I Think I'm Okay With A Live-Action Rescue Rangers Movie...
I've been meaning to blog about this since the news came out, but haven't had time to sit down and write it. Anyway, as you might have heard, Disney is planning to do a live action/CGI hybrid origin story for Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers, the popular Disney Afternoon show that ran from 1989-1990 (and later through syndication through the 90s) revolving around Chip 'n' Dale running a detective agency along with friends Monterey Jack, Gadget and Zipper. When I first heard the news, I heard it was going to be just a Chip 'n' Dale movie and I immediately objected to it. Don't get me wrong, Chip 'n' Dale are two of my favorite Disney characters. But. in the context of CGI characters playing against live action human characters didn't work to me. To me, their main foil is Donald Duck. In the shorts, they never really existed among your human characters. And, frankly, if they did a live action movie featuring mischievous chipmunks making life difficult for humans, then this would be WAY to reminiscent of The Chipmunks.
But, thankfully, it turns out that it would be a movie about Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers. Since the popular Disney Afternoon show took them out of their smaller universe of causing trouble for Donald Duck, this might actually work. It's interesting to think that Rescue Rangers originally was not meant to star Chip 'n' Dale. When the pitch first was done, the central character was to be an Indiana Jones styled mouse named Kit Colby. But, because of the popularity of DuckTales and with that show being based on classic characters, Michael Eisner, Walt Disney Company CEO at the time, suggested the use of Chip 'n' Dale. To me, it was a smart move and gave those lovable chipmunks some new life.
I'm not a big fan of bringing classic cartoon characters into a live action setting, but, I have to admit that it can work. I will admit that I actually enjoy the Chipmunks movies. So, I can understand why, based on the popularity of those films as well as The Smurfs, that Disney would want to capitalize off of this.
And, again, choosing a show from The Disney Afternoon is a smart move. Those who grew up with these shows have reached adulthood and there is a great nostalgia for this programming. So, I can imagine, if done well, people would really get excited about this.
So, I'll be curious to see how this film develops.
I was going to end this blog entry by saying, "What's next? Marsupilami The Movie?" But, it turns out, it's already been done. LOL! So, I guess, why can't our little chipmunk friends have one?