With the release of THE RESCUERS (35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)/THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER – 2 MOVIE COLLECTION, it’s apparent that Disney has picked up the habit of re-releasing remastered Blu-rays of their 2D classics by squeezing originals and their sequel in one combo pack. Not that we’re complaining. Getting two movies in one buy is always a good thing. But one possible reason they’ve done this is that the sequels included weren’t as popular the originals, and wouldn’t justify their own re-release. This seems to be the case with the Pocahontas 2 movie collection that’s been released a couple of days ago, and it seems to be the case this time around with The Rescuers.
The Rescuers is actually based on the book series by Margery Sharp, which introduces us to the humble janitorial mouse named Bernard and the high class Hungarian member of the Rescue Aid Society, Miss Bianca. The two find themselves joining forces in order to rescue Penny, an orphan who has been captured by the vicious Madame Medusa and is being kept on a derelict ferryboat in Devil’s Bayou.
The Rescuers Down Under is the sequel to Rescuers, which unfortunately, didn’t do as well as the original in terms of commercial success. It follows Bernard and Bianca as they are called to Australia in order to help a young boy named Cody escape the clutches of a vicious poacher named McLeach, who is trying to hunt the rare golden eagle Marahute.
The Rescuers and its sequel is actually a good addition to your collection if you plan on collecting all of Disney’s classics, or if you’re interested in the kind of movies that cemented their position in the industry. Additionally, this movie collection will also provide you with an idea of what CGI in animation looked like in the early days, before the technology became mature enough that even the average teenager can churn out a short film in his basement.
Deleted Song: “Peoplitis” (4:41)
Silly Symphony: “Three Blind Mouseketeers” (1936, 8:46)
Water Birds (1952, 8:46)
“Someone’s Waiting for You” Sing-Along Song (2:13)
The Making of The Rescuers Down Under (10:33)