Thursday, September 1, 2022

Emmy Catch-Up: Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers (B)

I hadn’t paid much attention to the existence of this TV movie before it was announced as an Emmy nominee, though I had seen it on the ballot and in other people’s predictions for the category. While I’m certainly aware of the dynamic duo, I don’t think I watched the original show that this film both follows and parodies. I did enjoy recognizing some voices along the way, starting with John Mulaney as Chip (for some reason I couldn’t peg the always hilarious and very distinctive Andy Samberg as Dale), J.K. Simmons as Captain Putty, Dennis Haysbert as Zipper, and Seth Rogen as Bob. I can appreciate the committed nature of this project, which seamlessly blends traditionally animated characters, computer animated characters, and human actors to create a seamless viewing experience. As for the specific plot of this film, I wasn’t quite as impressed, but there is something to be said for the ability to signal nostalgia and create something new and fresh in the process. The idea of bootlegging characters is an intriguing one as well since it gives them a life of their own but also speaks to the seeming need for copying, and in many cases, bastardizing, what already exists rather than pursuing true originality. This film, while it may not be my favorite from the category, manages to avoid that fate. I’ll look later this week at the entire race but this does feel like a very possible win since it’s hard not to like and universal enough even without having seen the original series.

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