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Another day, another classic Disney property to receive live action or animated remake. This time though, it seems to be a more unique take for the return of Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers in the next line of Disney films. Decades after their Disney Channel TV series, the idea of the chipmunk sleuths being in a live-action movie project has been in development since 2014. Robert Rugan was originally set to direct the film for a 2015 release. However, that ended up going nowhere until 2019, when Akiva Schaffer (Popstar: never stop, never stop) was announced to take over as director. how I Met Your Mother writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand were asked to write the script for the film.
Despite Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers Being a nostalgic yet dated property only remembered from the 90s, it looks like the movie is tackling a story and cast that will appeal not just to kids but to adult audiences as well. Back on Disney+ Day on November 12, 2020, the announcement of the casting of John Mulaney (Big mouth) and Andy Samberg (Brooklyn nine-nine) when the titular chipmunks were revealed. Their star power combined with the “self-referential” plot written by Gregor and Mand makes the film very intriguing and entertaining. Read on to learn more about this comeback film.
When is Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers released?
After several years of development before changing directors and being mentioned on Disney+ Day in 2020 and 2021, the film will finally be available for streaming on the Disney+ platform from May 20, 2022. It will not be released in theaters and will go straight to streaming. It will have a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes.
Watch the trailers for Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers
the first trailer for the film was released by Disney on February 15, 2022. Principal footage covers the rise and fall of the Rescue Rangers before Chip and Dale reunite to run through different locations such as a convention, the sewers, and a facility high security with lasers.
The official trailer was released on April 27, 2022. The trailer takes a closer look at Chip and Dale’s separate lives before they reunite to investigate the new mystery of the missing cartoon characters. Also included is Arnett’s antagonist introduction where he even remarks that he “was more of a Alvin and the Chipmunks nobody”.
TV spots also dropped with the first, titled “Pair”, released May 1, 2022. It highlights the missing victim who happens to be a former Rescue Ranger cast member. Still, Captain Putty doesn’t seem to recognize the series, much to Dale’s disappointment. the second tv spottitled “Waiting”, was released on May 9, 2022, which featured more of the same footage with Dale’s excitement for him and Chip coming together for the fans and the opportunity to be heroes again.
What is the plot of Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers?
As the film’s tagline points out, the film is not a reboot! It is rather the triumphant return of the detective duo. The film adopts a meta tone where Tic and Tac are revealed to be actors who played fictionalized versions of themselves in their early 90s TV series. From their show’s fame, they reached their peak as as international superstars until the show’s cancellation. Thirty years later, the Rescue Rangers team split up while living in what is now Los Angeles. Dale is shown to still be riding the wave of their former fame by appearing at fan conventions alongside other cartoon characters. Meanwhile, Chip seems to have evolved into an insurance salesman (or sales chipmunk). The commentary on stranded celebrities and their attempt to try to stay relevant is a clever incorporation into character arcs. There’s even a cheeky joke about the different chipmunks animation styles where Chip sticks to the traditional 2D, cell-shaded style while Dale “underwent CGI surgery” and is computer animated to look more realistic.
The incident that brings the estranged partners together is the disappearance of a former Rescue Rangers cast member. Dale calls Chip after the police tell them about a series of disappearances involving several animated characters. It thrusts the duo into old-fashioned crime-solving to help save missing cartoons and even rekindle their friendship. The trailers point to a wild adventure for Chip and Dale filled with potential cameos from other Disney characters as they uncover who’s responsible for the disappearances. Here is the official description on the Disney+ website:
A throwback 30 years in the making, “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” catches up with former Disney Afternoon TV stars in today’s Los Angeles. In this live-action/CG hybrid action-comedy, Chip and Dale live among cartoons and humans in today’s Los Angeles, but their lives are much different now. It’s been decades since their hit TV series was canceled, and Chip (voiced by John Mulaney) succumbed to a life as a suburban servant as an insurance salesman. Dale (voiced by Andy Samberg), meanwhile, has had CGI surgery and is working the nostalgic convention circuit, desperate to relive his glory days. When a former teammate mysteriously disappears, Tic and Tac must mend their broken friendship and once again face off against their Rescue Rangers detective personas to save their friend.
Do you need to watch the Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers TV series before the movie?
Although the film refers to the series as the chipmunks’ big role, it is not necessary to watch the series. Since Chip and Dale are cast in the film, there is no plot continuity other than the fact that it has been thirty years since the series ended. However, it’s still worth watching to remember the crazy adventures of the Rescue Rangers and to hear that iconic theme song again. All three seasons can be streamed on DirectTV while only the first season is available to stream on Disney+. The first two seasons are available for purchase on Apple TV and Google Play.
Who’s in the cast of Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers?
As mentioned, Chip and Dale will be voiced by the Saturday Night Live alumni John Mulaney and Andy Samberg respectively. It’s a very fitting cast with Mulaney as Chip, the responsible and determined chipmunk to match Samberg’s laid-back and impulsive Dale. They are accompanied by returning characters from the Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers TV series including mouse mechanic, Gadget Hackwrench, whose role will be taken over by the original voice actress Tress Macneille. She also served as the original voice for Chip alongside Corey Burton being the original voice of Dale. He will also be reprising his role to play in this version of the chipmunks as actors and having their voices on television and their real voices. Australian mouse, Monterey Jack, will be voiced by Eric Bana (dirty jeans) this time for the movie.
KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) stars in the film as a rookie detective named Ellie who is partnered with a claymation-style police detective, Captain Putty (JK Simmons), on the missing squares of the animated characters. In terms of antagonists for the film, so far there has only been the reveal of Mean Dean, a jaded, middle-aged version of Peter Pan, who will be voiced by Arnett (Bojack Rider). Key Keegan-Michael (Key and Peele) is also listed in the cast for a role that has yet to be announced. Seth Rogen is also included in a cameo, reprising the role of Pumba from the 2019 computer-animated remake of The Lion King. He also voices and gives his likeness to a Viking character named Bob whose poorly rendered CGI face has an eerie, lifeless quality (most likely mocking criticism of some CGI projects suffering from the same issue). Chris Parnell (rick and morty), a longtime Samberg collaborator, also makes an appearance as the chipmunks’ talent agent.
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