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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 {{unresolved sexual tension}}. The films were based on [[Literature/TheRescuers 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.

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 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.

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[[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.
* AnimationBump: Both movies were also the first utilize new animation techniques 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=].
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Bernard
** TheLancer: Miss Bianca
** TheSmartGuy: Cody, Jake and Evinrude
** TheBigGuy: Orville and Wilbur
** TheChick: Penny
** TeamPet: Rufus and Marahute
* 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'':
--> '''Jake''': So, which way are you taking, Suicide Trail, Nightmare Canyon, or the shortcut, Satan's Ridge?
--> '''Bernard''': S-s-suicide Trail?
--> '''Jake''': Good choice! More snakes, but less quicksand. And once you're past Bloodworm Creek you're scot-free, that is until Dead Dingo Cross.
* 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.
* KickTheDog: Both villains get several such moments, but for Medusa, who kidnaps a young girl from an orphanage and makes her dig for a diamond in a cave and refusing to let her up even when her life is in danger, what really stands out in many people's minds is her trying to convince Penny that nobody would ever want to adopt "a homely little girl" like her. Ouch.
* 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".
* 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]].
* MouseWorld
* NiceHat: [=McLeach=] and Bianca.
* NiceMice: Bernard and Bianca.
* 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 isn't recognizably careful with her shotgun.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Penny and Cody
* SuggestedBy:
** ''The Rescuers'': ..."The Rescuers" and "Miss Bianca" by Margery Sharp.
** ''Down Under'': ...characters created by Margery Sharp.
* TalkingAnimal: It's left uncertain whether anyone other than Cody and Penny can actually understand the animals in the series.
* 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.
** 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.
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[[folder:The Rescuers]]
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Bernard and Bianca are dispatched at the end of the movie.
* 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".
* 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.
* 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: [[HandWave Handwaved]]; 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.]]
** Luke's potent "swamp juice" also proves to be [[spoiler:strong enough to bump-start the "swampmobile".]]
* 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.
* DidntWantAnAdventure: Bernard. "Sure wish we'd taken the train!"
* [[TheDogBitesBack The Pet Crocodiles Bite Back]]: [[spoiler: Brutus and Nero eventually have had enough of Medusa and she is last seen being attacked by them]]
* 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.
* EekAMouse: Madame Medusa has this reaction upon seeing Bernard and Bianca.
* 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.
** 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 Oliver and Company]]) 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.
* [[spoiler:HappilyAdopted: Penny at the film's end.]]
* [[spoiler:[[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Teddy Bear]]]]: Madame Medusa eventually resorts to this to get Penny to retrieve the Devil's Eye.
* 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.
* MobWar
* 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.
* ParentalAbandonment: Penny is an orphan.
* ParasolParachute: Bernard and Bianca employ this after Orville gets shot at with fireworks and spirals out of control
* ScavengedPunk: Much of the equipment in the film is built from human materials, but it's almost purely a background element.
* 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.
* 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!"
* 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.
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[[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 Marahoute, 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).
* 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: Percivial "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.
* 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.
* 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.

* CuteGiant: Marahute the giant eagle.
** Also, 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.
** In all other productions based on ''Down Under'' (of which, in development), 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 pretty sparse 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=].
* GilliganCut: Bernard getting Wilbur to sit on Marahute's eggs.
* GloveSnap :"All right, girls, snap to it!" [[IncrediblyLamePun *snap*]] Oh! That smarts..."
* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: [=McLeach=] apparently has a double-barrelled, pump action, side-by-side shotgun with a ''scope''. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment And a foresight]].
* GreenAesop: Anti-poaching.
* 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: In ''The Rescuers Down Under'', 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.
** Also, George C. Scott seems like the performance model of [=McLeach=].
* IWantMyMommy: Wilbur gets scared in the hospital, and calls for mother.
* KnifeOutline: Done intentionally by [=McLeach=] when he's trying to intimidate Cody into revealing Marahute's whereabouts.
* LandDownUnder: Naturally.
* 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: Marahute is supposed to be "the great golden eagle", which only occurs in the northern hemisphere (and is a least concern species). The presence of a single breeding pair in Australia suggests they were introduced, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasive_species_in_Australia Australia has rarely had good luck with introduced species.]]
** That said, Australia ''does'' have a native eagle species that could possibly grow to sizes approaching that of Marahute, namely the '''massive''' wedge-tailed eagle.
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* MundaneUtility: Though not fully shown, [=McLeach=] intends to use a blow-torch 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 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 {{Australian Accent}}s.
** Though [=McLeach=] at least could plausibly be from somewhere other than Australia.
* 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.
* ParentalAbandonment: There is no mention of Cody's father whatsoever. There are strong implications that he was another victim of the notoriously dangerous Austrailian Outback.
* 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 [[{{Ransom}} get Cody to hand over the eagle]].
* RomanticFalseLead: Jake for Bianca.
* SequelGoesForeign: As you can tell from its name, the second movie shifts the action to Australia.
* SharkPool: The waters near Croc Falls in the sequel 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.
* SomethingWeForgot: The film ends with Wilbur as an unwilling babysitter to Marahute's newly-hatched chicks.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Wilbur. Justified in that Jim Jordan, who voiced Orville, died before the second film was produced.
* TookALevelInBadass: Happens to [[spoiler: Bernard]] the moment [[spoiler: he decides to wrestle a ''razorback'' to the ground]].
* UndersideRide: In ''Down Under'', 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 What Happened To The Australian Fauna?]]:
** In ''Down Under'', what happens to the rest of the animals caged up in [=McLeach's=] hideout? We never see them again after the second escape attempt, when Cody is taken away.
** Possibly intended and [[LampShading lampshaded]] example: No-one returned for Wilbur or Marahute's eggs, either.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: Ahem. ''Marahute's Flight.'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Full Stop]].
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