The Rescuers Down UnderThe Rescuers Down Under (1990) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film by Dave Koch
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- Walt Disney Studios
- Animated Characters: Bernard, Miss Bianca, Wilbur, Jake, Cody, McLeach, Frank, Krebbs, Joanna, Chairman, Doctor, Red, Baitmouse, Francois, Faloo, Mother, Nurse Mouse, Radio Announcer, Airplane Captain, French Mouse, International Mice.
- Originally Released in 1990.
- Running Time: 74 minutes.
Cartoon Production Information:
Animated by a team of over 415 artists and technicians, this was the first animated film that takes place in Australia. As would become commonplace for films in the Disney Renaissance, members of the animation team traveled to the locations from the film to get a feel for the real places depicted in the film.
Beginning with this film, final color animation was accomplished using a digital method of importing the animators drawings called CAPS (Computer Animation Production System), which was developed for Disney by a northern California computer company called Pixar.
It is important to understand CAPS is not computer animation. Animation was still done by hand in the time-honored style. CAPS took those completed drawings and imported them into a computer environment. There, the drawings could be manipulated, resized, colored and copied as needed by the production on demand.
The CAPS system would save substantial amounts of time and money by eliminating the whole step of inking and painting cels; in fact, cels became a relic of the past. By working in the digital realm, the multiplane camera and other optical effects used in the production of animated films could be previewed in real time rather than after days or weeks of animation and optical work.
The Rescuers Down Under does not include any musical numbers, only the second film to exclude character songs.
Released with the featurette "The Prince and the Pauper."
This was the 29th film in the official Disney list of animated films.
The villain of the piece is a mean-spirited poacher, conveying none of the comic tendencies of a Cruella de Vil or Madame Medusa. Perceval McLeach is unrepentingly bad, with a strong voice personality provided by Oscars-winning actor George C. Scott.
Writer John Grant praised The Rescuers Down Under for its well-defined characters: "Leaving aside for a moment Bernard, Bianca and Wilbur, we have a good strong villain in Perceval McLeach; an appealing character in the Jimmy Cricket role, Jake; and perhaps most significantly, one of the best and most credible of all the Disney animated children, Cody..."
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