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 Walt Disney Classics 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 live-action naked woman in one of the windows. Disney found this out when the movie was released again on VHS under the Masterpiece Collection (the successor to The Classics) in 1999, and recalled it. The re-issue (and subsequent releases) had the image cut out. According to animator Tom Sito, on his Facebook page, the image was put in by background artist Annie Guenther.
  • Box Office Bomb: The second movie only grossed $5 million in its opening weekend due to Fox's Home Alone opening the same day, which led Jeffrey Katzenberg to believe the film was going to bomb. Katzenberg promptly ended all advertising for the movie, but reassured the producers to try again. The movie fell $10 million short of its $38 million budget.
  • 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.)
  • Fake Nationality: Norwegian child actor Adam Ryen was the voice of Cody in both the Norwegian and English versions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
      • Less a development gag and more the result of one animator's insane jealousy. Milt Kahl, one of Disney's Nine Old Men, had been insanely jealous of his colleague Marc Davis's animation of Cruella and Medusa was his attempt to finally "outdo" him.
    • 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 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 around 1973.

  • The 1991 video releases of Down Under had a trailer for the Classics VHS of The Jungle Book, but the movie became a general release until the end of The Classics due to bombing in theaters, and later printings remove The Jungle Book trailer due to it having returned to the Disney Vault.
  • 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 and then the movie's Buena Vista logo, which wouldn't reappear until the later 2000's.