I’m not sure what to think of this bit of news. Disney released a teaser trailer for a new Disney+ Original Movie: Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers which will debut on May 20, 2022. The poster for the movie stresses that it’s “not a reboot – It’s a comeback.” It looks clever enough, but I’m still uneasy. (Watch the trailer down below and tell me your thoughts!)
The new movie looks to capture some of the same humor from Who Framed Roger Rabbit with cartoons and humans living side by side. In fact, they even make mention of Mr. Rabbit. The story takes place 30 years after the popular, syndicated, 80’s Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers cartoon went off the air. Apparently, the chipmunks are living in Los Angeles, but their lives are quite different now. For one, Chip is now voiced by John Mulaney (a good choice for family-friendly material?) and Dale is voiced by Andy Samberg. (The famous duo didn’t even have voices until the Rescue Rangers premiered in 1989.)
According to Disney+, Chip has succumbed to a life of suburban domesticity as an insurance salesman while Dale 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.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers also stars KiKi Layne, Will Arnett, Eric Bana, Flula Borg, Dennis Haysbert, Keegan-Michael Key, Tress MacNeille, Tim Robinson, Seth Rogen, J.K. Simmons and Chris Parnell. The film is directed by Akiva Schaffer, written by Dan Gregor and Doug Mand and is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman, with Alexander Young and Tom Peitzman serving as executive producers.
This pair is not the Chip ‘n Dale of my childhood. My Chip ‘n Dale used to harrass Donald Duck, and stored acorns in his tree and ride his toy train around the Christmas tree, etc. I was “too old” for Rescue Rangers when it aired on TV as part of the Disney Afternoon series, so I’m not sure if I will be able to relate to the nostalgia that this film requires, but I’m willing to give it go. How about you?
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