Monday, May 23, 2022

'Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers' Features SpongeBob, Jimmy Neutron, Real Monsters and The Smurfs Easter Eggs

Disney has released a new trailer for the upcoming hybrid animated movie Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers that includes a bunch of new footage from the movie, which is set to release on May 20th on the Disney+ streaming service. The film stars John Mulaney as the voice of Chip and Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as the voice of Dale.

It's not unusual for movies, especially ones based on retro franchises, to include the odd Easter Egg or two, whether in-universe or from other titles produced by the studio producing the film, and Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is no exception, as there a brief reference to the Keyblade from the video game franchise Kingdom Hearts in there.

However, what makes Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers rather unusual is that it includes a number of references to rival network Nickelodeon!

Around the 1:21 mark in the trailer, both Chip and Dale are staring at what appears to be a wall of different bits and bobs from animated characters. The plot of the movie seems to revolve around the disappearance of a former castmate and some kind of weird, body horror-like conspiracy around updating to modern looks. Included in that wall of odds and ends are: The mouth and ears of Ickis from AAAHH!!! Real Monsters, the hair of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, a Smurfs hat, and the Krusty Krab Employee Hat from SpongeBob SquarePants!

There is also a mention of Nickelodeon at the end, when it's revealed that Captain Putty once stormed Nickelodeon Studios.

Additionally, there is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Ghostbusters reference in the film, in the form of a fan wearing a No Ghosts tee.

As noted above, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is set to release on Disney+ on May 20th. It stars John Mulaney as the voice of Chip and Andy Samberg as the voice of Dale as well as a number of other actors like KiKi Layne, Will Arnett, Eric Bana, Flula Borg, Keegan-Michael Key, Tress MacNeille, J.K. Simmons, and more. It is directed by Akiva Schaffer and written by Dan Gregor and Doug Mand.

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Originally published: April 28, 2022.


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