Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a surprisingly satirical yet earnest reboot with sly jabs at the industry and the aggressive remakes.
Director Akiva Schaffer deserves an award just for being able to do what he did and get away with it. The amount of snarkiness in the movie is astronomical, but it’s mostly of an enjoyable goofy variety, and will appeal especially to devotees of animation in all its forms.
To be honest, I was totally surprised watching Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, the movie. As a kid, I remember watching the reruns of the 1980s show and laughing my ass at them. I always wondered why we never heard of them again. Disney has been rebooting and redoing every single one of their IPs, except this one. And to my surprise, the answer is wrapped up inside this reboot masked as a world building follow up movie. Smart!
Filled with easter eggs and jokes, big a small, Chip & Dale are looking for their friend. Even with the huge jab at Paramount Studios for their Sonic mishaps, it’s still a little detective story.
Yes, this concept of live action has been done numerous times: From ‘Roger Rabbit’ to ‘Space Jam.’ However, the concept works extremely well here, and despite the slow pacing, I loved watching it!
Is it a little cynical to sneak in a reboot under the guise of wry, cultural commentary? Yes. Did it still make me laugh? Also yes. In conclusion, the straight-to-Disney+ buddy movie offers an exciting taste of what Disney can achieve when it decides to take risks and get clever when it dusts off its extensive archives.
Should you watch it?
Even with a slow start, thi is one of the best comedies I’ve seen this year, and not in the ‘it’s made for kids’ way. This is legitimately a really funny movie.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers exclusively Disney Plus everywhere.