Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers – Trailer Talk

Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers - Trailer Talk

Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers – Trailer Talk

After multiple live action remakes, Disney looks to continue its journey into nostalgia grabbing when it comes to their feature length films. And the next project to be getting this treatment is ‘Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers’.

First airing in 1989, ‘Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers’ was a Disney animated series that followed the adventures of two chipmunks, Chip and Dale. The new film is set 30 years later and focuses on how their life has changed after the show ended. 

This was a show that I remember growing up with, but only due to relatives introducing me to the cartoon, and I thought the cartoon was great and enjoyable. However, after a lot of recent films and shows have tried to recapture nostalgia, I am wary of the upcoming film. 

‘Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers’ looks to be taking a page out of the recent ‘Tom & Jerry’ movie by blending animation with live action. However, it also utilizes different styles of animation, something that is a positive. While the actual shading of the animation is a little strange, I can appreciate the various styles that are being placed into the film to bring each character to life. This even extends to the lead characters themselves: while Chip is created to look like his original self, in 2D-style animation, Dale is fully CGI’d. Furthermore, there’s even a solid reason behind it which could act as a commentary on the way animated films are approached in terms of their visual style.  

Unfortunately, the film also reminds me too much of ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’. A lot of character cameos are shown in the 2-minute trailer, including Roger Rabbit and even My Little Pony amongst others. And, while this is only a trailer, I worry that the blatant references will serve no purpose to the plot, and just act as Disney showing off the properties they own. I hope this isn’t the case though.

The voices of Chip and Dale are also jarring; the film has chosen to not ‘squeak’ the voices, like in the original show and, instead, left the actors original voices in which doesn’t blend with the characters at all. It’s especially strange since fans of the show will expect the voices to be a certain way, like they always have been, and that won’t be the case here. It’s a shame because the actual cast is fantastic: just a few names involved are J.K. Simmons (Spiderman), Seth Rogen (Invincible), Eric Bana (The Time Traveller’s Wife) and comedian John Mulaney and The Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg voice Chip and Dale.

While ‘Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers’ looks interesting, I am ultimately wary. The references and the way they’re executed are reminiscent of ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’, and the voices don’t work with the lead characters at all. However, I am still interested in the plot, and the use of various styles of animation is a technic to admire. I just hope this film is a work of love for the show and not just another nostalgia grab. 

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