HENDEL BUTOY, MIKE GABRIEL
Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1990. Silver Screen Partners IV, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Pictures. Animation screenplay by Jim Cox, Karey Kirkpatrick, Byron Simpson, Joe Ranft, story supervisor Joe Ranft, based on characters created by Margery Sharp. Produced by Thomas Schumacher. Music by Bruce Broughton. Production Design by Pixote Hunt. Film Editing by Michael Kelly.
Inferior sequel to the delightful 1977 original has the clever agents for the Rescue Aid Society being recruited to Australia to save a kidnapped boy. Little mice Bernard and Bianca (Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor reprising their voice roles) are working towards solidifying their relationship when the call comes that the little tyke has been taken by a poacher and needs to be rescued right away. They immediately fly off, arriving in the land down under and meeting a self-confident outback Ranger who threatens to take Bianca off Bernard’s hands for good. George C. Scott does a great job of voicing the evil villain, who has every intention of capturing a rare, giant eagle and making off with its eggs, but the film is flat and boring and will only appeal to the most open-minded and undiscriminating children. Showing yet another example of Disney’s hostile cultural takeover in films, the little boy who is the protagonist is a born and bred Australian who seems to have an accent straight out of New Jersey (maybe he watches a lot of TV).