MovieGoer20’s review published on Letterboxd:
I was not a hardcore fan of Chip N Dale growing up but I do remember the show somewhat fondly because it was a fun adventure show with decent characters for the Disney Afternoon. With this movie I was a bit speculative going in because I wasn’t fond of the trailer too much but after seeing the praise this movie was getting I was curious and I did want to see these characters again so I decided to finally stream it.
I will always have a soft spot for animation and live action coming together. This film is no exception because the animation blended in so well here. It was definitely an odd move to have Chip stay 2D and Dale be 3D but I ended up liking that touch showing how Dale wanted to be more but Chip never really wanted to move past the show. Hearing these two speak in non chipmunk high pitched voices was refreshing too as John Mulaney and Andy Samberg played these whacky chipmunks very well. This film has many cameos from other Disney characters like Lumière, live action Baloo, and Flounder. The most infamous cameo we got is from Ugly Sonic which was very amusing especially when they focus on his human teeth in slow motion which was very amusing. The story’s villain is literally a grown up Peter Pan which is something I didn’t know I needed to see but it was hilarious. The story is very reminiscent of Who Framed Roger Rabbit in the sense that it might not be about killing toons but disfiguring them enough to bootleg them in shameless rip-off’s. They do show dip at one point though so I guess Roger Rabbit is cannon here. The story may be predictable and they do acknowledge that but it’s delivered in a very clever way that made it charming and extremely enjoyable. The animation is so well done and I really found myself connecting to a show that I didn’t even really grow up with that much. The story didn’t really matter too much in my eyes though as it was very much a character driven movie based on the Chip and Dale humor and just looking to see what other cameos we can spot because there’s so much detail in the background that we probably missed a few. That’s why this film will probably need multiple watches because there was definitely a lot of care put into this project and I always have a soft spot for animation and live action blending so well together.
Conclusion: This was one of the biggest surprises of the year. I really thought that it was a brilliant blend of animation in the “real world” and these characters were great especially not being too familiar with them. The cameos are all very satisfying and funny and I’m glad Disney got permissions to include some other properties. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’d say check this one out because it really is something special to see whether you’re a fan of the show or not.