Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers ★★★½

This was never going to be a complete masterpiece. It’s definitely littered with problems, like the 2D animation also looking bad, if a little less so than the 3D animation it’s making fun of. The Bobby Driscoll comparisons are weird and, if intentional, in bad taste, and the gall for Disney specifically to make a film like this isn’t something I love either. Stuff like that really holds Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers back from being amazing. But that it would be that close is fascinating, and makes for the biggest surprise of the year so far in terms of movie releases. Disney’s reliance on meta commentary is so overused that it itself has since become a trope, but The Lonely Island are actually able to do something interesting and fun with it, if not exactly one hundred percent hitting the mark every time. I’m not going to tell you it’s high brow or that it will appeal to everybody, it was never going to go too far on account of its target audience and need to make back its budget. But for a spiritual sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, evident down to the title character having a cameo in the film, it’s honestly kind of a worthy successor. The mystery writing is strong, to the point where I really felt like it was giving a good amount of information at every interval, and it works as a heartfelt comedy, writing in sweet arcs for the title characters and enough jokes that should make a lot of different age groups at least give it an honest chuckle. And John Mulaney and Andy Samberg, two of my favorite comedians, are also great here. So there you go. This was never guaranteed, but I’m happy to give Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers an honest to God recommendation. I’d be happy to revisit it, and I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve said that about a Disney feature like this.

Fucked Up Shit Ville Score: 2/10