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‘Chip ‘n Dale’ To Get Live Action Movie Revival

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Good news for those who grew up watching Disney cartoons in the 90s: Disney has announced that the classic cartoon characters Chip and Dale will soon be seen in an all new avatar–a live action/CGI hybrid reboot of the popular franchise.


The Hollywood Reporter reports that a new Rescue Rangers “origins” movie is set to be produced by Disney-owned Mandeville Films, based on a pitch by Robert Rugan, known for his work on commercials, who is also writing the script for the reboot. Mandeville’s Alexander Young will reportedly executive-produce. The movie is reportedly set to be in the style of recent live-action/CGI hybrid films like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Scooby Doo and The Smurfs (all of which were pretty successful). Looks like Disney wants in on the success of these movies and hopes that this will spawn a new franchise.


Disney characters Chip ‘n Dale first appeared in 1943 alongside Pluto in a short film, and went on to feature in a number of Disney animated shorts–always playing havoc in the lives of Pluto and Donald. In 1989, the duo got their own series, Chip ‘n Dale :Rescue Rangers, which ran through the 90s and today is still beloved by a generation. The series paired Chip, the brains, and Dale, the goofball, as leaders on a little rodent agency called the “Rescue Rangers”, solving crimes and mysteries for  bunch of animal and human friends. Recently the duo have been the mascots for D23, the official Disney fan club.
Check out the classic TV theme below:

What are your thoughts on the Chip ‘n Dale reboot? Will you watch?

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  • Eric Faulkner

    I hope we can get the rest of the series on DVD with this coming out.

  • Braden

    I had this show on VHS when I was younger! I watched it so many times

  • Brianna

    hmm not sure how I feel about this because of past hybrid films, but I’m willing to see how Disney handles it! It’ll definitely be nice to see kids in line to see these characters again at the Disney Park. Everyone else is usually out the door, but Chip and Dale never have a line!

  • Nathan C.

    I like the fact that Chip and Dale are coming back…but at what cost? I’d hate to see this end up exactly like those other CG hybrid movies.

    Not to go too far off-topic, but the Phineas and Ferb movie (which is planned to be a 2D/live-action hybrid) is apparently not cancelled, but indefinitely delayed. Here’s the source: https://twitter.com/mmonogram/status/368505368764100608

  • James

    Um, is this site going to have an article about the recently announced Sly Cooper animated movie?

    • Fadi Antwan

      Or Illumination Entertainment’s 2016 movie, Pets?

    • Brianna

      Wow, just looked it up. IT LOOKS GORGEOUS. SO MUCH EYE CANDY!!

    • Chinoiserie

      And there was teaser trailer already too!

    • We are an organization filled entirely of volunteers, who work and go to school. We do our best to cover as much as we can, but can’t cover anything currently. You can always write your own user-submitted articles if you see gaps in our coverage and really want to see the movie covered. 🙂


  • Marier Villarreal

    I would see it. I never watched the series as a kid cause I was born too late (cough 1998 cough). Are the series good?

    • Michael Badger

      The series is good, I watched it as a kid. I have some of the DVD’s now.

  • Brandon Kelly

    I use to watch Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers all the time as a kid. In terms of this being a live-action film, is this going to be like Alvin and the Chipmunks?

    • Apparently that’s what Disney is attempting. A live-action/CGI hybrid. Movies like Alvin, Smurfs, even Enchanted were hits, so I guess Disney hopes this one is too.

  • MovieMan995

    The original animated series placed emphasis on scale, and since they were so small, everything to them appeared quite large, so seeing the real world from such perspective could potentially work. I’m sure people weren’t expecting great things from a 101 Dalmatians live-action film either, but that apparently was successful for Disney, so I’ll wait to hear more to form too much of an opinion. The original cartoon did have a 5-part origin story, IIRC. Also, this will probably guarantee the release of the two games from the NES, plus character releases for Disney Infinity, so consider that a plus if you aren’t thrilled about the live-action movie.

  • What the Pythagorean Theorem?! I’ve never really been a fan of the half live-action/half animated films (the ones where the main characters are animated) and this doesn’t seem to be drawing me in.

  • Haley TheRadiant

    What the H***
    I mean I remember the show I watched it when I was a baby but No I don’t want Alvin and the Chipmunk rejects!

  • Nicholas Bloom

    well since the animated theatrical film got scrapped in 91 ill give this a chance

  • I can see why Disney would jump on the live-action/CGI hybrid films but my concern is that could end up being only entertaining for the kids in the front row, not including the generation that grew up with the TV show or anybody else watching this.

    What I do hope/think is that the writing/tone for this could be more like “The Adventures of Tintin” instead of “Alvin” or the “Smurfs” franchise. “Tintin” and “Rescue Rangers” had lots of swasbuckling action, strange new places to travel to, and and less references to pop culture. The 90’s cartoon had a similar “around the world” adventure vibe and what with Chip’s Indiana Jones-esq attire, this could work.

    The ball is in your court, Disney.