I’m very much shocked that not only is Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers a good movie, I’m actually shocked that Disney let them make this movie at all given that it lampoons much of what makes Disney, Disney: The cannibalism of intellectual properties, the dreaded remake, and the Hollywood system as a whole.
Sure, there is more beyond that given that this movie is all about the villain skirting copyright by producing direct to video knockoffs of Disney films which adds an extra layer of hilarity given that Chip n’ Dale skirts copyright during its entire run to one fun at the animation industry.
I consider this film the unofficial sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit and no one will convince me otherwise.
More than being a copyright flaunting farce, Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers is a smartly written comedy that has a lot to say and a lot to goof on. Andy Samburg and John Mulaney take a little getting used to, but they provide a quick in-universe explanation why the voices aren’t high pitched and squeaky and I was fine with it. Actually, Sandberg and Mulaney are quite perfect in the roles provided.
There are multiple moments of high end hilarity in this movie as it comments on fan culture, being washed up in Hollywood, and various animation styles, throwing shade at motion capture, CGI, and everything Disney. The jokes are clever, mostly land, and there are so many Easter Eggs and cameos that this movie doesn’t just require multiple viewings, it demands it.
If I have a complaint about Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, it would be the lack of actual Rescue Rangers. Poor Monty is relegated to the MacGuffin and Gadget and Zipper are barely cameos. Perhaps in the sequel, we can be granted an actual Rescue Rangers adventure?
Far be it for me to complain about the finished product, though, because as it is, Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers is a perfect mix of nostalgia, comedy, and satire. I honestly don’t understand the logic of dumping this masterpiece to streaming, while allowing something as underwhelming as Lightyear into theaters.