Disney is known for their infamous vault of films. For those that have been living in a vault and do not know what it is, it’s where they store all their movies and periodically re-release them in various formats. This brilliant tradition has made Disney films not only maintain their classic feel and nature, but also keeps from watering down the market. Their Blu-ray releases sport high definition with restored picture and sound, as well as numerous special features. The latest film to get the treatment comes in the form of a 35th anniversary edition two pack of The Rescuers/The Rescuers: Down Under.
If you’ve never seen this classic 1977 animated adventure The Rescuers you are missing out. It follows two mice from the Rescue Aid Society (a mouse organization) as they head out to attempt the rescue of an orphaned girl through a secret message in a bottle. This film came during the time where the story took the forefront of their movies and most of the art style was very similar in a rough yet beautiful way. Much like with most of the classic Disney films this one delivers an evil character that is really creepy on some level, especially with the dark tone to this film. When watching it these days as an adult it will remind you how times have changed. This is one of those early animated films that while it’s a pretty simple story is actually complex enough to keep adults entertained more so than the normal animated film. For a long time every Disney movie had the same style on some level, but they stood out because it never shied away from a great story no matter how dark it may get. The original Rescuers are one of these films that hold up, entertains, and demonstrates how a movie for kids can still be made for adults.
Also included in this 35th anniversary release is the 1990 sequel The Rescuers Down Under. This latest edition follows the mice from the original film as they head down under to help a young boy who has been kidnapped by a poacher determined to get his hands on a giant Golden Eagle that the boy had saved. Most sequels never live up to the original, but this is one of the better attempts. Besides not only bringing back these classic characters, they also managed to get original voice actors Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor to reprise their roles. The story here is actually not all that bad, but a lot lighter than the original. Here you get more of a standard cartoon feel with the look and feel of the more current style animation, but it still works. This film is more than just a sequel it was an innovator in the world of animation. It was the first 100% fully digital feature, Disney’s first sequel, and also set the tone for having almost all sequels after planned for straight to home release. This is an adequate sequel to a film that could have gone on with more adventures, which was the idea, but was scrapped due to the passing of Eva Gabor.
In addition to the brilliant look and feel of this high def version, it sports some great special features including features deleted song “Peoplitis”, an animated short “The Three Blind Mousketeers”, “Water Birds” a Disney true-life adventure, a sing-along song, and the making of The Rescuers Down under. Relive the magic of The Rescuers/The Rescuers: Down Under and Disney like never before and pick up the 35th anniversary edition available now!