First introduced to the public way back in 1943, Chip and Dale are getting a 21st century makeover in Disney +’s upcoming movie, Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers, streaming May 20th. With an eclectic mix of CGI, 2D animation, and live-action, it draws influence from the classic 1988 Disney film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? And we’re not complaining; this movie looks just as fun!
John Mulaney voices Chip, a retired actor-turned-insurance agent, who seems to have accepted a mundane life after stardom. Dale, on the other hand, is the opposite: voiced by a cheery Andy Samberg, he regularly appears at conventions alongside his fellow Disney stars.
The plot kicks in when toons – including Snow White’s Sneezy – start to go missing. Chip and Dale are called in to help solve the mystery, and, lo and behold, the rescue rangers are back in action! Though the other rangers – Gadget Hackwrench, Monterey Jack, and Zipper – don’t make an appearance in the trailer, who knows? They could show up for a comeback.
Speaking of comebacks, the trailer featured the return of many beloved Disney characters. Most notable is an adult Peter Pan, who seems to have ditched his classic “I won’t grow up” mantra and traded it in for (possible) villainy. He’s seen threatening the chipmunks multiple times throughout the trailer, even going so far as to say that he’s “more of an Alvin and the Chipmunks person.” Terrible, right? Lumiere, everyone’s favorite French candelabra, also makes an appearance in the beginning of the trailer alongside Dale at a convention. Whether or not he plays a larger role is unclear, but it’s always good to see him, nonetheless. And that’s not all: Flounder, The Little Mermaid’s cute yellow-and-blue guppy, is seen getting kidnapped by an unknown character, possibly as part of the larger conspiracy at the heart of the movie. Towards the end of the trailer, we also see the live-action Lion King’s Pumbaa. We’re not sure if his 2D counterpart will also make an appearance, but we’re honestly just glad that Pumbaa’s once again in the spotlight.
Hopefully, more iconic Disney characters will have their parts to play in the revamped Rescue Rangers, but either way, this looks like it’ll be super fun.