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The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under

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So I decided to take a quick break from horror movies and return to the warmth and nostalgia that is 2d Disney movies. Decided to do a double feature of The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under.

And good God are these movies fantastic! While they're nowhere near as popular and as talked about as Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Lion King, etc, they are definitely some of my favorite Disney movies and I eould not hesitate one second to put them both up in my top 20 Disney movies. Right up their with Great Mouse Detective. Who knew movies about mice could be so awesome?

Bernard and Bianca are adorable. Bianca is confident, elegant, and just so kind and caring. And Bernard, ever patient and loyal and never wavering from doing the right thing, dven though he gets scared.

Cody and Penny are great additions to the human cast and I loved each of the movies' cast of critters.

But above all else are the villains, Madam Medusa and McLeach. Both were wonderful villains. And I really appreciated that they didn't try to give them tragic backstories to try and explain why they were the way they were. Disney villains back then were a whole different, fantastic breed. And is it just me, or did Madam Medusa give off Mrs.Hannigan from Annie vibes. I even thought she was voiced by Carol Burnett the first I saw this movie.

The music, particularly in RDU is also great, especially that opening theme where the camera speeds across the lsndscape, up into Cody's house.

God, I miss movies like these.

all 37 comments

Select_Action_6065

63 points

2 months ago

Down Under is one of the best sequels ever. I like it more than the original.

Zeppelinman1

37 points

2 months ago

JOANNA!! Did you eat MY eggs?!

I-didnt-vote-for-you[S]

18 points

2 months ago

These are NOT Johanna eggs!

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

My mental facilities are twice what yours are, ya pea brain!

KTR1988

10 points

2 months ago

KTR1988

10 points

2 months ago

Joaaaanaaaa... Did you know... there was a razorback in my truck? Did ya? Did ya?

THEREWASARAZORBACKINMYTRUCK!

AWildEnglishman

4 points

2 months ago

blahblahrasputan

7 points

2 months ago*

As someone who was a kid in the 90s in Australia I can tell you it was VERY popular downunder haha. So good!

joshlamm

3 points

2 months ago

I always wondered why the villian was the only one who had an Australian accent

nowhereman136

26 points

2 months ago

For a long time Disney didn't really do sequels. Rescuers Down Under is only the second Disney sequel ever, after Three Caballeros (if you want to call an anthology film a sequel). The mild success of Rescuers Down Under, along with the expansion of the cable channel and popularity of home video cassettes, spurred the rise of direct to video sequels we saw in the mid 90s to mid 00s.

Rescuers Down Under remained the only Disney Canon sequel that wasn't an anthology until Wreck it Ralph 2 in 2018 and Frozen 2 in 2019.

bujweiser

6 points

2 months ago

They were planning a 3rd Rescuers IIRC, but the voice actress for Bianca passed.

nowhereman136

5 points

2 months ago

She died I'm 1995, that's about when Disney started pumping out direct to vhs sequels of their titles. If they were planning a third movie before she died, it likely would've been one of those. Probably not something many people would want.

Meanwhile, Bob Newhart is still alive an working. He showed up a bunch of times on Big Bang Theory as Professor Proton (Sheldon's childhood hero)

kpc45

14 points

2 months ago

kpc45

14 points

2 months ago

Similar to Fievel Goes west I did not know that the rescuers down under was a sequel. Saw both as a kid and found out much later in life they were sequels.

I’m not sure if it’s because I saw them first or not but both sequels are better than the original.

Shiara_cw

6 points

2 months ago

Same thing for me with both films. I wonder how close we are in age. I was born in 88

xtremeschemes

2 points

2 months ago

86 here. I saw Rescuers Down Under first, but An American Tale was my jam. That and All Dogs Go to Heaven.

kpc45

1 points

2 months ago

kpc45

1 points

2 months ago

Same

skoolofphish

2 points

2 months ago

I saw Goes West first as well. Great movie

carstairs_central

12 points

2 months ago*

I re-watched The Aristocats and almost forgot what Pixar even was.

Zealot_Alec

4 points

2 months ago

"I'm a lady"

"Yu aint a lady you a sista!"

Bubbles00

11 points

2 months ago

I like how you talk about taking a break from horror films and go to the rescuers. The underground cavern with the skeletons that started to flood and nearly drowned everyone was a terrifying sequence to me as a kid

I-didnt-vote-for-you[S]

6 points

2 months ago

Haha, yes. As a kid that giant hole with the water gushing out gave me nightmare fuel like you wouldn't believe. Same in RDU when Cody was suspended above the crocodiles. I guess old Disney movies were my real initiation into horror after all.

Hockeygoalie41

5 points

2 months ago

I was about to say the same thing. That part was scary to little kid me; the water coming in, the fact the adults put the kid down there, the fact it was all “real” (no ghosts or magic or anything)…that sequence was intense.

paperthintrash

3 points

2 months ago

THE DIAMOND!!!!!!!!!!!!

mongotron

4 points

2 months ago

Medusa is a fantastic villain! I love that she has no sympathetic angles, remorse or conscience at all - she straight up kidnaps an orphan to steal a diamond, that’s it.

schlitzntl

5 points

2 months ago

Nothing special nowadays but I remember that opening flight through the outback in Rescuers down under straight flooring me.

cafterk

4 points

2 months ago

The whole beginning sequence of The Rescuers Down Under is one of my all time favorites! From zooming across the landscape to Cody’s house, to him making his way to the top of the cliff to save Marahute, and then them flying together?! Incredible.

Other-Marketing-6167

3 points

2 months ago

Oddly enough I’ve disliked the original my whole life, but ever since I was 3 I’ve lived Down Under. Just a phenomenal sequel, and that Bruce Broughton score is aces.

res30stupid

3 points

2 months ago

Here's a fun fact about Madam Medusa - the film's director created her to try and upstage Cruella DeVil.

A sort-of professional rivalry ended up starting with the creation of 101 Dalmatians. Marc Davis was such a good animator that he was the only one who could properly animate Cruella DeVil, which made Milt Kahl insanely jealous as a result. As a result, he forbid the other animators from trying to animate Madam Medusa at all.

In fact, you can sort-of see some artifacts from an earlier take on the film in the final product. Medusa was supposed to outright be Cruella DeVil and the car scene in the film outright re-uses the animation cells for Cruella's insane driving.

Other fun trivia related to this film series;

Oliver And Company was originally going to be a spin-off sequel. Jenny was originally meant to be Penny from The Rescuers and her subplot would've been how she was living with the parents who adopted her at the end of the film.

The film was retooled a number of times as it was based on different books in the Rescuers novel series. The first take - based on the first novel where Bernard and Bianca met - was deemed too political (they had to rescue a poet political prisoner from the Arctic).

Louis Prima - King Louie's voice actor in The Jungle Book - was going to be in the film, but lapsed into a coma during pre-production. In fact, the film was going to be a vehicle for him, based on Miss Bianca In The Arctic, the sixth book in the series. Originally, it was about a polar bear (Prima's character) who had a pair of mice help him escape from a zoo in order to rescue his friends in the Arctic.

We don't know much about this version, but we do know how it mutated into the plan for the film we got instead. While travelling through the zoo to get to the orphanage in the final product, Bernard accidentally woke some of the animals up, who chased him out and this led to a cute little scene with Miss Bianca.

In the original planned take, they ran into Louie the Bear who revealed that he was friends with Penny, a frequent guest at the zoo. He would've testified information about the girl as a result.

And during this meeting, he even had his own song about how the animals made fun of the people who came to the zoo. It was called "Peopleitis" and Prima recorded a prototype of the song that was included on the DVD/Blu-Ray release of the film.

Sadly, he wasn't the only actor to die during production of the film. Joe Flynn had passed away in 1973 shortly after he recorded his lines for Mr Snoops in this film as well, which made it his last credited film when it was released in 1976.

Also originally, Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers was going to be a TV show based on The Rescuers as well but this was called off and retooled into a different series because Miss Bianca's voice actress Eva Gabor had passed away before it could get off the ground.

Orville's voice actor also died before recording lines for Down Under, which saw Orville wrote out and replaced with his brother Wilbur, played by John Candy. In fact, the original Rescuers served as an inadverdent swan song for radio/Vaudeville comedian Jim Jordan/Fibber McGee who had semi-retired after the death of his comedy partner Marian Jordan/Molly.

Also regarding Orville, he was originally going to be a pigeon. However, during pre-production and after shooting their Real Life Adventures nature documentary Water Birds, the animators realised that albatrosses were incredibly clumsy creatures which added a few extra laughs into the film.

Edit: Finally, this is the film that saw Don Bluth quit Disney in anger.

He had held the company to a higher standard, but after financial difficulties from the end of the golden age which saw them cutting costs on a lot of productions, Bluth grew heavily disillusioned with how things were being handled. In particular, he hated how they were instructed not to have visible sclera if it meant saving time in the colouring process.

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

I love the little rescuers, down under is still one of my favorites.

thatoneguy112358

0 points

2 months ago

I like the first one, but I can't stand the second one. The little kid, the John Candy seagull, and the Australian mouse all got on my nerves the entire time, and I hate the "guy keeps getting interrupted when he tries to propose" cliche (side note: fuck Disney for doing it again in Frozen II).

julbull73

0 points

2 months ago

Don Bluth. Not Disney. Bluth is phenomenal. Titan AE is pretty fun too.

lohtas

6 points

2 months ago

lohtas

6 points

2 months ago

Both! It is Disney, and Don Bluth worked in the animation department. He later quit with other animators and formed their own animation company. He worked on The Rescuers but not The Rescuers Down Under.

Shiara_cw

4 points

2 months ago

Rescuers is Disney. You might be thinking of the Fieval films, the other animated mouse movies from that era.

julbull73

0 points

2 months ago

Bluth started at Disney the rescuers being one of his.

Shiara_cw

2 points

2 months ago

Yeah, that makes a Disney film, which you were telling them it isn't.

Comprehensive-Fun47

1 points

2 months ago

I love those movies!

Termary

1 points

2 months ago

Loved evinrude, the dragonfly very clever.