!!The films contain examples of:
* 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 first movie.
* AwesomeMusic:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phhe_EYzpbI The Overture from Rescuers Down Under]].
** The awesome [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGJkrmwWkIY opening theme]] of ''Down Under''.
** "Message Montage" from the sequel (which incorporates "R-E-S-C-U-E, Rescue Aid Society" - ''The Rescuers Down Under'' has no songs, unusually for Disney).
** The score stands on its own. It's beautiful.
** The song that seems to be Medusa's theme; you know the one. Also, the song that plays during the escape sequence at the end of the film.
** The Music/ShelbyFlint songs from the first film, along with the instrumental theme, "Faith is a Bluebird", and, of course, the "Rescue Aid Society Theme".
** Evenrude's theme in the first film.
* CompleteMonster: [[EvilPoacher Percival [=McLeach=]]] is a sick and twisted poacher. He starts by kidnapping Cody, a child who confronts him about his poaching, and then [=McLeach=] tricks the authorities into thinking Cody is dead, by throwing Cody's backpack to the crocodiles. From there he tosses knives at Cody, locks him in one of the cramped cages he keeps the animals he's captured in, and to top it all off, ties Cody to a crane and [[MoralEventHorizon lowers him into another river filled with crocodiles]], only to raise him back up -- then almost does it again just to toy with him. When the power on the halftrack goes out, stopping him from lowering Cody, [=McLeach=] takes out a gun and shoots the rope holding him above the river. Oh, and it is heavily implied that the reason he is a poacher is specifically because he enjoys hurting and killing animals.
* ContestedSequel: Opinions are split on which of the two movies is superior. Although the first is the most well-known, ''Down Under'' seems to have rapidly gathered a lot of fans after Creator/DougWalker put it on a list of Underrated Nostalgic Classics with movies such as ''Film/TheRocketeer'', ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''. Likewise the Nostalgia Chick didn't include it on her list of bad Disney sequels, pointing out in the followup Least Awful Disney Sequels that it doesn't even belong ''there'' as it's not awful at all.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: [[LaughablyEvil McLeach]] is a rival to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in 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'll cut through their sides, and I'll rip off their hides, and the next day I'll do it again!
* EarWorm: "R-E-S, C-U-E, Rescue Aid Society..."
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Madame Medusa and Percival [=McLeach=], the ''villains'', are probably the most remembered characters.
** Frank the frilled lizard in ''Down Under''. He's quite a RidiculouslyCuteCritter for such a scaly reptile. Also, Joanna.
* EvilIsCool: [=McLeach=] was worse than Medusa as far as his actual actions go, but it was easier to dismiss him since, due to George C. Scott obviously having a ton of fun voicing him, he came off as being "cooler." [[RuleOfCool Plus, he's got a friggin halftrack.]] That's {{badass}} no matter who you are.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The gap between the two movies? ''[[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13 years.]]''
** [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot They Wasted A Perfectly Good Marketing Opportunity:]] They could have shown promos and trailers, delaying the release to Jan 1, 1991, because "Bernard refused to appear in the movie until it's been '''14''' years."
* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Germans Love "The Rescuers"]]: According to famed Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston in their book "Disney Animation and the Illusion of Life", when ''The Rescuers'' was released in Germany, it became the highest grossing picture of all time in that country.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Cody bears a strong resemblance to Steve Irwin's son, [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4568430/Irwins-son-follows-dads-footsteps.html Bob]].
* HilariousInHindsight: The first film used "I like trains!" years before ASDFMovie.
* InkSuitActor: [[http://www.childstarlets.com/captures/videocaps2/kkurtzman/awakening/kkal22.jpg Michelle Stacy]] ''does'' seem to bear at least ''some'' resemblance to Penny.
* MagnificentBastard: [=McLeach=]. [[spoiler: When threats and violence don't loosen Cody's tongue, [=McLeach=] hatches a plan to trick Cody into leading him to Marahute by claiming she was shot by another hunter and then releasing him, anticipating that Cody will go to her nest to protect the eggs. He is proven correct, and after following Cody to the nest, he successfully catches Marahute as a result.]] Befitting of a character voiced by the TropeNamer himself, GeorgeCScott.
** Joanna has a minor, but hilarious, example of being one when she [[spoiler: manages to steal and eat all of the eggs [=McLeach=] was going to use to make an omelet through a series of clever tricks and fake-outs.]]
* MemeticMutation: "These are '''NOT''' Joanna eggs!"
* {{Moe}}: Penny.
* MoralEventHorizon: [=McLeach=] and Medusa each have various moments per character that are potential candidates for this, although you'll hear different answers from different people on which moment whichever character actually crossed it.
** Medusa goes from kidnapping an orphan girl named Penny so as to use her to find a diamond in a cave beneath a well to encouraging Snoops to be harsher when Penny doesn't find it to personally making Penny look for the diamond in the cave even though this actually puts Penny's life in danger. Then when Penny gets the diamond and Medusa takes it, Medusa holds Snoops AND Penny at gunpoint to deter them from taking it.
** [=McLeach=] goes from kidnapping Cody (the young boy who confronted [=McLeach=]'s poaching) to tricking the authorities into thinking Cody is dead by throwing his backpack to the crocodiles to trying to coerce an eagle's whereabouts out of Cody by throwing sharp knives close to his head to locking Cody up in the same cages he uses for captured animals...but the most likely moment for MoralEventHorizon comes in the form of having Cody hanging from a rope tied to a crane, then lowering Cody into crocodile-infested waters and raised back out again, only to try and lower him in again, this time permanently. [=McLeach=]'s intent was to "tie up" the last "loose end" by eliminating the only human witness to his preceding crimes in a way that would look like an accident -- he even laughs about how the rangers will now find Cody's body at Croc Falls, exactly where they thought he was killed. But he [[ColdBloodedTorture just wanted to torture Cody first for the fun of it, apparently]].
* NightmareFuel: In ''Down Under'', [=McLeach's=] psychologically torturing a boy... ''actually'' torturing a little boy...
** What the hell were the nurse mice going to do to Wilbur with that chainsaw?
** If you have claustrophobia (to say nothing of a fear of drowning), you will have trouble watching Penny crawling into the grotto.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The companion PDF file for ''[[CutSong The Lost Chords]]'' reveals that the first movie had been in production since 1962, placing this as the last movie released that was in production during WaltDisney's Era.
* {{Padding}}: Don't get the wrong idea, ''The Rescuers Down Under'' was well-made and pretty, but Bernard and Bianca are in less than half of it and their arc is a very straightforward one. If it were titled ''An Australian Movie That The Rescuers Appear In Briefly,'' you might appreciate the padding more.
** The entire scene with Cody in the cages with the animals. It doesn't affect the story, none of the characters established in it are met again and nothing was accomplished.
** Wilbur's back surgery, slapstick-funny as it was, also seemed tacked on.
** Almost necessary padding just to get it to feature-length; the movie runs a scant 77 minutes.
* TheScrappy: Ironically, Medusa is probably more hateable than [=McLeach=] even though her villainy is arguably less extreme because Medusa is cruel in a more realistic way, IE, we've all occasionally had moments where we've felt worthless, and watching Medusa exploit that was too much for many.
* ToyShip: Though they've never officially met, Penny and Cody are a popular couple.
* ValuesDissonance: The original 1977 film has some mild examples, mostly to do with today's stricter ratings standards. It can be startling to see a HalfDressedCartoonAnimal knocking back moonshine, to say nothing of the villain's carefree attitude toward gun safety.
* TheWoobie: [[HeartwarmingOrphan Penny]], and to a lesser extent Cody, who is more of an IronWoobie.
** Poor Bernard falls under this in the second film due to all the hell he suffers while trying to propose to Bianca. [[spoiler: [[{{CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming}} He succeeds in the end, luckily.]]]]

!!The books contain examples of: