The Rescuers Down Under

  • Review Date: July 15, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1990
  • Running Time: 116 minutes

Common Sense Media says

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

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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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. Animals who h

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 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, 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.

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Kids say

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?

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It is 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.

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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
Run time:116 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Adult Written bynduns July 24, 2013
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10
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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
Adult Written byJimHawkinsfan February 5, 2015
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5
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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
What other families should know
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Teen, 17 years old Written byZoocreature345 May 30, 2014
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6
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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 scenes are amazing! The story is good, the villain is a great villain (it's George C. Scott!) Animal lovers will definitely love it! It's smart, it's fun, it's funny, you don't know what you are missing! Check it out, it will not disappoint!
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