Hold on tight for a thrilling, fast-paced adventure with The Rescuers Down Under! The world’s bravest mice, Bernard and Miss Bianca, answer a call for help from deep in the heart of Australia’s vast and unpredictable Outback! With a crazy crew of local critters, these top mouse agents rush to the aid of Cody, a young boy struggling to save a magnificent eagle from a ruthless poacher. But with restless natives and unexpected dangers popping up at every turn, who knows if they’ll come to the rescue in time! —Disney Movies Guide
Mike Gabriel is an American animator and film director, best known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios and as co-director of the Disney films The Rescuers Down Under (1990) and Pocahontas (1995). He was born in Long Beach, CA although he grew up in various small towns like Salina, Kansas while moving around due to his father’s Air Force job.
Gabriel was very inspired with animation after watching Sleeping beauty(1959) at the age of five. Soon after, he started drawing and practicing it for six hours every day to meet his goal as an Animation Director. It was in 1979 when he got his first chance to make his debut. Gabriel studied in the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. He began his career as a Disney animator on the 1982 animated short Fun with Mr. Future. He was mentored under Eric Larson’s training program, and went on to work on the 1985 feature The Black Cauldron. He also served as an animator on The Great Mouse Detective (1986… read more
While it doesn't have enough Australian accents and isn't as perfect for Disney's digital animation debut as the three films that came after, The Rescuers Down Under still boasts a higher amount of excitement than the first film and some of Disney's most beautiful animated shots to date.