Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

 Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
Original title: Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
Director:Akiva Schaffer
Running time:97 minutes
Release date:20 may 2022
Nowadays, Chip and Dale are as much a part of the animation world as they are of the human world. Since the deprogramming of the series they starred in, their lives have taken diametrically opposite directions. Chip has become an insurance salesman and lives an ordinary life in a residential suburb. Dale, on the other hand, has undergone medical surgery and performs at nostalgic galas and conventions, where he tries in vain to recapture his former glory. When one of their former adventure partners mysteriously disappears, Chip and Dale have no choice but to rekindle their past friendship and don their detective hats to go to his rescue...

Mulder's Review

As the competition between the major streaming platforms gets tougher and tougher, each of them is trying to win over new subscribers by offering exclusive content such as never-before-seen movies and series, sports broadcasts and other shows that can capture the audience's attention. Disney+ is the one that in almost a year has completely conquered its audience and has allowed us to discover excellent series based on the Star Wars and Marvel universes, as well as films for which we regret not being able to discover them for the first time in a theater. 

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is an excellent family entertainment able to please both a young audience that knows and appreciates the characters of Tit and Tac (Chip and Dale) and an audience that is passionate about movies and conventions that will find here something to spend an excellent moment. Behind this comedy hides a real caricature of American cinema and Z productions plagiarizing like The Asylum does with its mockbusters of American blockbusters (The Terminators, Transmorphers...). The numerous winks to movies and characters from other American studios punctuate this movie with excellent scenes in which we will meet E.T the alien, a Sonic look-alike, He-Man and Skeletor (Masters of the Universe), Darkwing Duck, Shredder, Tigra and a multitude of other characters making this movie totally jubilant and surprising and above all making it an excellent way to wait for the San Diego Comic-con which will be held from July 20th to 24th.

While the Hollywood fashion is to make sequels to successful films, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers appears to be the troublemaker we didn't see coming. One suspects that the huge success of Free Guy with the presence of several Disney characters has opened the door to using different characters from both animation and blockbusters to create a very special universe. In the same way this film is in the continuity of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) (Roger Rabbit who makes an appearance during a scene) by proposing a world in which animated characters rub shoulders with humans whether it is in the streets, school classes or on Hollywood film sets. 

In the same way the writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand did not only propose a transposition of the series Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (1988-1990, 3 seasons, 65 episodes) but they opted to put forward the friendship between Chip and Dale. We discover how they met at school, developed a real talent to make their audience laugh and went to Los Angeles to try a career and got a real fame with their animated series Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers before it stops following the departure of Dale who was proposed a new series Double-O-Dale (James Bond parody) which will be finally cancelled after a single episode. The fact that the duet Chip and Dale separates makes that the two inseparable friends are going to leave of sight. Thirty years later, 

Thirty years later, Chip has stepped away from the set and has become a successful insurance salesman and a regular employee of the month. Dale for his part has left his 2D animation appearance for that of CGI (total makeover) and is trying to regain significant success and in the meantime must rely on being present at various conventions for fans of his series. However, when their common friend and secondary actor of their series, Monterey Jack is kidnapped by the dangerous Sweet Pete (the true identity of this modern gangster is pure genius), Chip and Dale will have to reform their duo and confront Sweet Pete. In their fight, they will be assisted by Detective Ellie Steckler. We won't tell you more but this movie reveals many excellent surprises and doesn't hesitate to propose a perfectly targeted caricature of the current Hollywood. 

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers shows a real originality by fustigating with ability the numerous characters of the American animation and cult characters of the cinema universe. In the same way we will also find the time of a scene the actor Paul Rudd in his own role and who does not hesitate to parody his cinematographic saga Ant-man with success. Playing as much on the comedy, the thriller or the spy movie, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers celebrates the cinema and pays tribute to it with an undeniable talent. 

Rare are the films that bring us to an important question, such as how Walt Disney Pictures managed to obtain the right to use the DC Comics catalog, from Universal Studios the right to use E.T. the alien in an excerpt of a non-existent film in which Batman also appears. We admit that we were totally impressed by these borrowings and also reminding us of some scenes of Ready Player One (2018). Just as we will appreciate the fact of seeing characters from the movie Cats making garbage in a dilapidated neighborhood. This level of cynicism shows that the scriptwriters had a free hand to go to the end of their ideas without having to suffer the wrath of political correctness too present in the cinema. Even the actor Vin Diesel and his Fast & Furious film saga is entitled to a parody during a scene in which a poster from an alternative film appears. 

The original voice cast of the film deserves to be discovered in its original version as we can find with pleasure John Mulaney, Andy Samberg, Will Arnett, Eric Bana, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, J.K. Simmons, KiKi Layne in consistent roles. Certainly Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is one of the best movies of this month of May and would have deserved a real release in theaters as it is destined to become a cult and to be seen again and again with the same pleasure.

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
Directed by Akiva Schaffer
Written by Dan Gregor, Doug Mand
Based on Rescue Rangers properties and characters by Disney Television Animation
Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
Starring John Mulaney, Andy Samberg, Will Arnett, Eric Bana, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, J.K. Simmons, KiKi Layne
Cinematography : Larry Fong
Edited by Brian Scott Olds
Music by Brian Tyler
Production companies : Walt Disney Pictures, Mandeville Films
Distributed by Disney+
Release dates : May 16, 2022 (Orlando), May 20, 2022 (United States)
Running time : 97 minutes

Seen on May 20, 2022 (Disney+)

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