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REVIEW: ‘Chip ’n Dale’ make a comeback in new flick

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 5/29/22

Reboots and live action cartoons are all the rage these days, and none of them have done it like the new and wild “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.”

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REVIEW: ‘Chip ’n Dale’ make a comeback in new flick

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Reboots and live action cartoons are all the rage these days, and none of them have done it like the new and wild “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.”

It is probably inevitable that every single cartoon franchise that was ever popular in the 1980s or 1990s is going to get some kind of live action reboot sooner or later. That’s just what Hollywood does these days. And so comes “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers,” based on the cartoon of the same name from the early 90s — but this one is not what you might expect.

Comedy, creativity and a metric ton of crossovers come together for this really enjoyable, really off-the-wall nostalgia party.

Rather than make a normal adaptation of the classic Disney afternoon cartoon, the “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” movie is more like “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” The movie stars Chip and Dale in a world where cartoons and humans live side-by-side, going about their normal lives. The cartoon chipmunks are actors who once starred in the “Rescue Rangers” TV show, but now they’re washed-up and haven’t spoken to one another in years.

When one of their old castmates is kidnapped by a criminal gang, Chip and Dale must put aside their differences to rescue their friend and stop the bad guys.

“Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” is the brainchild of The Lonely Island comedy group, so this movie is focused and quite funny. It doesn’t feel like it was built by studio committee, trying desperately to either appear to the lowest common denominator or to just act like an extended commercial for Disney properties.

The filmmakers had a vision and they bring it to life with aplomb. They fully commit to this world of cartoons and humans, not seen since the original “Roger Rabbit” movie.

And “Rescue Rangers” has way too much fun skewering Hollywood and cartoons in general. The movie is a wild mix of different animation styles and characters.

Some lawyers clearly worked very hard to secure the rights to certain characters. If you thought it was neat to see Bugs Bunny interact with Mickey Mouse in the “Roger Rabbit” movie, just wait until you see Batman fight E.T.

But this wild ride might not be for everyone. “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” is clearly geared towards people who watched the cartoon as children and are now movie-going adults. That description fits me perfectly, so I had a blast with this off-kilter flick.

Fortunately, there is enough character, humor and good storytelling to still make it a good movie beyond just the nostalgia.

“Chip ‘n Dale” is streaming on Disney+ and is not playing in theaters.

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