12 Fun Facts You Need To Know About Chip ‘n Dale – Rescue Rangers!
Chip ‘n Dale, Rescur Rangers was one of the great cartoons of our youth that really captured our imagination as we shared in the adventures of the titular duo as they would help out in a different situation every week with the help of their friends. The show was a classic, so let’s take a look back at it with some facts that you probably never knew…
1. Chip and Dale have been around for ages
Chip ‘n Dale first hit our screens back in 1943 in the cartoon, “Private Pluto” in which they appeared as then-anonymous characters.
2. It was several years before they got names
It was four years later, in 1947, that the duo were given their names in the cartoon entitled “Chip an’ Dale” and two stars were born!
3. The names were deliberately humourous
Chip and Dale got their name from Thomas Chippendale, an influential cabinet maker and furniture designer who lived between 1718 – 1779.
4. They starred in a lot of cartoons
Chip and Dale went on to appear in 23 cartoons between their debut in 1943 and 1956, when they appeared in “Chip Ahoy”, by which time they had become quite popular.
5. They then disappeared
Following Chip Ahoy in 1956, Chip and Dale then went very quiet for 33 years when they were finally brought back in their first meaningful roles in the Rescue Rangers.
6. They almost didn’t reappear!
Rescue Rangers was originally envisaged as an extension to the popular Rescuers movie that Disney released, and would have seen the Rescuers in the starring roles of the show instead of Chip and Dale.
7. This changed but they still almost didn’t appear!
Series creator Tad Stones had to change the premise for the show when he was denied being able to use the Rescuers as the Rescuers Down Under was starting to get in to production and so he started to create new characters called “Metro Mice” featuring a new cast of characters in the lead roles.
8. Chip and Dale were chosen instead
Tad Stones had his suggestion for new characters rejected and was told that the studio wanted to use existing, and recognisable, characters in the main roles, and so Chip and Dale were brought back in to being for the first time in over 30 years!
9. Chip was modeled after an 80s great
Chip wears a leather jacket and instantly recognisable hat, and is modelled very much after a great character of the time, Indiana Jones.
10. Dale was modeled after an 80s great, too!
As well as Chip being modelled after Indiana Jones, Dale was modelled after Magnum, P.I and dresses in a similar Hawaiian shirt to Tom Selleck’s character.
11. Only one character has a full name
Out of all of the characters in the program, only one was ever given a full name as the rest are only ever referred to by first name only, while we find out that Gadget’s surname is Hackwrench.
12. The show did well
Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers was a big hit right from the start and it did very well, becoming the number 1 syndicated cartoon show in the 1989 – 1990 season in the United States!
Are you a fan of the Rescue Rangers? Was it one of your favourite cartoons growing up, or did it lose out to Thundercats, He-Man and Transformers? Have you seen any episodes again recently, and if so how has it stood the test of time? Let us know all of your thoughts in the comments as always!