Growing up as a kid in the 80s & 90s feels like a privilege when looking back. That is based purely on how lucky we were to have the entertainment we had. The Disney Afternoon was a must watch for elementary aged kids at the time. A block of shows that were exciting and featured some of our favorite Disney characters. We saw the likes of DuckTales, Tailspin, Darkwing Duck and so many more. One of the most popular shows on the block was Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers (John Mulaney and Andy Samberg).
The series brought back the fan favorite troublemakers Chip and Dale from the old Disney animated short films. This time though we see the chipmunks in search of adventure and mystery as private investigators. Chip ‘n’ Dale back for a much bigger adventure. Set in the real world with a meta feel to it, the movie would have our heroes playing themselves. Rescue Rangers is a long cancelled series and they are living the lives of former television stars. Both Chip and Dale are brought back together to help solve the mystery of their former co-star Monterey Jack. The movie is a fun mystery adventure surrounded by nostalgic cameos and easter eggs, reminiscent of movies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Not Without Issues
The movie takes aim at many different animation styles throughout the years. A perfect example is that Dale had “CGI” surgery to make himself look 3D. A joke that helps push the narrative of the antagonist’s “Sweet Pete” nefarious plan. However, the joke was overdone and disrupted the pacing of the movie a few times. Usually, only to introduce us to another cameo of a animated characters. It was fun fan service but left the story feeling disjointed at times.
The movie in a whole was a lot of fun, although it didn’t feel like it knew where it wanted to go next. Our heroes saved the day in the end. The whole team had their reunion but where do we go from here? This felt left up in the air at the end. Although, not in a way that tells the audience that we might be getting more. A lot of world building throughout the movie and the ending felt flat.
Above all else, we are introduced to a wonderfully fun movie about friendship. Watching this movie and receiving tons of amazing callbacks and easter eggs to my youth was a true joy. The nostalgia of the movie does not take away from the fresh feel of this movie that kids today can enjoy.
One of the best qualities that this movie has to over is a great story. The motivations of the villains makes sense and is different from what you would see in family movies like this. Which further enforces the comparison of this movie to ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’, which is amazing company to keep.
It would be nice to see Disney+ do more with this franchise. Movies like this with so many beloved characters interacting would be a great shared universe. There were so many properties that showed up in the movie. That might be a hard and costly thing for multiple movies. However, a Disney Afternoon shared universe would be a lot of fun to see. The 2017 DuckTales reboot did this perfectly and I definitely feel could work with movies like this one.
Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers was a wildly fun movie. Having watched it twice now, this movie does have a rewatchable factor. The easter eggs alone will take multiple viewings just to get them all. We’ll have to wait to see how the movie does on the streaming service but I do hope for more personally.
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