Parents' Guide to

The Rescuers Down Under

By Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

A rare sequel that improves on the original.

Movie G 1990 116 minutes
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (7 ):

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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