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John Mulaney and Andy Samberg Take on ‘Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’

The famed pair stars alongside Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, and Chris Parnell in the all-new hybrid live-action / CG animated comedy about the two former Disney Afternoon stars, living among cartoons and humans in LA, 30 years after their show was canceled; movie hits Disney+ on May 20.

Disney+ has just released a trailer and poster for their all-new original hybrid live-action / CG animated comedy, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, coming to the streamer May 20.

The film catches up with Chip and Dale, former Disney Afternoon television stars living among cartoons and humans in modern-day Los Angeles. Their lives are quite different now; its been since their successful television series was canceled, and Chip (Mulaney) has succumbed to a life of suburban domesticity as an insurance salesman, while Dale (Samberg) has had CGI surgery and works the nostalgia convention circuit, desperate to relive his glory days. When a former cast mate mysteriously disappears, Chip and Dale must repair their broken friendship and take on their Rescue Rangers detective personas once again to save their friend’s life.

Falling from the heights of stardom – dancing with Roger Rabbit – to the depths of vanity and CGI surgery, the former stars must find a way to redeem themselves and their friendship:

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers stars Mulaney (Saturday Night Live) as Chip, Andy Samberg (Palm Springs) as Dale, and KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk). Also joining the cast are Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Eric Bana (Dirty John), Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect 2), Dennis Haysbert (24), Keegan-Michael Key (Schmigadoon!), Tress MacNeille (The Simpsons), Tim Robinson (I Think You Should Leave), Seth Rogen (Pam and Tommy), J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos), and Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live).

Akiva Schaffer (Saturday Night Live) directs; the film is written by Dan Gregor and Doug Mand (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and is produced by Todd Lieberman (Wonder) and David Hoberman (Beauty and the Beast), with Alexander Young (Extinction) and Tom Peitzman serving as executive producers. Schaffer, along with Samberg and Jorma Taccone, form the hilarious musical comedy trio, The Lonely Island – is that the group we hear performing “Best Friend” by Saweetie ft. Doja Cat in the teaser?

Last summer, Chip and Dale hit Disney+ with a new 2D animated series, Chip 'n' Dale: Park Life, directed by Jean Cayrol and executive produced / produced by Marc du Pontavice at the French studio, Xilam Animation. The series was inspired by the classic Disney shorts from the 40s and 50s. Created by Bill Justice, the frenetic pair first officially appeared in the 1947 short, Chip an’ Dale, before going on to star in 24 cartoons alongside Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck and other Disney characters.

The also starred in a 1980s half-hour TV series, Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers, as heads of their own detective agency, which set the stage for their new movie… a comeback 30 years in the making.

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.