While I didn’t care much for “The Rescuers”, I found this one to be a wonderful surprise and ended up liking it (given that I had such low expectations from the first movie). 1. My overall impression of the movie… Several things: • The opening of the film felt more like “A Bug’s Life” than a movie in the outback. • Is Cody a member of the Rescue Aid Society in Australia? Do they have human members? It would have been cool for them to admit that he was a member of the RAS! • The movie definitely has a pro-environmental bent to it—perhaps a nod to the animated “Ferngully” that came out two years later. The hero (Cody) is very much concerned with saving endangered animals, and the villain (McLeach) is very much concerned with making money by exploiting these animals. McLeach also drives a “gas-guzzler” Land Rover that spews out a lot of pollution. He also seems to be rather short-sighted, mainly concerned with making a buck NOW and not about the future. • It does look like Bianca represents Hungary (a nod to Zsa Zsa Gabor) and Bernard represents the USA in the RAS. I guess he’s a full member, and not just a janitor anymore? • Is Bernard over his fear of 13? He seems to have grown a bit more confident and daring, but the writers are quick to make him meek and hapless and milquetoast when needed. • I hate to harp on the voice recycling thing, but did you notice that the mouse doctor working on Wilbur was Doctor Bombay from “Bewitched” (Bernard Fox)?. He has a very distinctive voice! 2. The character I chose to analyze was Bianca, based on how she changes (or didn’t) from the first movie. In both movies she is an adventurous, confident, caring, and brave member of the Rescue Aid Society intent on helping those in need. She also sees the good in others, including Wilbur, Jake, Cody, and especially Bernard. In my review of “The Rescuers” I noted that there was definitely a sexist protectionist bent to the RAS that would not allow Bianca to head up a mission without a male mouse along. Now it seems that that attitude has lifted, and they view her (and Bernard) as valuable members of the RAS. Honestly, I don’t really see much growth in Bianca from the first movie to this one, just more of the same. She is still the object of just about every male mouse’s libido, and she still seems oblivious to it. And I still wonder if she really doesn’t notice the attention, if she’s just used to it, or if she is using their interests to help her get what she wants (in this case, to save Cody). At the start of the film, it still feels like Bernard is confusing a good working relationship with a female coworker as love. And it still seems like Bianca just sees a good working relationship and not a love connection. The end of the movie, however, when Bianca accepts Bernard’s marriage proposal casts doubt on her true feelings/intent. Perhaps she does love him, and I was misinterpreting her actions. It would have been refreshing for her to say, “No. Bernard we work well together, but that doesn’t mean I love you.” But that’s not the Disney way… 3. The scene I chose to analyze was the opening scene with Cody saving the eagle. This scene, and the previous one leading up to it, showed that Cody cared about the animals and was willing to risk his life to save her. Climbing the cliff and working to free a fidgety eagle shows great bravery and selflessness to risk his life (and then fall off the cliff!). It also introduced Cody (and the eaglet eggs) as missing their father... The following scene with the eagle’s flight was breathtaking and the animation was really cool, but it felt evocative of so many other films—“Superman” (1978) with Superman and Lois flying in the clouds, “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010), etc. I’m not trying to say that this movie stole this idea from other movies as much as trying to make a point that as humans we relish the idea of feeling “free” and at one with nature, and I think that’s what this scene is trying to do (successfully, for me). 8. The movie does progress the story of Bianca and Bernard and the Rescue Aid Society from “The Rescuers”. But largely, except for the marriage proposal, it feels like just a continuation of the RAS missions from the first movie. Not that that’s a bad thing at all. The movie also continues the recent disturbing trend of killing off the non-magical human villains at the end of the movie. McLeach is fed to the alligators but actually ends up going over a waterfall and presumably dying (along with Joanna?). I wonder if this reflects a change in societal views regarding suitable punishment for bad-doers (do they deserve to die?). 9. Although this movie is a rescue/action film, I was taken by the environmental bent, and the whole “let’s protect endangered species” feel. So I picked this scene showing Cody and the eagle working and coexisting together in harmony. 10. There really aren’t many pins for this movie, so I chose this pin (128142) because it’s got Cody and the eagle, along with Bernard, Bianca, and Jake.