|Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers|
|Directed by||Akiva Schaffer|
|Based on||Rescue Rangers|
properties and characters
by Disney Television Animation
|Edited by||Brian Olds|
|Music by||Brian Tyler|
|Budget||~$70 million[nb 1]|
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a 2022 American live-action/animated action-adventure comedy film based on the characters Chip and Dale and continuation of the animated TV series of the same name. Directed by Akiva Schaffer and written by Dan Gregor and Doug Mand, the film stars John Mulaney and Andy Samberg as the voices of the titular pair, respectively, with Will Arnett, Eric Bana, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, J.K. Simmons, and KiKi Layne. It is a co-production between Walt Disney Pictures, producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman's Mandeville Films, and The Lonely Island (which Schaffer and Samberg are a part of). The film takes place in a world where cartoons live alongside humans, and centers on Chip and Dale, thirty years since the cancellation of their show due to a falling out, coming back to reconcile their differences while they investigate the kidnapping of their friend and co-star Monterey Jack.
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers premiered in Orlando on May 16, 2022, and was released in the United States on May 20, 2022, streaming on Disney+ as an original film. It received generally positive reviews from critics.
In a world co-populated by humans and cartoon characters, Chip and Dale meet in elementary school and become best friends. They later relocate to Hollywood and, after casting as extras in commercials and shows, go on to star in the successful television series Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers in the early 1990s. When Dale gets his own show, Double-O-Dale, the two have a falling-out, leading to both shows' cancellation.
Thirty years later, Chip is a successful but disillusioned insurance salesman while Dale spends most of his time on the fan convention circuit. The two are contacted by their old co-star Monterey Jack, who owes money to the criminal Valley Gang due to his stinky cheese addiction. Monty warns the pair of a trafficking operation where toons are kidnapped, have their appearances altered, and are shipped overseas to produce bootlegs of their works for the rest of their lives. Later that night, the two are informed that Monty has been kidnapped. They meet Police Captain Putty and Officer Ellie Steckler; the latter reveals herself to be a big Rescue Rangers fan, and with the police's hands tied, she suggests Chip and Dale investigate on their own.
Chip and Dale visit Bjornson the Cheesemonger, Monty's cheese dealer, and ask about the Valley Gang. They are taken to the uncanny valley part of town and meet the gang's leader, Sweet Pete—an adult version of Peter Pan—and his henchmen Bob and Jimmy. Realizing they are investigating his bootlegging business, Pete tries to capture the pair, but the chipmunks escape. The two later share their discoveries with Ellie, learning that she is shunned by Putty due to acting on a bad tip and raiding Nickelodeon Junior Studios with negative results. With Ellie's help, the chipmunks sneak into a bathhouse to steal Pete's fitness tracker. They trace his movements to a dock warehouse, though it is already abandoned by the time the police arrive. Inside, they find a large operating machine designed to alter toons' bodies, along with several toon parts, including Monty's mustache.
At the police station, the pair argue over the loss of Monty and their past feud but smell the scent of Monty's cologne. Realizing either Putty or Ellie is working with Sweet Pete, the two flee the station. At the ongoing Fan Con, they try to convince Ugly Sonic to ask his FBI contacts for help, but Pete and his henchmen arrive, having tracked Dale using his social media posts. In the ongoing chase, Bob is restrained by Tigra and Lumière and arrested, but Chip is caught by Pete and Jimmy and taken to the warehouse. Ellie is also lured there by Putty, revealing he is part of the Valley Gang and has been covering for Pete, including giving Ellie the false Nick Jr. tip.
Sweet Pete has Ellie call Dale to lure him to the warehouse, but Ellie sends a coded message using a Rescue Rangers episode. Dale realizes Ellie is in trouble and contacts Gadget and Zipper, now married with children, for help. Dale enters the warehouse using a firework, which gets lodged into the machine and stops it before it can be used on Chip. The machine goes haywire, transforming Jimmy into a fairy and Pete into a giant amalgamation of various toons, but he was actually Fat Cat (the main villain from the original TV series). While Ellie fights and defeats Putty, Fat Cat chases Chip and Dale through the warehouse, revealing it to also be where the bootlegs are filmed. The chipmunks lure Fat Cat to the docks and use a ploy from a Rescue Rangers episode to trap him.
The FBI, led by Ugly Sonic, arrive to arrest Fat Cat, who fires a cannonball at Chip, but Dale takes the hit. Chip fears Dale is dead and apologizes for his behavior over the years, but Dale reveals he was protected by a golden pog Chip gave him. The chipmunks free all the bootlegged toons, including Monty, and the Rescue Rangers reunite. Dale introduces them to Ellie, who decides to open her own detective agency. As the team departs, Dale convinces them to film a Rescue Rangers reboot, which is later released to great success.
Additionally, Jeff Bennett reprises his role as Lumière (who has his appearance from the 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast) from Kingdom Hearts II and theme park attractions. Liz Cackowski voices Tigra, who is modeled after her appearance in The Avengers: United They Stand, and Officer O'Hara. Rachel Bloom voices Flounder from the 1989 version of The Little Mermaid, Cubby of the Lost Boys from Peter Pan, Chip's mom, and a bootleg Bart Simpson, among other characters. Steven Curtis Chapman voices Baloo from the 2016 version of The Jungle Book, who is stated to have been the same Baloo from TaleSpin before having CGI surgery. Charles Fleischer reprises his role as Roger Rabbit. David Tennant reprises his role as Scrooge McDuck from the 2017 version of DuckTales. Alan Oppenheimer voices both He-Man and Skeletor (reprising his role as the latter) from the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Jorma Taccone voices the DC Extended Universe version of Batman along with other minor roles. Despite not voicing Monterey Jack in the film, Jim Cummings reprises his roles as Fat Cat from the original series, the Shredder's "right arm" from the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, Pete, and Darkwing Duck, in addition to voicing bootleg versions of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Archival recordings of Betty Lou Gerson as Cruella de Vil were used for the chimeric Sweet Pete's laughter. Akiva Schaffer provides voices for numerous minor roles including E.T. while also appearing in live-action as the director of the original show. Paula Abdul appears as a de-aged version of herself, alongside MC Skat Kat from her video for "Opposites Attract", and also voices the 3-D reporter modeled after her. Paul Rudd appears in a live-action cameo as himself. Original Rescue Rangers co-creator Tad Stones cameos as the voice of a studio executive.
In the spirit of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the film features numerous appearances of other animated characters from Disney and other third party properties that appear without dialogue:
On January 31, 2014, it was announced that The Walt Disney Company was developing a live-action movie based on the Disney Afternoon animated series Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers with CGI special effects, similar to 20th Century Studios' Alvin & the Chipmunks film series. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman signed on as its producers, while Robert Rugan was hired to write and direct the film. It would've followed an origin story for the Rescue Rangers.
In May 2019, Akiva Schaffer had closed a deal to replace Rugan as the film's director, while Dan Gregor and Doug Mand became its new writers. Set to follow a "meta, something self-referential and cool" take on the characters. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman returned as its producers, and the project will be a co-production between Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films. Gregor and Mand had started the new script as a spiritual successor to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, taking into account the changes in animation techniques in the four decades since Roger Rabbit had been made. They wanted to keep what they felt made Roger Rabbit successful, being that the film "is not talking down to the animated characters [and] playing it real and to the top of your intelligence." Schaffer said they were further influenced by buddy cop films of the 1990s such as the Lethal Weapon series, while including more comedic elements.
Schaffer agreed to direct the film after he was sent Gregor and Mand's script; he agreed due to the film's self-referential humor, his love for both the original series and Roger Rabbit, and an interest in working on animated films. The film features cameos from several non-Disney animated properties due to Schaffer wanting the film to be "a love letter celebration of animation", similar to Roger Rabbit, and felt including only Disney characters would instead make the film "just a celebration of Disney animation". Schaffer did not want to go overboard on such cameos, going by the rule "Don’t put in a cameo unless it’s forwarding the story or putting a button on a really good laugh". Schaffer used the example of the donut cops from Wreck-It Ralph, which not only served as a recognizable characters for younger audiences, but also played on the popular concept of police officers loving to eat donuts as a joke for those that had not seen the film. Non-Disney companies authorized through Disney's legal team for their characters to appear in the film after Schaffer assured them it was "not going to make fun of their characters".
Schaffer said that for the film's villain, they wanted to play on the idea of child actors that were not able to continue acting as adults, applying that to cartoons. Schaffer said there was no intent to make fun of any specific actor. The team had earlier considered an adult Charlie Brown but ended up selecting Peter Pan, which also made it easier for licensing. Some critics drew parallels between the character of Sweet Pete and Bobby Driscoll, Peter Pan's original voice actor in the 1953 film, whose life fell into decline in the years following the role, leading to his death from heart failure caused by drug use at age 31 in 1968. These critics considered that the choice of Peter Pan, knowing of Driscoll's fate, may have been in poor taste.
In November 2020, it was reported that Corey Burton would reprise his role as Zipper from the series. Though initial reports said that Burton would return as the voice of Dale as well, it was announced in December 2020, that Andy Samberg will provide the voice for the character. John Mulaney as Chip was revealed in the same announcement, and Seth Rogen was announced to be making a cameo in the film. Additional casting was announced with the release of the teaser trailer on February 15, 2022. In April 2022, during the release of a new trailer, it was confirmed that Burton would indeed reprise Dale along with Tress MacNeille reprising Chip for brief dialogue.
Both visual effects for the film and the Rescue Rangers' and Sweet Pete's animation were provided by Moving Picture Company (MPC). MPC had also done the animation work for the Sonic the Hedgehog film, and were able to provide the model for Ugly Sonic once it was cleared for use. For Roger Rabbit's cameo at the start of the film, one of the animators from Who Framed Roger Rabbit was brought to animate the character. Animation services were also provided by Passion Pictures and Mercury Filmworks. The ponies from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic were done by Top Draw Animation, who animated them for the series and 2017 film. Schaffer said the animation budget was "an eighth of what like a Pixar or Disney Animation movie would be" and that it accounted for half the film's total cost.
Brian Tyler is the film's composer and also its conductor, which was confirmed in July 2021. On May 6, 2022, it was reported that Post Malone recorded a cover of the original show's theme song for the film, originally written by Mark Mueller. The soundtrack album was released on May 20, 2022, alongside the film's release. The song used in the teaser trailer and the main trailer is "Best Friend" by Saweetie featuring Doja Cat.
|Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||May 20, 2022|
|Brian Tyler chronology|
All tracks are written by Brian Tyler, except where indicated.
|1.||"Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Theme" (Post Malone)||Mark Mueller||2:24|
|2.||"Rescue Rangers Anthem"||2:28|
|3.||"Sweet Pete Suite"||2:18|
|4.||"New School, Same Dale"||1:34|
|6.||"Just a Showbiz Thing"||2:15|
|7.||"Chip off the Ol' Block"||2:35|
|10.||"The Case of the Missing Monty"||3:12|
|12.||"The Cheese Cellar"||2:52|
|14.||"A Beary Narrow Escape"||3:18|
|16.||"The Crime Lab"||2:00|
|17.||"The Russian Bathhouse"||3:02|
|18.||"San Pedro Docks"||2:49|
|21.||"Sniffing Out a Clue"||3:22|
|23.||"The Bare Necessities" (instrumental)||Terry Gilkyson||2:37|
|28.||"The Smartest Chipmunks"||4:16|
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On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 82% of 117 critics' reviews are positive with an average rating of 7/10. The website's consensus reads, "Sometimes some reboots fall through the cracks, but Chip 'n' Dale: Rescue Rangers picks up the slack with a fast, funny film that (almost) never fails." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 66 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter gave it a positive review saying it succeeded where Space Jam: A New Legacy failed and called it "the funniest movie of the year so far, either animated or live-action. Or in this case both, since it ingeniously melds the two forms in the cleverest manner since Who Framed Roger Rabbit?." Amy Nicholson of Variety wrote: "This frenetic and funny crossbreeding of live action and cartoon is both a reboot and an anti-reboot, a corporate-funded raspberry at corporate IP, and a giddily dumb smart aleck committed to mocking its joke — and making it, too."
After the film's release, writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand said they were interested in writing the script for a sequel but it would depend on the popularity of the first film.
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