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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
Genre Adventure
Comedy
Drama
Mystery
Science fiction
Format Animated Series
Created by Tad Stones
Alan Zaslove
Directed by
Creative director Tad Stones
Alan Zaslove
Starring
Voices of Corey Burton
Peter Cullen
Jim Cummings
Tress MacNeille
Rob Paulsen
Alan Oppenheimer
Noelle North
Composer(s) Glen Daum (for Score Productions)
Opening theme Rescue Rangers Theme
(Composed by Mark Mueller)
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Disney Television Animation
Nelvana
Broadcast
Original channel Disney Channel (Season 1)
Syndicated (Seasons 2 & 3)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Mono (some episodes)
Original run March 4, 1989 – November 19, 1990
External links
Official website
IMDb page
TV.com page

Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is an American animated series, produced by Disney Television Animation, Nelvana and created by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove. The series premiered on the Disney Channel on March 4, 1989. It technically premiered with a two-hour movie, Rescue Rangers: To the Rescue, which was later broken up into a five-part pilot and aired as the opening of the second season.

In the fall of 1989, the series was syndicated on September 18, 1990. It became a part of the Disney Afternoon line up, and reruns of the show were aired until the fall of 1993.            

As of 2014, this show is currently airing on:

Synopsis

Chip and Dale, two chipmunks with a nose for trouble, start a detective agency, Rescue Rangers, along with their friends Gadget, Monterey Jack, and Zipper. The pint-sized detectives deal with crimes that are often "too small" for the police to handle, usually with other animals as their clients. The gang frequently finds itself going up against two particular arch villains: Mafia-style tabby cat Fat Cat and mad scientist Norton Nimnul. They always think of everyone and whenever someone is in trouble, they are on the case, the gang have hearts of gold and always help others in need and they would never steal anything.

Setting

The series primarily takes place in a city (which is presumably New York City due to the presence of the Chrysler Building in "The Carpetsnaggers" and the Twin Towers in "Robocat") and the Rescue Rangers themselves reside inside of a tree located in a large park in the middle of the city. However, many episodes also take the Rescue Rangers to many different and exotic parts of the world and occasionally to outer space.

Unlike the other cartoons that aired during The Disney Afternoon, the world of the Rescue Rangers is mainly dominated by humans while animals are less anthropomorphic. Animals within the world of Rescue Rangers normally cannot speak or be understood by humans and their behavior and appearance tends to vary greatly, with some actually being somewhat anthropomorphic to the point where they dress and act like humans while others are less intelligent or incapable of properly speaking to their fellow animals and may even act like animals in the real world. In the episode "Bearing Up Baby", the Rescue Rangers acknowledge this fact and even referred to such wild animals as 'uncivilized animals'. In the episode "Dirty Rotten Diapers", the Rescue Rangers refer to the 'language' that mice and chipmunks speak as 'mouse-ese' and 'chipmunk' respectively, showing that animals mainly speak through the noises that they make and can understand one another despite how different their form of communication sounds amongst each species, however in the episode "A Fly in the Ointment", shows that if a human somehow becomes part animal they'll instantly be able to hear animals speak as if they were humans, showing that the sounds animals make can actually be heard as regular speak through the ears of other animals. Humans however can understand animals under the right conditions, usually with the aid of magic or technology as shown by the likes of Winifred and Professor Norton Nimnul. A few rare animals have been shown to be capable of actually speaking to humans without any aid, as shown by Butch and Sewernose de Bergerac. Aliens, robots, and the undead have also displayed the ability to understand and speak with animals.

During the show's run, no anthropomorphic ducks, dogs, pigs or etc. like the ones seen in DuckTales, Darkwing Duck or TaleSpin ever appeared within the series, which likely put Rescue Rangers in a separate reality of its own, and even in one episode Dale mentioned a cartoon "with that crazy duck". However, the comic The Legend of the Chaos God seems to imply that Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers takes place within the same reality as the other Disney Afternoon shows despite the dominant human population of its setting.

Production

When Tad Stones first came up with the idea of the Rescue Rangers series, Chip 'n Dale were not part of the show. In the original idea, the show would center around a team of animals, which included a chameleon, an earlier draft of Gadget, and Monterey Jack (with a different name). The main character, though, was an Indiana Jones type mouse named Kit Colby who sported a fedora and a fluffy collared leather jacket. When he proposed the show in a meeting with Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the idea was well received except for the character of Kit Colby. At Eisner's suggestion, he was replaced with the chipmunk duo to give the show some established Disney characters to work with.

While Chip and Dale were established characters, to bring them into the series, only their general appearance and broad personality traits were kept. Unlike their appearances in Disney shorts, in the Rescue Rangers the chipmunk duo are very verbal, with Chip voiced by Tress MacNeille and Dale voiced by Corey Burton. Audio processing was used to speed-up the voice recordings and give the voices a higher pitch, particularly Chip's. The pair were given clothes -- Chip the clothing of the original concept Kit, while the goofier Dale, incidentally modeled after Magnum, P.I., with his Hawaiian shirt.

The series premiered in 1989 on the Disney Channel before moving into a regular slot in weekday afternoon syndication in the fall.

The show's opening theme was performed by the pop group The Jets. It was written by Mark Mueller, an ASCAP award-winning pop music songwriter who also wrote the theme song to DuckTales.

Characters

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The main characters of the series.

Heroes

  • Chip is the Leader of the Rescue Rangers. Loosely modeled on Indiana Jones, Chip wears a fedora and a bomber jacket and frequently uses rope to lasso or swing to other spots. Chip tends to be serious and with a strong sense of responsibility, to the point that he is sometimes accused of not knowing how to have fun. He can be domineering and often ends up in squabbles with Dale over his more laid back manner. At times, though, he also lets himself go and joins Dale in some frivolity. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
  • Dale wears a red and yellow Hawaiian shirt reminiscent of Thomas Magnum in Magnum P.I.. Though dedicated to the job, he is a fun-loving, mischievous prankster who is sometimes irresponsible and forgets to think before he acts. He spends his free time reading comic books and playing video games. A known candy addict, Dale has "chocolate attacks" similar to Monterey Jack's cheese attacks. He frequently finds himself being knocked on the head by Chip when he says or does something foolish. Voiced by Corey Burton.
  • Clarice is a female chipmunk that has tan-colored toes and around the feet and she can create and invent things. Voiced by Tress MacNeille and Kath Soucie.
  • Monterey Jack is a fat rat with a red mustache that wears a light brownish coat. His favorite food is cheese, which he is named after a type of cheese. Voiced by Peter Cullen and then by Jim Cummings in Seasons 2-3.
  • Gadget Hackwrench is a female mouse that has blonde hair and she can create and invent things. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
  • Zipper is a little bluish green fly who wears a red sweater. He can't talk instead communicating through buzzing and other noises. He is very close to Monterey Jack. Voiced by Corey Burton.

Villains

  • Fat Cat is a felonious grey tabby cat and one of the Rescue Rangers' most frequent antagonists. He was introduced as the pet of the nefarious underworld crime lord, Aldrin Klordane. Voiced by Jim Cummings.
  • Wart, a lizard who dresses in a gangster-style suit and hat similar to his boss. Out of all of the henchmen, he is probably the least unintelligent and will sometimes ask questions about his boss' scheme, to which Fat Cat will usually explain in a gracious way, despite how simple he thinks he is. Voiced by Jim Cummings.
  • Mole, a slow witted but cheerful, this overweight mole wears an undersized red t-shirt and a yellow hat. When plans go wrong, Mole usually is the one who Fat Cat chooses to use as a punching bag. In these instances, Fat Cat is harshly critical of Mole (in fact he just might be the most criticized member of the gang). Voiced by Corey Burton.
  • Mepps, a thin alley cat with brown and creme colored fur and dressed in a ratty blue vest and toboggan who speaks with a whiny voice. Due to Mepps' bandaged tail and bitten ear, it is possible that Mepps has had many adventures. Whether or not, these adventures involve Fat Cat and the rest of the gang is unknown. Voiced by Peter Cullen.
  • Snout, a rat who wears a short sleeved red turtle neck with a black vest and a dark blue hat that covers his eyes. He is usually only seen briefly. It is possible the Snout joined the gang after the rangers formed and initially defeated Fat Cat because unlike Mole and Mepps who appear in 16 episodes and Wart who appears in 15, Snout only appears in 7. Voiced by Corey Burton.
  • Professor Norton Nimnul, a mad scientist who once worked for Aldrin Klordane. Though Nimnul is an intelligent and creative scientist, his plans often lack any trace of logic and tend to be extremely convoluted. Voiced by Jim Cummings.
  • The Siamese Twin Gang, two Siamese cats that own a laundromat and an illegal underground casino. Though not major villains, these two characters have been considered as Asian Stereotypes due to the fact that they own a laundromat and speak in fractured English. Both of the cats are voiced by Tress MacNeille.

Trivia

  • Early seasons have the original intro with a synthesized theme song. Later seasons have the intro with different clips and a calypso version of the theme song.
  • Chip and Dale resemble that of Indiana Jones and Thomas Magnum from Magnum P.I.

Media

Episodes

Main article: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode list

Except for the five-part set of episodes made from the pilot movie, each 22 minute episode of the series was self-contained. Plot points introduced in each episode stayed in the episode and any character development did not appear to continue through to future episodes. Most of the episodes followed a similar format, where in the next case was presented at the start of the episode, then the bulk of the episode had the sleuths gathering clues and investigating the situation. In the last few minutes of the episode, the case was resolved, usually in dramatic fashion and the final moments would have a humorous wrap up scene between the Rangers.

Merchandise

In fall of 1989, McDonald's produced a series of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers themed Happy Meal that included toy versions of the main characters riding small vehicles. Scenes from series were incorporated into the TV commercials advertising the Happy Meals.

A monthly comic book based on the show was published by Disney Comics in 1990, that ran for 19 issues. Subsequent comic stories were printed in Disney Adventures from 1990 to 1994, as well as in the Disney Afternoon comic book published by Marvel Comics.

A 1990 issue of Comics Scene magazine reported that a theatrical feature film based on the series was planned for a 1991 release, however the film never happened, possible due to the lackluster performance of DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.

Revival/Film adaptation

On January 31, 2014, Walt Disney Pictures announced that an upcoming live-action film based on the series is in early development and will tell the origins of the Chip, Dale and the Rescue Rangers. The film is still in early stages of development and a predicted release date is currently unknown.[1]

Video Games

Home Video Releases

Main article: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers videography

Disney has released some of the series to DVD in the form of box sets, with each set having three single-sided discs and no extra features. Two out of three planned volumes have been released to Region 1 as of November 14, 2006. Making 14 episodes not currently on DVD. Two volumes has been released to Region 2 DVD, in which the first volume contains seven fewer episodes than the Region 1 set. To date, there have been no releases for any additional volumes.

The episodes on the first volume are arranged by production date, while the episodes on the second volume are arranged by original air date.

The entire series is available on Amazon Instant Video. However, as of 2013, the episodes are currently unavailable through the service.

Gallery

External links


References

  1. Kit, Borys (January 31, 2014). Disney Reviving 'Chip 'n Dale' for a Live-Action Feature (Exclusive). The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on January 31, 2014.


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Media: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers (Episode list) | Feature film | Videography | Video game | Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 | The Adventure in Nimnul's Castle

The Rangers: Chip and Dale | Gadget Hackwrench | Monterey Jack | Zipper | Flash the Wonder Dog

Characters: Spunky | Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate | Tammy | Conrad Cockatoo | Sergeant Spinelli | Officer Kirby and Officer Muldoon | Mr. Gribbish | Colonel | Professor | Foxglove | Humphrey the Bear | Kookoo and Boots | Nemo | Spirit of the Lamp | Bric, Brac, and DTZ | Harry | Harriet | Hiram the Mummy | Clyde Cosgrove | Sir Colby | Tom | Darby Spree | Pop Top | Queenie | The Pi-Rats | Captain Colonel | Elliott | Ting-a-Ling & Ming-Ting | Bruin | Heebee & Jeebee | Roger | MacDuff | Donald Drake and Plato | Steggy | Myron

Villains: Fat Cat | Fat Cat's Gang | Maltese de Sade | Le Sewer and Ratatouille | Professor Norton Nimnul | Robot Dogs | Billy the Squid | Sewernose de Bergerac | Banshee | Rat Capone | Arnold Mousenegger and Sugar Ray Lizard | Spy Rats | The Greatest Spy in the World | Captain Finn | All Hands and Mr. Starfish | Lahwhinie | Louie | Crocodile | El Emenopio | Winifred | Bud | Lou | Jack and Nickels | Desiree D'Allure | Erol | Baby Thaddeus | Dr. Piltdown | Monrovia and Pomona | Kismet | Mr. Dumpty | Nog | Cruiser and Bruiser | Bubbles | Irwina Allen | Lord Howie | Aldrin Klordane | Percy | Juice-Lee

Inventions: Ranger Wing | Ranger Plane | Screaming Eagle | Meal-O-Matic | Lamp (Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers) | Steggy's Spacecraft

Locations: Happy Tom Cat Food Factory | Professor Nimnul's Lab Dome | Coo-Coo Cola Company

Disney Parks: Gadget's Go Coaster

Songs: Rescue Rangers Theme | Fat Cat Stomp | The Best of Everything | The Coo Coo Cola Song

Other: The Disney Afternoon | Disney XD (Netherlands) | Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour | Let's Go to Disneyland Paris



The Disney Afternoon
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Songs: Disney Afternoon Theme

Shows: Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985-90) • DuckTales (1987-90) • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers (1989-90) • TaleSpin (1990-91) • Darkwing Duck (1991-92) • Goof Troop (1992-93) • Bonkers (1993-94) • Aladdin (1994-96) • Gargoyles (1994-97) • The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (1995) • Timon and Pumbaa (1995-98) • Quack Pack (1996) • Mighty Ducks (1996-97)

Shows aired only in international versions: The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988-91) • Donald's Quack Attack (1992-93) • The Little Mermaid (1992-94) • 101 Dalmatians: The Series (1997-98) • Mickey Mouse Works (1999-00) • The Legend of Tarzan (2001-03) • Kim Possible (2002-07) • Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003-06) • W.I.T.C.H. (2004-06)

Other media: SoundtrackDisney Afternoon AvenueComic bookVinylmation



Disney Television Animation series
Disney Afternoon Era: 1985–96 The WuzzlesAdventures of the Gummi BearsDuckTalesThe New Adventures of Winnie the PoohChip 'n Dale Rescue RangersTaleSpinDarkwing DuckGoof TroopThe Little MermaidRaw ToonageBonkersMarsupilamiAladdinGargoylesThe Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon ShowTimon and PumbaaQuack PackMighty Ducks
One Saturday Morning Era: 1997–2002 DougJungle CubsRecessPepper AnnNightmare Ned101 Dalmatians: The SeriesHercules: The Animated SeriesMickey Mouse WorksThe WeekendersTeacher's PetBuzz Lightyear of Star CommandHouse of MouseLloyd in SpaceThe Proud FamilyThe Legend of TarzanTeamo SupremoFillmore!
First Disney Channel Era: 2003–06 Kim PossibleLilo and Stitch: The SeriesDave the BarbarianBrandy & Mr. WhiskersAmerican Dragon: Jake LongThe Buzz on MaggieThe Emperor's New SchoolThe Replacements
Modern Era: 2007–present Phineas and FerbKick Buttowski: Suburban DaredevilFish HooksMotorcityTron: UprisingGravity FallsRandy Cunningham: 9th Grade NinjaMickey MouseWander Over YonderThe 7DStar Wars RebelsStar vs. the Forces of Evil

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