Traditionally, when Disney films skip theaters and go straight to video, it's not a good sign. Hence, today's Disney+ premiere of Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers—a PG-rated reboot with little in the way of advance press screenings—had us assuming the worst, despite its comedy pedigree. Chip 'N Dale is a self-aware comedy romp that families will appreciate. Samberg's opening narration suggests that the phrase "Chip 'N Dale" is likely to remind viewers of a few things—and it then flashes a PG-rated image of male strippers. That's probably not surprising for a film whose lead characters hail from the " Disney Afternoon Collection " of late '80s characters.
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In a world full of reboots and crossovers, the Disney Plus live-action movie Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a refreshing antidote. note: This review contains some setup spoilers for Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers.] Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers kicks off when animated chipmunks Chip (voiced by John Mulaney) and Dale (Andy Samberg) reunite years after their animated series Rescue Rangers was canceled. Much like Who Framed Roger Rabbit (which it openly references), Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers takes place in a world where animated characters live alongside humans. Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a great reminder of how much fun it can be to reimagine childhood classics when it’s done right — a rare thing in this day and age.THE VERGE - Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is the sound of Disney laughing at its own meta humor
Disney’s new feature-length, hybrid live-action / animated Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers movie from director Akiva Schaffer is the perfect example of everything that’s wonderful and terrible about Hollywood’s current era of reboots. In its frantic attempt at lighting up the warm, fuzzy nostalgia centers of your brain, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers forgets that callbacks to the good old days really aren’t enough to make these sorts of big-screen reimaginings work. Visually, Chip ‘n Dale is a mixed bag in multiple senses of the phrase. Like many reboots attempting to appeal to multiple generations of fans as well as newcomers, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers feels like a story that isn’t entirely sure what it wants to be. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers hits Disney Plus on May 20th.