Remember Chip ‘n’ Dale, Disney’s classic cartoon chipmunk duo? Well, they’ll be hitting our big-screens in an all-new blend of live-action and CG. THR is reporting that Disney is going ahead with a new adaption after accepting a pitch delivered by Robert Rugan, an award-winning commercials director.
Chip ‘n’ Dale, which first appeared in a 1943 animated short starring Pluto, enjoyed a run as side-characters in Disney’s library. They often annoyed Mickey’s faithful four-legged friend and even squared off against Donald Duck. Chip ‘n’ Dale really came to their own when Disney released Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, which saw the duo reinvented as animal detectives. The new film adaptation is to tell a Rescue Rangers origins story, focusing on how the detective agency came to be.
The film is to be produced by Mandeville Films/TV, the Disney-based production company run by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, which are also behind the studio’s Muppets franchise. Rugan, who is writing the adaptation, is also expected to direct.
It’s all sounding like it’ll be in the same vein as Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Smurfs, let’s just hope that this one will actually be good. To give you an idea of the type of style Rugan may be going for, we’ve tracked down this great short film he directed called Wiley Vs. Rhodes. It’s an amusing live-action/CG take on the battles between Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner