Trivia: The Rescuers
- 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.)
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Anyone who watched sitcoms in the 60s will instantly recognize Bob Newhart (Bernard) and his stutter as well as Eva Gabor (Bianca, who even mispronounces "rollercoaster" the way Lisa Douglas might). Jim Jordan, the voice of Orville, is Fibber McGee from Fibber McGee and Molly. For Down Under, you have George C. Scott as McLeach and John Candy as Wilbur.
- Mr. Snoops, in the first movie, is Joe Flynn (Capt. Binghamton from McHale's Navy).
- And fans of The Red Green Show might recognize Wayne Robson (Mike, the ex-con) as Frank.
- Jake's actor, Tristan Rogers, did quite a bit of other work before and after Down Under including Robert Scorpio for General Hospital and being a former spokesman for Outback Steakhouse.
- Eva Gabor had already played another animal of the same color (white), though from a different species.
- Avid Disney fans will likely notice that Krebbs the Koala has the same voice as the Sultan in Aladdin.
- Hogan's Heroes fans will say Wilbur was right to fear the doctor trying to "operate" on him. He (the doctor) was voiced by Colonel Crittendon (Bernard Fox).
- Or...' if they happen to be Bewitched fans, they'll recognize Bernard Fox as Samantha's quacky witch doctor, Dr. Bombay; Wilbur's fears would really be justified then!
- Penny is voiced by the same girl who takes it black like her men.
- Billy Barty played the baitmouse in The Rescuers Down Under.
- In the Japanese dub (both films):
- Bernard was Lupin in the first dubbed version and the sequel. In the second one, he is Juza of the Clouds.
- Bianca is Nobita Nobi's first voice in the second dubbed version and also in the sequel.
- Madame Medusa is Michiru Saotome.
- Wilbur is Kurama and Optimus Prime in the sequel.
- Cody's mother is Belldandy and I-No in the sequel.
- In the Mexican Spanish dub (both films):
- The first video release of Down Under has 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 against Home 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
- 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.
- Raymond Stanz, Neal Page and Jim Belushi were considered for the role of Wilbur, while Inigo Montoya was one of the original choices for McLeech.
- 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.
- Judging from early storyboard sketches◊, Wilber was originally going to wear a jacket, instead of a scarf.
- 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.