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Orville
Background information
Feature films The Rescuers
The Rescuers Down Under (mentioned)
Television programs House of Mouse
Video games
Park attractions World Premiere Circle-Vision
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Ollie Johnston
Voice Jim Jordan
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration Orville Wright
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Captain
Personality Funny, clumsy, as fit as a fiddle
Appearance Obese albatross, white feathers, brown helmet, lavender scarf, old empty sardine can for his passengers' seats on his back
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Albatross airliner, Wilbur's brother
Alignment
Alignment Good
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal To fly Bernard and Miss Bianca to Devil's Bayou
Home
Relatives Wilbur (brother)
Pets
Allies Bernard, Miss Bianca, Penny, Evinrude, Ellie Mae, Luke, Deadeye, Deacon Owl, Digger, Gramps, Wilbur
Minions
Enemies Madame Medusa, Mr. Snoops, Brutus and Nero
Likes Singing, humming
Dislikes Mr. Snoops' fireworks, Bernard's laziness, sky traffics, snowstorm, Madame Medusa and her swampmoblie
Powers and abilities Flight, wading abilities in the swamp
Weapons
Fate Tries to fly through a snowstorm with Bernard, Miss Bianca, and Evinrude on his back, but gets helped out by Evinrude. (first film)
Gives his job to his brother Wilbur. (second film)
Quote "Listen here, Buster! I'm as fit as a fiddle!"
"Sufferin' sassafras! My rudder's on fire! Bail out! Bail out!"
"Holy Smoke! Why don't you watch where you're going?"

Orville is a character from Disney's 1977 film The Rescuers. He is the brother of Wilbur from the sequel and was voiced by Jim Jordan.
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Orville at Disneyland.

Personality

Orville takes his job and flying with pride. Compared to his brother Wilbur, he is a bit more serious, but can also be funny as well as a bit clumsy.

Appearances

The Rescuers

Orville makes his first appearance in The Rescuers. He is one of the pilots and flights (#13) of the Albatross Air Service (his brother, Wilbur, is also #13). He helps fly Bernard and Miss Bianca to Devil's Bayou in order to rescue Penny. When they get close to the area, they get surrounded by Mr. Snoops' flares and fireworks, one which burns Orville's tail. Bernard and Miss Bianca float safely down with an umbrella and Orville makes an emergency landing in the swamp, then comfortly douses his tail in the water. He then states he will not stay in "this creepy place any longer" and tells the swamp folks to "clear the runway!" and takes off, only to spash and start running across the lake. He then gets caught in Medusa's Swampmobile and ends up flying away back to New York, burnt and coughing. 

At the end of the movie, he flies Bernard and Miss Bianca again, and accompanied by Evenrude the dragonfly. It was a snowy January 13 and the blizzard pushes his takeoff backwards, causing him to "take off" the other side of the building's roof. He regains control of himself with Evenrude's help and flies well again out towards the horizon.

In The Rescuers Down Under, Bernard and Bianca arrive at the Albatross Air Service to ask Orville to fly them to Australia, only to see a sign reading "Under New Management. See Wilbur.", showing that Orville no longer runs the Albatross Air Service, which is now run by his brother Wilbur. When the two mice introduce themselves to Wilbur, he replies that Orville often told him about them.

House of Mouse

Orville also appears in several episodes of House of Mouse, in which he is shown sitting on the same table with Bernard and Bianca.

Disney parks

Orville appeared as a walk-around character, starting around the time of the film's release. He has not been seen since the late 1990's/early 2000's.

He also appeared in the Disney Sing Along Songs video Campout at Walt Disney World,

At Disneyland, he hosted a pre-show film called "All Because Man Wanted to Fly" in the former World Premiere Circle-Vision attraction in the 1980's.

Trivia

  • Orville is named after one of the Wright brothers who invented the first airplanes, Orville Wright.
  • Orville uses the Goofy holler twice in the film. The first is when he is sucked into Medusa's Swampmobile, the second is when he "takes off" the other side of the building's roof at the end of the film.
  • The death of Orville's voice, Jim Jordan, in 1988, is one of the reasons why Orville is replaced by Wilbur in the second film.
  • Although Orville and Wilbur look alike (since they're brothers), one can tell the difference between the looks of the two albatross brothers by the scarf color; Orville's scarf is lavender-colored, while Wilbur's scarf is aqua-colored. Additionally, Orville wears a pilot's helmet while Wilbur wears a baseball cap.

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