Sometimes, some crimes, go slipping through the cracks, but these two gumshoes are picking up the slack. There’s no case too big, no case too small, when you need help just call… The Chip ‘N Dale theme song has been embedded in my mind since I was 3 years old. There was something about these wisecracking, crime solving chipmunks that absolutely enthralled my tiny self. When I read about a Chip ‘N Dale reboot I was excited, but also nervous, seeing as how we all know how off the rails a reboot can go. Then I read The Lonely Island was involved and any doubt I had was far removed from my brain.
Akiva Schaffer has taken a nostalgic, childhood Disney classic, and updated it for the same millennials who watched the cartoon in the late ‘80s. Is this movie for kids? It is rated PG and stars the beloved Disney duo, but this was made for the millennials. In the ‘90s we were spoiled with the best Disney cartoons that could be thrown in our faces. Did any of them make sense? No, but they were all wonderful and each one had a theme song that slapped. Kids will still enjoy this movie, but with the deep cut ‘90s references and major throwbacks, people who grew up with these two gumshoes, I can’t help myself, will find it to be silly, nostalgic, and a fun breath of fresh air reviving this beloved cartoon series. Akiva and Co. have left me wanting more Chip ‘N Dale.
John Mulaney stars as Chip, with Andy Samberg as Dale, and a slew of other funny, famous people, along with some old school cartoon voice overs to boot. Initially I was nervous that they wouldn’t have their high pitched, squeaky chipmunk voices, but John and Andy kill it. They do throw the chipmunk voices in there a couple times, which put a huge smile on my face. The plot focuses on today, decades after Rescue Rangers has been cancelled, with Chip selling insurance, and Dale trying to still make it as a has been actor, while making numerous fan-con appearances. The besties have been estranged since the Rangers got cancelled, but come together to help solve a case with disappearing toons. There is a cameo from a fellow toon, voiced by Tim Robinson, that I couldn’t believe they pulled off, and didn’t think it would be that pivotal of a role for the story. Brace yourselves for creepy shots of human teeth, courtesy of Ugly Sonic the Hedgehog. Disney loves parody law if they're the ones pulling it off.
Rescue Rangers is full of nostalgia, ‘90s throwbacks, silly jokes, and if you love The Lonely Island, you will enjoy this delightful spin on Chip ‘N Dale. Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers is now streaming on Disney +, and will not be in theaters.