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No, this isn't a quickie, direct-to-video sequel, cashing in on the success of the 1977 animated hit about adventurous mice, but a full-blown theatrical effort. This time around, Bernard (voiced by Bob Newhart) is trying to pop the question to Bianca (Eva Gabor) when they're summoned to Australia, where a young boy has been kidnapped by a pallid, gray-faced poacher (who looks like and is voiced by George C. Scott). Wilbur, a chatterbox of an albatross (John Candy, replacing the late Jim Jordan's character Orville), and Jake (Tristan Rogers), a kangaroo mouse--Bernard is jealous of the dashing rodent--assist the Rescuers in saving the day and imparting a mild environmental message. The film opens with an absolutely breathtaking aerial sequence--this was made near the beginning of Disney's animation renaissance--so impressive it would seem the story, literally, has nowhere else to go but down, but some smart gags, excellent animation, and rollicking adventures ensue. So why isn't it better known? It had the bad luck to open, in 1990, opposite another kids' film--Home Alone.--David Kronke
Absurd! The mice don't even act like mice on this one, it shows how much time was put into the making of it. A few flat looking flight scenes can't make up for poor story telling.
Disgraceful! The beginning of Disney's sinking! This sequel to the 1977 classic was the first of Disney's scary outburst of sequels to the classics. Many say this movie is better than the first because "it's funnier." I don't think the first The Rescuers was meant to be a comedy of any sort, and Disney has too many comedies nowadays. The Rescuers is the best choice, naturally. Don't waste your money on this.
0/5The first of Disney's trashy movie remakes. This was the first in Disney's line of trashy and inferiour sequels that seem to be surrounding the Disney empire today. The movie was a complete failure which discouraged Disney from ever paing enough attention to another sequel and it's thanks to this that we now get stuff like Cinderella 2 or 101 Dalmatians 2 with a few rare highlights like Return to Neverland or Lady and the Tramp 2. The Rescuers Down Under is no where near as good as the first one, there is no heart to it. Neither the story nor the characters held up and just the whole idea isn't very convincing. It is too much like the original (Which makes this unoriginal) but not in the way it should be. It features no songs and there's no emotion to it. The only thing the movie has that makes it good is the title, the "2"s make the films like this look like total trash even though that's what they are basically. Total trash. Don't buy.