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The Rescuers Down Under Reviews

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michael e.
Super Reviewer
March 29, 2018
I've gone on about how this is probably one of Disney's most underrated films, I think that mainly has to do with how poorly advertised it was, which is a shame because this film is just amazing. Not only is it a major improvement over the first film, it is a major improvement in every respect. The villain is one of the best villains I think in Disney history. Mcleech just adds so much to this film mainly due to how incredible George C. Scott does the voice. also this film has a world record for being the first digitally animated hand drawn film and it looks amazing, especially the scenes involving the eagle flying.
January 19, 2018
One of the best Disney traditionally animated sequels TO DATE.
Just watching Cody take flight on Marahute is a spectacle on its own. Quite the fun adventure, with beautiful atmosphere.
November 17, 2017
This one is so much better then the first film. The rescuers down under is yet another Disney Classic that's more fun and more action then the first plus this one is made from the 90s so the tech improved from the first. But overall I love this one and this one is a Disney classic and I have fun. Well done Disney you made a awesome animated film love it so much.
July 20, 2017
The Rescuers Down Under is not a bad movie. It just didn't make a lot of money because the film got lost in the winter rush. Perhaps not simply because of a small amount of marketing but also, more likely, because people were expecting another masterpiece following The Little Mermaid. The Rescuers 2 may be noted for having the least amount of attention within the Disney Renaissance to date. Yes, this is the Disney Renaissance movie that's more underrated than Hercules. While it does have some uneven quality and the there's only one primary Australian character within the film. The humans are American. What is it with Disney and having everyone in their movies, even if its a real-life setting, speak in American accents? Anyway, aside from those criticisms, the movie as a whole is actually not bad. I can imagine how groundbreaking the animation must've looked back then since it was the first digitally animated movie. And it stands the test of time pretty well. Not as well as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King but it's still nice to look at. Those flight scenes were pretty fun as well. I think a decent amount of people who watched it might consider spending their money on a 3D re-release. The guy voicing McLeach seems to be having the time of his life voicing him and John Candy is...better-than-average at voicing the brother of the albatross from the first movie. The animation for that giant rare eagle is amazing. It looks realistic but still manages to appeal to the younger crowd, however limited its screen time may be. While we may probably never get another Disney sequel that's part of the Classics, aside from the other two of course, I think this one is still worth your while. And it's not like most of Disney's movies require a continuing story. The era of direct-to-video Disney sequels everywhere is gone now.
July 2, 2017
I don't get why this movie doesn't have a hugely positive reputation. It's exactly what the first Rescuers should have been! If you haven't seen this movie, you need to! It's such a cruelly underrated work of animation!
½ June 1, 2017
While not as good as the first, Down Under is still a fun ride.
May 30, 2017
An instant childhood classic, but my only problem was how it ended.
½ May 26, 2017
The characters, visuals, and especially the animation, is what brings this fun-loving rare sequel to life!
½ March 23, 2017
Petty underrated, honestly. I absolutely loved this when I was little, and I bet it's still good now. I like the story.
½ March 3, 2017
The Rescuers Down Under is one of the few times when the sequel is better than the original. The animation is impressive, the plot is engaging and it doesn't have any boring musical interludes. It also has more humor than The Rescuers, which my kids (and my wife) appreciated.
February 23, 2017
Not a perfect film, but an incredibly underrated Disney adventure thats worth a viewing.
January 26, 2017
January 11, 2017
Our beloved heroes, Bernard and Bianca, take on Australia! It's an adventurous Disney movie that was one of my favorites when I was younger. (First viewing - Childhood)
January 3, 2017
Considering it's a sequel, it could have been a lot worse. "The Rescuers Down Under" is of a direct-to-video quality despite its rich animation and sense of adventure.
½ December 26, 2016
With an exciting, action-packed story, breathtaking animation, and an entire cast of likable and memorable characters, this kickass sequel is a massive improvement over its dull predecessor in every way imaginable. Disney's most underrated film.
November 12, 2016
Over a decade later from the first film The Rescuers, Disney presents its first animated sequel, The Rescuers Down Under. Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor reprise their roles as Bernard and Bianca. This time around they are headed down to the outback to rescue a boy named Cody. Cody is an ambitious animal lover that has rescued a rare golden eagle. A poacher McLeach (Geoge C. Scott) has captured Cody and he will not free him until Cody tells him the eagle's whereabouts.

Bianca and Bernard are tasked with finding him in the great outback. They enlist with Wilbur (John Candy), Orville's brother to help get them there. They also befriend a fellow mouse who is familiar with the territory in Krebbs (Douglas Seale). He helps them wrangle up snakes, and other wildlife to increase their time to finding the boy. As a team, they must brave the outback and take on the clever poacher and his wily salamander pet Joana. Their time is running out as Mcleach soon tricks Cody into leading him to the eagle's nest.

Rescuers Down Under is not a bad sequel. The film has a better sense of comedic balance than the first film. John Candy was an excellent voice as the bird Wilbur, who filled in because the voice of first bird Orville (Jim Jordan) had passed away. The film does have some pacing problems and scenes that do not really need to be in the film. The prison sequence where the annoying Lizard and various animals try and escape goes on far too long. The sequence of Wilbur being treated for his back, seems a bit forced, and minimally drives the story. McLeach was an excellent villain and really steals the picture. His dark manner, design and characteristics inspire many future Disney villains. While the first movie was 100% hand drawn, this movie was the first 100% digitally animated film. Although I prefer the colors and visuals of the original film, the sequel is well made and has its own character to it. The film did not do particularly well and instead this led Disney to deter making sequels for theatrical releases rather than deter them from making sequels all together. Rescuers Down Under is a solid follow-up and helped set the seeds in for some of the best animated films to come.

September 28, 2016
Man, talk about an underrated Disney film. I saw this film for the first time several years ago, and years later said to myself, "you know, I gotta see that movie again. I don't remember much". So I found it at my local thrift store and you know what? This film is pretty solid. Just to clarify, as much as I love Disney, The Rescuers is one of the Disney films I find mediocre. It just didn't leave much of an impact on me like other Disney films. So to learn years back that there was a sequel to it was weird. But I watched it at a friend's house and I enjoyed it much more than the original. One of the redeeming qualities of this movie is the animation. It's breathtaking. Of course you'd expect it from Disney, but think of how many action-adventure films the studio has. Not many, and to see some faster paced scenes was very cool. The characters are also pretty likeable. Cody is the bravest kid ever. It has some good comedy, action, and the villain is great. The story itself is nothing really groundbreaking, but it's a bit better than the original's narrative. More people definitely need to see this movie. The one problem with the movie is the fact that the other captured animals aren't rescued. It felt wrong to me. Bottom line, The Rescuers Down Under may not have made as big an impact as other Disney films, but it's a fun, exiting, and visually dazzling adventure.
August 15, 2016
Better than the original! There is so much going on in The Rescuers Down Under that it felt like an adventure.
August 12, 2016
This was actually Disney's first sequel out of the 29 movies they'd made up until this point, and it certainly feels like one. A pretty enjoyable movie for the most part, with marvelous animation that spans the outback of Australia with picturesque views, and an arrangement of new, exotic animals that add to the wonder of the setting. The problem is that it all feels a little too familiar, reusing a lot of the formula that made the first movie so good, except with less of the laughs, and not as much fun. This one didn't too well at the box-office which isn't hard believe since it had to follow the success of The Little Mermaid, but it's still has a lot to offer in terms of visual splendor and heart.
½ August 5, 2016
There is no doubt that this is a better film than it's predecessor great though it was and it isn't just the animation. The characters are all much more defined particularly Bernard who sometimes felt like bland comic relief in the usual disney style previously, and the thrills seem much more defined with a far better musical score than before. By making the possibly accidental decision to leave out dancing sex symbols with tails disney embraced something that felt far more tealistic even though it does have talking kangaroos and somehow that raises the stakes much higher. Out of all the underated films in the disney pantheon, this film might pip them all to the post. Speaking of which...
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