The Rescuers Down Under: Can Bob Newhart Do it Again?
|"The Rescuers Down Under" cover.|
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 the red kangaroo (Carla Meyer)|
|"I think we take one from column A and one from Column B..."|
Cody falls into the water, and Bernard tries to save him but can't. It is up to Marahute, freed by Jake and Miss Bianca, to swoop down and save both Bernard and Cody from going over a waterfall as McLeach has just done. Happy at last, Bernard then returns to his original intention, proposing marriage to Miss Bianca.
|"Take that, Jeffrey Katzenberg, for ruining my film's release!"|
The rescuers once again form a nice, tightly bonded team, though they don't appear until the lengthy set-up in Australia has concluded. The Disney villain, McLeach, is fully realized, with a delightfully morbid sense of humor. He even is somewhat believable, unlike many other Disney villains, and you will understand McLeach and the killer that he is as you cheer as he goes over the Falls.
|"Did they really put me on a coin? A gold coin? Cool!"|
|An interesting animation artifact of Wilbur.|
|Polly the Platypus, after being 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.|