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"Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers" (2022) Review: The Good and The Bad

An amateur film review writer who likes pretty much every film genre.

A Disney+ original film (so they say) that is good in storyline and execution.

Akiva Schaffer directed the film, which included a fantastic voice cast that included John Mulaney, Andy Samberg, Seth Rogen, and many more. The events of the film take place thirty years after the end of their successful television program. Chip and Dale live radically different lifestyles. When one of the original series' cast members inexplicably vanishes, the duo must band together to save their companion.

The second coming of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers' idea of mixing the cartoon world with the real world with strong and varied animation and a decent plot is executed nicely. However, not everything about this film is first.

Chip (John Mulaney) & Dale (Andy Samberg)

Chip (John Mulaney) & Dale (Andy Samberg)

The Bad

1. Awkward Voice Performance... At first

Everyone who gave their voices to this film did an excellent job. When J.K. Simmons plays Captain Putty, he is a delight to behold and hear. Will Arnett (as Sweet Pete), Eric Bana (as Monterey Jack), and others also did an excellent job of bringing their characters to life.

There is, however, a problem with the key characters' voice actors' performances. It's not a huge deal, but to reiterate, their voices take some getting used to as Chip (voiced by John Mulaney and Mason Blomberg) and Dale (voiced by Andy Samberg and Juliet Donenfeld). On first listen, John Mulaney's voice sounds wrong as Chip.

However, after a few minutes, the voices cease to disturb you. And you can see the chemistry developing between the two main characters.

At the very least, they avoided the chipmunk squeaky voice.

Chip & Dale in action

Chip & Dale in action

The Good

1. A Simple Mystery Plot

First and foremost, the premise of this film is both decent and straightforward. Following in the footsteps of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the film tried to create a mystery-oriented tale that the viewer could follow.

However, it must be stated that the film's mystery core is at most minimal. And solving the enigma is simple. However, regardless of how straightforward the story is, it is the journey that is important.

Simple is sometimes better.

2. An Expansion of the Original Series

Praise for the filmmaker for not just rebooting the original series, which ran for three seasons beginning in 1989. Instead, they opted to continue right after the original series ended, with Chip and Dale seeing themselves as this actor/character who is no longer as popular as they once were.

The simple solution would have been to just reboot with a new animation style and expect the public to desire more from the reboot.

Instead, the filmmakers went out of their way to modernize and build on the original plot.

The first "Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers" (2022) poster

The first "Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers" (2022) poster

3. Numerous Animation Styles

Another noteworthy component of the film is the use of several animation styles for different characters. Chip and Dale, the primary characters, have distinct animation styles. Chip is animated in his classic, but somewhat updated way, whereas Dale is animated in the current CGI animation style.

Each animation style is created specifically for the plot. It is also done based on each character's last known appearance, which is a visual treat.

4. Cameos Aplenty

There are several appearances in the film, like those seen in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) and Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021). To name a few, the film featured characters from the black and white period to the horrifying era of realistic and modern-day CGI animation.

Some cameos are fleeting and will require a second viewing to be caught. Some, on the other hand, are quite clear about who they are and where they come from.

Are the cameos there only for nostalgia's sake? Yes, but that doesn't take away the enjoyment of watching the film and naming the characters and their films when they appear onscreen.

If you enjoy Disney animation or any type of animation film, this could be a delightful viewing experience for you.

The original Rescue Rangers

The original Rescue Rangers

Final Opinion

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022) is a film that Space Jam: A New Legacy wishes it could be. 7/10 for the film. Disney needs to expand on this franchise.

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