Chip, Dale, Gadget and Monterey Jack on the TV show -are- supposed to be working for the Rescue Aid Society, but think it’s Margery Sharp’s author estate that wouldn’t let them say that.
(And even though we thought “Why did they even bother?” when Down Under came out, remember when 1990 Disney thought it was the ONLY sequel they could do, because everything except Fantasia and Mary Poppins had tied up happy endings?) 😉
Nothing beats that opening musical sequence/zoom into the home in “Down Under.” I searched for that music for years before finding it on an Epcot Fountain of Nations disc. So cool.
The animation on Marahute, the golden eagle in Down Under, was and still is stunning to behold. And Claen- I searched for that score forever until Disney finally rereleased in the 2000s. Big epic music!
While I agree Glen Keane did some amazing work with Marahute, I feel like it’s out of place in the film. Why is that character realistically drawn while all the other creatures are anthropomorphic?
Because Marahute is the stakes of the movie. We had to see why she’s so glorious and special, and with very little screen time, they established her gloriously. The opening sequence of Rescuers Down Under is one of the standout moments of all modern Disney animation. From staging, layout, backgrounds, color, and draftsmanship, it was the best thing to come from Disney animationin terms of technique and production values and visual imagination since Glen Keanne’s “Bear Fight” in The Fox and the Hound.
More to your point, though, Ricky — they tried a talking Marahute, but when they did so, they didn’t feel it worked. They said it felt like letting the air out of her, deflating her. So, like Nero and Brutus in the first film, like the warthog, snake, and fly in the sequel, she doesn’t speak. She doesn’t need to. Many of the best characters in Disney animation are mute – Dopey, Dumbo, Figaro and Cleo, Chernabog, Tinker Bell, etc., she’s just part of that tradition.
On a more personal note, I think your podcast is stellar. Never miss it.
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