Meta-humor can be useful in a lot of regards. For the upcoming live-action/animated hybrid film continuation of Chip n' Dale: Rescue Rangers, it feels more like a cheap justification to make the project. Instead of the warmth and joy of the animated heroes that 1990's kids grew up with, the updated concept is directed by Akiva Schaffer and featuring his Lonely Islands collaborator Andy Samberg as Dale who now has had "CGI surgery" and works the convention circuit in hopes of reliving his glory days. Sadly, it gets worse and another example of modern cynicism and nostalgia-heavy writing that stands in for genuine emotional investment.
Set thirty years after the Rescue Rangers series ended production, Chip (Voiced by John Dulaney), now works as an insurance salesman and reunites with Dale when a cast member of the original series mysteriously disappears. As you can guess, the trailer confirms what is essentially a trashy update to a classic series. Perhaps there is a reason the film is being released straight to Disney+ on May 20th. Check it out below: