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The Rescuers Down Under

Original theatrical poster
Directed by Hendel Butoy
Mike Gabriel
Produced by Thomas Schumacher
Written by Margery Sharp (books)
Jim Cox
Starring Bob Newhart
Eva Gabor
John Candy
Tristan Rogers
Adam Ryen
George C. Scott
Frank Welker
Wayne Robson
Russi Taylor
Bernard Fox
Douglas Seale
Music by Bruce Broughton
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s) November 16, 1990
Running time 74 min
Language English
Gross revenue $47,431,461
Preceded by The Rescuers (1977)
IMDb profile

The Rescuers Down Under is the twenty-ninth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and was released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution on November 16, 1990. The film, which takes place in the Australian Outback, is the sequel (Disney's first for an animated feature) to the 1977 film The Rescuers, based upon the novels of Margery Sharp. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (582x900, 86 KB) Summary Poster of The Rescuers Down Under (1990). ... Thomas Schumacher is the current president of Disney Theatrical Group, the theatrical production arm of the Disney Corporation. ... Margery Sharp (January 25, 1905 - March 14, 1991), was an English author. ... The Honourable James Glennister Jim Cox (born 1 October 1945) is a Tasmanian Labor politician and member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly in the electorate of Bass. ... George Robert Bob Newhart (born September 5, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... For other persons named Gabor, see Gabor (disambiguation). ... John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor. ... Tristan Rogers (born June 3, 1946 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian-American actor. ... George Campbell Scott (October 18, 1927 - September 22, 1999) was a stage and film actor, director, and producer. ... Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ... Wayne Robson (born in 1946 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian television actor who is best known for playing the part of Mike Hamar, a thief, on The Red Green Show. ... Russi Taylor is the current voice actress for Disneys Minnie Mouse character. ... Bernard M. Fox (born 11 May 1927) is a Welsh-born British film and television actor. ... Douglas Seale provided the voice of The Sultan in the movie Aladdin. ... Bruce Broughton (born March 8, 1945 in Los Angeles, California) is a film, video game, and television soundtrack composer who has composed several highly acclaimed soundtracks over his extensive career, including Homeward Bound and Silverado, as well as the video game Heart of Darkness (game). ... The Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group is a collection of affiliated motion picture studios, all subsidaries of The Walt Disney Company. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Rescuers is a 1977 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977. ... Animation refers to the technique in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... This is a list of animated feature films produced by Walt Disney Productions/The Walt Disney Company: Official canon The following is a list of the forty-four feature films officially part of the Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) canon. ... Walt Disney Animation Studios is the animation studio that makes up a key element of The Walt Disney Company, and the oldest surviving animation studio in the world. ... Old logo from 1985-2006 Walt Disney Pictures refers to several different entities associated with The Walt Disney Company: Walt Disney Pictures, the film banner, was established as a designation in 1983, prior to which Disney films since the death of Walt Disney were released under the name of the... Buena Vista production logo, 1950s. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Outback (disambiguation). ... // Events In the Academy Awards, Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight win Best Actor and Actress and Supporting Actress awards for Network. ... The Rescuers is a 1977 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977. ... Margery Sharp (January 25, 1905 - March 14, 1991), was an English author. ...

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Production

The Rescuers Down Under is notable for Disney. It was the first Disney traditionally-animated movie to completely use the new computerized CAPS process. CAPS allowed more efficient and sophisticated post-production of the Disney animated films, and made obsolete the traditional practice of hand-painting cels. As a result, The Rescuers Down Under was the first feature film for which all original film elements were completely made within a digital environment. It is Disney's second animated feature that does not include any musical numbers, the first being Disney's The Black Cauldron. The Computer Animation Production System (CAPS) is a proprietary collection of software programs, camera systems and custom desks developed by The Walt Disney Company together with Pixar in the late-1980s to computerize the ink and paint and post-production processes of traditionally animated feature films produced by Walt Disney... See Cel programming language for the programming language A cel, short for celluloid, is a transparent sheet on which objects are drawn or painted for traditional, hand-drawn animation. ... The Black Cauldron (also known as Taran and the Magic Cauldron in some countries) is the twenty-fifth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ...


A team of over 415 artists and technicians were required for the production of the film. Five members of the team traveled to the Australian Outback to observe, take photographs and draw sketches to properly illustrate the outback on film.[1]


On its first release, The Rescuers Down Under was preceded by a short subject starring Mickey Mouse in an adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper. (This was only the second new Mickey Mouse short made since the 1950s, the first being Mickey's Christmas Carol, which was made to accompany the 1983 re-release of The Rescuers.) Early American actor William Garwood starred in numerous short films, many of which were only 20 minutes in length Short subject is a format description originally coined in the North American film industry in the early period of cinema. ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ... The Prince and the Pauper was first published in 1881 in Canada before its 1882 publication in the united states. ... The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... Mickeys Christmas Carol is a twenty-four minute animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released in the United Kingdom on October 20, 1983 by Buena Vista Distribution. ...


Plot

The movie starts with Cody, a young boy from the Outback, hearing a distress call that leads him to find a giant wedge-tailed eagle named Marahute in a rope trap on top of a cliff. After Cody frees the eagle and goes for a ride on her back, he stumbles into a poacher's trap set by Percival McLeach. McLeach realizes that Cody knows where Marahute is and kidnaps the boy, since he wants to capture the bird and sell it. For other uses, see Outback (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Aquila audax (Latham, 1802) The Wedge-tailed Eagle or Eaglehawk (Aquila audax) is a very large Australasian raptor and the most common of all the worlds large eagles. ... For other uses, see Poaching (disambiguation). ...


Meanwhile Bernard and Bianca, the heroes of the original The Rescuers film, receive word from the Rescue Aid Society of Cody's kidnapping. They go to find Orville the albatross who aided them previously, but instead find Wilbur, Orville's brother. Bernard and Bianca convince Wilbur to fly them to Australia to save Cody. In Australia, they meet Jake, a kangaroo rat, who flirts with Bianca - much to Bernard's chagrin. He serves as their guide and protector in search of the boy. The Rescuers is a 1977 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977. ... Orville greets Bernard and Miss Bianca after one of his better landings. Orville is a character from Disneys 1977 animated masterpiece film, The Rescuers. ... This article is about the bird family. ... Species 22, see text Kangaroo rats, genus Dipodomys, are small rodents native to North America. ...


At McLeach's ranch, Cody has been thrown into a cage with several of McLeach's captured animals after refusing to give up Marahute's whereabouts. Cody tries to free the animals, but is thwarted by Joanna (McLeach's pet goanna). McLeach tells Cody that someone else has shot Marahute, tricking Cody into leading him to Marahute's nest. Bernard, Bianca, and Jake, half-knowledgeable what is happening and jump onto McLeach's vehicle. For other uses, see Goanna (disambiguation). ...


At Marahute's nest, the three mice try to warn Cody that he has been followed, but McLeach shows up and captures Cody, along with Marahute, Jake, and Bianca. Wilbur arrives, and Bernard convinces him to sit on the eagle's eggs, which Bernard had saved from Joanna moments before. McLeach takes Cody and Marahute to Crocodile Falls, where he ties Cody up and hangs him over the crocodiles. Bernard follows the truck and disables McLeach's vehicle. McLeach then tries to shoot the rope holding Cody above the water. Bernard tricks Joanna into crashing into McLeach, sending the both into the water. The crocodiles chase McLeach, but the damaged rope holding Cody snaps. Although McLeach manages to fight off the crocodiles, only Joanna makes it to the shore while Mcleach falls off the waterfall, presumabely to his death. Bernard dives into the water to try and save Cody, but fails. Jake and Bianca free Marahute just in time for her to burst free and snatch Cody and Bernard up. Look up egg in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Genera Crocodylus Osteolaemus Tomistoma A crocodile can be any of the 14 species of large, water-loving reptiles in the family Crocodylidae (sometimes classified instead as the subfamily Crocodylinae). ... Impact from a water drop causes an upward rebound jet surrounded by circular capillary waves. ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation), Dead (disambiguation), or Death (band). ...


Safe at last on Marahute's back, Bernard proposes marriage to Bianca, who accepts. The film closes with Marahute's eggs hatching under Wilbur's care – much to his dismay.


Characters

The Rescuers Down Under features two characters from the first film: Bianca and Bernard.

Bernard, the mouse, is a fictional character in Margery Sharps Miss Bianca stories, and a protagonist in Disneys 1977 animated film, The Rescuers and its 1990 sequel, The Rescuers Down Under. ... George Robert Bob Newhart (born September 5, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Miss Bianca (Or simply Bianca to Bernard and Penny) is a fictional mouse and one of the protagonists of Disneys 1977 animated film The Rescuers and its 1990 sequel The Rescuers Down Under. ... For other persons named Gabor, see Gabor (disambiguation). ... John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor. ... For other uses, see Golden Eagle (disambiguation). ... George Campbell Scott (October 18, 1927 - September 22, 1999) was a stage and film actor, director, and producer. ... Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ... For other uses, see Poaching (disambiguation). ... Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ... For other uses, see Goanna (disambiguation). ... Tristan Rogers (born June 3, 1946 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian-American actor. ... Species alexis cervinus fuscus mitchelli aquillo longicaudatus amplus macrotis mordax sp. ... Wayne Robson (born in 1946 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian television actor who is best known for playing the part of Mike Hamar, a thief, on The Red Green Show. ... Binomial name Gray, 1827 The Frill-necked Lizard, or Frilled Lizard also known as the Frilled Dragon, (Chlamydosaurus kingii) is so called because of the large ruff of skin which usually lies folded back against its head and neck. ... Douglas Seale provided the voice of The Sultan in the movie Aladdin. ... For the drawing program, see KoalaPad/Painter. ... Bernard M. Fox (born 11 May 1927) is a Welsh-born British film and television actor. ... Bernard M. Fox (born 11 May 1927) is a Welsh-born British film and television actor. ... Russi Taylor is the current voice actress for Disneys Minnie Mouse character. ...

Reaction

Most critics praised the film. On Rotten Tomatoes, 77% of the critics reviews were positive. But despite the fair critical success, the film underperformed at the box office, grossing only $27 million. The film's poor box-office performance discouraged Disney Studios to release any sequels to animated Disney movies theatrically. Only when they were fully convinced that the sequel would be a success would they release it theatrically, such as The Jungle Book 2 and Return to Never Land, which were both successful. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Jungle Book 2 is an animated feature produced by the DisneyToons studio in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ... Return to Never Land (also known as Peter Pan: Return to Never Land) is a 2002 animated feature produced by the DisneyToons studio in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ...


The Rescuers Down Under is considered the black sheep of the Disney Renaissance era (1989-1994) because of its poor box-office performance as well as its lack of musical numbers, ironic given the success of the original The Rescuers. However, despite its poor reception, a third movie was later planned for 1996 (presumably due to its successful home video release), but Eva Gabor suddenly died the previous year from respiratory failure from complications of food poisoning. Therefore, the planned movie and all future Rescuers sequels were scrapped. Black Sheep may refer to many different things: // English language Black sheep is a derogatory colloquial term in the English language meaning an outsider or one who is different in a way which others disapprove of. ... For other persons named Gabor, see Gabor (disambiguation). ...


Soundtrack

The Rescuers Down Under
The Rescuers Down Under cover
Soundtrack
Released 1990
Recorded 1990
Label Walt Disney Records
Producer Bruce Broughton
Professional reviews
  1. Main Title
  2. Answering Faloo's Call
  3. Cody's Flight
  4. Message Montage
  5. At the Restaurant
  6. Wilbur Takes Off
  7. McLeach Threatens Cody
  8. The Landing
  9. Bernard Almost Proposes
  10. Escape Attempt
  11. Frank's Out!
  12. Cody Finds the Eggs
  13. Bernard the Hero
  14. End Credits

Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Walt Disney Records is a record company and part of The Walt Disney Company. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Bruce Broughton (born March 8, 1945 in Los Angeles, California) is a film, video game, and television soundtrack composer who has composed several highly acclaimed soundtracks over his extensive career, including Homeward Bound and Silverado, as well as the video game Heart of Darkness (game). ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4. ...

Home video

The Rescuers Down Under was released in the Walt Disney Classics video series in 1991 on VHS and Laserdisc like The Rescuers. However, unlike The Rescuers, the sequel didn't make it to the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection. It was released on DVD on August 1, 2000 as part of the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection. Walt Disney Classics was a brand name used by Walt Disney Home Video on their American, Japanese, European and Australian home video releases of Disney animated features. ... The Rescuers is a 1977 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977. ... The Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection (Walt Disney Coleccion Maestra in Spanish) is a line of videos released by Walt Disney Home Video from 1994 to 1999. ... is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


References

  1. ^ The Rescuers Down Under. Disney Archives. Disney Online. Retrieved on 2007-01-20.

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
The Rescuers Down Under - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (507 words)
The Rescuers Down Under is the twenty-ninth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and was released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution on November 16, 1990.
The Rescuers Down Under had the familiar characters from the first Rescuers movie, the mice Bernard (Bob Newhart) and Bianca (Eva Gabor).
On its first release, The Rescuers Down Under was preceded by a short subject starring Mickey Mouse in an adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper.
The Rescuers Down Under Movie Review at Hollywood Video (787 words)
This sequel to the popular Rescuers wisely avoids the sugary songs of the original, peppering a thoroughly enjoyable tale of heroic mice, a brave young boy, and a gaggle of inspired creatures with innovative computer animation (with help from Pixar) to create a stunning Australian-set adventure for the whole family.
Once they land, the rescuers find their way through the strange Australian landscape and even stranger creatures with the help of a charming and fearless kangaroo mouse named Jake (Tristan Rogers), who's quite taken with the lovely Bianca.
Rescuers Down Under keeps the story moving at an engaging pace, and the comic characterizations keep the mood light in spite of some of the dire situations like Cody's being kept in a cage or snapped at by a hungry crocodile.
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