Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers ★★★★½

"Chemistry like this doesn't just happen. This has got a reboot written all over it!"

This level of madness is what I expect Multiverse of Madness would be. I came to this blindly without knowing anything, so every scene is a surprise. It's genuinely hilarious, and it's going meta. Right off the bat, I'm sold.

This review contains mild spoilers!

Previously, we have seen movies that combine animation and live-action, such as Mary Poppins (1964). Besides that, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2019) also did a great combination of different art styles for each variant. The visual aspect alone in both films is enough to keep us entertained. In this comeback, Chip 'n Dale is going as wild. It's a hybrid of hand-drawn animation, CGI, and live-action.

When I saw the poster and saw Dale gone CGI'ed, I was disappointed. I didn't look at 2D Chip clearly, so I thought this movie would turn into Alvin and the Chipmunks. I don't like the idea—even though I'd still watch it—of rebooting 2D cartoons in the form of 3D, like Scoob! (2020). It turns out Dale going 3D was part of the plot, as what he called a CGI surgery. Clever.

Similar to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), this movie has many cameos. However, all these cameos and references would be meaningless without a powerful story that supports them. I kept wondering whether this would be just a movie full of cameos or something more than that. After a while, we'll find out that it's a mystery case of a secret cartoon bootlegging company. Bootleg is something that isn't officially released by the artist or under other legal authority. Since bootleg usually comes out in off-model results, it answers why some of the cameos were odd-looking.

Finding out that this movie focuses on bootleg conspiracy makes all those cameos and references finally make sense. I'm glad they are more than just glorified easter eggs.

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