This review is spoiler-free.
As a child, I LOVED the Rescue Rangers! So, when it was announced that we’d be getting something new involving these characters, I was very excited! After I watched the first teaser, I must admit I was a little unsure about the format approach, however, given the people involved in the project I was always going to give it a go!
I am happy to report back that this movie is fantastic! As the credits rolled, I sat there with a stupidly large smile on my face, as the movie is both genuinely funny but also has a real feel-good factor to it. I also don’t believe you necessarily need to know who Chip and Dale are or have had seen the Rescue Rangers show to enjoy this movie! Of course, it hits home harder if you do, but as a standalone Disney movie, I think it works just as well!
It’s an obvious take that Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers takes huge influence from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and there are more than enough hints to confirm that this is actually set within the same universe! Depending on how successful the reception of this movie is, I can definitely see Disney continuing this format and ‘universe’ in future films, be it as a sequel to this movie or if they wanted to focus on other characters. I can see this movie being very successful across the full age range spectrum of Disney watchers, so I really wouldn’t be shocked to see more in the future.
As I mentioned earlier, this film has a real feel-good factor to it, and the comedy and drama elements complement each other really well! The story is really well thought out, and the character journeys are just as rewarding! Speaking of the characters…
I thought this film nailed its casting choices, with John Mulaney (Chip) and Andy Samberg (Dale) taking on the role of the two main leads with great success! There were also the likes of Seth Rogen and J.K. Simmons who brought both humour and earnestness to their performances respectively. We also cannot forget the ‘humans’ in the movie with the super talented Kiki Layne a perfect addition to acting as the audience’s window into the world! Finally, there are a number of performers who reprise their roles as certain Disney characters, including original Rescue Rangers Corey Burton and Tress MacNeille (Gadget), which was a really nice touch! I cannot list many other performers without going into spoiler territory, but it’s safe to say this movie honours a lot of characters and performers.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is jam-packed full of Easter Eggs and deep cuts, so much so that the film will probably need multiple re-watches to spot them all, as there are just so many to fully absorb – with some being super subtle! But don’t be fooled by this – this goes beyond ‘fan service’ and ‘references for reference’s sake’, there is a rhyme and reason to all of this, as it plays a huge part in the story as well! Be prepared to see plenty of Disney property appearances including some great cameos – but you’ll also be treated to some very unexpected moments too!
So, the negatives? Other than one major plot hole, which doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, there isn’t much to complain about! Could some characters have been involved more? Sure! But I think you then run the risk of too much going on at once, especially with the story framework they used in the movie.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is an outstanding feel-good comedy, full of great humour and performances. As well as the fun cameos, Easter-Eggs, and deep-cut gags, it also has a lot of heart and warmth, making this a perfect family movie!