I’m going to tell you something that you probably won’t believe, but is absolutely true: Akiva Schaffer‘s Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers Movie is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. Although I had high expectations because of Schaffer’s commitment, and he got them Andy Samberg and John Mulaney speaking of Chip and Dale, the movie is so much better than I expected. Not only is it a love letter to animation, but it’s also laughs out loud and funny and is packed with more cameos and surprises than a Marvel film. It’s so good Disney should have released it in theaters. Read Ross’ glowing review for more information.
In case you haven’t seen the trailers yet, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a mix of 3D and 2D animation and live action and is set 30 years after the end of their animated series. The movie follows Chip (Mulaney) and Dale (Samberg) as Los Angeles-based alumni who must reunite the band to locate a missing friend. The film is full of Easter eggs and features a fantastic voice (and live action) cast consisting of KiKi Layne, Will Arnett, Eric Bana, Flula Borg, Dennis Haybert, Keegan-Michael Key, Tress MacNeille, Tim Robinson, Seth Rogen, JK Simmonsand Chris Parell. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is written by Dan Gregory and Doug Mand.
Shortly after seeing Chip’n Dale, I spoke to Kiki Layne about the filming. She talked about what character she couldn’t believe she was in the film, how the film is a celebration of animation and different animation styles, what it’s like to be on set trying to go against nothing while still achieving your goals, and hers reaction when he sees the end of the film for the first time.
Check out what she had to say in the player above and below, exactly what we talked about. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is now streaming on Disney+ and I highly recommend checking it out.
- Which character or characters were you surprised in the film?
- How many of the film’s characters were in the script and how many were added after filming?
- How the film is a celebration of animation and different animation styles.
- What was it like trying to go against nothing on set?
- What was it like seeing the film for the first time?
Here is the official synopsis:
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers marks a 30-year comeback and catches up with the former Disney Afternoon TV stars in modern-day Los Angeles. In this hybrid live-action/CG-animated action comedy, Chip and Dale live between cartoons and people in modern-day Los Angeles, but their lives are very different now. It’s been decades since her hit television series was canceled, and Chip (voiced by John Mulaney) has succumbed to a life of insurance salesman in suburban homeliness. Meanwhile, Dale (voiced by Andy Samberg) has undergone CGI surgery and works in the circle of nostalgia conventions to relive his glory days. When a former castmate mysteriously disappears, Chip and Dale must mend their broken friendship and once again assume their Rescue Rangers detective personas to save their friend.
Akiva Schaffer on ‘Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’ and why getting non-Disney characters into the film was so important