A ‘Chip ‘n Dale’ Live-Action Movie is On the Way

By January 31, 2014

I suppose it was inevitable. Every TV show, board game, soft drink, and toy you loved as kid seems likely to get the movie treatment some day, and while the 90s are still recent enough to remain relatively unscathed in this phenomenon, it looks like that might not longer be the case for very long.

THR is reporting that Disney is developing a live-action/CG hybrid take on “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers,” based on the animated series that ran from 1989 to 1990 before hitting syndication. It follows famous Disney chipmunks Chip ‘n Dale as they start a detective agency, solve crimes, and foil the plans of their nefarious nemesis, Fat Cat. This news hits me especially hard since I grew up watching this show and still have the entire theme song memorized:

The Hollywood Reporter says that the studio has picked up a pitch from Robert Rugan, a commercial director, and that Rugan will write the screenplay, but it’s unclear whether he’ll also direct this feature. This won’t be the first time Rugan has tangled with iconic animation icons: he directed a totally insane-looking no-budget movie called Alice’s Misadventures in Wonderland, and is perhaps most famous for helming a commercial called Wiley vs. Rhodes that imagined humans in the roles of WB characters Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. Check that out below:

I actually think that video works fairly well, considering how ridiculous it is to replace these characters with humans. Does that mean I have hope for a live-action/CG hybrid based on “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers”? Not really, because Disney is almost certainly going to attempt to mimic the style of the live action Alvin and the Chipmunks and Smurfs films, and I want nothing to do with that. But hey, this film probably isn’t being aimed at me anyway, so I’m guessing Disney will make a ton of money with it and we’ll see sequel after sequel with terrible puns in the titles all the way up to 2020.

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