The Rescuers Down Under: Can Bob Newhart Do it Again?The Rescuers" was a surprise hit, a throwback to the days of "Lady and the Tramp" and "One Hundred and One Dalmations," when the Disney juggernaut could take an unknown story and make it into an "all Disney" movie, complete with Disney villain, Disney heroes and a warm, fuzzy conclusion. The two leads from "The Rescuers," Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor, return in "The Rescuers Down Under" (1990), directed by Hendel Butoy and Mike Gabriel, as Bernard and Miss Bianca, respectively. While it did not perform spectacularly at the box office, it has found its audience over the years and has become something of a cult classic. The Disney animators also went to work improving the technology, using the computerized CAPS animation process developed by then-unknown graphics company Pixar for the first time, along with CGI elements in many scenes. Whatever you make think of the overuse of CGI in the years since, it does have its place when used properly, so this was a true break-through film.
|Enjoying a leisurely dinner when....|
Cody (Adam Ryen) is a young boy living "Down Under" in the Australian Outback who has a golden eagle named Marahute (Frank Welker) as a friend. Marahute trusts him enough to show him her nest and eggs, but a poacher named Percival C. McLeach (George C. Scott) wants the valuable rare bird and its offspring. McLeach sees a feather from the bird on Cody's backpack and imprisons him until he will reveal the location of the golden eagle's nest. A mouse sees this and runs off to inform the United Nations Rescue Aid Society in New York via the global animal communications network.
|Jack is a great take-off on Crocodile Dundee|
|Cody talking to Faloo rhe red kangaroo (Carla Meyer)|
|"I think we take one from column A and one from Column B..."|
|"Take that, Jeffrey Katzenberg, for ruining my film's release!"|
|"Did they really put me on a coin? A gold coin? Cool!"|
|An interesting animation artifact of Wilbur|
|Polly the Platypus, captured by McLeach|
|A good version to get, includes "The Rescuers" and "The Rescuers down Under"|
|McLeach has a certain charm for a Disney villain|
|The climax has lots of nice thrills|
It is well worth your time to re-visit your friends from "The Rescuers" and "The Rescuers Down Under." The Blu-ray "2-Movie Collection" of "The Rescuers" and "The Rescuers Down Under" came out in August 2012 and is a real visual treat, but you never know how long Disney will keep this on the shelves - it has a nasty habit of suddenly pulling titles and putting them back in the vault for a decade or two when demand starts to wane..Someday, who knows, "The Rescuers" and "The Rescuers Down Under" may get the 3D theatrical and 3D Blu-ray release that they deserve, but for now, this is a pretty spectacular presentation.
"The Rescuers/The Rescuers Down Under" Blu-ray trailer is below.