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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

Disney pals' adventures are fun for kids, adults.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The group often refers to the importance of teamwork in solving crimes and overcoming challenges. The lone female character is hard-working and inventive, using her scientific and mechanical skills to design machines that help the team ward off enemies and escape tight spots.

Violence & scariness

Cartoon peril is played for humor: Characters crash into walls and walk away dazed, long-distance falls are cushioned by treetops, etc. Very occasional injuries are indicated by a bandage or crutch.

Sexy stuff

Both Chip and Dale have a crush on Gadget, but references to the subject are very mild, and she seems oblivious to the attraction.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's little to worry about here except for some mild cartoon peril -- including chase scenes, falls, and collisions (injuries are rare). There's also some light suspense when scenes cut to breaks in the middle of the action. Villains are mostly benign animal characters, so they probably won't frighten young viewers. It's worth noting that the show's lone female character, Gadget, breaks gender roles by being the team's pilot, mechanic, and science-minded inventor; her smarts usually save her friends.

What's the story?

The mischievous chipmunk duo that first came to fame as two of Donald Duck's most persistent adversaries graduate to running a detective agency in CHIP 'N DALE RESCUE RANGERS. Though responsible and devoted to his work, Chip (voiced by Tress MacNeille) often finds himself dividing time between solving mysteries and keeping the more-impetuous Dale (Corey Burton) in check. Dale, on the other hand, finds that their worldly travels give him plenty of opportunity for fun and games -- though he does pitch in when crunch time arrives. The gumshoe team is rounded out by brawny, cheese-loving Australian mouse Monterey Jack (voiced first by Peter Cullen and later by Jim Cummings); tiny green housefly sidekick, Zipper (Burton); and hands-on girl inventor Gadget (MacNeille).

Is it any good?


The gang's globe-trotting adventures to right wrongs and free captives of all kinds show that teamwork and friendship can always trump the errant ways of their enemies (who are all other animals, like a big grey tabby cat or a beefy bull).

Kids will love the group's adventurous escapades, and the series' smart writing and clever references to world locales and events, literature, movies, and cultural icons will appeal to parents. (For example, Chip's flight jacket and fedora bear a strong resemblance to Indiana Jones' attire, and in one episode, the gang travels to the Spanish village of "Tramplonia" for the annual running of the bulls.)

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Chip and Dale are different in this show than they are in the classic Disney cartoons. Which version of the chipmunk buddies do kids like better? Why? Kids: Does anything about this show frighten you? Can you think of other shows that have scary villains? Is it ever fun to be scared? Why? Families can also discuss teamwork. Do you think the characters work well as a team? Why? How does being friends improve a team? What teams have you been part of?

TV details

Premiere date:March 4, 1989
Cast:Corey Burton, Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille
Network:Toon Disney
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Parent Written bysumoni May 20, 2012

Cute disney spinoff

A very nice detective cartoon for kids. Especially for fans of the chipmunks from the disney cartoons. I would recommend families encourage their kids to have make believe adventures.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Adult Written bysrtgyd April 9, 2008

it was cute

ot was so cute and interasting
Teen, 13 years old Written byCinique .A Marieh March 26, 2013

What Parents Need To Tell The Kids

Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers is a good movie for kids. It is great, friendship, teamwork, violence, caring, and some "flirting scenes". For some scenes it can be a bit of scariness for the younger age children, like Professor Nimnul, he always done something bad, it attends to steal and hurt somebody from his crazy experience. Parents please tell your kids to not watch some scenes, cover their eyes and don't copy them. Well also, do not copy wait Chip keep saying like "stupid", "idiot". Thank you.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking