It’s a blast of nostalgia with cameos ranging from Mighty Mouse to My Little Pony and the powerhouse duo of Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat in this meta-trailer that takes place where toon actors live alongside humans.
The 1980s were a wild time for animation, punctuated most dramatically and surprisingly by the ahead of its time film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” Fans have been crying out for a reboot for over 30 years, and their prayers may have just been answered.
What at first looked like another reboot, Disney has made it clear that their upcoming “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” isn’t that but more of a return. That wording makes a whole lot more sense after the first trailer was released on Tuesday, revealing a spiritual successor to “Roger,” if not a full-fledged sequel.
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Much like “Roger Rabbit,” this new Disney+ movie is set in a world where toons are actors filming their shows on elaborate sets. They coexist with humans in a regular world. In fact, it could very well be the exact same world that Roger Rabbit lives in, as he’s one of many cameos in the trailer.
Roger appears in an early club sequence alongside Disney classic Three Little Pigs from a 1930s “Silly Symphonies” short film and live-action Paula Abdul reuniting with her cartoon counterpart MC Skat Kat from her video from 1989’s “Opposites Attract”.
Also like “Roger Rabbit,” this new movie pulls back the curtain on what it’s like to work as a toon, and the challenges that can come after your super-celebrity days come to an end. We see actual merchandise from when the original “Rescue Rangers” were part of the Disney blockbuster Afternoon, with “Behind the Music” style narration to remind us that it was 30 years ago and times have changed. exchange.
Going back with the “cast”, we find that Dale – who was inspired by Tom Selleck’s “Magnum, PI” – underwent CGI surgery and is now working the nostalgic convention circuit as a former toon star. Here, it’s treated like cosmetic surgery that traditional 2D anime characters can opt for.
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Chip – inspired by Indiana Jones – seems to remain traditional 2D animation throughout. In the years that followed, he settled into a relatively normal life as an insurance salesman. The disappearance of a former cast member brings the gang together for a high-stakes adventure through this hybrid Los Angeles.
There’s definitely a heavy meta element to the trailer, with the toons traveling around interacting with different eras of animation, including the spooky “Uncanny Valley”, which takes a look at the type of CGI that we made everyone cringe when “The Polar Express” came out. It’s all just a little off, and that’s too much for the chipmunks too.
It’s too early to tell how “Roger Rabbit” this spiritual successor will go, as we haven’t seen any major toon appearances from other companies like Looney Tunes or any other major Warner Bros. properties. but it was only a two-minute trailer.
One of the things that made “Roger Rabbit” so special was the cooperation between all of these major studios to give us moments like Daffy Duck and Donald Duck in dueling pianos and cameos that truly represented the magnitude of the animation history.
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Studios have been far more stingy with their IP since then, but there were some hopeful signs with appearances such as “My Little Pony” and what appears to be “Mighty Mouse” and “Felix the Cat” in stuffed toy.
There are also nods to “Ducktales”, “Treasure Planet”, “Aladdin”, “Indiana Jones” and even “Jurassic Park”. So while it’s heavily focused on Disney IP, there’s at least hope that it can retain the true spirit of “Roger Rabbit” and expand to also include some of the toons from its competitors.
It’s also unclear to what extent Roger himself may or may not play a role. As a private detective, he could certainly get involved in the film’s central mystery. This project could also explain why we all got excited about Jessica Rabbit getting a redesign (for an attraction) in September. Could Roger’s sultry wife also have a role to play here?
“Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers” stars John Mulaney and Andy Samberg as the titular chipmunks. They are joined by co-stars Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Dennis Haysbert, JK Simmons, Chris Parnell, Keegen-Michael Key and more. The film will be released exclusively on Disney+ on May 20.