The Rescuers Down Under

Movie review by
Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
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A rare sequel that improves on the original.
  • G
  • 1990
  • 116 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Courage, teamwork, helping those in need no matter what.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Rescue Aid Society always answers the call for help. The mice are brave and resourceful.

Violence & Scariness

Cody is threatened with death-by-crocodile twice. McLeach is swept over a falls (to his death). Cody, his eagle friend, and her eggs spend most of the film in jeopardy. McLeach fakes the boy's death and imprisons him in an abandoned mine. Lots of peril. A doctor almost uses a chainsaw as a medical tool.

Sexy Stuff

Mild flirting and a budding romance. A character gets tangled up in some underwear.

Language

Name-calling.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A doctor attempts to inject an unwilling patient with an oversized needle.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Rescuers Down Under is a 1990 sequel to The Rescuers. Young environmentalists will love the anti-poaching message and the animated rainforest, and the brilliant scenery and a funny albatross will interest most youngsters, but there are still some scary moments that parents should be aware of: Cody is threatened with death-by-crocodile twice and McLeach is swept over a falls (to his death). McLeach fakes the boy's death and imprisons him in an abandoned mine. Cody, his eagle friend, and her eggs spend most of the film in jeopardy. There is lots of peril. A doctor almost uses a chainsaw as a medical tool. Despite the scares there are positive messages about courage and teamwork.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynduns July 24, 2013

Here's why this outdoes the original by a long shot

1) It's jam-packed with actual adventure, unlike the first film that makes you think it's going to be but isn't. 2) It is gorgeous! Seriously, t... Continue reading
Adult Written byJimHawkinsfan February 5, 2015

Classic Childhood movie, Jake rocks

this a wonderful movie. The Character Jakes absolutly rocks. I watched this movie so many more times than the first one.It is that much better. I love how they... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byZoocreature345 May 30, 2014

Disney's most underrated movie

Why is this movie ignored so much? It's phenomenal! The animation is beyond awesome, the voice acting is good, the characters are likeable, the flying sc... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 4, 2014
This was good as well, but the original was better.

What's the story?

THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER reprises the dynamic duo of Eva Gabor and Bob Newhart as intrepid mice Miss Bianca and Bernard and places them in the terrific natural landscape of the Australian Outback. When young Cody is kidnapped by a poacher, Bianca and Bernard hop aboard Wilbur the Albatross (voiced by John Candy) and fly off to rescue the boy. In Australia, they team up with an Aussie mouse named Jake to save Cody and stop evil poacher McLeach from selling endangered animals.

Is it any good?

It's a rare sequel that improves on the original, but this movie does exactly that, this time without any of those lame songs. Disney makes the brave choice of using a decidedly un-cute bird of prey as the focus of its wildlife preservation story -- Marahute is a majestic and wonderfully realistic character.

While Cody is impossibly cute and brave, it is really the animals' stories that will interest most youngsters, from the budding romance between Miss Bianca and Bernard to Wilbur's silly antics in a hospital run by mice. And not only are these stories entertaining, they also convey a strong environmental message. The only questionable aspect of The Rescuers Down Under is its failure to give anyone but Jake an Australian accent -- what was Disney thinking? That only Americans live Down Under? Nonetheless, this is a wonderful-looking cartoon that is bound to please.

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