Disney Plans ‘Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers’ Live-Action Movie

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 1st, 2014 at 12:41 pm,

chip n dale rescue rangers live action movie Disney Plans Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers Live Action Movie

Four years ago, Disney struck gold with Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and has since begun developing multiple live-action modernizations of intellectual properties from its animation back catalog (including this year’s Sleeping Beauty revision, Maleficent). The Mouse House also has a treasure trove of 1980s/90s cartoon series just waiting to be plundered, and sure enough it now looks as though the studio has started to rummage through that particular storage box.

THR is reporting that Disney has picked up a pitch for a live-action Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers movie, based on the animated series that premiered back in 1989 and ran for three seasons (with reruns included as part of the famous Disney Afternoon lineup). That show – a surefire nostalgic property for many kids of the ’90s – re-imaginined beloved chipmunk duo Chip and Dale as members of a detective agency that would battle various enemies, ranging from human mad scientists to Mob boss cats.

Disney-based production shingle Mandeville Films/TV (Warm Bodies, Muppets Most Wanted) is backing the venture, which has been envisioned as a live-action/CGI hybrid by commercials director Robert Rugan. Besides currently developing a couple of projects for Warner Bros., Rugan’s previous output includes Alice’s Misadventures in Wonderland – a contemporary re-envisioning of the Alice story – and the popular Looney Tunes inspired short video “Wiley vs Rhodes”, which you can watch below.

Nowadays, live-action takes on nostalgic cartoons are generally lucrative, but they’re a very iffy proposition quality-wise. Part of the problem is that these recent live-action/CGI franchises like Alvin & the Chipmunks and The Smurfs have loaded on adult irony, at the expense of the innocence and irreverence that made previous incarnations so charming; the other problem is that photo-realistic CGI versions of hand-drawn characters from the 20th century tend to turn out, well, awkward (see: CGI Garfield, etc.).

It’s possible that Rugan’s planned Rescue Rangers movie would instead embrace the old-fashioned cartoony adventure of its inspiration, like how the rebooted Muppets movies from producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (who’re also backing Rugan’s project) have retained the property’s traditional humor.┬áThat could make the antics of 3D “realistic” portrayals of Rescue Ranger┬ácharacters – techno-wiz Gadget, cheese-crazed Monterey Jack and plucky fly Zipper – genuinely entertaining for young ones, while being easier to stomach for older moviegoers.

And hey, if Rescue Rangers actually comes to fruition, maybe that’ll encourage Disney to get going on a live-action/CGI moved based on the Gargoyles cartoon from the 1990s. We could get behind that.


We’ll keep you posted on development of Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers as more information is made available.

Source: THR

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  1. Well………………..
    Why Not….

  2. The Chippendales?! Oh…Chip ‘n’ Dale, the Disney characters–I thought for a minute someone had been filming me through my window…!~

  3. I loved this cartoon as a child. How will it work tho. Mmm.

  4. Why…. why?

  5. Maybe in today’s Hollywood it’s more expensive, but why not do a Roger Rabbit style combo? The characters would be more true to what kids were used to instead of odd looking 3-D characters.

  6. My head hurts.
    I imagine alvin & the chipmunks and smurfs.

    • WWE’s next cage-match: Chip ‘n’ Dale versus Alvin and the Chipmunks! With Dave Seville and Walt Disney at the ring-side! I can see it all now…where do I buy my ticket? Get the popcorn ready!

  7. so this is the next chipmunks? it will probably have a crossover with the chipmunks

  8. But when will they do a live action Darkwing Duck? (And no, I am not sure how that would work either).

  9. I guess if a new generation can enjoy them, why not? If the idea is to get old school fans to see it, they are probably wasting they’re time. Loved the show in the day, but I’ve dabbled in enough classic cartoons on Netflix (G.I Joe, Transformers, He-Man, ect..) to know that, while my memories are very fond, the premises don’t hold up for me these 25 years later. lol

    • * “wasting their time..”

  10. NO. Please no… So far I’ve not been impressed with Smurfs or Alvin and the Chipmunks. I feel like Chip & Dale just won’t look right live-action, or have the right tone(Corny humor etc..). But hey; I’ll give it a chance. I think it would work better if they made it motion capture similar to The Adventures of Tintin.

  11. Next, Christopher Nolan’s Darkwing Duck…….

  12. I loved the show back then, and think it would be cool to see a live action-cgi film. I agree not only could this film help open the door to other 80′s/90′s Disney toons but maybe we’ll get a Gargoyle’s film done in live action/cgi.

  13. If this is like the TMNT movie from 2007 it’ll be good. Alvin & The Chipmunks and The Smurfs were terrible

  14. It should be all CGI. It’s going to turn out just like the Smurfs movies. Awful.

  15. No No no!!!!! I dont liked SMURF since I saw on trailer. I am sure that it is real bad too. Jeez!

  16. The kid within me is very joyful.

  17. stahp

  18. This was actually a good show back in the day I loved it and couldn’t get enough of it. I smell crap with the live action or better yet let Pixar handle the story and animation, yea?

  19. I’d be more partial to this if it were all CGI and not combo. The best way (in my opinion) would be all 2d animation, but obviously Disney’s abandoned that idea almost completely. I loved watching these characters as a child, and to see them end up like Garfield (which source material I loved)/Chipmunks/Smurfs (which I never actually had anything to do with) makes me sad because our children won’t have anything to stand the test of time; only cheap popcorn flicks that keep them shut up for an hour and a half.

  20. Great Idea, Just like Duck Tales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp first came out on the big screen since 1990 when I was 11 years old ? I hope everyone remembers watching that way back when everyone were kids ? It took 25 years later to get animated on the big screen. I use to watch Duck Tales, Chip N Dale: Rescue Rangers, Tale Spin, Gummi Bears, and Darkwing Duck on Disney Channel.

    • I was only 6 years old in 1990 but have never seen that movie. I was more interested in watching the Beetlejuice and Batman movies on TV around that time and talking my way into a cinema to watch Batman Returns in 1992, despite the attendant trying to suggest the re-release of Disney’s Robin Hood movie (which is awesome too) due to it being age appropriate compared to the 15 rated Batman sequel.

      We got all those shows in the UK on ITV, we never had a Disney channel until the late 90s.


  22. And… people immediately starts shouting their disapproval just because of Smurf, Chipmunks and Yogi (which everyone obviously forgot). It’s not like they will be forced to watch it anyway (though I’m sure they will, no matter how they say they HATE the idea).

    As for me, I’d watch it… but if I’m the boss of Disney, I’d give this to Pixar or Disney Animation studio and create a fine 3D animated feature instead :D

  23. One thing about this.

    Chip and Dale were always best with Donald Duck. So, will there be Donald Duck?

    And if there is Donald Duck, will there be Scrooge McQuack?

    You see where I’m going, of course. A whole new shared movie universe from Disney, from Rescue Rangers to Duck Tales. Why not?

  24. I say meh to this.

    I loved the cartoon back in the day and still occasionally play the video game whenever I dig out my NES console (yep, still works perfectly) but I’m not the target audience and I outgrew Disney cartoons like this back in the mid 90s.

    And now thanks to SR, I have the old theme song stuck in my head.

    • Oh and I expect a live action Tail Spin movie any time soon.

  25. Che Che Che CHEEEEEESE?!?!?

  26. What Disney needs to do is create a Disney Classics channel and drum-up some interest for the youth. My kids would love these old school cartoons, they are truly timeless. I brought the Ducktale seasons on DVD and they absolutely love them.

    My kids know of Chip and Dale but not from Rescue Rangers. Disney is relying on the parents to bring the kids which is fine because I’m sure I will. However re-airing the cartoons would seem advantageous.

    • I think there are more than enough cable stations as is, as Disney has their fair share. They can just show these old cartoons on one of the channels they already have, if they don’t already.

  27. This is what they choose over Gargoyles?

  28. Do tho movie but take out the live action aspect. That’ll just jack it up. Do a nostalgic cartoon on CGI cartoon for 90s kids to watch with their kids. But definitely DO a live action reimagining of Gargoyles. That’d be awesome!

  29. Brad Pitt as chip
    Denzel Washington as Dale
    Michael Fassbinder as Zipper
    Benedict Cumberbatch as Fatcat

    • You forgot to add Idris Elba and Nathan Fillion into your cast list.

      In fact, from 2015 onwards, all characters in every movie ever will be played by Elba, Fillion and Cumberbatch.

      • and we both forgot Ryan Reynolds as a cameo of him self