Originally written by David Cody Weiss and David Seidman, Co-Editors of Disney’s Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers comic book, published in June of 1990.
On April 12th, 1943, American movie audiences everywhere saw two anonymous chipmunks descend from a tree to make the life of Pluto, Mickey Mouse’s dog, a little more – – interesting.
These two rambunctious rodents, who weren’t even given names until their third appearance in 1947 (and in fact were called Chip an’ Dale rather than the familiar Chip ‘n’ Dale), sent audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter by doing only two things – – searching frantically for edible goodies, and driving the blood pressure of excitable folk like Pluto and Donald Duck straight through the roof. Not a tough job description, given that the most delectable goodies always seemed to be found in Pluto’s dish or in Donald’s pantry.
Having found honest employment as hired nuisances, Chip and Dale lost no time in making a successful career of it. Over the next 40 years, the chips made 24 short subjects showcasing their skill at creating chaos.
But the carefree, irresponsible days of youth must give way to more serious endeavors, so in 1988 Chip and Dale decided to settle down and get serious – – for them. They gave up being troublemakers and Duck-tormentors and decided instead to make the world a better place for other animals. Once they set about to do good and help others, it wasn’t long before like-minded types showed up to support the effort. And so in fall of 1988, the Disney Channel proudly debuted the new adventures of Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers.
The popular response to the chipmunks’ reformation was so great that in the fall of 1989 their new show made the leap to broadcast TV. In nearly every major American community the new adventures of Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers is enjoyed by millions of TV viewers every weekday afternoon. And in the fall of 1990, Chip and Dale will take their place alongside DuckTales, The Gummi Bears and brand-new Talespin as part of the Disney Afternoon.
With feature film and television successes tucked firmly away, it was inevitable that the animal adventurers would look toward the four-color page for their next triumph. The very comic book you’re holding in your hands, in fact.
But before we introduce the latest chipster challenge, let’s let Chip and Dale have a chance to acknowledge some of the little-known performers who have helped make their television show a hit.
These are the fine character actors whose performance is heard every day on Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers:
Corey Burton portrays the voices of ZIPPER, DALE, SNOUT, and MOLE.
Tress MacNeille portrays the voices of CHIP and GADGET.
Jim Cummings portrays the voices of MONTEREY JACK, FAT CAT, WART, SPINELLI, PROFESSOR NIMNUL and STAN BLATHER.
Peter Cullen portrays the voices of MEPS, KIRBY and MULDOON.
Welcome to the first issue of Disney Comics’ Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers. Every month we plan to bring you the funniest, most exciting adventures of your favorite animated TV characters. And, as with every other Disney Comics magazine, we plan to do it with the best writers and artists available in the world. Say goodbye to dull, humdrum comic stories – – the Rescue Rangers are here!
This month’s story is an adaptation of the TV special documenting how the Rescue Rangers came to be. The original script was by Tad Stones and Kevin Hopps. Our comic-book adaptation was ably translated by Scott Saavedra (who writes and draws a wonderfully absurd comic called It’s Science! With Dr. Radium!), penciled by Hector Saavedra (no relation to our scripter), inked by Nestor Torriero, lettered by Steve Haynie, and colored by Jo Meugniot.
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