‘Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’ Review

By: Amanda Guarragi

Many of us grew up with Disney cartoons on Saturday morning and Rescue Rangers was one of those shows. Two cute little chipmunks with squeaky voices and some great detective instincts made a show worth watching. Chip and Dale both have been with Disney since the very beginning and they’re almost on the level of Donald, Mickey, and Pluto. Even if you haven’t heard the theme song in a while, once you hear it in Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers all those memories come back in an instant. Having John Mulaney voice Chip and Andy Samberg voice Dale complimented the characters so well. It’s funny, fresh, and kind of emotional when it comes to the friendship they share.

After thirty years that their popular television show ended, chipmunks Chip and Dale live very different lives. When a cast member from the original series mysteriously disappears, the pair must reunite to save their friend. Co-writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand created a backstory for Chip and Dale that created an emotional connection to their friendship from the start. Anyone can relate to Chip and Dale because they both felt like outcasts in school before they met each other. After one lunch together, they performed until they became stars of their show. There are many surprises in this movie and the characters are very self-aware about the movie they’re in. 

Having established comedians like Mulaney and Samberg helped the characters of Chip and Dale develop into actual performers. They suited the characters extremely well, but you can see the straight man and wise guy trope between them. So it does feel like a buddy cop comedy, but also an old-fashioned tag team in regards to their comedic background. Our favourite chipmunks meet many other animated characters along the way and meet some odd characters in the uncanny valley. What was most impressive about this movie is the diverse animation used throughout for different characters. There is such a mixture of character designs from 2D to 3D that make this one unique.

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a very fun time for the whole family. It feels very nostalgic but at the same time, it doesn’t rely on the nostalgia to tell the detective story in this sequel/reboot/remake. It was funny hearing characters in a Disney movie talk about sequels and reboots while they are in the middle of a remake themselves. It does get away from them a bit in the middle because they stretched out the story to fill time, or else the sentimental value of their friendship and how long they’ve known each other packed the emotional punch by the end of this film. Make sure to check out this Disney original film this weekend on Disney Plus!

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