Disney+ has released a new trailer and poster for their upcoming hybrid live-action/CG movie Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.
The movie takes place 30 years after the original Rescue Rangers animated series ended, and plays with a meta approach, as the characters are reintroduced as actors who actually starred in the classic Disney Afternoon series. Think modern day Who Framed Roger Rabbit? but with backgrounds and more characters we’re familiar with. Including references to updated looks, cancelled shows, etc, etc.
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.
Clearly this is geared towards adults that grew up watching Chip ‘n Dale and recognize the references to Indiana Jones and Magnum PI, as I’m sure most kids aren’t all that familiar with the Rescue Rangers. (Unless they’re blessed with brilliant parents who only show their kids cartoons from the 90s)
No word on if we’ll be seeing Gadget, Monterey Jack or Zipper, but one has to hope that one of them is the “former cast mate”.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers stars John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live) as Chip, Andy Samberg (Palm Springs) as Dale and KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk). The cast also includes Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Eric Bana (Dirty John), Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect 2), Dennis Haysbert (24), Keegan-Michael Key (Schmigadoon!), Tress MacNeille (The Simpsons), Tim Robinson (I Think You Should Leave), Seth Rogen (Pam and Tommy), J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos), Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live).
Akiva Schaffer (Saturday Night Live) directs the film from a script by Dan Gregor and Doug Mand (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). Todd Lieberman (Wonder) and David Hoberman Beauty and the Beast) produce, with Alexander Young (Extinction) and Tom Peitzman serving as executive producers.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers premieres May 20, 2022, exclusively on Disney+.