If you need help just call: Chip n Dale’s Rescue Rangers
Created by Walt Disney Television Productions, Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers debuted on The Disney Channel on August 27, 1988. After the one time airing of “Catteries Not Included” the show was green-lit for a series premiere.
On March 4, 1989 Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers made its weekday debut, also on the Disney Channel. These half hour episodes followed the adventures of Chip and Dale, who have decided to open the Rescue Rangers Detective Agency. Chip, with his Indiana Jones style fedora and a brown bomber-style jacket, and Dale, in his nod to Magnum PI with a red Hawaiian shirt soon realize they need help in running the Rescue Rangers Detective Agency.
Enter our new friends Monterey Jack, Gadget Hackwrench and Zipper. Monterey Jack, or Monty, is a world traveler, larger than normal mouse, who meets Chip ‘n Dale by chance after his home is destroyed by the villainous Fat Cat during the chipmunks first case. Along with his knowledge he’s acquired through his world travels, Monty also bring his best pal Zipper, a nonsensical buzzing blue housefly to the group. Zipper’s specialty is accessing areas the rodents cannot.
At the suggestion of Monty, the group travels to see Geegaw Hackwrench to acquire a pilot. Upon arriving at their destination, Geegaw’s daughter informs the group he has passed away, but Gadget is eager to help the group in their adventures. A purple jumpsuit wearing mouse, Gadget quickly becomes the pilot of the Ranger Plane, as well and the resident tinker/inventor.
To go along with our rodent heroes, there must be foils to necessitate the Rescue Rangers Detective Agency. This role is most often played by Fat Cat, a purple blazer wearing feline who is always cleaning his whiskers.
Fat Cat has two enemies he wants to see destroyed, and as such, focuses his effort on eliminating dogs and the Rescue Rangers. Although he tends to capture the Rescue Rangers on a regular basis, he methods of destruction are elaborate, slow methods instead of rapid extermination. As a result, the Rescue Rangers are able to find a way to escape and spoil Fat Cat’s plans.
Professor Norton Nimnul is a mad scientist who is also seeking to defeat the Rescue Rangers. He comes up with low-tech inventions to create hi-tech issues, such as using the world’s largest gelatin mold to create an earthquake underneath the US Gold Reserve for his own gain. He is the only human on the series who is aware of the Rescue Rangers, and the roles they play in defeating his plans.
After a six month run on The Disney Channel, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers entered national syndication on September 18, 1989. It typically ran right after DuckTales, creating the first two pieces of what would eventually become The Disney Afternoon. Only 59 episodes were made of Rescue Rangers.
Two volumes of Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers have been released on DVD since the series went off the air, although the full series has not been released yet. The most recent release came in 2006. In 1990 Capcom released Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers for the NES. Yet these are not the only items in existence to remind us of the Rescue Rangers.
On January 24, 1993, Gadget’s Go-Coaster and the Chip ‘n Dale Tree House both opened inside Mickey’s Toontown inside Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. The Tree House is a walk-through play area for children. It once contained an acorn-ball pit, which was removed in 1998. Gadget’s Go-Coaster is located next to the Tree House. It is a kid-friendly roller coaster, lasting under a minute in duration.
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