Arcane’s Rescue Rangers Graphic Novel on the CnDO Network
The comic is linked to our forums for easily discussion and interaction with the author/artist. If you aren’t already familiar with Arcane’s work, I strongly encourage you to check it out.
Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers Live Action Movie?
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!
A trip down memory lane…
View the musical intro to the Disney Afternoon, plus all of the intros for Duck Tales, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, and Darkwing Duck.
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
All we can say here is “WOW!”
CDRR fan Schorhr has been working on a Rescue Rangers RPG, and he posted a demo and some screen shots in the forums. Please check it out, his work is nothing short of amazing.
Final Issue of Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers Coming Soon
Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers #8 will be the last issue in the comic series by Kaboom! Studios (aka Boom! Studios for kids). Here’s the summary currently displayed on Kaboom’s catalog page:
For my first fanfic review, I’m going to analyze Loneheart’s Gadget in Chains. Why choose this particular fanfic? Because I hate it. It embodies everything that is wrong with angsty fanfiction driven by its appeal to the author’s own perverted mind, and yet it is undoubtedly the pinnacle of its art. Gadget in Chains is a work of dark and twisted genius, from which one cannot easily look away. One admires it against the protestations of the conscience, sort of like Riefenstahl’s Triumph des Willens.
One of the first things you will notice about Gadget in Chains is that it is long. Really, really long. In fact, it’s almost twice as long as Moby-Dick, or over four times as long as Moby-Dick.
The Man Behind the Madness
Gadget in Chains is the magnum opus of Loneheart, supposedly an unpublished writer turned calling center employee. I don’t know if that’s a factual biography or not, but he’s undoubtedly the Adolf Wölfli of Rescue Rangers fanfiction. It took seven years to write Gadget in Chains; you can read it on fanfiction.net in a somewhat shorter period of time.
Alternately, on the Acorn Cafe you can find a version edited to comply with their restrictions on content. This version is much more succinct and has a good bit less in the way of fan (dis)service, you can get a copy here.
As mentioned previously, the contents seem to be largely dictated by appeal to the writer and it gets rather repetitive. One could be forgiven for thinking that the work was an attempt to refine prose descriptions of Gadget being strip-searched or beaten to high art. I’ll be honest, just reading some of this made me really uncomfortable. For the sake of brevity, and also because this is an illustrated review and I’d rather dislike earning myself a spot on a certain particularly infamous Encyclopedia Dramatica article, I’m going to skip most of that.
Still, Gadget is on the receiving end of so much suffering in this story that one gets the impression that the author originally meant to write a much shorter story, Gadget in Pains, wherein the titular mouse gets stuck on a glue board and must gnaw off her own leg to escape (and, probably, her clothing as well, since this is Loneheart we’re talking about), but then he saw The Shawshank Redemption.
Speaking of which, Gadget in Chains is laden with references to prison movies and literature; for example it has a lot more in common with Les Misérables than just the obvious facts that Gadget and Jean Valjean share a prisoner number and that both books are really long. This is by no means a bad thing; in fact, finding references was probably the most fun I had reading it. Then again, that’s probably just the kind of person I am.
This is a sad day for Rescue Rangers fans, who had been treated to their first taste of fresh original official CDRR content since the TV series was cancelled back in the early 90s.
The only mention of this on the BOOM! studios website is in the forums, where a subscriber asked why CDRR was absent from the titles scheduled to be shipping in August 2011. The reason given was that issue #8 was to be the last issue “for the time being,” and that there were no plans to continue the series. There has yet to be an official announcement explaining why the series was cancelled; all we know is that it will be replaced by the DuckTales comic in their publishing schedule.
In other news, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers issue #7 is now available… better pick it up while you still can, before the CDRR comics are out of print.
Coming soon from BOOM! Studios…
Availability: Not yet released.
Writer(s): Ian Brill
Artist(s): Leonel Castellani
No crimes go slipping through the cracks in this issue of RESCUE RANGERS! A rich businessmouse begs for help tracking down his kidnapped daughter, but Chip ‘n’ Dale smell a rat. Actually, they smell a bunch of rats! And when NINJA PORCUPINES join the mix, things can’t get any worse for everybody’s favorite furry flatfoots! Another not-to-be-missed issue written by DARKWING DUCK’s Ian Brill and MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD’s Leonel Castellani!
Wow, Ninja Porcupines! How will the Rangers ever escape? Oh, by the way, is it just me, or does Cover A look a little like something from the Chipmunk Adventure?
Maybe it’s just me…
Pictured: Wrong Chipmunk
According to the UK entertainment website Digital Spy, BOOM! Studios may no longer be publishing comics based on classic Disney licenses such as Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Uncle Scrooge.
A listing of upcoming issues in the Diamond Comic Distributors Previews catalog for July suggests that BOOM! will continue to publish other Disney titles such as Darkwing Duck and Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers.
So far these are unconfirmed rumors. BOOM! Studios has yet to confirm or comment on this, and so far there is no mention in their official blog of the classic Disney series disappearing.