Scrolling through the seamlessly endless movie offerings, I encountered the 2022 feature film Chip ‘n Dale. It immediately reminds me of my childhood, where Chip ‘n Dale were two of the most beloved Disney characters. I even had a pair of female twin friends during my youth, who resembled the duo a lot because of their looks and squeaky voices. Anyway, enough memories to catch up on during the runtime of the movie. However, I was in for a big surprise.
Thankfully not faithfull
That’s because Chip ‘n Dale isn’t a faithfull live action adaptation of the nineties Disney Afternoon Cartoon series like for instance The Smurfs, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Trolls or the Garfield movies. Nope, none of that! Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, which is the full title of this flick, is directed by Akiva Schaffer and features comedians like Andy Samberg, Set Rogen and Will Arnett. All these big Hollywood names give this one some ‘Lonely Island’ vibes, which is for the better.
Chip ’n Dale: Rangers to the Rescue!
During the movie we discover the animated chipmunks Chip and Dale living peacefully in the real world, enjoying the success of the Rescue Rangers series, until Dale sort of betrays Chip by starting his own spin off. Of course, this idea flops big time and because of the disappearance of some animated friends, Chip and Dale team up again to save the world. A great story with some fantastic jokes really taking the piss with Hollywood and the movie making business as a whole. Clever and so unexpected!
No Roger Rabbit, but better than Cool World
So during the 97 minute span of the movie we’ll see a lot of cameo’s by Disney and non-Disney characters. Think of a world we’ve seen before in the classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the way worse Cool World. It’s simply amazing to watch this as a fan of everything animated, because there is so much to discover. And the tongue-in-cheek humor really pulls you through the runtime in no-time. I mean Peter Pan, c’mon!
This one deserved better!
However, the plot and supporting actors often feel a little weak, which keeps this from becoming an all time classic. But it’s still way too good to skip cinema’s and arrive without any fanfare at Disney’s streaming platform Disney Plus! This movie deserves way better and a sequel would’ve been well deserved as this one encompasses so much creativity. I definitely want to see more of this!