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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
Title logo from opening sequence
Format Animated series
Created by Tad Stones
Alan Zaslove
Voices of Corey Burton
Peter Cullen
Jim Cummings
Tress MacNeille
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Running time 22 minutes
Original channel Disney Channel
Original run March 5, 1989 – November 19, 1990

Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is an American animated series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. Created by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove, it featured the established Disney characters Chip 'n Dale in a new setting. The series premiered on the Disney Channel on March 5, 1989[1]. It technically premiered with a two-hour movie, Rescue Rangers: To the Rescue, which was later broken up into a five-part pilot and aired as the opening of the second season. The final episode aired on November 19, 1990.

In the fall of 1989, the series was syndicated from September 18. In 1990, as a part of the Disney Afternoon line up, reruns of the show were aired until September 3, 1993[1].



Chip and Dale, two chipmunks with a nose for trouble, start a detective agency, Rescue Rangers, along with their new friends Gadget, Monterey Jack, and Zipper. The pint-sized detectives deal with crimes that are often "too small" for the police to handle, usually with other animals as their clients. The gang frequently finds itself going up against two particular arch villains: Mafia-style tabby cat Fat Cat and mad scientist Norton Nimnul.


When Tad Stones first came up with the idea of the Rescue Rangers series, Chip 'n Dale were not part of the show. In the original idea, the show would center around a team of animals, which included a chameleon, an earlier draft of Gadget, and Monterey Jack (with a different name). The main character, though, was an Indiana Jones type mouse named Kit Colby who sported a fedora and a fluffy collared leather jacket. When he proposed the show in a meeting with Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the idea was well received except for the character of Kit Colby. At Eisner's suggestion, he was replaced with the chipmunk duo to give the show some established Disney characters to work with.[2]

While Chip and Dale were established characters, to bring them into the series, only their general appearance and broad personality traits were kept. Unlike their appearances in Disney shorts, in the Rescue Rangers the chipmunk duo are very verbal, with Chip voiced by Tress MacNeille and Dale voiced by Corey Burton. Audio processing was used to speed-up the voice recordings and give the voices a higher pitch, particularly Chip's.[3] The pair were given clothes—Chip the clothing of the original concept Kit, while the goofier Dale, incidentally modeled after Magnum, P.I., with his Hawaiian shirt.[2][3]

The series premiered in 1989 on the Disney Channel before moving into a regular slot in the Disney Afternoon line up the next year.[3]

The show's opening theme was performed by the pop group The Jets. It was written by Mark Mueller, an ASCAP award-winning pop music songwriter who also wrote the theme song to Duck Tales.



Chip is the leader of the Rescue Rangers.[3] Loosely modeled on Indiana Jones, Chip wears a fedora and a bomber jacket and frequently uses rope to lasso or swing to other spots.[2] Chip tends to be serious and with a strong sense of responsibility, to the point that he is sometimes accused of not knowing how to have fun. He can be domineering and often ends up in squabbles with Dale over his more laid back manner. At times, though, he also lets himself go and joins Dale in some frivolity. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.[3]

Dale wears a red and yellow Hawaiian shirt reminiscent of Thomas Magnum in Magnum P.I.. Though dedicated to the job, he is a fun-loving, mischievous prankster who is sometimes irresponsible and forgets to think before he acts. He spends his free time reading comic books and playing video games. A known candy addict, Dale has "chocolate attacks" similar to Monterey Jack's cheese attacks.[3][4] He frequently finds himself being knocked on the head by Chip when he says or does something foolish. Voiced by Corey Burton.[3]

Monterey Jack, or "Monty" to his friends, is an adventure-loving Australian mouse who spent years traveling the world before a chance meeting with Chip and Dale during their first case. After Fat Cat destroyed his home, Monty and his sidekick Zipper decided to join the group in their detective work.[5] Stronger and larger than the others, Monty can be quick to anger if he, or his friends, has been offended. This trait sometimes leaves him ready to do battle with a much larger opponent, and the others having to calm him down.[3] Monty has an overpowering addiction to cheese, and the sight or smell of cheese causes him to be almost hypnotically drawn to it. Monty loves to tell stories of his travels, even if the others often stop his reminiscing, and he often uses colorful "pseudo-Australianisms" while talking, such as "Stripe me starkers."[3] Monterey Jack is the only Rescue Ranger known to have two living parents, Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate, who are also travelers.[6] Monty is most frequently found in the company of either Zipper or Dale, whose fun-loving nature matches his own. He also seems to consider Gadget to be something of a surrogate daughter, most likely due to his long friendship with her late father.[5] According to the Disney Encyclopedia, the character was voiced by Jim Cummings, however the character is also listed in the voice credits of Peter Cullen.[3][7] Cullen actually originated the role in the early episodes of the show, with Cummings (who had already been voicing Fat Cat, Professor Nimnul, and other characters on the show) taking over the role in later episodes.

Gadget Hackwrench[8] is a young female mouse and the team's pilot, mechanic and inventor. The daughter of deceased inventor and aviator Geegaw Hackwrench, who was a good friend of Monterey Jack, she first met Chip and Dale when Monty brought them to Geegaw's in search of an airplane. At loose-ends since her father's death and eager to help, she joins the team.[5] Gadget moves quickly, thinks quickly, and talks quickly, sometimes leaving the others looking dazed and confused.[3] In addition to building and maintaining the Ranger Plane, Gadget is the one responsible for the various technological items used by the team and is regularly inventing new vehicles and tools for the team's use.[3] She has the uncanny ability to take discarded and unrelated items, and invent nearly anything with them. Unfortunately, her creations don't always work the way she intends and have sometimes failed at just the wrong moment to cause the team trouble. Both Chip and Dale are attracted to Gadget, and often compete for her attention, but she doesn't seem to notice in many cases, and has never demonstrated a preference for either. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.[3]

Zipper is a tiny green housefly and the long time friend and sidekick of Monterey Jack.[5] With his tiny size and flying abilities, Zipper often handles little jobs that the rest of the Rescue Rangers cannot. He speaks in unintelligible buzzes that only Monty and other insects are able to understand. Despite his tiny size, Zipper occasionally has impressive displays of strength which are matched only by his unwavering loyalty to his friends. Voiced by Corey Burton.[3]


Fat Cat is a felonious grey tabby cat and one of the Rescue Rangers' most frequent antagonists. Formerly owned by criminal Aldrin Klordane, Fat Cat became an independent agent and animal world crime boss after Klordane's incarceration.[5] Inordinately proud of his appearance, Fat Cat keeps his whiskers clean, wears a purple business suit, and has a taste for expensive things. He is a ruthless criminal mastermind, and his plans, though sometimes bizarre, are nevertheless dangerous and sadistic.[3] Fat Cat hates dogs and several of his schemes have been attacks against them. The only thing he hates more than dogs are the Rescue Rangers, which he always tries to get rid of using an elaborate and slow method, rather than killing them immediately. The complexity of his plans usually ends up being his downfall.[3] Voiced by Jim Cummings.[3]

Fat Cat is usually accompanied by four henchmen. In spite of their combined stupidity, Fat Cat almost always sends them out to do his dirty work for him, as he is too smart, or lazy to dirty his paws himself.

Wart, a lizard, who dresses in a gangster-style suit and hat similar to his boss. Voiced by Jim Cummings.[3]
Mole, a slow witted but cheerful, this overweight mole wears an undersized red t-shirt and a yellow hat. When plans go wrong, Mole usually is the one who Fat Cat chooses to use as a punching bag.[3] Voiced by Corey Burton.
Mepps, a thin, yellow alley cat dressed in a ratty blue vest and toboggan who speaks with a whiny voice.[3] Voiced by Peter Cullen.
Snout, a rat that wears a short sleeved red turtle neck with a black vest and a dark blue hat that covers his eyes. He is usually only seen briefly.[3] Voiced by Corey Burton.

Professor Norton Nimnul, the Rangers' other major enemy, is a mad scientist who once worked for Aldrin Klordane.[5] Though Nimnul is an intelligent and creative scientist, his plans often lack any trace of logic and tend to be extremely convoluted. For example, he kidnapped all the cats in the city to make an immense amount of static electricity,[9] and in his appearance in the pilot he constructed a laser cannon designed to create a giant gelatin mold which would be used to cause an earthquake under the United States Gold Reserve.[5] Nimnul has receding red hair, wears very thick glasses, and a high-pitched laugh. Unlike other humans in the series, Nimnul is aware of the Rescue Rangers and their interference in his plans. Voiced by Jim Cummings.[3]



Except for the five-part set of episodes made from the pilot movie, each 22 minute episode of the series was self-contained. Plot points introduced in each episode stayed in the episode and any character development did not appear to continue through to future episodes. Most of the episodes followed a similar format, where in the next case was presented at the start of the episode, then the bulk of the episode had the sleuths gathering clues and investigating the situation. In the last few minutes of the episode, the case was resolved, usually in dramatic fashion and the final moments would have a humorous wrap up scene between the Rangers.


In fall of 1989, McDonald's produced a series of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers themed Happy Meal that included toy versions of the main characters riding small vehicles. Scenes from series were incorporated into the TV commercials advertising the Happy Meals.

A monthly comic book based on the show was published by Disney Comics in 1990, that ran for 19 issues. Subsequent comic stories were printed in Disney Adventures from 1990 to 1995, as well as in the Disney Afternoon comic book published by Marvel Comics.

A 1990 issue of Comics Scene magazine reported that a theatrical feature film based on the series was planned for a 1991 release, however the film never happened, possibly due to the lackluster performance of DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.

Video games

In 1990, Capcom released the Disney's Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers platform video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game offered both single player and cooperative modes, and allowed players to choose which levels to access via a map that gave them access to various locations in the city. Each individual stage was set-up as a side-scrolling action game where Chip and Dale can walk, jump, duck, and pick up objects such as acorns, crates, and barrels to throw at enemies and bosses. In the game, the Rangers must stop another of Fat Cat's schemes, only to have his kidnapping of Gadget send Chip and Dale to the rescue.

Also released in 1990, Hi Tech Expressions's PC game Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers: The Adventure in Nimnul's Castle saw the Rangers having to rescue Monterey Jack, who is caught in a mousetrap in Professor Norton Nimnul's castle. To rescue him, the chipmunks must infiltrate the castle to collect various parts so Gadget can build a flying machine to reach Monterey Jack.

In 1993, Capcom released a second NES game, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2. The game was slightly superior graphically to the first game, and it featured additional incentives for cooperative play, such as mini-games that can only be unlocked with two players, and the ability to throw your partner as a weapon.

DVD releases

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released some of the series on DVD; two volumes have been released in Region 1 thus far featuring the first 51 episodes of the series. The first was released on November 8, 2005 and the second on November 14, 2006.[10][11] The episodes on the first volume are arranged by production date, while the episodes on the second volume are arranged by original air date. In the United Kingdom, a single volume was released to Region 2 DVD containing seven fewer episodes than the Region 1 set.


In January 2009, IGN named Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers as the 60th best in the Top 100 Animated TV Shows.[12]


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  4. ^ "Chocolate Chips". Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. 1989-10-25. No. 38, season 2.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "To the Rescue". Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. 1989-09-09. No. 14-18, season 2.
  6. ^ "Parental Discretion Retired". Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. 1989-05-21. No. 13, season 2.
  7. ^ "Transformers: Production Notes". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved August 8, 2009.  
  8. ^ "Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers Volume 1 DVD". Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-01-08.  
  9. ^ "Catteries Not Included". Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. 1989-03-05. No. 2, season 1.
  10. ^ Gord Lacey (2006-07-28). "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers DVD news: Chip, Dale, Jack, Gadget and Zipper fly onto DVD this Fall". Retrieved 2008-01-08.  
  11. ^ Gord Lacey (2005-08-11). "The Gummi Bears - Gummi Bears bounce to DVD!". Retrieved 2008-01-08.  
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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers (1989-1993) was a syndicated animated series created by Disney that followed a small group of crime-solving animals: Chip, the chipmunk leader, Dale, also a chipmunk, and usually the comic relief, Monterey Jack, a mouse with a strong need for cheese, Gadget Hackwrench, another mouse who is constantly inventing, and Zipper, Monterey's fly friend. They often solved cases under the noses of the police (who couldn't see the real culprits, or were too busy to deal with the "small" problems), thwarting Fat Cat, Professor Nimnul, and many other evil-doers.

[N.B. The episodes below are listed in order of air-date, not necessarily production order. For example, "To the Rescue," the series pilot, appears as the first episode(s) of season two.]


Season 1

Piratsy Under the Seas

Catteries Not Included

Dale Beside Himself

Flash the Wonder Dog

When You Fish Upon a Star

[The Rangers are trapped in a fish bowl.]
Monty: I don't suppose you have a plan?
Gadget: [walking by carring a glass-cutter as big as she is] No problem.
Monty: Do you always carry a glass-cutter around with you?
Gadget: No. Just when I want to cut glass.

Out to Launch

Kiwi's Big Adventure

Adventures in Squirrelsitting

Fat Cat: You know, I could corrupt these children: over the years, I could guide their innocent minds towards a life of wrongdoing. Yes! I could mold them in my image, hone them into criminal geniuses, the only ones capable of carrying on my empire! Ah, but who's got the time--toss them in!

The Pound of the Baskervilles

Risky Beesness

Season 2

To the Rescue: Part I

To the Rescue: Part II

To the Rescue: Part III

To the Rescue: Part IV

To the Rescue: Part V

Detective Drake: That's it? You're going to start an earthquake with lime gelatin?
Professor Nimnul: Now you stop laughing! My theories are perfectly legitimate!

The Luck Stops Here

Kismet: There's only room for one lucky pet round here, and your luck's just run out!
Gadget: Is that any reason to... eat me?
Kismet: Well, that and the fact that you are a mouse.

A Creep in the Deep

An Elephant Never Suspects

Last Train to Cashville

Throw Mummy From the Train

[The police and archaeologist Dr. Crockery have caught his assistant Wexler looting an Egyptian tomb.]
Crockery: Take him away, officers.
Wexler: I'm tough--I can do a little hard time.
Crockery: I've also arranged for you to continue cataloguing the artifacts right in your jail cell.
Wexler: No! No! Anything but that!


Seer No Evil

One Ups-Man-Chip

Shell Shocked

(The Rangers are vacationing on a beach, when the crabs from the beach ask for help finding their missing shells.)
Gadget: [rolling up her towel] Yeah, I'm sure that if we can find their missing shells they'd be much less crabby. I mean, still crabs, but... not so crab-like. Well wait, still crab-like, since they are crabs, after all...
Monty: Gadget, luv... drop it.

Double O Chipmunk

Gadget Goes Hawaiian

Mind Your Cheese and Qs

Out of Scale

Good Times, Bat Times

Dale: Y'know, I didn't think bats could do this.
Foxglove: Do what, darling?
Dale: Hang around in midair like this when they're carrying so much weight.
Foxglove: Uh oh!
Dale: What's wrong?
Foxglove: We can't!

Gorilla My Dreams

Dale: [reading a comic book 'Ha, ha, Kablammo Man, I have turned your faithful Muffin Men into cosmic croutons with my microwave ray!' 'Waaah! Not cosmic croutons!'

[After Fat Cat's men mistakenly kidnap Dale instead of their intended victim.]
Fat Cat: You idiots! Oh... why must all my brilliant plans be ruined by those rinketing Rangers? Why? TELL ME! TELL ME WHY! WHY?! WHY?!
Dale: Because good always triumphs over evil!
Fat Cat: Oh, yeah?

A Chorus Crime

They Shoot Dogs, Don't They?


Gadget: "I'll have this plane ship shape in no time. Well, actually it should be plane shaped, shouldn't it?"

Gadget: Once I found a perpetual motion machine just lying in the trashcan. Of course, by then it had stopped moving.

Monty: Chee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-eese!!!!!!!!

Chip: Gee, Gadget, didn't you put any brakes on this thing?
Gadget: Don't be silly, Chip. Of course I did. But they fell off a few blocks back.

Fat Cat: Those rodents are always ruining my bad intentions!"

Gadget: You know, suddenly the plane seems to handle lighter.
Chip: Monty just jumped out!
Gadget: Oh. That would account for it.

Nimnul: I'll be able to retire! Hahahahahahahaha! Money! Jewels! Cuisinarts!

Monty: Eh, no offense, Gadget luv, but are you sure you're finished?
Gadget: Sure I'm sure.
Monty: Not like the last time?
Gadget: Oh, Monty, how many times do you think the wings can fall off a plane?
Monty: I don't know--you tell me.

Dale: [after Gadget kisses Chip after finding him] Boy! I oughta get lost once in a while!

Gadget: Monterey, being a Rescue Ranger is more than just exciting, harrowing narrow escapes and outrageous fights to the bitter end!
Monty: Since when?

Chef Arnie: Look at those fools! Eat at the Firehouse, will they?! I'll show them! I'll show them all! MARTY!
Marty: Yes, Chief?
Chef Arnie: Stop calling me chief... it's chef, you moron!

SWAT Officer: [upon spotting a giant Zipper] Attention all cars: we have an unidentified fly object!

Chip: This spaceship is made out of rubber! Do you know what that means?
Dale: Uh, it's dishwasher-safe?

Doctor: [examining a man with the head of a fly] Either you're part fly, or a frustrated art critic.

Gadget: We're the Rescue Rangers, a small, but efficient, battalion of do-gooders devoted to helping those in trouble. Would you like to see our news clippings?"

Monty: Now, pally, I said not to touch me lamp until I'M done with it.
Gadget: Have it your way, Mr. Monterey Jack! Maybe your next wish oughta be for some new friends!

[Fat Cat snatches the magic lamp away from Mole]
Mole: All I wanted was a candy bar.
Fat Cat: Thank goodness I'm here to rescue it from you pea-brained small-time thinkers and your puny little wishes.
Mole: But, was gonna be extra-large candy bar!
Fat Cat:[sighs] I bet mind-readers only charge you half-price.

Dale: This looks like a job for... Oops! Wrong comic book!

[Chip has planted a radio receiver in a turban Dale is wearing and is pretending to be the spirit Rama Lama Ding-Dong]
Dale: But what are you doing here?
Chip (as Rama Lama):' You conjured me up, while playing a joke on your incredibly-handsome friend Chip.

(Fat Cat's henchmen bring Dale before him.)
Snout: Ah, boss, be careful: he really does have weird powers.
Mole: Yeah, he even read my mind!
Fat Cat:That proves he's a fake!--you don't have a mind.

Nimnul: SURRENDER IMMEDIATELY, OR I SHALL CRUSH YOU LIKE...! Oh, sorry. Old habits are hard to break.

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