The Rescuers Down Under (1990) Movie Review
Suppose you have watched Disney Animated movies from the 1970s to 1990s. In that case, you will notice a familiar resemblance, especially in the voice actors and acting style, that eventually makes it feel like a repetition.
The Rescuers Down Under is the sequel to the 1977 film, The Rescuers. The 29th feature and the second movie released during the Disney Renaissance spanned from 1989, when The Little Mermaid premiered, to 1999.
The movie starts with a young boy Cody who befriends a rare golden eagle called Marahute, who shows him his nest and eggs. It gives him a feather as a symbol of their friendship. Cody soon fell into a trap set by the local poacher Percival McLeach who killed Marahute's partner. He kidnaps the boy with the hopes of killing the golden eagle.
A mouse who wants to help Cody calls the Rescue Aid Society's aid, which is eventually answered by two top rescuers, Bernard and Miss Bianca. They flew from the United States with their trusty Albatross, Wilbur, to the outback of Australia to rescue Cody before McLeach got his hands on killing the golden eagle.
I honestly had zero expectations about this movie when I first watched it. Still, I think it is a pretty enjoyable adventure film that started very slowly and eventually picked up at the end.
Bernard and Miss Bianca are fantastic main characters, and I love the chemistry and humor they bring to light in the film. McLeach is a terrifying and annoying villain that gets on your nerves as he torments Cody and the golden eagle. I don't quite like Cody as a character and feel he is annoying for most of the film.
The film itself is either a hit or a miss. It's either you like it, or you hate it. I wouldn't say I liked it because it didn't quite represent the ideals of the Disney Renaissance. I prefer movies like The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast in this era. It's not the worst Disney movie, but I still think it's not something I would recommend.
A typical 2 out of 5 stars.