REVIEW: Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers Delivers More Satire Than Reboot

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There’s no denying that the studio loves reboots and remakes. Disney is certainly participating in this mode considering how many live-action remakes they’ve made in recent years, including the DuckTales reboot, which just ended. When word got out that Disney would also be releasing a new Chip and Dale film — Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers — it might be easy to assume it was just a reboot profiting from nostalgia, even though the tagline claims, “This isn’t a reboot; it’s a comeback.” .” However, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers surprised viewers by being a meta look at not only reboot-quels but animation and nostalgia in general, providing plenty of humor for viewers of all ages.

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is about the titular duo who reunite after their original cartoon ended, with Dale (Andy Samberg) choosing to try out a solo series, thus making him an extravagant actor, while Chip (John Mulaney) worked. for an insurance company. Despite the tension between the two, they get back together to help find Monterey Jack (Eric Bana), who is too deep with Sweet Pete, a mob boss who forces those who can’t pay to become part of the animated pirates.

The premise is unexpected, a little irreverent by Disney standards, and makes for a solidly nostalgic formula that satisfies satire. With so many films relying on nostalgia, it’s refreshing to see there’s a way to poke fun at this trend while also adapting it. Adults who grew up with Disney cartoons — as well as animation from Warner Bros., Dreamworks, and more — will surely enjoy catching the countless Easter eggs, especially since most of it is done by placing these characters in a satirical look-alike light. with what was seen in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. However, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers doesn’t capture lightning in a bottle like the film does.

Much of the humor will land on a lot of adult audiences, and it’s more than just a reference and a nostalgic punch. Some darker implications, animated jokes, and drier moments of humor prove this film doesn’t rely on childhood memories. Animated jokes, in particular, are strong, not only because of their humor, but also because of the many animation techniques and styles at play. It’s not just visual jokes that pop up. Humor is also successful thanks to the voice cast, especially ones like Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, and J.K. Simmons, who commits to jokes in a way where the directness of their vocal performance contrasts the absurdity of the situation hilariously.

Not every joke is a hit, especially regarding some of the things that Dale does. Jokes about failed celebrities have been carried to death for years, and the storyline of an actor’s ego and fame leading to his downfall and disappointment is nothing short of revolutionary. Those familiar with such stories will surely have an inkling of the direction this film will take. In fact, much of the plot itself is predictable, especially in the third act, but the film is at least aware of this. Unfortunately, that’s not the only time the film pokes fun at something the industry does and then goes on to do what it criticizes, making him feel like having his cake and eating it too.