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[[redirect:Disney/TheRescuers]]''The Rescuers'' may refer to:

* ''Literature/TheRescuers'', a book series by Margery Sharp
* ''Disney/TheRescuers'', a Disney film loosely inspired by the books
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[[caption-width:350:Which one's the better one? [[YourMileageMayVary The answer's up to you.]]]]
A series of films (okay, there were only two) in the DisneyAnimatedCanon. Two mice, Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor) and Bernard (Bob Newhart), travel around the world to "[[SpellingSong R - E - S - C - U - E]]" cute human children while dealing with their own [[{{UST}} unresolved sexual tension]]. The films were based on a series of children's books by Margery Sharp. Loosely, of course--the only things that the movies and the books share are the protagonists' basic traits. Pick them up at the library if you really feel curious.

The first film, titled simply ''The Rescuers'', was released in 1977. The flamboyantly evil Madame Medusa is trying to get her hands on [[MineralMacGuffin the world's largest diamond]] hidden in a gloomy swamp. Needing someone who will fit in a tiny grotto, she kidnaps a disconsolate orphan girl named Penny. Penny sends out a MessageInABottle asking for help, which is intercepted by the all-mouse Rescue Aid Society, who for some reason, do not put it somewhere the police might find it while they send out their own agents. Bianca and Bernard are then sent out to save her, with help from an albatross named Orville.

In 1990, the film was followed by ''The Rescuers Down Under'', which has the dubious honor of being Disney's first animated sequel (although it's ''CitizenKane'' compared to the horrors that followed). Set in the Australian Outback, the EvilPoacher [=McLeach=] (George C. Scott) has kidnapped a young boy named Cody in order to snare Marahute, an endangered eagle [[GiantFlyer large enough to ride around on]]. Naturally, Bianca and Bernard must come to the rescue, with help from Orville's brother Wilbur (John Candy) and the mouse equivalent to CrocodileDundee. ''Down Under'' was also a pioneer in the use of CGI.

Which of the ''Rescuers'' films is better seems to be a matter of [[YourMileageMayVary personal opinion]], but neither is typically regarded as Disney's best anyway. However, both films have fans who like to insist that the one they like is an underrated masterpiece and that the other one is a total disgrace.

What makes both the movies interesting in a RealLife sense is how each came during a time when Disney was facing changing fortunes. The first was almost a reflection of how the Disney company was facing up to the death of its founder -- the late '70s Disney movies tended to be considerably darker than their forebears, reaching a nadir with the next movie, ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''. These movies both contained utterly gut-wrenching examples of ParentalAbandonment. And Madame Medusa's casual nastiness towards Penny in the first movie ("What makes you think anyone would want a homely little girl like you?") comes up against the more outlandish behavior of any Disney villain in history simply because as a verbal shiv, to a freaking ''child'', it has no equal. On the technical side, this film was the first Disney animated film to move away from the hard scratchy outline look that was the norm for Disney animation since ''OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' thanks to improvements of xerography processing technology to allow a softer look.

In the case of the 1990 movie, Disney was facing a future with computer animation rapidly changing the state of the art. They used the movie as a test bed of their new CAPS coloring system -- instead of hand-painting cels, you could now use a computer program to color the animation. This saved a considerable amount of time and hand-drawn animation was now easier to integrate into [=CGI=] backgrounds and effects (and also allowed for extensive use of CelShading). In ''Down Under'', the test run of this system had mostly decent, sometimes amazing (especially during Marahute's flight), and sometimes mixed results. They had mastered it brilliantly by the time of ''[[{{Film/BeautyAndTheBeast}} Beauty and the Beast]]''.
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!!These films provide examples of:
* TheAce: Jake in ''Down Under'' is basically a miniature CrocodileDundee.
* AdaptationDisplacement: You can imagine how many people have even heard of the original books. In fact, there are a good 12 within the series. The final book, Bernard Into Battle, was made not too long after the movie.
* AdventureCouple: Miss Bianca and Bernard.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Joanna the lizard (a Spenser's Goanna) acts more like a pet dog than anything. She begs, she whimpers, she wags her tail, she crawls through doggy doors, and she watches [=McLeach=]'s catches like a guard dog. Medusa also seems to have both her alligators, Brutus and Nero, on leashes, ordering them to retrieve Penny (who is trying to escape their clutches), and the two gators are seen sniffing Bernard and Bianca out with their noses.
* AwardBaitSong: "Someone's Waiting For You" from the first movie.
* AnimationBump: '''ANY''' scene with Medusa in the original. She was a notoriously difficult character to draw and animate for anyone who's name wasn't Milt Kahl.
* BattleButler: Mr. Snoops in the first film.
* BigNo: [[spoiler: [=McLeach=]]] gives off one [[spoiler:as he plummets to his doom down the waterfall.]]
* ButtMonkey: Orville and Wilbur, subverted a little in that both play fairly good roles and are at least somewhat respected.
* CanNotSpitItOut: In ''Rescuers Down Under'', Bernard has [[WackyMarriageProposal a very hard time working up the nerve to propose to Bianca]]. And Jake does not help.
* CarnivoreConfusion: HandWave in ''The Rescuers'' where Rufus the Cat says that he's "too old to be chasing mice". Played straight in the sequel.
* CatsAreMean: Subverted and lampshaded in the first film; ironically, DonBluth worked on it.
* CloseupOnHead: ''Down Under''.
* CompanionCube: Penny's teddy bear.
* ConspicuousCG: ''Down Under'''s opening sequence.
** Even more conspicuous: The scene where Wilbur is flying over the Sydney Opera House and through New York City.
* CoolBoat: Madame Medusa's "swampmobile".
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: The back cover blurb for one of the [=DVD=] releases of ''Down Under'' used a male pronoun on Marahute and went right downhill from there.
* CowardlyLion: Bernard will always insist he is a lowly janitor; he stutters and can be a nervous wreck, but Bianca knows that if you present him with a challenge where people depend on him, ''nothing'' can stop him.
* CrossDressingVoices: FrankWelker voices the female eagle Marahute and [=McLeach=]'s lizard, Joanna. (Of course, it's less suprising that the actor is a man than it is that the actor is ''human''.)
* CrossesTheLineTwice: [[EvillyAffable [=McLeach=]]] is arguably fit to rival TheJoker in doing this, despite being a character in a children's movie.
-->'''[=McLeach=]''': Home, home on the range! Where the critters are tied up in chains! I cut through their sides, and I'll rip off their hides, and the next day I'll do it again!
* DeadHatShot: Cody's backpack is found by the authorities.
* DisappearedDad: Cody mentions that his dad is "gone" and empathizes with the unborn eagles whose father was shot pre-movie.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Averted in the first film; played straight in the sequel.]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Madam Medusa. [[StockFootage In Cruella De Vil's car]], even.
* EvilPoacher: [=McLeach=].
* EvilRedhead: Madame Medusa.
* EurekaMoment: [=McLeach=] figuring out Cody's weakness.
-->'''[=McLeach=]:''' Joanna, I've given you platypus eggs; I give you snake eggs; why, I'd even give you eagle eggs, but I warned you to stay away from my... ''Eagle eggs. [[GlowingEyesOfDoom That's it!]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning That's the boy's weak spot.]]''
* {{Expy}}: One early draft of the film cast Cruella de Vil as the villain. Consequently, Madame Medusa bears more than a passing resemblance to her in both appearance and mannerisms, and she even drives the same car.
** It's said that Penny was going to be in OliverAndCompany [[spoiler: to show how she turned out after getting adopted]], but they decided against it and renamed her Jenny.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Joanna knocking [=McLeach=] into the hole trap trying to catch a mouse in the beginning of ''Down Under'' directly foreshadows [[spoiler:Bernard tricking her into her doing the exact same thing to knock them both into the river at the end of the movie]].
* GargleBlaster: Luke's "swamp juice" in ''The Rescuers''.
* GiantFlyer: Marahute is the closest to the trope, but both Orville in ''The Rescuers'' and Wilbur in ''Down Under'' count as well compared to the size of the mice protagonists.
* GilliganCut: Bernard getting Wilbur to sit on Marahute's eggs in ''Down Under''.
* GloveSnap : In ''Down Under''. "All right, girls, let's snap to it!" [[IncrediblyLamePun *snap*]] Oh! That smarts..."
* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: Mcleach has a double-barrelled shotgun with a scope [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment and]] a foresight.
* GreenAesop: ''Down Under''. Anti-poaching.
* HairOfGold: Cody
* [[spoiler: HappilyAdopted]]: [[spoiler: Penny's wish of being adopted finally comes true at the end of ''Rescuers''.]]
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Penny.
* HeroesRUs: The Rescue Aid Society.
* [=~I Don't Like The Sound Of That Place~=]: Devil's Bayou.
* InevitableWaterfall: [[spoiler: The site of the aforementioned DisneyVillainDeath in ''Down Under''.]]
* InkSuitActor: Wilbur bears quite a resemblance to John Candy in terms of facial features.
** Also, George C. Scott seems like the performance model of [=McLeach=].
* IWantedToGoBowling: "Sure wish we'd taken the train!"
* KickTheDog: Both characters get several such moments (see MoralEventHorizon section below), but for Medusa, who kidnaps a young girl from an orphanage and makes her dig for diamonds in a cave and refusing to let her up even when her life is in danger, what really stands out in people's minds is her trying to convince Penny that nobody would ever want to adopt her.
* KnifeOutline: Done intentionally by [=McLeach=] when he's trying to intimidate Cody into revealing Marahute's whereabouts.
* LandDownunder: The second film, naturally.
* LargeHam: George C. Scott is a little bit more restrained than usual, but you can still hear him having a lot of fun with his dialogue. "I didn't make it all the way through third grade for NOTHING!"
** "Oh no! ''[[SarcasmMode Not the rangers]]'', what'll I do?! '''WHAT'LL I DO?!''' '''''[[FeedMe DON'T LET YOUR MA CALL THE RANGERS, PLEASE!"]]'''''
* MeaningfulName: Evinrude is a well-known manufacturer of boat engines. It's also the name of the dragonfly that powers the leaf boat the mice use in the first film. Could also be considered a ShoutOut.
* MemeticMutation: "These are '''NOT''' Joanna eggs!"
* MessageInABottle: Sent by Penny to start all the action.
* MineralMacGuffin: The Devil's Eye in the first film.
* MouseWorld: To the point where mice even have an established Telegram Network and are able to encrypt a message into a military computer.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The villainess of ''The Rescuers'' is named Madame Medusa and her pet crocs are Brutus and Nero.
** And the villain of ''The Rescuers Down Under'' is named [=McLeach=].
* NeverSayDie - Played straight in both films; Cody does briefly mention that his dad is "gone" and not "dead" (though we can greatly assume that's what he meant) and as for Penny, who is otherwise clearly an orphan, her biological parents aren't mentioned once in the film (let alone what became of them).
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Adam Ryen as Cody and George C. Scott as [=McLeach=]. Most of the animals in ''Down Under'' as well; only Jake, Krebs the Koala and a handful of kangaroos have noticeable {{Australian Accent}}s.
* [=~Orphan's Ordeal~=]: Penny in the first film. Like, whoa. Like, really, ''really'' WHOA.
* PantyShot: Penny. Medusa's crocodile holds her upside down by them, then later she shows Bernard and Bianca the toothholes in them.
* ParentalAbandonment: Cody has a mom, but she's only heard offscreen and doesn't do much but wring her hands in her house. Popular FanWank has it that Cody ran off to be raised by the far more interesting mom character Marahute! And of course, Penny is an orphan.
** Well, keep in mind that for most of the movie, his mom believes he's been eaten by crocodiles...
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [=McLeach=] figuring out how to [[BatmanGambit fool Cody into leading him to the Mama Eagle's nest]].
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Brutus and Nero in the first one, Joanna in the sequel. Averted with Frank the frilled lizard who is [[CloudCuckoolander harmlessly insane]].
* RomanticFalseLead: Jake in the sequel.
* SharkPool: The waters near Croc Falls in the sequel which, appropriately enough, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin are infested with crocodiles!]]
* SleepCute: Bianca falls asleep on Bernard's shoulder in the first movie. And heads right into a snuggle.
** Oddly, that exact same hug is done in the sequel by Jake.
* SpellingSong: The Rescue Aid Society theme song.
* StockFootage: The shots of Medusa driving may have used recycled cels from ''OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' given that she drives the exact same car as Cruella de Vil.
* SuggestedBy: ...characters created by Margery Sharp.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Wilbur. Justified in that Jim Jordan, who voiced the previous albatross Orville, died of natural causes.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: A reoccurring motif in the first film. Bernard is afraid of the number thirteen, especially when it came to the number of steps on a ladder or stairs. The movie also ended on a Friday the 13th if you look at the calendar shown.
* TogetherUmbrella: Miss Bianca and Bernard in ''The Rescuers''.
* TookALevelInBadass: Happens to Bernard the moment he decides to wrestle a ''warthog'' to the ground.
* TravelMontage: A beautifully animated sequence in ''Down Under'' shows the progress of a radio transmission from Australia to New York by way of the Marshall Islands, Hawaii and half a dozen mainland U.S. cities.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Early drafts of the original movie involve saving a polar bear from a tyrant penguin. Not sure how the finished product would have been.
** Yet another draft would have been rescuing a depressed poet from a prison.
** Early Drafts of the movie also wanted to use Cruella de Vil as the original BigBad, but they decided not to as they deemed it would be confusing to use a familiar villain in an entirely different movie. We can only speculate as to what insanity could have been if de Vil had gone gold.
** Originally, ''[[RescueRangers Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers]]'' was supposed to be a Rescuers TV series. Consider the {{expies}}:\\
Chip + Dale = Bernard\\
Gadget = Bianca\\
Monterey Jack = Jake\\
Zipper = Evinrude the dragonfly from the first movie
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the sequel, we never get to see what became of the animals trapped in the cages at [=McLeach=]'s hideout.
** Presumably, they were able to escape now that [=McLeach=] is gone.
** Also played with in the sequel regarding [[spoiler: Wilbur's fate]], which becomes TheStinger.
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!!The books provide examples of:

* BigFancyHouse: The MouseWorld equivalent: in the books, Miss Bianca is a pampered pet whose cage is a porcelain pagoda.
* PrettyInMink: Miss Bianca has a fur cape in the books.
* TheMiddleAges: While the Disney films have a fairly contemporary, [[{{Americanization}} Americanized]] setting, the original books deal with prisoners, dungeons, castles, palaces, etc.
* RobotGirl: The villain of the second book has a bunch of clockwork girls made.
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http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/RescuersCoverArt.jpg
[[caption-width:350:Which one's the better one? [[YourMileageMayVary The answer's up to you.]]]]
A series of films (okay, there were only two) in the DisneyAnimatedCanon. Two mice, Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor) and Bernard (Bob Newhart), travel around the world to "[[SpellingSong R - E - S - C - U - E]]" cute human children while dealing with their own [[{{UST}} unresolved sexual tension]]. The films were based on a series of children's books by Margery Sharp. Loosely, of course--the only things that the movies and the books share are the protagonists' basic traits. Pick them up at the library if you really feel curious.

The first film, titled simply ''The Rescuers'', was released in 1977. The flamboyantly evil Madame Medusa is trying to get her hands on [[MineralMacGuffin the world's largest diamond]] hidden in a gloomy swamp. Needing someone who will fit in a tiny grotto, she kidnaps a disconsolate orphan girl named Penny. Penny sends out a MessageInABottle asking for help, which is intercepted by the all-mouse Rescue Aid Society, who for some reason, do not put it somewhere the police might find it while they send out their own agents. Bianca and Bernard are then sent out to save her, with help from an albatross named Orville.

In 1990, the film was followed by ''The Rescuers Down Under'', which has the dubious honor of being Disney's first animated sequel (although it's ''CitizenKane'' compared to the horrors that followed). Set in the Australian Outback, the EvilPoacher [=McLeach=] (George C. Scott) has kidnapped a young boy named Cody in order to snare Marahute, an endangered eagle [[GiantFlyer large enough to ride around on]]. Naturally, Bianca and Bernard must come to the rescue, with help from Orville's brother Wilbur (John Candy) and the mouse equivalent to CrocodileDundee. ''Down Under'' was also a pioneer in the use of CGI.

Which of the ''Rescuers'' films is better seems to be a matter of [[YourMileageMayVary personal opinion]], but neither is typically regarded as Disney's best anyway. However, both films have fans who like to insist that the one they like is an underrated masterpiece and that the other one is a total disgrace.

What makes both the movies interesting in a RealLife sense is how each came during a time when Disney was facing changing fortunes. The first was almost a reflection of how the Disney company was facing up to the death of its founder -- the late '70s Disney movies tended to be considerably darker than their forebears, reaching a nadir with the next movie, ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''. These movies both contained utterly gut-wrenching examples of ParentalAbandonment. And Madame Medusa's casual nastiness towards Penny in the first movie ("What makes you think anyone would want a homely little girl like you?") comes up against the more outlandish behavior of any Disney villain in history simply because as a verbal shiv, to a freaking ''child'', it has no equal. On the technical side, this film was the first Disney animated film to move away from the hard scratchy outline look that was the norm for Disney animation since ''OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' thanks to improvements of xerography processing technology to allow a softer look.

In the case of the 1990 movie, Disney was facing a future with computer animation rapidly changing the state of the art. They used the movie as a test bed of their new CAPS coloring system -- instead of hand-painting cels, you could now use a computer program to color the animation. This saved a considerable amount of time and hand-drawn animation was now easier to integrate into [=CGI=] backgrounds and effects (and also allowed for extensive use of CelShading). In ''Down Under'', the test run of this system had mostly decent, sometimes amazing (especially during Marahute's flight), and sometimes mixed results. They had mastered it brilliantly by the time of ''[[{{Film/BeautyAndTheBeast}} Beauty and the Beast]]''.
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!!These films provide examples of:
* TheAce: Jake in ''Down Under'' is basically a miniature CrocodileDundee.
* AdaptationDisplacement: You can imagine how many people have even heard of the original books. In fact, there are a good 12 within the series. The final book, Bernard Into Battle, was made not too long after the movie.
* AdventureCouple: Miss Bianca and Bernard.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Joanna the lizard (a Spenser's Goanna) acts more like a pet dog than anything. She begs, she whimpers, she wags her tail, she crawls through doggy doors, and she watches [=McLeach=]'s catches like a guard dog. Medusa also seems to have both her alligators, Brutus and Nero, on leashes, ordering them to retrieve Penny (who is trying to escape their clutches), and the two gators are seen sniffing Bernard and Bianca out with their noses.
* AwardBaitSong: "Someone's Waiting For You" from the first movie.
* AnimationBump: '''ANY''' scene with Medusa in the original. She was a notoriously difficult character to draw and animate for anyone who's name wasn't Milt Kahl.
* BattleButler: Mr. Snoops in the first film.
* BigNo: [[spoiler: [=McLeach=]]] gives off one [[spoiler:as he plummets to his doom down the waterfall.]]
* ButtMonkey: Orville and Wilbur, subverted a little in that both play fairly good roles and are at least somewhat respected.
* CanNotSpitItOut: In ''Rescuers Down Under'', Bernard has [[WackyMarriageProposal a very hard time working up the nerve to propose to Bianca]]. And Jake does not help.
* CarnivoreConfusion: HandWave in ''The Rescuers'' where Rufus the Cat says that he's "too old to be chasing mice". Played straight in the sequel.
* CatsAreMean: Subverted and lampshaded in the first film; ironically, DonBluth worked on it.
* CloseupOnHead: ''Down Under''.
* CompanionCube: Penny's teddy bear.
* ConspicuousCG: ''Down Under'''s opening sequence.
** Even more conspicuous: The scene where Wilbur is flying over the Sydney Opera House and through New York City.
* CoolBoat: Madame Medusa's "swampmobile".
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: The back cover blurb for one of the [=DVD=] releases of ''Down Under'' used a male pronoun on Marahute and went right downhill from there.
* CowardlyLion: Bernard will always insist he is a lowly janitor; he stutters and can be a nervous wreck, but Bianca knows that if you present him with a challenge where people depend on him, ''nothing'' can stop him.
* CrossDressingVoices: FrankWelker voices the female eagle Marahute and [=McLeach=]'s lizard, Joanna. (Of course, it's less suprising that the actor is a man than it is that the actor is ''human''.)
* CrossesTheLineTwice: [[EvillyAffable [=McLeach=]]] is arguably fit to rival TheJoker in doing this, despite being a character in a children's movie.
-->'''[=McLeach=]''': Home, home on the range! Where the critters are tied up in chains! I cut through their sides, and I'll rip off their hides, and the next day I'll do it again!
* DeadHatShot: Cody's backpack is found by the authorities.
* DisappearedDad: Cody mentions that his dad is "gone" and empathizes with the unborn eagles whose father was shot pre-movie.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Averted in the first film; played straight in the sequel.]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Madam Medusa. [[StockFootage In Cruella De Vil's car]], even.
* EvilPoacher: [=McLeach=].
* EvilRedhead: Madame Medusa.
* EurekaMoment: [=McLeach=] figuring out Cody's weakness.
-->'''[=McLeach=]:''' Joanna, I've given you platypus eggs; I give you snake eggs; why, I'd even give you eagle eggs, but I warned you to stay away from my... ''Eagle eggs. [[GlowingEyesOfDoom That's it!]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning That's the boy's weak spot.]]''
* {{Expy}}: One early draft of the film cast Cruella de Vil as the villain. Consequently, Madame Medusa bears more than a passing resemblance to her in both appearance and mannerisms, and she even drives the same car.
** It's said that Penny was going to be in OliverAndCompany [[spoiler: to show how she turned out after getting adopted]], but they decided against it and renamed her Jenny.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Joanna knocking [=McLeach=] into the hole trap trying to catch a mouse in the beginning of ''Down Under'' directly foreshadows [[spoiler:Bernard tricking her into her doing the exact same thing to knock them both into the river at the end of the movie]].
* GargleBlaster: Luke's "swamp juice" in ''The Rescuers''.
* GiantFlyer: Marahute is the closest to the trope, but both Orville in ''The Rescuers'' and Wilbur in ''Down Under'' count as well compared to the size of the mice protagonists.
* GilliganCut: Bernard getting Wilbur to sit on Marahute's eggs in ''Down Under''.
* GloveSnap : In ''Down Under''. "All right, girls, let's snap to it!" [[IncrediblyLamePun *snap*]] Oh! That smarts..."
* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: Mcleach has a double-barrelled shotgun with a scope [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment and]] a foresight.
* GreenAesop: ''Down Under''. Anti-poaching.
* HairOfGold: Cody
* [[spoiler: HappilyAdopted]]: [[spoiler: Penny's wish of being adopted finally comes true at the end of ''Rescuers''.]]
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Penny.
* HeroesRUs: The Rescue Aid Society.
* [=~I Don't Like The Sound Of That Place~=]: Devil's Bayou.
* InevitableWaterfall: [[spoiler: The site of the aforementioned DisneyVillainDeath in ''Down Under''.]]
* InkSuitActor: Wilbur bears quite a resemblance to John Candy in terms of facial features.
** Also, George C. Scott seems like the performance model of [=McLeach=].
* IWantedToGoBowling: "Sure wish we'd taken the train!"
* KickTheDog: Both characters get several such moments (see MoralEventHorizon section below), but for Medusa, who kidnaps a young girl from an orphanage and makes her dig for diamonds in a cave and refusing to let her up even when her life is in danger, what really stands out in people's minds is her trying to convince Penny that nobody would ever want to adopt her.
* KnifeOutline: Done intentionally by [=McLeach=] when he's trying to intimidate Cody into revealing Marahute's whereabouts.
* LandDownunder: The second film, naturally.
* LargeHam: George C. Scott is a little bit more restrained than usual, but you can still hear him having a lot of fun with his dialogue. "I didn't make it all the way through third grade for NOTHING!"
** "Oh no! ''[[SarcasmMode Not the rangers]]'', what'll I do?! '''WHAT'LL I DO?!''' '''''[[FeedMe DON'T LET YOUR MA CALL THE RANGERS, PLEASE!"]]'''''
* MeaningfulName: Evinrude is a well-known manufacturer of boat engines. It's also the name of the dragonfly that powers the leaf boat the mice use in the first film. Could also be considered a ShoutOut.
* MemeticMutation: "These are '''NOT''' Joanna eggs!"
* MessageInABottle: Sent by Penny to start all the action.
* MineralMacGuffin: The Devil's Eye in the first film.
* MouseWorld: To the point where mice even have an established Telegram Network and are able to encrypt a message into a military computer.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The villainess of ''The Rescuers'' is named Madame Medusa and her pet crocs are Brutus and Nero.
** And the villain of ''The Rescuers Down Under'' is named [=McLeach=].
* NeverSayDie - Played straight in both films; Cody does briefly mention that his dad is "gone" and not "dead" (though we can greatly assume that's what he meant) and as for Penny, who is otherwise clearly an orphan, her biological parents aren't mentioned once in the film (let alone what became of them).
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Adam Ryen as Cody and George C. Scott as [=McLeach=]. Most of the animals in ''Down Under'' as well; only Jake, Krebs the Koala and a handful of kangaroos have noticeable {{Australian Accent}}s.
* [=~Orphan's Ordeal~=]: Penny in the first film. Like, whoa. Like, really, ''really'' WHOA.
* PantyShot: Penny. Medusa's crocodile holds her upside down by them, then later she shows Bernard and Bianca the toothholes in them.
* ParentalAbandonment: Cody has a mom, but she's only heard offscreen and doesn't do much but wring her hands in her house. Popular FanWank has it that Cody ran off to be raised by the far more interesting mom character Marahute! And of course, Penny is an orphan.
** Well, keep in mind that for most of the movie, his mom believes he's been eaten by crocodiles...
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [=McLeach=] figuring out how to [[BatmanGambit fool Cody into leading him to the Mama Eagle's nest]].
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Brutus and Nero in the first one, Joanna in the sequel. Averted with Frank the frilled lizard who is [[CloudCuckoolander harmlessly insane]].
* RomanticFalseLead: Jake in the sequel.
* SharkPool: The waters near Croc Falls in the sequel which, appropriately enough, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin are infested with crocodiles!]]
* SleepCute: Bianca falls asleep on Bernard's shoulder in the first movie. And heads right into a snuggle.
** Oddly, that exact same hug is done in the sequel by Jake.
* SpellingSong: The Rescue Aid Society theme song.
* StockFootage: The shots of Medusa driving may have used recycled cels from ''OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' given that she drives the exact same car as Cruella de Vil.
* SuggestedBy: ...characters created by Margery Sharp.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Wilbur. Justified in that Jim Jordan, who voiced the previous albatross Orville, died of natural causes.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: A reoccurring motif in the first film. Bernard is afraid of the number thirteen, especially when it came to the number of steps on a ladder or stairs. The movie also ended on a Friday the 13th if you look at the calendar shown.
* TogetherUmbrella: Miss Bianca and Bernard in ''The Rescuers''.
* TookALevelInBadass: Happens to Bernard the moment he decides to wrestle a ''warthog'' to the ground.
* TravelMontage: A beautifully animated sequence in ''Down Under'' shows the progress of a radio transmission from Australia to New York by way of the Marshall Islands, Hawaii and half a dozen mainland U.S. cities.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Early drafts of the original movie involve saving a polar bear from a tyrant penguin. Not sure how the finished product would have been.
** Yet another draft would have been rescuing a depressed poet from a prison.
** Early Drafts of the movie also wanted to use Cruella de Vil as the original BigBad, but they decided not to as they deemed it would be confusing to use a familiar villain in an entirely different movie. We can only speculate as to what insanity could have been if de Vil had gone gold.
** Originally, ''[[RescueRangers Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers]]'' was supposed to be a Rescuers TV series. Consider the {{expies}}:\\
Chip + Dale = Bernard\\
Gadget = Bianca\\
Monterey Jack = Jake\\
Zipper = Evinrude the dragonfly from the first movie
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the sequel, we never get to see what became of the animals trapped in the cages at [=McLeach=]'s hideout.
** Presumably, they were able to escape now that [=McLeach=] is gone.
** Also played with in the sequel regarding [[spoiler: Wilbur's fate]], which becomes TheStinger.
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* BigFancyHouse: The MouseWorld equivalent: in the books, Miss Bianca is a pampered pet whose cage is a porcelain pagoda.
* PrettyInMink: Miss Bianca has a fur cape in the books.
* TheMiddleAges: While the Disney films have a fairly contemporary, [[{{Americanization}} Americanized]] setting, the original books deal with prisoners, dungeons, castles, palaces, etc.
* RobotGirl: The villain of the second book has a bunch of clockwork girls made.
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What makes both the movies interesting in a RealLife sense is how each came during a time when Disney was facing changing fortunes. The first was almost a reflection of how the Disney company was facing up to the death of its founder -- the late '70s Disney movies tended to be considerably darker than their forebears, reaching a nadir with the next movie, ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''. These movies both contained utterly gut-wrenching examples of ParentalAbandonment. And Madame Medusa's casual nastiness towards Penny in the first movie ("What makes you think anyone would want a homely little girl like you?") comes up against the more outlandish behavior of any Disney villain in history simply because as a verbal shiv, to a freaking ''child'', [[MoralEventHorizon it has no equal]]. On the technical side, this film was the first Disney animated film to move away from the hard scratchy outline look that was the norm for Disney animation since ''OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' thanks to improvements of xerography processing technology to allow a softer look.

In the case of the 1990 movie, Disney was facing a future with computer animation rapidly changing the state of the art. They used the movie as a test bed of their new CAPS coloring system -- instead of hand-painting cels, you could now use a computer program to color the animation. This saved a considerable amount of time and hand-drawn animation was now easier to integrate into [=CGI=] backgrounds and effects (and also allowed for extensive use of what ironically is now known as "cel shading"). In ''Down Under'', the test run of this system had mostly decent, sometimes amazing (especially during Marahute's flight), and sometimes mixed results. They had mastered it brilliantly by the time of ''[[{{Film/BeautyAndTheBeast}} Beauty and the Beast]]''.

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What makes both the movies interesting in a RealLife sense is how each came during a time when Disney was facing changing fortunes. The first was almost a reflection of how the Disney company was facing up to the death of its founder -- the late '70s Disney movies tended to be considerably darker than their forebears, reaching a nadir with the next movie, ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''. These movies both contained utterly gut-wrenching examples of ParentalAbandonment. And Madame Medusa's casual nastiness towards Penny in the first movie ("What makes you think anyone would want a homely little girl like you?") comes up against the more outlandish behavior of any Disney villain in history simply because as a verbal shiv, to a freaking ''child'', [[MoralEventHorizon it has no equal]].equal. On the technical side, this film was the first Disney animated film to move away from the hard scratchy outline look that was the norm for Disney animation since ''OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' thanks to improvements of xerography processing technology to allow a softer look.

In the case of the 1990 movie, Disney was facing a future with computer animation rapidly changing the state of the art. They used the movie as a test bed of their new CAPS coloring system -- instead of hand-painting cels, you could now use a computer program to color the animation. This saved a considerable amount of time and hand-drawn animation was now easier to integrate into [=CGI=] backgrounds and effects (and also allowed for extensive use of what ironically is now known as "cel shading").CelShading). In ''Down Under'', the test run of this system had mostly decent, sometimes amazing (especially during Marahute's flight), and sometimes mixed results. They had mastered it brilliantly by the time of ''[[{{Film/BeautyAndTheBeast}} Beauty and the Beast]]''.



* CompleteMonster: Medusa and [=McLeach=] both qualify, although the latter is considered more likeable because he's such an ''[[EvillyAffable entertaining]]'' monster.



** Even more conspicuous: The scene where Wilbur is flying over the Sydney Opera House. ''Ouch''.

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** Even more conspicuous: The scene where Wilbur is flying over the Sydney Opera House. ''Ouch''.House and through New York City.



* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: The back cover blurb for one of the [=DVD=] releases of ''Down Under'' used a male pronoun on Marahute and went right downhill from there.



* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: The back cover blurb for one of the [=DVD=] releases of ''Down Under'' used a male pronoun on Marahute and went right downhill from there.



* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: For the real Disney geeks, Marahute and Cody's flight together is absolutely a [=CMOA=] for the Bronze Age Disney animation team and for Chris Sanders and Glen Keane specifically.
** Wilbur skydiving!
-->'''Wilbur''': ''COWABUUNGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!''
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: The whole scene in ''The Rescuers Down Under'' when Joanna obsessively goes after [=McLeach=]'s eggs as he tries to make an omelet. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yL9ReqOUQ8 Watch it here!]]
** [=McLeach=] pretending to be worried when Cody's mom will find out he's missing.
-->'''[=McLeach=]:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh no, not the rangers, what'll I do, what'll I do? Don't let your mom call the rangers, please!]] ''(throws Cody's backpack to the crocodile-infested river)'' "My poor baby boy, got eaten by crocodiles! Boo-hoo-hoo!" Ha! Let's go boy!
** "I didn't make it all the way through third grade for nothing!"
** Arguably, the entire [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpP8bNxVdyU calliope scene]] from the first film, especially Bernard's reaction to being shot up in the air and trying to run!
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: The "Tomorrow is Another Day" montage. ''Down Under'' has the RAS' communications network going into action to help Cody and the epilogue for Bernard in particular when [[spoiler: he finally proposes to Bianca.]]
** Rufus's flashback to when he last saw Penny, alone on her bed, sad because she wasn't adopted, and comforts her with his "Faith is a Bluebird" poem. The [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome music]] that plays in this scene is also [[TearJerker tear jerking]]. As is Penny saying "I love you, Rufus" while petting the grandfatherly cat.
** Miss Bianca cuddling up with Bernard on their way to Louisiana in the the first film.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The awesome opening theme of ''Down Under''.



** Although [[spoiler: the sequel SORT OF leaves the death ambiguous; some have argued that he might have just managed to save himself from the fall and that we just didn't see it because it was concealed behind the [[InevitableWaterfall waterfall]].]]
* DonBluth: Worked on the first film and had a pretty obvious influence on it as a whole. [[DrinkingGame Take a shot]] when you see one of his favorite tropes being used.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Madame Medusa. She's also the biggest influence on the whole Cal Arts animation school, mainly for Milt Kahl's skill in handling such an incredibly complex design.



* FetishFuel: Bianca is quite often paired with Mrs. Brisby of TheSecretOfNIMH. Bernard and Jake are represented fairly well, too.
** Actually, in ''Down Under'', we get a rather [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar drawn-out]] shot of Bernard's rear. Bianca's reaction is...a little difficult to decipher.
** Miss Bianca gets a bit more of this for this troper on the sole virtue of having Eva Gabor's [[AudioErotica sexy, sexy voice]].



* FridgeHorror: [[spoiler: Medusa is last seen clinging to a smokestack with Brutus and Nero snapping at her below. One can only imagine what awful fate Medusa might have met once her strength gave in. [[CompleteMonster Couldn't have been any worse than what she deserved, though]]...]]
* FridgeLogic: It makes you wonder how mice manage to encode a message in what is presumably the Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor during the "Message Montage" scene.



* GreenAesop: ''Down Under''.
** Subverted a bit. [=McLeach=] is a really evil bastard; who wouldn't sympathize with the animals?
** Also, [=McLeach=] isn't just the face of some "evil corporation that wants to destroy the environment"; he's a ''poacher'' and thus, as Cody points out, a ''criminal''.

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* GreenAesop: ''Down Under''.
** Subverted a bit. [=McLeach=] is a really evil bastard; who wouldn't sympathize with the animals?
** Also, [=McLeach=] isn't just the face of some "evil corporation that wants to destroy the environment"; he's a ''poacher'' and thus, as Cody points out, a ''criminal''.
Under''. Anti-poaching.



* [=~Hey, It's That Voice!~=]: Anyone who watched sitcoms in the 60s will instantly recognize Bob Newhart (Bernard) and his stutter as well as Eva Gabor (Bianca, who even mispronounces "rollercoaster" the way [[GreenAcres Lisa Douglas]] might). For ''Down Under'', you have George C. Scott as [=McLeach=] and John Candy as Wilbur.
** And fans of ''TheRedGreenShow'' might recognize Wayne Robson (Mike, the ex-con) as Frank.
** Jake's actor, Tristan Rogers, did quite a bit of other work before and after ''Down Under'' including Robert Scorpio for ''GeneralHospital'' and being a former spokesman for Outback Steakhouse.
** Basically, [[TheLibrarian Judson]] is Bernard's voice, UncleBuck is Wilbur's, and [[{{Patton}} General George S. Patton]] is [=McLeach=].



* MouseWorld: To the point where mice even have an established Telegram Network and are able to encrypt a message into a military computer. See FridgeLogic for that one.

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* MouseWorld: To the point where mice even have an established Telegram Network and are able to encrypt a message into a military computer. See FridgeLogic for that one.



* {{Narm}}: For some, Joanna knocking [=McLeach=] into his own pit trap at the beginning of ''Down Under''.
** For others, a CrowningMomentOfFunny.



* NightmareFuel: I think we're in agreement that both villains gave our young selves nightmares (see also Moral Event Horizon above). Madame Medusa is like an even more disturbed Cruella De Vil. Plus, we get to see her pull out her fake eyelashes in a scene that's as close as any Disney film has to an EyeScream. [=McLeach=] is also fairly insane. Just listen to his little "Home On The Range" ditty.
** I'm sure some people find it scary when Joanna scared Cody while he was trapped in the hole. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuRohMj2f-s Watch]] at your own risk!
** Nero and Brutus hunting for Penny in the middle of the movie was pretty scary for a lot of kids, especially with the creepy music in the backround.
** The scene in the cave towards the end of the first film was very scary, as it combined a lot of fears that many children have: the dark, drowning, and being in a situation where you were helpless (Medusa refusing to let Penny up until she got the diamond).
** See also the entries for ''The Rescuers'' under [[NightmareFuel/DonBluth Don Bluth's]] and [[NightmareFuel/{{Disney}} Disney's]] nightmare fuel pages (on Disney's, it's located under the [[DisneyAnimatedCanon "animated canon"]] folder).
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Adam Ryen as Cody and George C. Scott as [=McLeach=]. Most of the animals in ''Down Under'' as well; only Jake and Krebs the Koala have noticeable {{Australian Accent}}s.

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* NightmareFuel: I think we're in agreement that both villains gave our young selves nightmares (see also Moral Event Horizon above). Madame Medusa is like an even more disturbed Cruella De Vil. Plus, we get to see her pull out her fake eyelashes in a scene that's as close as any Disney film has to an EyeScream. [=McLeach=] is also fairly insane. Just listen to his little "Home On The Range" ditty.
** I'm sure some people find it scary when Joanna scared Cody while he was trapped in the hole. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuRohMj2f-s Watch]] at your own risk!
** Nero and Brutus hunting for Penny in the middle of the movie was pretty scary for a lot of kids, especially with the creepy music in the backround.
** The scene in the cave towards the end of the first film was very scary, as it combined a lot of fears that many children have: the dark, drowning, and being in a situation where you were helpless (Medusa refusing to let Penny up until she got the diamond).
** See also the entries for ''The Rescuers'' under [[NightmareFuel/DonBluth Don Bluth's]] and [[NightmareFuel/{{Disney}} Disney's]] nightmare fuel pages (on Disney's, it's located under the [[DisneyAnimatedCanon "animated canon"]] folder).
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Adam Ryen as Cody and George C. Scott as [=McLeach=]. Most of the animals in ''Down Under'' as well; only Jake and Jake, Krebs the Koala and a handful of kangaroos have noticeable {{Australian Accent}}s.



* SpellingSong: The Rescue Aid Society theme song.



** Oddly, that exact same hug is done in the sequel by Jake. Ah, old time Disney.
* SomewhereAnOrnithologistIsCrying - Golden Eagles ''do not'' live in Australia. Nor do they look like bleached Bald Eagles. Nor to they sound like Red Tailed Hawks.
** I think the authors stated it was a fictional species, though in any case, it does seem to be modeled after the white-bellied sea eagle, a native Australian species.

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** Oddly, that exact same hug is done in the sequel by Jake. Ah, old time Disney.
Jake.
* SomewhereAnOrnithologistIsCrying - Golden Eagles ''do not'' live in Australia. Nor do they look like bleached Bald Eagles. Nor to they sound like Red Tailed Hawks.
** I think the authors stated it was a fictional species, though in any case, it does seem to be modeled after the white-bellied sea eagle, a native Australian species.
SpellingSong: The Rescue Aid Society theme song.



* SuggestedBy: ...characters created by Margery Sharp.



* TearJerker: Penny is a TearJerker in the flesh bordering on being a plaything of DeusAngstMachina.



* VillainSong: It's not [[TheLionKing Be Prepared]] or [[TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Hellfire]], but [=McLeach=] sings his own version of "Home On The Range" while driving home. A [[NightmareFuel very, very demented]] version of Home On The Range that makes it abundantly clear that he really, ''really'' loves his [[EvilPoacher occupation of choice]].
** He also sings his own version of "You Get A Line, I'll Get A Pole" for when he's lowering Cody into crocodile infested waters.



* WildMassGuessing: Perhaps Cody's father is the [[TeamFortress2 Sniper]]...



* CompleteMonster: One or two villains, at least by the standards of children's books.



* HighOctaneNightmareFuel: ''Miss Bianca'' included one of the villains [[spoiler: feeding a girl she'd chopped up to his dogs some time before ''{{Watchmen}}'' did the same thing.]] Admittedly, it's offscreen and only hinted at; [[spoiler: Miss Bianca realizes the "ivory chair" she's sitting in while talking to the dogs(!) is actually a chewed thigh bone.]]



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-->'''[=McLeach=]:''' Joanna, I've given you platypus eggs; I give you snake eggs; why, I'd even give you eagle eggs, but I warned you to stay away from my... ''[[GlowingEyesOfDoom Eagle eggs.]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning That's it! That's the boy's weak spot.]]''

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-->'''[=McLeach=]:''' Joanna, I've given you platypus eggs; I give you snake eggs; why, I'd even give you eagle eggs, but I warned you to stay away from my... ''[[GlowingEyesOfDoom Eagle eggs.]] ''Eagle eggs. [[GlowingEyesOfDoom That's it!]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning That's it! That's the boy's weak spot.]]''
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* {{Sequelitis}}: …and [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks HOW]]!!!!!! No heart, no CharacterDevelopment, an incomplete ending, etc.
** Worst of all, apart from Bernard, Miss Bianca and the Rescue Aid Society’s chairman, no one from the first film returns; not even Evinrude, Rufus, OR PENNY!!!
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* ThePaolo: Jake in the sequel.


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* RomanticFalseLead: Jake in the sequel.
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** Jake's actor, Tristan Rogers, did quite a bit of other work before and after ''Down Under'' including Robert Scorpio for General Hospital and being a former spokesman for Outback Steakhouse.

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** Jake's actor, Tristan Rogers, did quite a bit of other work before and after ''Down Under'' including Robert Scorpio for General Hospital ''GeneralHospital'' and being a former spokesman for Outback Steakhouse.
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!!These films provide examples of:
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!!These films provide examples of:



* BigLippedAlligatorMoment : We see [=McLeach=] has several caged animals captive with Cody, and whilst Cody and the animals attempt to escape once or twice, [=McLeach=] ultimately takes Cody away from them. They are last seen in cages and are neither seen nor mentioned for the remainder of the film. That said, you could easily have Cody captive alone, and, ultimately, it won't affect the plot much.
* BigNo: [=McLeach=] gives off one as he plummets to his doom down the waterfall.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment : We see [=McLeach=] has several caged animals captive with Cody, and whilst Cody and the animals attempt to escape once or twice, [=McLeach=] ultimately takes Cody away from them. They are last seen in cages and are neither seen nor mentioned for the remainder of the film. That said, you could easily have Cody captive alone, and, ultimately, it won't affect the plot much.
* BigNo: [=McLeach=] [[spoiler: [=McLeach=]]] gives off one as [[spoiler:as he plummets to his doom down the waterfall. waterfall.]]



* CompleteMonster: Medusa and [=McLeach=] both qualify, although the latter is considered more likeable because he's such an ''[[EvillyAffable entertaining]]'' monster.



* CrossesTheLineTwice: [[EvillyAffable [=McLeach=]]] is arguably fit to rival TheJoker in doing this, despite being a character in a children's movie.
-->'''[=McLeach=]''': Home, home on the range! Where the critters are tied up in chains! I cut through their sides, and I'll rip off their hides, and the next day I'll do it again!
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: For the real Disney geeks, Marahute and Cody's flight together is absolutely a [=CMOA=] for the Bronze Age Disney animation team and for Chris Sanders and Glen Keane specifically.
** Wilbur skydiving!
-->'''Wilbur''': ''COWABUUNGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!''
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: The whole scene in ''The Rescuers Down Under'' when Joanna obsessively goes after [=McLeach=]'s eggs as he tries to make an omelet. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yL9ReqOUQ8 Watch it here!]]
** [=McLeach=] pretending to be worried when Cody's mom will find out he's missing.
-->'''[=McLeach=]:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh no, not the rangers, what'll I do, what'll I do? Don't let your mom call the rangers, please!]] ''(throws Cody's backpack to the crocodile-infested river)'' "My poor baby boy, got eaten by crocodiles! Boo-hoo-hoo!" Ha! Let's go boy!
** "I didn't make it all the way through third grade for nothing!"
** Arguably, the entire [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpP8bNxVdyU calliope scene]] from the first film, especially Bernard's reaction to being shot up in the air and trying to run!
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: The "Tomorrow is Another Day" montage. ''Down Under'' has the RAS' communications network going into action to help Cody and the epilogue for Bernard in particular when [[spoiler: he finally proposes to Bianca.]]
** Rufus's flashback to when he last saw Penny, alone on her bed, sad because she wasn't adopted, and comforts her with his "Faith is a Bluebird" poem. The [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome music]] that plays in this scene is also [[TearJerker tear jerking]]. As is Penny saying "I love you, Rufus" while petting the grandfatherly cat.
** Miss Bianca cuddling up with Bernard on their way to Louisiana in the the first film.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The awesome opening theme of ''Down Under''.



* DisneyVillainDeath: Averted in the first film; played straight in the sequel.
** Although the sequel SORT OF leaves the death ambiguous; some have argued that he might have just managed to save himself from the fall and that we just didn't see it because it was concealed behind the [[InevitableWaterfall waterfall]].

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* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Averted in the first film; played straight in the sequel.
sequel.]]
** Although [[spoiler: the sequel SORT OF leaves the death ambiguous; some have argued that he might have just managed to save himself from the fall and that we just didn't see it because it was concealed behind the [[InevitableWaterfall waterfall]].]]



** It's said that Penny was going to be in OliverAndCompany to show how she turned out after getting adopted, but they decided against it and renamed her Jenny.

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** It's said that Penny was going to be in OliverAndCompany [[spoiler: to show how she turned out after getting adopted, adopted]], but they decided against it and renamed her Jenny.



* FridgeHorror: [[spoiler: Medusa is last seen clinging to a smokestack with Brutus and Nero snapping at her below. One can only imagine what awful fate Medusa might have met once her strength gave in. [[CompleteMonster Couldn't have been any worse than what she deserved, though]]...]]
* FridgeLogic: It makes you wonder how mice manage to encode a message in what is presumably the Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor during the "Message Montage" scene.



* HappilyAdopted: Penny's wish of being adopted finally comes true at the end of ''Rescuers''

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* HappilyAdopted: HairOfGold: Cody
* [[spoiler: HappilyAdopted]]: [[spoiler:
Penny's wish of being adopted finally comes true at the end of ''Rescuers''''Rescuers''.]]



* HairOfGold: Cody



* InevitableWaterfall: The site of the aforementioned DisneyVillainDeath in ''Down Under''.

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* InevitableWaterfall: [[spoiler: The site of the aforementioned DisneyVillainDeath in ''Down Under''.]]



* KickTheDog: Both characters get several such moments (see MoralEventHorizon section in YMMV), but for Medusa, who kidnaps a young girl from an orphanage and makes her dig for diamonds in a cave and refusing to let her up even when her life is in danger, what really stands out in people's minds is her trying to convince Penny that nobody would ever want to adopt her.

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* KickTheDog: Both characters get several such moments (see MoralEventHorizon section in YMMV), below), but for Medusa, who kidnaps a young girl from an orphanage and makes her dig for diamonds in a cave and refusing to let her up even when her life is in danger, what really stands out in people's minds is her trying to convince Penny that nobody would ever want to adopt her.


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* NightmareFuel: I think we're in agreement that both villains gave our young selves nightmares (see also Moral Event Horizon above). Madame Medusa is like an even more disturbed Cruella De Vil. Plus, we get to see her pull out her fake eyelashes in a scene that's as close as any Disney film has to an EyeScream. [=McLeach=] is also fairly insane. Just listen to his little "Home On The Range" ditty.
** I'm sure some people find it scary when Joanna scared Cody while he was trapped in the hole. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuRohMj2f-s Watch]] at your own risk!
** Nero and Brutus hunting for Penny in the middle of the movie was pretty scary for a lot of kids, especially with the creepy music in the backround.
** The scene in the cave towards the end of the first film was very scary, as it combined a lot of fears that many children have: the dark, drowning, and being in a situation where you were helpless (Medusa refusing to let Penny up until she got the diamond).
** See also the entries for ''The Rescuers'' under [[NightmareFuel/DonBluth Don Bluth's]] and [[NightmareFuel/{{Disney}} Disney's]] nightmare fuel pages (on Disney's, it's located under the [[DisneyAnimatedCanon "animated canon"]] folder).


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* {{Sequelitis}}: …and [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks HOW]]!!!!!! No heart, no CharacterDevelopment, an incomplete ending, etc.
** Worst of all, apart from Bernard, Miss Bianca and the Rescue Aid Society’s chairman, no one from the first film returns; not even Evinrude, Rufus, OR PENNY!!!


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* TearJerker: Penny is a TearJerker in the flesh bordering on being a plaything of DeusAngstMachina.


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