Rescuers Down Under Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Thirteen years after the début of The Rescuers (in 1977), Disney Studios resurrected the movie’s main characters in a new adventure,The Rescuers Down Under (1990). Perhaps only the superstitious Mr. Bernard (voice of Bob Newhart) would consider that a bad omen.
This time the timid member of the Rescue Aid Society and his lovely partner Miss Bianca (voice of Eva Gabor) are sent to Australia to find Cody (voice of Adam Ryen), a youngster nabbed by a notorious poacher (voice of George C. Scott) named McLeach.
The two little mice encounter plenty of problems on their voyage from New York City to the outback town of Mugwomp Flats, including the bumbling albatross Wilbur (voice of John Candy) who provides the couple with air transportation. Yet their harrowing flight and the ensuing slapstick antics are nothing compared to the peril faced by the kidnapped boy.
Smart enough to recognize McLeach is involved in illegal hunting activities, but not wise enough to keep that observation to himself, Cody soon ends up being held captive in a cage, along with several other creatures that have fallen prey to the gunman’s traps. But the greatest danger to Cody’s wellbeing is his knowledge of the whereabouts of a giant Golden Eagle and her nest of eggs. The bird is worth a great deal of money to the villain who traffics in prohibited animal products. And he is not afraid to use death threats and emotional blackmail to get the tyke to talk. (This includes tying the child up and throwing knives at him or dangling him over a river full of hungry crocodiles.)
For little ones watching the action of this animation, even the comfort of the family couch might not be enough to make them feel secure. Depictions of weapons use, a lizard-like sidekick that hounds would-be escapers, hostile critters and falls from heights are all reasons for kids to squirm.
While this content may not be as frightening for older viewers, more mature audiences might still have trouble engaging in the very simplistic plot that doesn’t even offer a memorable musical score. Despite improvements in the artistic elements of the production, these flaws (plus the unlucky connection tothe number 13?) are likely contributors to the lesser box office returns this sequel experienced than its predecessor. Unlike Bernard and Bianca’s ability to rescue the hapless boy, sentimental feeling developed for these mousy characters during the first movie can’t quite save this second script.Directed by Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel. Starring Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, George C. Scott, Adam Ryen. Running time: 78 minutes. Theatrical release November 15, 1990. Updated September 24, 2014
Rescuers Down Under
Rating & Content Info
Why is Rescuers Down Under rated G? Rescuers Down Under is rated G by the MPAA
Violence: Animals and humans are endangered by the cruel actions of a poacher (the deaths of some are implied). Characters are kidnapped, caught in traps and locked in cages. A lizard-like creature hounds other animals and humans. Characters are frequently in perilous situations including threats from hostile animals, frightening flights, weapons (guns and knives) and falls from heights and waterfalls. A character thinks medical personal are putting his life is at risk. A man ties up a child and throws knifes at him. Later, he dangles the boy over a river full of hungry crocodiles.
Sexual Content: A shirtless boy is seen. A character gets tangles up in some woman’s underwear. Mild sexual innuendo is heard. A woman smacks a man she thinks is flirting with her.
Language: Name-calling and slurs are used.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A doctor tries to inject an unwilling patient with a needle.
Page last updated September 24, 2014
Rescuers Down Under Parents' Guide
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The most recent home video release of Rescuers Down Under movie is August 21, 2012. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: The Rescuers
Release Date: 21 August 2012
Disney’s The Rescuers Down Under comes to home video as part of the celebration of the 35th anniversary of its prequel, The Rescuers. The two animations are releasing together in a 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. The package includes:
- Blu-ray and DVD copy of The Rescuers
- Blu-ray and DVD copy of The Rescuers Down Under
- Deleted Song: Peoplitis
- Silly Symphony Short: The Three Blind Musketeers
- Disney Nature Documentary: Water Birds
- Sing-Along: Someone Waiting For You
- Making-of The Rescuers Down Under