The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

credit: disney.wikia.comA little boy runs wild in Australia’s Outback, riding kangaroos and scaling giant cliffs without any climbing gear whatsoever. Shockingly, he runs into danger.


I think the animation in that scene is incredible.

Like most Millennials, I saw this sequel long before the original. And despite its financial failure at the box office, this was actually a very important movie when it came out. Not only was this Disney’s very first animated sequel, but it was the first 100% digital feature film ever produced, using Disney’s Academy Award-winning CAPS (Computer Animation Production System) that they developed with Pixar.

It was also the second Disney animated film without any musical numbers (the first was The Black Cauldron).

Bob Newhart, as usual, is very funny. But it’s John Candy who steals the show as the bird who flies the mice to Australia. I didn’t notice until I got older that his name was Wilbur, and the bird in the original Rescuers is named Orville.


And for the record, I still think it’s hilarious that Wilbur throws out his back carrying the mice’s miniature pieces of luggage.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: The boy in this film, Cody, grows up to become Crocodile Dundee. (Yeah, I know that’s not very funny, but I was really looking for an excuse to tell you that Crocodile Dundee in Lose Angeles is a terrible, terrible movie.)

Okay, movie lesson No. 1:  Never go hiking alone, or you’ll be kidnapped by poachers.

Movie lesson No. 2:  Treat all of God’s creatures with respect.

In my opinion, there is a special place in Hell reserved for people who beat, torture or neglect animals. If we don’t have the time, the patience or the resources to take care of a pet, then we shouldn’t own one. It’s that simple.

I’m also going to pull a Bob Barker and remind everyone spay and neuter your pets. It’s the kind thing. (Plus, Bob has the word “bark” in his last name, so it’s safe to assume he knows everything about dogs.)

God gave Adam & Eve (and by default, the rest of us) dominion over the animals of the earth. And while God does not condemn going hunting or eating meat, we should treat his creations with as much dignity and humanity as possible. This God-given dominion is a privilege.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father…not one of them is forgotten before God.” – Matthew 10:29 & Luke 12:6

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