Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers is Better Than it Should Be

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The tagline “It’s not a reboot, it’s a comeback,” perfectly describes how Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers surprisingly surpasses audience expectations.

The joke that Hollywood is out of ideas so they only make sequels and reboots is so well known these days that Hollywood frequently makes them in their own big-budget films without fear, even when that very movie is a sequel/reboot cash grab. 

The idea of yet another shameless sequel/reboot where Hollywood makes fun of how unoriginal it has become did not sound appealing to me in the slightest, but I ended up sitting down and watching Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers with some friends anyway. 

Maybe ten minutes into this movie however, I was shocked. Not only was it making kid-appropriate jokes that were actually getting laughs out of me and my friends, but it was a surprisingly accurate portrayal of the slaughterhouse that the entertainment business is, displaying worn out has-beens living in trailers, actors’ struggles with addiction and debt, and a crime-ridden California, all to a PG audience mind you.

Now, if you’re under 20 years old, the cartoon Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers probably escaped your attention since it was a little before your time. The classic was a family-friendly comedy starring a host of rodents and a bug solving mysteries. The new movie follows a similar plot, with the reunited Chip and Dale trying to solve the mystery of their missing friend, Monterey Jack, who got into some trouble due to his cheese addiction. The pair end up being pulled into a conspiracy involving a mysterious character by the name of Sweet Pete trafficking animated characters in Hollywood so they can star in foreign bootleg versions of popular American movies.

However, it’s hardly the nostalgia the two chipmunks cause that make the movie so enjoyable, it’s the clever jokes, mind-boggling CGI, and the nostalgia all the other characters bring. The movie is full of cameos from tv shows and movies from the past three decades, so much so that there’s almost one hidden in every frame. Most notably however, is one scene’s gag where one actor voices a bunch of different characters he’s played in the past. If that isn’t enough for you, the movie also has a surprisingly refreshing mystery which keeps the audience unsure of who to trust throughout the movie.

If you want to see the surprisingly splendid spectacle, the movie is currently being streamed on Disney Plus.