A comeback that shocked everyone, an original movie starring Chip and Dale 30 years after their show ended is coming to Disney+. In an interesting twist a la Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the chipmunks live in a world with real people and animated people. Chip has become disillusioned by Hollywood and now works as an insurance salesman in the suburbs. Dale, however, in an attempt to relive the glory days, works the nostalgia circuit after having CGI surgery. Why he decided to get the surgery is currently unknown. What brings these two back together is the news that a former castmate has gone missing (presumably Gadget, as she’s hardly in the trailer).
Voicing Chip and Dale are comedians John Mulaney and Andy Samberg respectively. The original voice actors, Corey Burton and Tress MacNeille, will be joining the film with different roles. Other big names joining the cast are Will Arnett, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogan as well as J.K. Simmons, to name a few. Their roles are unannounced as of yet, but are sure to be interesting nonetheless. One obvious thing from the trailer to notice is that the chipmunk’s voices aren’t high-pitched. Why they decided to go this route isn’t clear. As this is a major difference, there’s a chance fans will react negatively to the pitch change. Chipmunks are supposed to sound like chipmunks, right? Time will tell if these new voices grow on people.
The film will be released on Disney+ on May 20, so there’s a fair bit of time to wait yet. This is the first time Chip and Dale are leading a full-length movie, and they’ve been around since 1943. Here’s hoping their first film won’t crash and burn upon release.