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.
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.
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:
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.