Rescue Rangers, a reboot-weary world, offers a satisfying refresher. Chip n Dale:

Rescue Rangers, a reboot-weary world, offers a satisfying refresher. Chip n Dale: ...

The Disney Plus live-action film Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a fresh antidote. Yes, it''s something of a reboot and something of a crossover. However, against all odds, it''s also a joyful celebration of what makes these modes of entertainment so popular.

Akiva Schaffer, the writer of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and How I Met Your Mother, has transformed this dreadful concept into one that brings back the thrill of reboots and spinoffs and crossovers and sequels. The plot is relatively straightforward, but it just gives the meta shenanigans and animation-world in all their glory.

[Ed. note: This review contains some setup spoilers for Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers.]

Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers kicks off when animated strip follows Dale (voiced by John Mulaney) and Chip (Andy Samberg) reunite years after their animated series Rescue Rangers was canceled. Chip left show business behind and now works as an insurance agent, while Dale is continuing to travel the convention circuit, even if he hasn''t seen it in years. Their old castmate, Monterey Jack, is called in, and the pair is pushed back into a tight position

Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers is set up in a world in which animated characters live alongside humans. Unlike in Roger Rabbit, there isn''t much conflict between cartoons and actual people. Unlike in Roger Rabbit, the plot of exploration now with animated characters is very different. It''s an inherently beneficial process that lends itself to some great jokes. Dale receives a CGI surgery so he may perform like a hand-drawn 2D one like Chip. Many of the obvious

In almost every frame, the movie is chock-packed with cameos and Easter eggs. From Disney''s history to up-to-the-moment gags, it makes for an intense game of I Spy.

The cameos also lend themselves to a tense amount of great jokes. It helps that the movie doesn''t only depend on Disney characters popping in. Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers makes it feel less like a laudable brand-deposit ad and more like a chance to have fun with beloved characters, whether it''s CGI, cel-shaded, stop-motion, or even puppets. As with Roger Rabbit, they do not feel gratuitous as much as they

With all the gags, references, banter, and action hijinks going on, Chip and Dale must put their differences aside so they can solve the mystery and find their friend. However, by the end, they realize they''re still important to each other. There arent many surprises plotwise, apart from the occasional identity reveal, like the question of who is behind all the bootlegging.

The plot is intended to sabotage Chip and Dale at a different location, rather than introduce another unique character, or create another clever joke about Hollywood. But the ending message is also not so cloying that it overpowers the witty jokes.

Rescue Rangers appears to be in high spirits of those who haven''t seen it and are finding it difficult to believe that these slapstick cartoon chips may fuel a film for adults. The film, however, makes fun of reboots and crossovers while itself being a reboot and a crossover. But Schaffer and the filmmakers follow the path of loving fun of the whole phenomenon of this kind of modern meta update, and the film just ends up being so much fun. It''s sweet enough to not be too mean-spirited

Unlike Shrek 2, the jokes are sharp, and a lot of people prefer adult sensibilities, rather than being cruel or cruel. And the cameos and Easter eggs give color to the world and become real jokes of their own. Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a great reminder of how much fun it can be to reimagine childhood classics when it is done right in this day and age.

Rescue Rangers joins Disney Plus on May 20.