100 Facts About The Rescuers Down Under

Aloha my wonderful merfolk!

This weeks theme is for a Disney movie I haven’t actually seen yet; The Rescuers Down Under. I know, it’s terrible that there is a Disney Animated Feature that I simply haven’t seen. Perhaps this week I will change that?

Let’s take a look at 100 facts about this movie!

24. Rescuers Down Under

  1. The Rescuers Down Under was released on November 16th 1990
  2. It was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation.
  3. It is the 29th film in the Disney Animated Canon.
  4. It is the sequel to the 1977 film, The Rescuers.
  5. The film takes place in the Australian Outback.
  6. It includes three characters from the original movie.
  7. The film belongs to the Disney era known as the renaissance.
  8. The film is known as Bernard and Bianca in the Land of the Kangaroos in countries where the phrase ‘down under’ is not well known or is deemed offensive.
  9. It also became the first fully digital feature film for Disney and the world.
  10. The movie had a budget of $37,931,00.
  11. As Jake tries to put the moves on Miss Bianca, the Australian Sugar Glider flies towards a Hidden Mickey shaped bush.
  12. This is only the second Disney animated film to not be a musical, with the other being The Black Cauldron.
  13. The Rescuers Down Under is the only sequel to be released during the Renaissance era.
  14. This was also Disney’s first animated sequel.
  15. This was Eva Gabors final film before her death in 1995.
  16. John Candy had also passed away after the release of the film.
  17. A third Rescuers film has been planned for 1996 but was scrapped after their deaths out of respect.
  18. Producers wanted to have all the voice actors from The Rescuers reprise their roles.
  19. As Jim Jordan, who voiced Orville, has died two years before the original films release, he was not included in this movie.
  20. Instead, Orville was replaced by his brother Wilbur.
  21. He was voiced by John Candy.
  22. This was a nod to Orville and Wilbur Wright Brothers; the inventors and pilot of the first functional airplane.
  23. As Bernard tries to propose to Miss Bianca, a pair of lily pad Hidden Mickeys appear in the background.
  24. On its initial release, the film was preceded by the Mickey and the Mouse short, The Prince and the Pauper.
  25. This was Mickey Mouse’s first theatrical short since Mickey’s Christmas Carol in 1983.
  26. The flying scenes with Marahute were inspired by the films by Hayao Miyazaki which typically feature elaborate aerial scenes
  27. Adam Ryen who voiced Cody, also dubbed the same character in his native Norway.
  28. This was the least successful film released during the Disney Renaissance.
  29. After the poor opening weekend, box office Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg pulled all television advertisements for the film.
  30. This financial failure discouraged Disney from releasing subsequent non-computer animated sequels into theatres.
  31. The twisted version of Home on the Range that McLeach sings was not performed by George C Scott.
  32. It was instead sung by the voice of Joanna, Frank Welker.
  33. The first Disney animated feature to use fully-rendered CG backgrounds.
  34. Only film of the Disney Renaissance to not have a sequel or a TV spin-off; even though the film itself is a sequel. It also has end credits with popular music songs and/or instrumental music, unlike the first film.
  35. An old apple keyboard is shown when the mice in the Marshall Islands receive the message about the abduction.
  36. The voice of the Nurse Mouse was also the voice of Minnie Mouse, Russi Taylor.
  37. The first animated film to have the appearance of ‘multi-plane shots’ with the use of computer layering and formatting.
  38. As Miss Bianca and Bernard toast their evening, a bubble Hidden Mickey appears in Bernards glass.
  39. Cody is a lover of animals who willingly helps them any chance he gets.
  40. Cody is derived from the Irish word ‘cuidightheach’ meaning helper or guardian.
  41. Clint Eastwood and Jack Palance were considered for the role of McLeach.
  42. Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi and Steve Martin were all considered for the role of Wilber.
  43. Originally, Wilbur’s calendar was to have a picture of Bart Simpson from The Simpsons on.
  44. This can be seen in the original animatic.
  45. Tristan Rogers is the only actual Australian voice actor in the film.
  46. George C Scott who voices sadistic poacher McLeach was actually an animal lover.
  47. McLeac’s shotgun is a Winchester Model 1912 with heavy modifications including a scope.
  48. Bruce Broughton who composed the score for the film was a lifelong Disney film and jumped at the offer.
  49. Eva Gabor returned to give her voice to Miss Bianca.
  50. Third Disney film to use anthropomorphic mice as the main characters.
  51. Early storyboards show Wilbur originally sported a coat rather than a scarf.
  52. Bernard amd Bianca don’t appear until 18 minutes into the film.
  53. They don’t interact with Cody until about 56 minutes in.
  54. The film grossed an estimated £27.9 million in the USA.
  55. McLeach would serve as an inspiration for Disney villains for several years to come.
  56. The film was directed by Hendel Butoy and Mike Gabriel.
  57. A team of over 415 artists and technicians were required to produce the film.
  58. Five members of this team travelled to the Australian Outback to observe, take photographs and draw sketches to properly illustrate it in the film.
  59. The film uses CGI elements throughout such as the field of flowers in the opening sequence.
  60. The Recuers Down Under was released on Walt Disney Classics video series in 1991.
  61. The film did not make the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
  62. It was released on DVD on August 1st 2000 as part of the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection.
  63. The film received a mostly positive response.
  64. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 68%.
  65. Bernard is one again voiced by Bob Newhart.
  66. Writing for The Rescuers Down Under began in 1986.
  67. Joe Ranft was selected to be a storyboard artist and superviser.
  68. Ranft had originally wanted to cast an Aboriginal Australian child actor to voice Cody.
  69. Filmmakers decided to remove the musical aspect of the movie as they thought it slowed down the story.
  70. In December 1988, Eva Gabor and Bob Newhart were confirmed to be reprising their roles as Bernard and Miss Bianca.
  71. As Franke the Frilled Lizard tries to think of an escape plan, several of his spots create a classic Hidden Mickey
  72. Roy E. Disney came up with the idea of Wilbur to replace Orville, whose voice actor has died.
  73. Six animators spent several days in Australia visiting places like Ayers Rock, Katherine Gorge and the Kakadu National Park.
  74. Glen Keane was supervising animator for Marahute the eagle.
  75. He studied six eagles as well as a stuffed American eagle loaned from Los Angeles Museum of Natural History.
  76. While animating the eagle, Keane and his animation crew enlarged the bird, shrunk its head, elongated its neck and wings and puffed out its chest.
  77. Keane also slowed down the bird wing movements to about 25-30% of an eagle’s flight speed.
  78. Marahute had 200 individual feathers.
  79. The character only appears in seven minutes during the beginning and ending sequences.
  80. In order to get the film finished in time, Disney enlisted the help of Disney-MGM Studios.
  81. Seventy artists contributed to 10 minutes of screen time.
  82. Mark Henn served as one of ten supervising animators.
  83. For the mice characters, Henn studied the mannerisms made by Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor during their recording sessions.
  84. He also looked to George C Scott’s performance in Dr Strangelove.
  85. The CAPS project was the first of Disney’s collaborations with Pixar.
  86. The Rescuers Down Under was the first animated film for which the entire final film elements were assembled and completed within a digital environment
  87. On it’s opening weekend, The Rescuers Down Under grossed $3.5 million
  88. The staff of Halliwell’s Film Guide have the film two stars out of five.
  89. The soundtrack for the film was composed and conducted by Bruce Broughton,
  90. Unlike the majority of Disney animated features, this film had no songs written for it
  91. Message Montage does include a quotation from Rescue Aid Society
  92. AllMusic gave the soundtrack a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.
  93. In 2006, Walt Disney Records re-issued the album on compact disc.
  94. This album included The Journey, Someone’s Waiting for You and Tomorrow is Another day from The Rescuers.
  95. In 2016, Intrada Records released the completed Broughton score, including material not used in the movie.
  96. A Mickey Mouse wrist watch appears in the Rescue Aid Society meeting hall.
  97. Although it was not commercially successful, Rescuers Down Under remains a fan favourite.
  98. Oliver and Company was first considered to be the sequel for The Rescuers.
  99. The Rescuers Down Under was produced by Thomas Schumacher
  100. Filmmakers were inspired by live action films such as those created by Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock ad David Lean.

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