The Interwebs have been buzzing with rumors of a new live-action/CG movie based on Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers. News of the possible movie appeared on the Hollywood Reporter, which seems to be the source other articles have been pointing to. While the news looks promising, it might be too early to get too excited, at least until there is an official press-release or a statement from someone who is directly involved with the project.
Still, the mere possibility of having the Rangers IP revived beyond the short-lived comic strips is exciting and might be just what we need to breathe new life into the fandom… New movie, new games, new merchandise? Let’s hope so!
Chip and Dale got their start as unbilled co-stars in a 1943 cartoon called Private Pluto.
Between 1943 through 1956 Chip and Dale appeared in 23 cartoon shorts. However, they are probably best known for their films with Donald Duck. Their first appearance with Donald was in a 1947 Donald Duck cartoon, called Chip an’ Dale.
Originally Voiced By Jim Macdonald and Dessie Flynn
Speed It Up Disney filmmakers sped up the voice recordings so you could just barely understand the chipmunks.
Unique Storyman Bill Peet came up with the suggestion of making one of them a little goofball to give them two different personalities.
Noses In the 1943 cartoon called Private Pluto,Chip and Dale both have black noses. Later, to help tell them apart, Dale’s nose was changed to red.
Animated By Disney Legend Bill Justice was primarily known for being the lead animator on numerous Chip and Dale cartoons.
Chip ‘n’ Dale have been making appearances on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with voices similar to what we heard on Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers. For a while after Rescue Rangers was taken off the air, Disney used Tress MacNeille for both Chip and Dale in TV appearances so they would sound more like “classic” Chip ‘n’ Dale (e.g., House of Mouse). Disney has taken a different approach with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse because Corey Burton has been “reinstated” as Dale, causing the duo to sound a lot more like they did on Rescue Rangers. And fans of Gadget should notice that Tress is also providing the voice of Daisy Duck, who tends to use the word “golly” a lot, which makes for even more CDRR nostalgia