We may never actually get a legit sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but Lonely Island’s upcoming Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers movie seems to be cutting it as close as they can possibly can without having to cut a check to Amblin. (Didn’t Roger appear in the last trailer? Never mind, the check already happened.)
The first trailer hinted at it, but the second trailer, released today, definitively reveals the Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers movie takes place in a world where cartoons and real people co-mingle in society, and the word “toons” is used. It’s also a detective story of sorts, and it’s aimed at an adult audience. All that’s missing now is a few barrels of Dip and Kathleen Turner.
It doesn’t feel like a simple rehash, though. It’s been a long time since 1988, and there is a lot more about animation to riff on in the 75 years between the late 40s and today. There are anime characters, there’s a Gumby-like stop-motion cop, and in one frame that everyone is dissecting right now, Chip and Dale look at an evidence wall full of toon accessories, most of which belong to non-Disney characters: Rocky’s goggle-hat thing, Samurai Jack’s sword, Pikachu’s tail, Jimmy Neutron’s hair (how, exactly, did Jimmy lose his hair?)
Some people were skeptical that Lonely Island would be able to get away with very much as Disney holds tighter control over the perception of their IPs than any other company. Well, while I admit that’s been true for a long time, I just saw what I swear was a middle-aged, trailer-trashy, villainous Peter Pan who tries to kill C&D. Welcome to the Chapek Era!
Chip and Dale are voiced by John Mulaney and Andy Samberg respectively, and they’re joined by Will Arnett, Eric Bana, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, JK Simmons and Kiki Layne. Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers premieres on Disney+ May 20.