I’m not sure who originally pitched the idea for a Chip ‘n Dale reboot, let alone a movie. But I personally would have loved to be sitting at that table when the idea was presented. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers hits Disney+ on the 20th, and the easiest way to explain the movie is slightly unhinged in the best way possible.
Over thirty years have passed since their hit show Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers was canceled and they stopped filming the show – and lifelong friends Chip and Dale have grown apart. Yes, in this world cartoons are filmed not drawn. Actually, cartoons live among puppets, humans, CGI, and even claymation in a weird world of different scales and mediums. This had to present unique challenges for the animators of all types throughout the whole film but they do it so seamlessly that it works.
Through the years, Dale has undergone the CGI surgery while Chip remains in his classic 2D animated form. The balance between their personalities and their animation styles is on full display and the movie somehow not only makes it work well but also pokes fun at other failed animation styles of the past. This isn’t Roger Rabbit and the tunes vs people, instead it’s a blended reality and uses the differences as a reality.
When Monterey Jack goes missing, Chip ‘n Dale have to team back up to try to save their friend from being sold into the black market to make knock-off movies and shows run by an evil dark character you won’t see coming. From dealing with bad guys, machines that alter their animation, and even how to navigate their way back to friendship and saving a friend – the stakes have never been higher.
Disney doesn’t stick to their typical formula with this movie, or really their own franchises with the Easter Eggs and cameos they toss into this movie. It’s really a nostalgia gold mind and full of one-liners that will have you laughing through the whole movie. While I’m not sure any of us asked for a Chip ‘n Dale reboot or movie, I think this is more than anyone could have imagined or asked for, and fans are going to love every minute of it.
Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers is probably one of the first in a long line of Disney live-action films that we not only enjoyed but will watch over again when it starts streaming next week. The movie is no doubt kid-friendly, and made for young kids to watch – but really, it was made for the 80s and 90s kids who grew up with the cartoon and all of the other popular shows at the time. It’s hard to look away when the movie is so stuffed with Easter Eggs from multiple franchises. While younger viewers will like the movie, their parents are going to be the ones who fall in love with this movie.
You can watch Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers on Disney+ on May 20th.
About CHIP ‘N DALE: RESCUE RANGERS:
(On Disney+) In “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers,” Chip and Dale are living amongst cartoons and humans in modern-day Los Angeles, but their lives are quite different now. It has been decades since their successful television series was canceled, and Chip (voice of Mulaney) has succumbed to a life of suburban domesticity as an insurance salesman. Dale (voice of Sandberg), meanwhile, has had CGI surgery and works the nostalgia convention circuit, desperate to relive his glory days. When a former cast mate mysteriously disappears, Chip and Dale must repair their broken friendship and take on their Rescue Rangers detective personas once again to save their friend’s life.
Starring John Mulaney, Andy Samberg, KiKi Layne, Will Arnett, Eric Bana, Dennis Haysbert, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, J.K. Simmons, and Chris Parnell.
Directed by Akiva Schaffer.