The Rescuers Down Under

This sort-of sequel to the 1977 hit The Rescuers boasts reasonably solid production values and fine character voices. Too bad they're set against such a mediocre story that adults may duck.

This sort-of sequel to the 1977 hit The Rescuers boasts reasonably solid production values and fine character voices. Too bad they’re set against such a mediocre story that adults may duck.

The bare-bones storyline hinges on a little boy who inexplicably cavorts with animals in Dolittle-esque fashion, including a huge golden eagle, a species apparently indigenous to the Aussie Outback. The bird is the prey of an evil hunter, McLeach (voiced by George C. Scott), who kidnaps the boy, resulting in a round-the-world call for those fearless mice of the Rescue Aid Society to come a-runnin’.

From there it’s a simple quest pic, as mice Bernard (Bob Newhart), Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor) and guide Jake (Tristan Rogers) fumble their way through the jungle, with Bernard poised to pop the question to his rodent love only to be interrupted by one threat after another.

The film is not a musical. Instead, the producers have gone the action-adventure route, adding comic relief based largely on an awkward albatross named Wilbur (John Candy). Bruce Broughton augments the action immeasurably with his strongest score since Silverado.

The Rescuers Down Under

Production: Walt Disney. Director Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel; Producer Thomas Schumacher; Screenplay Jim Cox, Karey Kirkpatrick, Byron Simpson, Joe Ranft; Camera John Aardal, Chris Beck, Mary E. Lescher, Gary W. Smith, Chuck Warren; Editor Michael Kelly; Music Bruce Broughton; Art Director Maurice Hunt

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1990. Running time: 74 MIN.

More Film

  • Shia LaBeouf Toronto Film Festival

    Film News Roundup: Shia LaBeouf to Star in David Ayer's Thriller 'Tax Collector'

    This sort-of sequel to the 1977 hit The Rescuers boasts reasonably solid production values and fine character voices. Too bad they’re set against such a mediocre story that adults may duck. The bare-bones storyline hinges on a little boy who inexplicably cavorts with animals in Dolittle-esque fashion, including a huge golden eagle, a species apparently […]

  • Benicio Del Toro Sicario 2

    'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

    This sort-of sequel to the 1977 hit The Rescuers boasts reasonably solid production values and fine character voices. Too bad they’re set against such a mediocre story that adults may duck. The bare-bones storyline hinges on a little boy who inexplicably cavorts with animals in Dolittle-esque fashion, including a huge golden eagle, a species apparently […]

  • Silk movie

    Spider-Man's 'Silk,' a Korean-American Superhero, Gets Her Own Movie

    This sort-of sequel to the 1977 hit The Rescuers boasts reasonably solid production values and fine character voices. Too bad they’re set against such a mediocre story that adults may duck. The bare-bones storyline hinges on a little boy who inexplicably cavorts with animals in Dolittle-esque fashion, including a huge golden eagle, a species apparently […]

  • Jason Blum Talks 'Get Out 2,'

    Jason Blum on 'Get Out 2' and Why He Couldn't Have Made 'A Quiet Place'

    This sort-of sequel to the 1977 hit The Rescuers boasts reasonably solid production values and fine character voices. Too bad they’re set against such a mediocre story that adults may duck. The bare-bones storyline hinges on a little boy who inexplicably cavorts with animals in Dolittle-esque fashion, including a huge golden eagle, a species apparently […]

  • Diego Luna

    L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to Address Latino Association Summit, Diego Luna to Be Honored

    This sort-of sequel to the 1977 hit The Rescuers boasts reasonably solid production values and fine character voices. Too bad they’re set against such a mediocre story that adults may duck. The bare-bones storyline hinges on a little boy who inexplicably cavorts with animals in Dolittle-esque fashion, including a huge golden eagle, a species apparently […]

  • NewportFILM Unveils Summer Slate

    NewportFILM Unveils Summer Slate

    This sort-of sequel to the 1977 hit The Rescuers boasts reasonably solid production values and fine character voices. Too bad they’re set against such a mediocre story that adults may duck. The bare-bones storyline hinges on a little boy who inexplicably cavorts with animals in Dolittle-esque fashion, including a huge golden eagle, a species apparently […]

  • Lagardere Studios' Imagissime Unveils New Documentaries

    Lagardere Studios' Imagissime Unveils New Slate of Documentaries (EXCLUSIVE)

    This sort-of sequel to the 1977 hit The Rescuers boasts reasonably solid production values and fine character voices. Too bad they’re set against such a mediocre story that adults may duck. The bare-bones storyline hinges on a little boy who inexplicably cavorts with animals in Dolittle-esque fashion, including a huge golden eagle, a species apparently […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content