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The Rescuers Down Under



A rare sequel that improves on the original.
Parents recommend
  • Review Date: July 15, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1990
  • Running Time: 116 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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.



Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

What's the story?

This sequel 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 THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER 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 this film 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this sequel compares to the original. Which do you prefer, and why?

  • How does the movie show teamwork?

  • How does it promote courage?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 15, 1990
DVD release date:August 1, 2000
Cast:Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy
Director:Hendel Butoy
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Wild animals
Character strengths:Courage, Teamwork
Run time:116 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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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, this was the first Disney film to sport this look, not The Little Mermaid! 3) The characters have much more personality. 4) The villain and his sidekick are awesome! This is one of the best animated sequels ever made and deserves to be seen.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent of a 17 and 17 year old Written bypoppinsfan August 14, 2015
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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 chose for the bad guy to be a poacher. Conent wise not much to worry about, langage no whrose than gosh, the only sex related thing is that at one point Jake gets accidentely launched by a pink bra/bakini top. The violence might scare some childern but it isn't much to worry about. Don't let your family miss this wonderful, but grossly Under rated Disney Classic
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