The Rescuers Down Under
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

The sequel to the 1977 Disney animated feature The Rescuers finds mice Bernard and Bianca en route to Australia to come to the aid of a young boy and a rare eagle.

Rated: G
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Release Date: November 16, 1990
DVD Release Date: May 20, 1997
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though its story is second-rate, The Rescuers Down Under redeems itself with some remarkable production values -- particularly its flight scenes.

Variety Staff

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A gorgeously drawn myth made for plucky children and very brave mice.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Better than its predecessor.

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Time Out

As for the animation, computer technology invests contemporary features with sometimes breathtaking dynamism, but outback flora being what it is, this isn't the most colourful Disney movie.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The flight sequence and many of the other action scenes in this new Disney animated feature create an exhilaration and freedom that are liberating. And the rest of the story is fun, too.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Tweaks the formula with a brisker pace, and development of leading characters...and action sequences... [Blu-ray]

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film's direction, by Hendel Butoy and Mike Gabriel, is spectacularly inventive even when not fully appropriate to either the film's subject or the very young viewers it can be expected to attract.

Entertainment Weekly

Carries its ambitions with an easy grace, expanding the art of animation to fresh ground without losing sight of the silly fun we love cartoons for.

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Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media

A rare sequel that improves on the original.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A barely passable sequel that is not that much better than the detestable first film, off to a good start and with amusing moments (especially in the flight… More
Alex roy
Decent sequel to the Rescuers, however it lacks the thrills that made the first one so exciting. What made The Rescuers such an entertaining film was that there… More
Daniel Mumby
The words 'Disney sequel' are usually accompanied by 'straight-to-video', 'sub-par' or other such pejorative terms. Disney has… More
Directors Cat
More than worthy of your time compared to some of the straight to video Disney sequels and even a few animated films not made by Disney that get a theatrical… More
Michael Edwards
I've gone on about how this is probably one of Disney's most underrated films, I think that mainly has to do with how poorly advertised it was, which… More
Aj V
An okay sequel to the Rescuers, not as good, but okay.