Rescue Rangers Dispatch Desk

Some Chatter About Chipmunks

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.


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.


August 6, 2016 at 2:32 pm by Ducky
Category: articles, disney comics, rescue rangers