Friday, July 08, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

Cody, a boy from Mugwomp Flats responds to a distress call about a trapped giant Golden Eagle called Marahute. Freeing her, he gains a close friendship with the bird. However, Cody is soon abducted by the murderous poacher, Percival McLeach, who is after that bird which is of a highly endangered species and therefore an extremely profitable quarry. In a panic, a mouse Cody freed from one of McLeach's traps sends a desperate call for help to the Rescue Aid Society in New York City who assigns their top agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard to the task. With transportation provided by the goofy Albatross, Wilbur, the agents arrive in Austrailia and link up with the RAS' local field operative, Jake The Kangaroo Rat. Together, the trio must race against time to find Cody, stop McLeach and save Marahute. [imdb]
Disney is known now for all the many sequels, a few making it into the theater, but most of them incredibly horrible and direct-to-video. The Rescuers Down Under is the first (and only, until this month's Winnie The Pooh movie) to make it into the "Animated Classics" series.  It's also, apparently, the first feature film to be "assembled and completed within a digital environment" [Wikipedia], and the second in the classics line to not have a musical number.  All that makes this movie quite unique.

Aside from all the uniquenessicity, it's just a cute fun movie.  I guess Oliver and Company was originally intended as a sequel to The Rescuers, but in the end, they worked it into this story instead.  I think that was a pretty smart move.  Another smart move was getting John Candy to voice the albatross.  I just love John Candy...

Well, what else really is there to say about this one aside from "cute, fun, entertaining, Bob Newhart and John Candy"??  That is all. Thank you.


  1. You get a line, an' I'll get a pole, maties...

    It's been too long since I saw this, but I still remember how magical it was seeing Marahute fly in the theater.

  2. That was about the biggest damned eagle I've ever seen... Just wait til it gets remastered in 3-D!