Fridge / The Rescuers

Fridge Horror

  • We can hope that Penny was the first orphan Medusa abducted and sent into mortal peril, but we don't know it. Likewise, although it's not spelled out, it would have been unwise to let Penny tell anybody what was going on in the Bayou, and fairly simple (what with the easy access to shotguns and crocodiles) for Medusa to see to it that she told no tales.
  • Cody leaves the room with the trapped, sentient, talking animals, with McLeach telling him he won't ever see them again. We never see anything that contradicts the obvious implication that he slaughtered them all.
    • Well, it did seem like McLeach immediately tricked Cody into leading him to the Eagle, then tried to kill him, leading directly to McLeach's own death. All of this appeared to happen in sequence with no time to go back and kill and skin the animals for sale. There again, though, it raises the question of what happened to the chained up animals. All the characters seemed to just forget they existed. That would mean that they all slowly starved and dehydrated to death. Or worse, if Joanna, who appears to be a Lace Goanna (Varanus varius), remembered they were all there and went back, the rest of the animals might have had to watch the carrion eater eat them one by one as they died.
      • Frank the frilled-neck lizard, used his tail once to unlock his cage. Surely he could do it again, and successfully get the keys again with Joanna nowhere nearby to stop him.
      • Also, surely Miss Bianca, Jake, and Bernard would go back to free them once Cody told about their fate.
      • Not to mention that, once Cody was safely home, he probably told the authorities all about McLeach and his poaching operation, including the location of his base. It's not a stretch to assume they would have been rescued and set free.
  • Joanna is seen to be afraid of McLeach — which leaves open the question of whether she was always that mean.
  • Think about how the whole crocodile falls scene in the climax of Down Under must have looked like from Cody's (an eight year old!) point of view.
  • Speaking of the crocodile falls, when Mcleach shines a light on them, they immediately go into the water, almost like it's a signal that they associate with something edible going to be given to them. He even yells "That's right babies! Suppertime!" It's very likely that this isn't the first time he's fed someone to crocodiles.
  • The death of Marahute's mate gains a whole new layer of depressing when you remember that eagles are monogamous. She had loved him and only him and would have been with him for her whole life...but she didn't get the chance because McLeach killed him.

Fridge Brilliance

  • Among the swamp critters from the first film is Old Grandpa, a turtle in a Confederate army cap. Given the very long lifespans that turtles can attain, it's possible he actually witnessed the U.S. Civil War.
  • Oliver's troubles with taking off and landing are actually quite true to life—albatrosses don't fly so much as soar, and so Hilarity Ensues whenever they have to interact with the ground in any fashion.

Fridge Logic

  • 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.
    • Clearly the R.A.S. has had hackers infiltrating human computer systems for a while. If there's ever a third Rescuers film, the Internet is likely to make their work easier. On the Internet, nobody knows you're a mouse.
  • No-one in the Rescue Aid Society thinks of sending Penny's message-in-a-bottle to the police. Lampshaded by Penny:
    Penny: Didn't you bring someone big with you, like the police?
    • Given the reporter's reaction to what Penny said at the end of the movie, it's likely that the mice don't interact with adults.
      • Which doesn't mean that they couldn't send it in as an anonymous tip. An unsigned letter (or if it is, just R.A.S., which could mean anything to someone not in the know) explaining, "Hey, we found this message in a bottle telling us that there's a kidnapped little girl in Devil's Bayou. You should tell the local authorities so that they can help her." with the original letter would likely be enough for the police to take action or at least inform their Louisiana counterparts.
  • Considering it's one of Disney's most financially successful and critically acclaimed features, you'd think it would be a good business move to release a soundtrack for the first movie, especially since it had an Oscar-nominated song. Thankfully, the 3 Shelby Flint tracks are included with the newer edition of the Down Under soundtrack.
    • They've released at least a partial soundtrack before. I grew up with a cassette tape of songs from the Rescuers.
    • I don't know about a cassette, but I've seen LP copies of what amounts to a book on tape (both on Amazon and once even in the flesh (unfortunately, it was already in somebody's hand...oh well.)
  • The encoded message (that you see in Hawaii) simply said that the boy had been kidnapped in Australia. Australia is a large continent. How did they know where to go?
    • The coordinates from the first report (the one transmitted by those that witnessed the kidnapping) may have been included along with the message. I don't remember actually seeing the message, so its possible.
  • When Bernard tries to keep their mission hush-hush, Jake immediately reveals he knows all about the kidnapped boy, proclaiming that it's hard to keep secrets in the outback. But when they get to MacLeach's place and hear him taunting Cody about Marahute and the eggs, Jake has no idea what he's talking about, nor does he recognize where they're headed or that Marahute has a nest there. So apparently Jake doesn't know everything going on in the outback.
  • So Percival C. McLeach may have only stuck in school till third grade and may be a lowly poacher, but on several occasions he's shown to be Book Dumb but Street Smart. Then how do you explain his actions towards the golden eagles? Instead of selling them to a zoo or bring them into society possibly making millions, he sells them on the black market. Considering how he's still hunting smaller animals and the way his shack looks, the first golden eagle didn't make him rich, so why should Marahute? Even if all of this can be explained by a greed for money and so forth, he employs Joanna to eat Marahute's eggs so golden eagles can stay rare.. what the fuck is wrong with him? Each of those eggs could be worth millions!
    • Not making it past third grade may have something to do with his poor decision making. Also, the father eagle apparantly was brought in dead, and Marahute is alive. That might explain the assumed difference in value.
    • Objection, OP. He can't sell them to a zoo because he's a wanted man!
    • Another thing about zoos is that you can't just pull a wild animal out of its natural habitat and stick it in a zoo, especially if its not poking its nose dangerously (dangerous to both the animal and any humans) into areas heavily populated by humans, and most of those animals would simply be released somewhere else. No zoo is ever knowingly buy an animal from a poacher, and McLeach would be pretty obvious as a poacher, having an extremely rare bird in his possession and all.