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The Rescuers Down Under (Gold Collection)
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Hold on tight for a thrilling, fast-paced adventure unlike any other with THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER! The world's bravest mice, Bernard and Miss Bianca, answer a call for help from deep in the heart of Australia's vast and unpredictable Outback! With a crazy crew of local critters, these top mouse agents rush to the aid of Cody, a young boy struggling to save a magnificent eagle from a ruthless poacher. But with restless natives and unexpected dangers popping up at every turn, who knows if they'll come to the rescue in time! Say "G'Day" to a classic Disney adventure full of unforgettable characters and incredible animation in this down-under delight you'll cherish for years to come!
No, this isn't a quickie, direct-to-video sequel, cashing in on the success of the 1977 animated hit about adventurous mice, but a full-blown theatrical effort. This time around, Bernard (voiced by Bob Newhart) is trying to pop the question to Bianca (Eva Gabor) when they're summoned to Australia, where a young boy has been kidnapped by a pallid, gray-faced poacher (who looks like and is voiced by George C. Scott). Wilbur, a chatterbox of an albatross (John Candy, replacing the late Jim Jordan's character Orville), and Jake (Tristan Rogers), a kangaroo mouse--Bernard is jealous of the dashing rodent--assist the Rescuers in saving the day and imparting a mild environmental message. The film opens with an absolutely breathtaking aerial sequence--this was made near the beginning of Disney's animation renaissance--so impressive it would seem the story, literally, has nowhere else to go but down, but some smart gags, excellent animation, and rollicking adventures ensue. So why isn't it better known? It had the bad luck to open, in 1990, opposite another kids' film--Home Alone. --David Kronke
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The story: When a greedy poacher (George Scott, Patton) kidnaps a young boy (Adam Ryen, Stepfather 3) to coax from him the location of a rare golden eagle, the returning Rescue Aid agents Bernard (Bob Newhart) and Bianca (Eva Gabor) travel to Australia to mount a rescue.
The reason the movie may not have done well financially is that it's so different from its predecessor. The original was moody and thoughtful, with several quiet conversations in the dark and a soft soundtrack that allowed the viewer time to reflect, whereas "Down Under" is bright and bombastic with a speedy pace, plenty of action scenes, and no pop soundtrack. This is hardly the kind of movie an adult would watch to relax, and I can only imagine how it led to kids bouncing off the walls in 1990. However, if this were simply a case of trading in the classic style for a populist cash-in, I'd have a lot less love for the film. It is in fact an earnest adventure movie, featuring plenty of adrenaline scenes but not compromising story development or character integrity. While the original is definitely superior in some regards - a more memorable villain, more time spent focusing on the heroes - the sequel stands soundly on two feet.
As expected, the animation is a joy. Disney's first-ever application of digital coloring techniques pays off, and it is highlighted via incredibly smooth character motion, detailed facial expressions, a wonderfully warm color palette, and maximization o the Australian country landscape. The surprisingly ample computer-generated imagery merges well with the hand-drawn portions, too.
The movie's also pretty nice to listen to, with the actors doing a swell job. Tristan Rogers ("General Hospital") charismatically voices Jake the kangaroo mouse - easily everyone's favorite new character - and he has good chemistry with Eva Gabor, who had the sweetest voice in all of motion pictures. Their coupling takes away from the great rapport that Bob Newhart had with Gabor, but it's a minor disappointment. Oddly, the filmmakers chose American-accented performers to voice Cody and McLeach, the latter of whom doesn't make as much of an impression as he should but is still undeniably evil. Surprisingly, the most impressive character of the bunch has no lines at all: Marahute the eagle is unlike most Disney animals in that she's almost completely feral, with few anthropomorphized features, but is still able to make a very human connection.
Speaking of Marahute, the movie's best scene also represents the filmmakers' worst decision. The film's initial ten minutes are without a doubt its best: after opening with the drum-filled score, we're transported to the scene wherein Cody is taken flying by the eagle, and this is simply one of the best things ever animated. The simulation of flight is nothing short of breathtaking - better than any attempt that even Miyazaki has made - but it sets an emotional and adrenal standard that the rest of the picture just can't match. It certainly catches my attention from the start, but I think it would have been more effectively placed near the end.
Reportedly, producer Tom Schumacher was crushed when the movie failed to be a big success, and I don't blame him - it's clear that he and the rest of the crew put a ton of hard work into the film, and for audiences to turn it down at the time of its release is a shame. With that said, it's endured nicely and is still a blast to watch today; I hope that Schumacher reads some of the nice reviews it's received, here. The fact that this is one the few films that Disney has had the good taste not to follow up with additional installments is comforting, but even if the Mouse does still decide to do this, the company will have a hard time either improving on or depreciating one of my favorites. I recommend this one to all animation and nostalgia fans.
It picks up with Benard and Miss Bianca with Benard trying to propose to Miss Bianca! Poor Benard is interupted (not only after dropping the ring and having to get it back) for a case in Down Under to help a little boy from a wretched poacher that is after a rare and beautiful eagle.
Benard must prove himself (so he thinks) to Miss Bianca against the rugged mouseness of their Aussie outback guide. It's a super cute film with the Eva Gabore and Bob Newheart coming back to lend their voices to the unforgetable charcters from the original film.
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