In 1989, Disney released “The Little Mermaid (I thought it was average) earning critical and box office success marks the beginning of a new era known as “Disney Renaissance.” Their next project is a sequel to “The Rescuers” with Bob Newhart & Eva Gabor reprising their roles as Bernard & Bianca. This time, the duo embark on a journey to rescue a little boy captured by a poacher whose goal is to hunt down an eagle worth a fortune. The premise I’m referring to is none other than, The Rescuers Down Under.”
The Rescuers Down Under was officially released in 1990. (same year Jacob’s Ladder came out) It received good reviews from critics, families and movie goers alike. Plus, it made enough cash at the box office. After the deaths of John Candy & Eva Gabor, a third installment was scrapped. Anyway, I’m reviewing a few Disney films inspired by Nostalgia Critic’s Disneycember during the month of December. Don’t worry, I’ll review Christmas films too. Disney’s next film coming in 2023 is “Wish.” Which Disney movies should I review next? Please leave a comment and I’ll respond back.
Today’s review contains no SPOILERS. If you haven’t seen this gem, feel free to read my non-spoiler article.
Ascend & Descend Aspects
Ascend: Bob Newhart & Eva Gabor reprise their roles as Bernard & Bianca. They both did an excellent job for their respective voiceover performances.
Other Cast Members such as John Candy & George C. Scott both did a fantastic job for their respective voiceover performances.
Animation vastly improves the last film’s sketchy look allowing animators more time to polish character models, fluid movement and environmental locations.
Humor contains a good amount of slapstick and visual gags perfectly balanced.
Pacing felt solid for a 73-minute film. There’s enough coverage to know what’s going on.
Jake factors in assisting Bernard & Bianca. He’s not an arrogant jerk trying to seeking attention to the latter.
The sequel is influenced by Australian films such as the “Mad Max” series & “Crocodile Dundee.” Another influence is non-Australian filmmaker, David Lean. Known for historical epics most notably, “Lawrence of Arabia.”
Chemistry between Bernard & Bianca takes their relationship to the next level. They’re officially dating. At least those two are a better couple than Ariel & Prince Eric. Sorry fellas, I think the latter pair’s chemistry is unrealistic. If you wanna know why? Check out my review.
Unlike Penny, Cody isn’t a cute annoying brat.
The Stakes are drastically high. McLeach is more dangerous and intimidating than Medusa. McLeach’s personality is based on George’s role in Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove.” McLeach’s facial appearance reminds me of Charlie Sheen.
Descend: Nobody addresses Orville’s absence. His brother, Wilbur filled in. Don’t get me wrong, Mr. Candy did a phenomenal job.
The Final Verdict: A-
From my point of view, The Rescuers Down Under is a bigger and better sequel superior to the first movie. Had Disney address Orville’s disappearance, I would’ve given the sequel my highest grade an A FOR APEX. An A- is up there. If you wanna introduce your kids to The Rescuers, start with the first movie and sequel.
2 thoughts on “The Rescuers Down Under”
Really? I thought McLeach looked like an evil John Wayne.
I don’t see the resemblance between McLeach and John Wayne. I thought Rescuers Down Under is a slight improvement of the first movie. Too bad there won’t be a third entry.