself, I'd give it a 5 for picture and sound, but only a 3 for bonus features. Disney has relesed a few DVD's with outstanding bonus', however this isn't one of them. All you get is a trivia game that will be really easy to answer once you've seen the film and a mode that tells the story in words or has a voice over read it to you. But don't let that discourage you from getting this DVD. Now that some time has passed and most of us are looking for someting fresh from Disney, take a look at this overlooked gem. You'll be overwhelmed by it's adventure, granduer, beauty, and most importantly, fun.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I remember this better, January 14, 2007
Released a full 13 years after the original, The Rescuers Down Under was the first Disney sequel, but was also considered a failure at the box office, which stopped Disney releasing later sequels theatrically. Hence, the reason why Disney now have a long line of straight-to-DVD sequels, which no one ever buys, and all end up in the bargain bin.

This is definitely my favourite out of the two Rescuers movies, mainly cos I was going through a fascination with Australian accents at the time - and why I later moved on to watching Home & Away and Neighbours - but it was so colourful, and bright. And the Australian accents. I remembered this more before seeing it than I did the original, even though it must have been the same amount of time (years) since I'd seen them.

It's a shame there were never more in the series, but because of the death of Eva Gabor (Miss Biana) in 1995, they were never made, and the two movies never became Disney classics.

Listen out also for the late and sorely missed John Candy, voicing Wilbur, the brother of Orville from the first one. He's hilarious as Wilbur.

Other reviewers have mentioned various flaws in the film (Cody's lack of Australian accent for example), but for me, I have to remain loyal. You can keep your Emperor's New Groove, Brother Bear, and the awful sequels to Cinderella & Little Mermaid (which are now two a piece by the way!), I'll have this over the rest of them any day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernard and Miss Bianca Do It Again!, September 18, 2001
In Disney's "The Rescuers Down Under," Rescue Aid Society mice Bernard and Miss Bianca travel to Australia to help Mara Houte, the golden eagle. With the assistance of Wilbur, an albatross, and numerous other friends encountered along the way (such as a wise-cracking kangaroo rat), they hurry to help the endangered bird. Voice talents of Bob Newhart (Bernard), Eva Gabor (Miss Bianca) and John Candy (Wilbur) move the story along at a good pace. George C. Scott provides voice for the villain, a bounty hunter of endangered animals. Scott's sidekick is a goanna lizard called Joana - and there is some fascinating interplay between the lizard and the man. A sidebar plot is Bernard's plan to propose marriage to Miss Bianca ... and all of the things that conspire to get in the way. This is a nice movie for the entire family, and one with a good message. I highly recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the only good sequel Disney has done, February 28, 2005
The first Rescuers was released way back in 1977. Disney had this idea to bring it back for Disney's first sequel. They brought back Bob Newhart(who sounds slightly different) and Eva Gabor(I love listening to this woman's voice) to reprise their roles as Bernard and Bianca and it's still quite good.

Pretty much like another reviewer said it's kind of a rehash of the original but using different events. Cody, a kind of animal liberator let's say, rescues animals in traps that would otherwise end up at the hands-and then down the barrel of a shotgun-of poachers. He finds a massive rare golden eagle and quickly befriends it(and just FYI: turn your brain off slightly, the bird apparently understands English). Mcleach, a poacher finds the boy and a golden feather so he kidnaps Cody in hopes of finding Cody's eagle.

In come Bernard and Bianca, mice part of the Rescue Aid Society. The former of which is actually trying to propose but always gets interrupted. They meet up with Wilbur, the cousin of Orville from the original and fly to Australia and meet Jake, a kind of tough mice in a way. Which sets up a love triangle between the 3 mice over Bianca.

First, 2 things stood out for me: the score. It's a really great score and especially love the opening theme. The "Mcleach" theme is nice but it sounds like everytime Mcleach arrives with his massive truck, the score repeats itself, kind of like how the Imperial Theme always showed up whenever Darth Vader was around.

Second is the animation. You can see the transition Disney would make into more detailed and complex animation that they would do in the Lion King or the Deep Canvas system from Tarzan and Hercules's Hydra fight. Personally my favorite is either entering Australia with the Opera House or Orville's dive in-between New York buildings.

Too bad Disney couldn't replicate this type of film cause the rest of the sequels were just god awful. They even made 2 Aladdin sequels, nevermind one. But this was the first one and oddly enough, it's the only good one despite advancing technologies. Go figure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Coolest Disney Sequel Ever, Mate!, December 31, 2002
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As the people have said before, this is a Disney sequel that is actually decent and funny to watch. The plot was well thought out and the animation is spectacular. The characters are another positive. They are comical and the voices are right on the target. Also Bernard and Bianca have their original voices, not some fake voice that makes the movie more annoying.
Here's the story. An Austrailian boy named Cody has been kidnapped by a cruel poacher named McLeach, along with his goanna, Joanna. He wants the boy's prized friend, the largest bald eagle in the world he names Marahute. News of the kidnapping is sent all the way to New York by the local rodent population, and of course, Bernard and Bianca come to his aid, along with new friends Wilbur, who takes over Orville's role, and Jake, a kangaroo rat that makes Bernard feel unimportant at times(not on purpose.)Well in the end, Bernard asks the ultimate question of any bachelor to Bianca, she accepts, and they have a happy flight home. But they forgot someone...
The one main thing that gripped me in this movie is the music. It is Aboringine-based, and it sounds upbeat and beautiful. But of course, Disney slapped in the old orchestra, which gives this movie the best music in history. The humor is really good, as I've said before. Its put in there at the right time and the little bit of cheap slapstick while have you on the floor, anyway.
The Rescuers Down Under is one great movie and takes number one as a sequel, especially in Disney's case. It is a must- have and must own for all of Disney's true collectors and fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rescuers Down Under on DVD highly recommended, August 17, 2000
This is a full-of-fun animated movie from Disney. It marks the return of those two famous mice Bernard (Bob Newhart) and Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor) from the Rescue Aide Society first seen in THE RESCUERS (1977). This time they're called to Australia after receiving a message that an eagle and a little boy have been kidnapped by a devious poacher, McLeach (played to the hilt by George C. Scott). They make the journey to Australia on an airline, this time run by Wilbur the Albatross (John Candy). The animation is much different from the style seen in the original, but is more suited for the various flight sequences boasting the lofty grace of the eagle; not to mention McLeach's motorized cage. This film, after the success of THE LITTLE MERMAID helped restore the Disney product and animation in general to the forefront of entertainment for children as well as adults alike. The film has a message about the plight of endangered species as well. Composer, Bruce Broughton's score is dazzling and rousing. I wish Disney would reissue the entire soundtrack. Glen Keane is among the main animators. This is a very enjoyable film. Even though it is a sequel it stands very solidly on its own merits. The DVD version is beautiful and highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish Disney made more films like this., August 2, 2000
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This is the best annimation Disney has done since their glorious beginning. Films like Pinnochio, and Sleeping Beauty were excellent due to the wonderfull craftsmanship and storytelling. In the 60's though, the craftsmanship faultered a bit with the advent of a faster xerox process of transfering pencils to the annimation cell. This can best be seen in movies like the Arristocats. The backgrounds too, were far less detailed than ever before. The first Rescuers (1977) movie was an example of that lul in artistry. The Rescuers Down Under is a triumphant return to the magic that made Disney a household name. Here you will see some of the most challenging annimation to date, and the work is flawless. The characters are excellent, the story is meaningfull and the work of the late greats George C. Scott and John Candy tie it all together. This is in my top 5 movies of all time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Story About Animal Rights, September 11, 2001
Excellent production. Intriguing story illustrates poaching and teaches subtle lessons about learning right from wrong, courage and teamwork. Charming supporting characters and novel setting. Fun animation, great music. Scary kidnapping scene. Some comments made by younger viewers: "Cool." "There was neat music and the pictures were made really well." Understood the concept of animal rights. "I am like the boy and would try to save the eagle." "There are lots of great scenes. The good animals are brave and work together."
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