Actor Allusion: Eva Gabor is from Hungary, which happens to be the country Bianca represents at the Rescue Aid Society.
Bowdlerization: In one frame of the movie (theatrically and on the 1992 VHS), when Bernard and Bianca are riding Orville, going down from the building they were on, one building next to them has an image of a naked woman in one of the windows. Disney found this out when the movie was released again on VHS in 1999, and recalled it. The re-issue (and subsequent releases) zooms in on the image of Bernard and Bianca, so the image wasn't visible. According to animator Tom Sito, on his Facebook page, the image was put in by background artist Annie Guenther.
Cross-Dressing Voices: Frank Welker voices the female eagle Marahute and McLeach's lizard, Joanna. (It's less surprising that the actor is a man than it is that the actor is human.)
The first video release of Down Underhas no commercials in either the beginning or the end of the tape.
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home release for Rescuers from 1999-2003 omits the first Buena Vista logo and replaces it for Disney's (by this time outdated) white castle Vanity Plate.
Some of Madame Medusa's animations served as inspirations for Ursula's.
The Rescuers usually comes with a mouse-related short, usually a Mickey Mouse short, for both theatrical and home releases.
On the 1992 VHS, the "Feature Presentation" screen at the time was a navy blue color instead of light blue. This is then followed by the distorted version of the Walt Disney Classics logo.
Screwed By the Studio: When the opening box office weekend of the Rescuers Down Under didn't live up to expectations, studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg pulled the plug on the promotional campaign. It also didn't help that the movie competed againstHome Alone.
Shown Their Work: The final scene in Down Under. Despite Wilbur, concentrate on the screen; the animators put the Big Dipper and the Southern Cross Constellation in the sky.
What Could Have Been: The first movie was originally a very different movie than what was released. It was going to be a vehicle for Louis Prima (of The Jungle Book), playing Louie the Bear, and, according to the video in the link, to be about a Bear using a pair of mice to help him escape from the zoo and to save his friends at the North Pole. This version was scrapped shortly before Prima lapsed into a coma and it was Retooled into the movie we know today.note Prima never regained consciousness from his coma, and died the year after the finished film was released.
Also, before it was completely retooled, the movie's antagonist and villain was originally going to be Cruella DeVille. In fact there is a bit of a Development Gag there - Madame Medusa not only drives very similar to Cruella, but also her car looks to be inspired by it.
In the planning phase of The Rescuers, Orville the albatross was originally a pigeon.
There were tentative plans for a third movie but they were scrapped after the death of Bianca's voice actress.
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, which follows the book "The Rescuers", but in the end they followed the sequel "Miss Bianca" more closely.
Originally, Chip 'n Dale 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
Had Penny not been replaced with Jenny, Oliver & Company would have instead been Disney's first sequel/spin-off in the canon, preceding Down Under by two years.
The producers intended for the popular 1970s brother-and-sister pop duo "Carpenters" to do the movie's music, but scheduling conflicts forced them to reluctantly decline. Having to turn it down was especially hard for Karen Carpenter to do, as she was a big fan of Disney.
Madame Medusa's swampmobile appears to be powered by a jet engine. This is evidenced by the jet engine-like rear exhaust and the distinctive jet noises the vehicle makes. However, in a later scene in the film, a normal four-stroke engine is shown to lurk under the hood at the front.
The Walt Disney Gold Collection DVD release of The Rescuers Down Under appears to be taken from a low-quality and degraded film print. This release shows all the characteristics of old film - dust specks, fluctuating brightness, and even the slight shifting of the image are present in this print. Ironically, The Rescuers Down Under was Disney's first film to be made entirely within a computer, and since the movie is on DVD, one would expect the full digital clarity present in most DVD movies.
Joe Flynn died mysteriously in 1974, three years before this film was released. The voicework for the film was done at about 1973.