Disney is bringing back their classic cartoon chipmunk duo Chip 'n' Dale for a new live-action CGI hybrid movie based on the TV series Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers . The studio acquired a pitch from commercials director Robert Rugan, who is writing this updated take on the beloved detectives.
Chip 'n' Dale first appeared in a 1943 animated short featuring Disney character Pluto, and went onto appear in 22 other shorts throughout the mid-1950s, where they constantly annoyed Mickey Mouse's faithful dog as well as Donald Duck. They were seen in a number of other Disney cartoons before they got their own animated series Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers in 1989, which ran for three seasons.
The show focused on the brainy Chip and the unorthodox Dale, who ran their own detective agency while helping various animal clients. The show ran for more than a decade on The Disney Channel. The new movie is said to tell an origin story, of sorts, although no specific plot details were revealed.
David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman from Disney-based Mandeville Films are producing, with Alexander F. Young serving as executive producer. Mandeville is also producing the Disney sequel Muppets Most Wanted, arriving in theaters March 21. Live-action/CGI hybrids have proven to be quite successful in recent years, with Sony's The Smurfs and Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks franchises.