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A series of two films in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon (#23 and #29). 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 UnresolvedSexualTension. The films were based on [[Literature/TheRescuers a series of children's books by Margery Sharp]]. The main similarities are between the first two books and first film, where an orphan girl called Patience is kidnapped and held as a cleaning slave by a cruel diamond-obsessed Duchess.

The first film, titled simply ''The Rescuers'', was released in 1977. The flamboyantly evil Madame Medusa (Geraldine Page) 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 (Michelle Stacy). Penny sends out a MessageInABottle asking for help, which is intercepted by the all-mouse Rescue Aid Society, who [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot for some reason]], do not put it somewhere the police might find it while they send out their own agents. Bianca (Eva Gabor) and Bernard (Bob Newhart) are then sent out to save her, with help from an albatross named Orville (Jim Jordan) and a dragonfly named Evinrude (James [=MacDonald=]).

In 1990, the film was followed by ''The Rescuers Down Under'', which has the dubious honor of being Disney's first animated sequel. Set in the Australian Outback, the EvilPoacher [=McLeach=] (GeorgeCScott) has kidnapped a young boy named Cody (Adam Ryen) 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 Jake (Tristan Rogers), the mouse equivalent to CrocodileDundee. ''Down Under'' was also a pioneer in the use of CGI. Unlike the first film, which was a huge success, ''Down Under'' actually failed at the box office, making it the ''only'' true failure of the Disney Renaissance.

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 (well, [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame maybe one]] [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} or two]]). 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 ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' thanks to improvements of xerography processing technology to allow a softer look. It was also one of the few box office successes for Disney in the post-[[Creator/WaltDisney Walt]]/pre-[[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation Renaissance]] era, being the highest grossing animated film of all time until [[Creator/DonBluth one of its directors]] challenged Disney with ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' nearly a decade later. In addition, this helped give rise to ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' due to having a similar concept.

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 ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the following year.

!!Tropes featured:


[[folder: Both Films]]
* AdventureDuo: Miss Bianca and Bernard.
* AdultFear: Both movies:
** The first features Penny in danger of ''drowning'' or even being sucked out to sea through a hole in the cave, as well as running through a dangerous swamp on at least one occasion.
** ''Down Under'' features a powerful scene. Cody is shown as having parents (off-screen at that) and one scene shows his house while his mother cries "Cody!"
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Joanna the 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. She also is as sneaky - and smart about it - as any [[AnimalStereotypes hound 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. That said, alligators have a very keen sense of smell all on their own.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Even animals that can't talk, such as Evinrude or Joanna, still tend to understand speech and act with human or near-human intelligence.
* AnimationBump: Each movie was the first to utilize a new animation technique by Disney; ''Rescuers'' did away with most of the rough sketching that was used for the frame-by-frame save Medusa, while ''Down Under'' was the first in movie history to render 2D animation with computers.
* ButtMonkey: Orville and Evinrude from the 1st movie, and Wilbur from the 2nd.
* CaptainCrash: Both Orville and Wilbur.
%%* ChildrenAreInnocent
* CowardlyLion: Bernard. He insists he's just a lowly janitor, he stutters and can be a nervous wreck, but if others are depending on him, he's unstoppable.
* EvilIsHammy: Geraldine Page as Medusa and George C. Scott as [=McLeach=]. WordOfGod (in this case Milt Kahl) has it that Geraldine Page nailed every single one of Medusa's lines ''in one take''.
* GiantFlyer:
** Marahute is the closest to the trope, but Orville counts as well, at least compared to the size of the mice protagonists.
** In one scene, Wilbur himself is dwarfed by a trio of massive pink stork-like birds.
* HeroesRUs: The Rescue Aid Society.
** DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Especially in the second film, the Rescue Aid Society looks an awful lot like a rodent UsefulNotes/UnitedNations. Considering the Rescue Aid Society IS underneath the actual United Nations, this is probably not a coincidence.
* HeroicSacrifice
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Devil's Bayou.
** A flurry of these in ''Down Under''. Of course, it's likely Jake was making it all up to impress Bianca...
--> '''Jake''': So, which way you taking? Suicide Trail through Nightmare Canyon, or the shortcut at Satan's Ridge?
--> '''Bernard''': S-s-suicide Trail?
--> '''Jake''': Good choice! More snakes, less quicksand. And once you cross Bloodworm Creek you're scot-free, that is until... Dead Dingo Pass.
*** Then again, it is [[DeathWorld Australia]].
* InterspeciesFriendship: Involves mice talking to and befriending humans. The first even has a cat talking to and befriending both humans AND mice. The sequel also has Cody feeling very attached to Marahoute the eagle, though they can't communicate with each other.
* LargeHam: Orville, Wilbur and Frank, albeit to a lesser extent than the villains.
* MarketBasedTitle: Some international versions of both films either have "Bernard and Bianca" either replace "the Rescuers" or have it as a subtitle. You might also see the title preceded by "the Adventures of".
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's not clear whether humans ''can't'' see the mouse civilization living practically underfoot, or simply ''aren't paying attention.''
* MeaningfulName: Evinrude, the name of the leaf-propelling dragonfly in the first movie, is a well-known manufacturer of boat engines. Could also be considered a ShoutOut.
** Same with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orville_Wright Orville]], the albatross.
** And in the sequel he is replaced by his brother [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilbur_Wright Wilbur]].
** The name Cody is derived from an Irish word meaning "helper".
* MisplacedWildlife: Albatrosses aren't normally found north of the equator. Why at least two of them are living in New York City is anyone's guess.
%%* MouseWorld
* NiceHat: [=McLeach=] and Bianca.
* NiceMice: In this world, mice are ''so'' nice that they run a planet-wide, clandestine search-and-rescue agency just so they can help people. Miss Bianca (and, by the second film, Bernard) stand out even in this company, risking life and limb for total strangers.
* PrettyInMink: Bianca in ''Rescuers'' as well as [[{{Gonk}} Medusa.]]
* PunnyName: Wilbur and Orville the air service birds.
** Also, Joanna the goanna. (Goanna being the local Australian name for monitor lizard.)
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Brutus and Nero in the first one, Joanna in the sequel. Frank the frilled lizard is [[{{Keet}} harmlessly]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} insane]], so he's an exception to the trope.
* RecklessGunUsage: For a poacher, [=McLeach=] does not handle his rifle properly, the first instance of this being when he uses it (already loaded and cocked) to pull Cody out of a trap.
%%** Medusa is staggeringly careless with her shotgun.
* ScavengedPunk: Much of the equipment in the films is built from human materials, but it's almost purely a background element.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Penny and Cody
* SuggestedBy:
** ''The Rescuers'': ..."The Rescuers" and "Miss Bianca" by Margery Sharp.
** ''Down Under'': ...characters created by Margery Sharp.
* TalkingAnimal: Watching the movies, it would seem to be left uncertain whether anyone other than Cody and Penny can actually understand the animals in the series. However WordOfGod ("Disney's Wonderful World of Reading", 1977) states that the only reason Rufus the cat never told another child or adult at the orphanage about what had happened to Penny was that nobody asked him.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Thirteen years passed between the theatrical debuts of the two movies, and ''Down Under'' ended up being the least successful movie of the Disney Renaissance. (it's the only one to be a clear BoxOfficeBomb due to opening against ''Film/HomeAlone'', and while it did make up some of the loss as a ''The Classics'' title on video, it convinced Disney to make the remaining Disney Renaissance films musicals in some part and other sequels outside the canon until ''Frozen'' and ''Wreck It Ralph''.)
** Humorously, Bernard has a fear of the number thirteen, such as complaining when a stepladder has thirteen steps.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: The protagonists are cute little mice who ally with a pair of albatrosses, a cat, an army of small swamp animals, a kangaroo rat, and a dragonfly. Meanwhile, the animals serving as the antagonists' [[RightHandCat Right Hand Cats]] are a pair of crocodiles and a LaughablyEvil monitor lizard. The crocodiles that appear in the second film are portrayed as mindless, savage beasts.
* WouldHurtAChild: The BigBad of both films most definitely would. Apparently, this is Wilbur's BerserkButton.

[[folder:The Rescuers]]
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Bernard and Bianca are deployed at the end of the movie.
* AnimationBump: ANY scene with Medusa in the original. She was a notoriously difficult character to draw and animate for anyone whose name wasn't Milt Kahl.
* ArtisticLicenseGeology: As the mice and Penny try to salvage the diamond, they are nearly drowned by a rising tide, even though, during the film's production, one animator pointed out that there is hardly ever any tide in the bayou.
* AwardBaitSong: "Someone's Waiting For You".
%%* BattleButler: Mr. Snoops.
* BigShutUp: Medusa seems to be fond of yelling this at Snoops.
* BitchAlert: The movie lets you know very quickly that you're not supposed to like Madame Medusa.
* TheCameo: StockFootage of Disney/{{Bambi}} and his mother grazing in a field can be seen during "Someone's Waiting For You." Some of the birds seen in that film make an appearance as well.
* CarnivoreConfusion: {{Hand Wave}}d; Rufus says that he's "too old to be chasing mice".
* CatsAreMean: Subverted and lampshaded, again by Rufus. Ironically, Creator/DonBluth worked on this film.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Penny's teddy bear; Medusa puts the Devil's Eye diamond in it to smuggle out of the bayou.]]
** Luke's potent "swamp juice" also proves to be [[spoiler:strong enough to bump-start the "swampmobile".]]
* CreatorCameo: [[DisneysNineOldMen Ollie Johnston]] modeled Rufus after himself.
* CompanionCube: Penny's teddy bear.
* CoolBoat: Madame Medusa's "swampmobile".
* CoversAlwaysLie: The 1989 theatrical re-release poster has Rufus in the motorboat. Not once does he set paw in Devil's Bayou. Same goes for the Rescue Aid Society members in the same poster.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Snoops points out the many, smaller jewels Penny found in the cave and it's revealed there's even more in there. Snoops points out that those gems are worth a fortune, but Medusa is not interested in them. She only wants the Devil's Eye. Though to be fair, the Devil's Eye appears to be the size of ''a grapefruit'' (the Hope Diamond, for reference, is the size of walnut).
* DidntWantAnAdventure: Bernard. "Sure wish we'd taken the train!"
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: Brutus, Nero and Snoops eventually have had enough of Medusa and she is last seen being attacked by Brutus and Nero while Snoops paddles off without her, laughing.]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Madame Medusa. [[StockFootage In Cruella De Vil's car]], even.
** This becomes a bit of FridgeBrilliance when you consider she was originally intended to ''be'' Cruella De Vil.
** Bianca ({{implied|Trope}}). When Bernard grumbles that they just went through a red light, Bianca replies that she does it all the time.
* EekAMouse: Madame Medusa is so freaked out at the sight of Bernard and Bianca that she ''pulls a gun on them''. This despite having two pet alligators.
* EvilRedhead: Madame Medusa.
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Madame Medusa.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Penny is surprised, to say the least, that her rescue party is a pair of mice.
-->Didn't you bring somebody big with you? Like the police?
* {{Expy}}: One early draft of the film cast [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 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... just ''as'' insanely as Cruella did too. Incidentally, Milt Kahl also based Medusa on his ex-wife.
** The only song from the movie to be shown up in ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Cruella's Bayou]]'' was "Someone's Waiting For You"
** It's said that Penny was going to be in ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' [[spoiler: to show how she turned out after getting adopted]], but they decided against it and renamed her Jenny. ''Once Upon a Time in New York City'' and ''Good Company'' (two songs from Disney/OliverAndCompany) are later being shown up in ''Rufus and Company'', but with Rufus and Penny from the movie instead.
** Interestingly; you can notice that Ursula in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' has some scenes with similar animation to Medusa, and like Ursula, she has a pair of dragon-like pets.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Medusa puts on a facade of being sweet and kindly to Penny, apparently in an attempt to make the girl willing to listen to her.
* FingerInABarrel: During the climax, an owl stuffs a lit rocket down Medusa's shotgun, leaving her with AshFace and tearing the gun to shreds.
* FlightOfRomance: Flying on the back of an albatross brings Bernard and Bianca closer together, but it takes [[spoiler:until the sequel]] for Bernard to confess his feelings.
* GargleBlaster: Luke's "swamp juice".
* GirlishPigtails: Penny.
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:Penny at the film's end.]]
* IHaveYourWife: Madame Medusa eventually resorts to this with Penny's teddy bear to get her to retrieve the Devil's Eye.
* KickTheDog: Madame Medusa's line "Who would want such a homely little girl as you?" It's a line almost shocking in its cruelty towards a young child, especially when you remember how Medusa throws it at Penny without even thinking about it.
* LeafBoat: Bernard and Bianca use a large leaf propelled by [[MeaningfulName Evinrude]] the dragonfly in order to find and rescue Penny.
* LightIsNotGood: Mr. Snoops wears a yellow sportcoat and pants.
* MessageInABottle: Sent by Penny to start all the action.
* MineralMacGuffin: The Devil's Eye.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Mr. Snoops, to his credit, does seem somewhat concerned with Penny's welfare at points - he's not willing to keep her down in the cave when the tide is rising, for instance.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Madame Medusa and her pet crocodiles, Brutus and Nero.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Evinrude's name is interchangeably pronounced "EEE-vin-rude" and "EH-vuhn-rude".
* PantyShot:
** Penny. Medusa's crocodile holds her upside down by her bloomers, then later she shows Bernard and Bianca the tooth-holes in them.
** Medusa has two: once when she's on the chair screaming about the mice and once when the fireworks are used as a diversion when Penny's starting up the swamp-mobile.
* ParasolParachute: Bernard and Bianca employ this after Orville gets shot at with fireworks and spirals out of control
* ParentalAbandonment: Penny is an orphan.
* ProductDisplacement: Every home release for ''Rescuers'' from 1999-2003 omits the first Buena Vista logo and replaces it for Disney's (by this time outdated) white castle VanityPlate. The 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray and DVD, released 2012, restore Buena Vista's name to the opening.
* SequelHook: The first movie ends with them setting off on another mission; however, an actual sequel had not been planned at the time. When one did finally come out, it featured an almost identical departure scene, from the weather to Wilbur's, er, vertical takeoff.
* ShoutOut: The Alligators have a significant three-tone brass motif, used for dramatic effect. The theme is in fact snitched from Music/TheRiteOfSpring, used in Film/{{Fantasia}} at the dramatic victory of the Tyrannosaurus. A fitting MythologyGag, come to think of it.
* SkinToneSclerae: Bernard and Bianca (less noticeable on her, since she's already white-furred).
* SleepCute: Bianca falls asleep on Bernard's shoulder. And heads right into a snuggle.
* SpellingSong: The Rescue Aid Society theme song.
* StockFootage:
** The shots of Medusa driving may have used recycled cels from ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' given that she drives the exact same car as Cruella de Vil. Either that, or they just recycled the [[{{Rotoscoping}} rotoscope model]].
** Several voice clips are repeated throughout the movie, two notable clips by Medusa and Bianca respectively being "Snoops? Snoops, get down here!" and "Help! Bernard!"
** Some shots of Penny running through the swamp during an unsuccessful escape attempt are re-used from a scene of [[Disney/TheJungleBook Mowgli running through the jungle.]]
** Disney/{{Bambi}} can be seen grazing with his mother in the "Someone is Waiting for You" scene.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: A reoccurring motif. 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.
* TruthInTelevision: The Devil's Eye ends up on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History - exactly where the RealLife Hope Diamond was donated, and is displayed to this day.
%%* UmbrellaOfTogetherness
* VillainousBreakdown: "There goes my diamond!"
* WeaksauceWeakness: Madame Medusa's fear of mice. Especially since she has ''pet alligators''.
* WouldHurtAChild: Medusa would do anything to get that diamond, even at the risk of Penny drowning in the rising tide.

[[folder:Down Under]]
* TheAce: Jake.
* AirplaneArms: Cody doing a Marahute impression.
* AllThereInTheScript: The captive Kangaroo is [[ADogNamedDog a Red Kangaroo named Red]].
* AnimationBump: The thirteen years between movies helps out a lot, obviously. Most of the animals avoid the "dots for eyes" thing, and the SkinToneSclerae thing is avoided with the main characters.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Under no circumstances would a modern-day eagle grow to the dimensions of Marahute, whose ''head'' is larger than most of Cody. Her wingspan could easily be estimated at well over twenty feet long in some shots (the biggest eagles would be a stretch to reach ten feet). She's also very smart and ''way'' more friendly then a typical bird of prey (which would probably attack anyone that tried to touch them).
* AskAStupidQuestion: When Cody asks Frank the frilled lizard the following question:
--> '''Cody:''' Hey! Where did you come from?
--> '''Frank:''' [[CaptainObvious Um... the desert?]]
* AwesomeAussie: Jake.
* AxCrazy: [=McLeach=], who clearly enjoys being a violent murderous thug even beyond wanting to make himself rich.
-->''(as he lowers a helpless child into a crocodile pit)'' "Now this is what I call ''fun!"''
* BaldOfEvil: A variant; [=McLeach=] has notable male-pattern baldness.
* BigNo:
** [[spoiler: [=McLeach=]]] gives off one [[spoiler: as he plummets to his doom down the waterfall.]]
** So does Cody the moment he's accidentally swept off the cliff when he frees Marahute.
** And when [[spoiler:[=McLeach=] says to Cody that someone shot Marahute right out of the sky...]]
-->'''[=McLeach=]:''' [[ParodiedTrope What do you mean, "no?" You callin' me a liar?]]
* BookDumb: Percival "I didn't make it all the way through third grade for nuthin'!" [=McLeach=] is quite uneducated, but don't let that ever make you think he isn't cunning or insidiously clever--especially when you consider he probably built that "truck" of his. That's an impressive piece of engineering.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Bernard has [[WackyMarriageProposal a very hard time working up the nerve to propose to Bianca]]. Jake does not help.
* CodeEmergency: The Rescue Aid Society calls a Code Red Emergency Meeting to announce that Cody has been kidnapped.
* ChekhovsSkill: Jake tames a snake through intimidation to get the gang a lift through marshlands. [[spoiler: Bernard pulls the same trick on a razorback boar to save the others.]]
* CloseupOnHead
* ConspicuousCG:
** The opening sequence.
** Even more conspicuous: The scenes where Wilbur is flying over the Sydney Opera House and through New York City.
** Any scene featuring [=McLeach=]'s half-track.
* ContinuityNod: Orville's flight number is 13 in the first movie, where Bernard [[ThirteenIsUnlucky makes a big deal out of it]]. Even though the superstition never comes up in ''Down Under'', when Wilbur is attempting to land, he identifies himself as Albatross One-Three.
* CoolCar / {{Cooltank}}: [=McLeach=]'s half-track.
* CuteGiant:
** Marahute the giant eagle.
** To mice, humans are giants, so naturally human children will qualify as cute giants from the perspective of the mice as well.
* DeadpanSnarker: Krebbs the koala, one of the many animals trapped in [=McLeach=]'s hideout, seems to be one of these.
-->'''Cody''': Frank, you're free!
-->'''Frank''': I'm free? I'm free, I'm free, I'm free, I'm free!
-->'''Kangaroo''': Shhh... Joanna will hear.
-->'''Krebbs''': Double or nothing, he's caught in 5 minutes.
* DigitalDestruction: Some prints of the movie edit the knife throwing scene by replacing the shots where the knives come within inches of hitting Cody with cuts to Joanna in her bathtub, eating animal crackers... probably because the knives were too scary for children.
* DisappearedDad: Cody mentions that his dad is "gone" and empathizes with the unborn eagles whose father was shot pre-movie.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [=McLeach=] narrowly avoids being eaten by crocodiles only to fall off the edge of a waterfall.
* TheDragon: Joanna, almost literally.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Wilbur. "Get it? A fair fare? It's a... a play on... never mind."
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Apparently, feeding Cody to crocodiles is [=McLeach=]'s idea of fun.
* EvilPoacher: [=McLeach=].
* EurekaMoment: [=McLeach=] realizing [[spoiler:Marahute's eggs are Cody's weakness]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Crocodile Falls turns out to be well-named.
* TheFaceless: Cody's mom's face was never shown in the movie. However, in all other productions based on ''Down Under'', she was completely visible.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [=McLeach=] often acts in a way that is ''almost'' charming, but his true, brutish traits always shine through.
* FedToTheBeast: [=McLeach=] tries to feed Cody to crocodiles in the film's climax.
* FollowTheLeader: [=McLeach=]'s role led to a further increase of the Evil Hunter archetype, such as [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]], [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Clayton]], [[WallaceAndGromit Lord Victor Quartermaine]], and [[Literature/TheLittleVampire Rookery]]. The last two are especially notable as the films they're from aren't even made by Disney.
* FreeRangeChildren: Cody lives in a very sparsely inhabited area of Australia, and his mom doesn't have any problem with him running around. It's pretty viciously deconstructed when he walks into [=McLeach=].
* FriendToAllLivingThings: The opening scenes establish Cody as somebody who has many friends among the local animals and goes out of his way (and puts himself in danger) to rescue animals in trouble. At age eight (see FreeRangeChildren, above).
* GaleForceSound: Wilbur's radio.
* GilliganCut: Bernard getting Wilbur to sit on Marahute's eggs.
* GloveSnap: "All right, girls, snap to it! ''([[IncrediblyLamePun snap]])'' Oh! That smarts..."
* GreenAesop: Anti-poaching.
* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: [=McLeach=] apparently has a double-barrelled, pump action, side-by-side shotgun with a ''scope''. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment And a foresight]].
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Cody, who tries his hardest to protect Marahute from [=McLeach=].
* HelpMistakenForAttack: During the scene with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-coYU-INP3E Marahute the eagle trapped under rope,]] when Cody arrives to free her, and takes out a knife, Marahute seems to (temporarily) interpret this as an attempt to wound or kill her rather than to free her.
* IgnoringBySinging: Frank the frill-necked lizard covers his ears and sings "Waltzing Matilda" when Krebbs the koala starts describing what the poacher is going to do to them.
* InevitableWaterfall: [[spoiler: The site of the aforementioned DisneyVillainDeath.]]
* InkSuitActor:
** Wilbur bears quite a resemblance to John Candy in terms of facial features.
** George C. Scott seems like the performance model of [=McLeach=].
* IWantMyMommy: Wilbur gets scared in the hospital, and calls for mother.
* KnifeNut: [=McLeach=] throws, flourishes, or menaces Cody with a variety of large, unpleasant skinning knives. Of course, as a professional poacher he's got to be skilled with such implements, but does he have to enjoy it so much?
* KnifeOutline: Done intentionally by [=McLeach=] when he's trying to intimidate Cody into revealing Marahute's whereabouts.
* LandDownUnder: Naturally.
* LyricalDissonance: [=McLeach=]'s version of "Home On The Range" mentioned below. The melody is still cheerful, but the words... well, don't ask.
* MadDoctor: The unnamed mouse doctor that is assigned to cure Wilbur's back problems is clearly a few eggs short of a dozen. Who else but a MadDoctor would load syringes in a double-barreled shotgun and use a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] in surgery?
* MatchCut: Marahute returning Cody to the ground, after they visit her nest.
* TheMillstone: Joanna is one to [=McLeach=].
* MisplacedWildlife:
** Although Australia does have a large native eagle species (the wedge-tailed eagle), she's referred to in the film as the 'great golden eagle', which is either a conflation with a (much smaller) North American species, or more likely a species made up for the purposes of the film.
** A downplayed example -- the presence of crocodiles clearly indicates being set in the Northern Territory, but wombats, only found in the southeast of the continent and Tasmania, are shown among the wild animals early on.
%% Moral Event Horizon belongs on the page's YMMV tab, not here.
* MundaneUtility: Though not fully shown, [=McLeach=] intends to use a blowtorch to cook his dinner during the "eggs" scene.
* MusicalisInterruptus: Bernard and Bianca can't get Wilbur's attention until Bernard turns off his stereo.
* MusicalNod: When the delegates are summoned, a snippet of the Rescue Aid Society's theme (from the first film) features in the score.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile
* 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 UsefulNotes/{{Australian Accent}}s.[[note]]However, [=McLeach=] at least could plausibly be from somewhere other than Australia.[[/note]]
* NothingCanSaveUsNow: Jake to Bianca, during the climax.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Happens to Bernard and Bianca the first time he tries to propose. Bernard tries to propose to Bianca, but misplaces the ring. While he looks for it, Bianca receives word of the mission to Australia, and when Bernard returns and tries to propose again, she thinks he's talking about the mission and accepts. He is delighted, but is perplexed that she wants to do it now, and that she only needs to wear khaki shorts and hiking boots.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. Usually only noticeable on a second viewing, but one of the R.A.S. members is named Frank, who is clearly not the frilled lizard we meet later on.
* ParentalAbandonment: Cody mentions to Marahute that he 'lost' his father. There are strong implications that he was another victim of the notoriously dangerous Australian Outback, but it could have been actual abandonment.
* ParrotExpowhat:
-->'''Mouse Doctor''': Bring me the [[ChainsawGood Epidermal Tissue Disruptor!]]
-->'''[[JohnCandy Wilbur]]''': [[OhCrap THE EPIDERMAL]] ''[[BigWhat WHAT?!]]''
-->[''cue chainsaw'']
* ThePatientHasLeftTheBuilding: Wilbur tries escaping from the hospital in which he was confined after [[CrackOhMyBack hurting his back]], with the Doctor Mouse and his nurses chasing after him, trying to bring him back to the operating room.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Your spine needs tender! Loving! Care!"
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [=McLeach=] figuring out how to get Cody to hand over the eagle.
* RomanticFalseLead: Jake for Bianca.
* ScaredOfWhatsBehindYou: the BigBad, [=McLeach=], starts bragging about having "whooped" a bunch of crocodiles...only to turn around and see that they were really trying to avoid the InevitableWaterfall.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Australia - it's not just for kangaroos! Tons of seldom-seen species are present, but they're all extras: the three prominent Australian animals are Marahoute (of a fictional species), Jake (who could be a member of any of several small hopping mouse-like species), and Joanna (a monitor lizard). Additionally, the bird chart Jake looks at when Wilbur is about to land shows such rarities as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrubbird scrubbird]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lories_and_lorikeets lorikeet]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeyeater honeyeater]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butcherbird butcherbird]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galah galah]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noisy_miner noisy miner]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous_whistler rufous whistler]] (misspelled as "rufus whistler"), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crested_bellbird crested bellbird]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freckled_duck freckled duck]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flowerpiercer flowerpiercer]] (the last one being [[MisplacedWildlife a South American species]] - a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flowerpecker flowerpecker]] would have been more accurate).
* SequelGoesForeign: As you can tell from its name, the second movie shifts the action to Australia.
* SharkPool: The waters near Croc Falls, which, appropriately enough, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin are infested with crocodiles!]]
* ShootTheRope: How [=McLeach=] tries to drop Cody in with the crocs. He doesn't find it as easy as it is in most movies.
* SoftWater: Averted when [[spoiler: McLeach]] falls of a waterfall to his death.
* SomethingWeForgot: The film ends with Wilbur as an unwilling babysitter to Marahute's newly-hatched chicks.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Wilbur is Orville's previously unknown brother as Jim Jordan, who voiced Orville, died before the second film was produced.
* ThatLiarLies
-->'''[=McLeash=]:''' It's over boy, your bird's dead. Someone shot her. Shot her right out of the sky! ''[makes a shooting gesture]'' BANG!\\
''[Joanna pretends to be shot and falls dead on Cody's lap]''\\
'''Cody:''' ''[backs away]'' [[BigNo NO!]]\\
'''[=McLeash=]:''' What do you mean "no"? Calling me a liar?
* TookALevelInBadass: Happens to [[spoiler: Bernard]] the moment [[spoiler: he decides to wrestle a ''razorback'' to the ground]].
* UndersideRide:
** Bernard, Miss Bianca and Jake get under [=McLeach=]'s truck to follow him when he goes after Cody.
** Wilbur pulls off a variant when he taxis in an airplane wheel compartment.
* VillainSong: [=McLeach=] sings his own short one to the tune of ''Home on the Range'' without musical accompaniment.
-->'''[=McLeach=]:''' Home, home on the range, where the critters are tied up in chains! I cut through their sides, and I rip off their hides, and the next day I do it again! Everybody!
* WhamLine: "I've already got [[spoiler: the father.]]"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** No, ironically, in this film we ''know'' what happened to the mice: it's a bunch of other creatures that drop off the movie's radar. What happened to the rest of the animals caged up in [=McLeach's=] hideout? They get plenty of screen time, names and personalities start getting established, and then... we never see them again.
** Possibly intended and [[LampShading lampshaded]] example: No-one returned for Wilbur or Marahute's eggs, either.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: Ahem. ''Marahute's Flight.''