‘Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’: Easter Eggs and Disney Callbacks

SPOILER ALERT: This story covers the main plot points of Disney+’s “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” currently streaming on the platform. Don’t read until you’ve seen the movie.

“Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” is back. Director Akiva Schaffer mixes live action with animation as John Mulaney and Andy Samberg voice the beloved chipmunks who started a detective agency.

This time around, Chip (Mulaney) and Dale (Samberg) are middle-aged chipmunk actors. Chip is an insurance salesman and Dale spends his time at fan conventions. They are has-beens living in Los Angeles and must reunite the team to find a missing friend. Not only is the movie hugely entertaining, but staging the story in LA and at fan conventions leaves plenty of room to wrap the movie with Easter eggs galore and nods to everything. regarding Disney.

Screenwriters Doug Mand and Dan Gregor break down some of the film’s many familiar references.

Ruby slippers of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Star Wars” characters

As Dale ventures to Fan Con, there’s no better place to spot classic Hollywood nods than in this footage. Spot a “Moana” cosplay outfit, the ruby ​​red slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” and in animated form, two mice are dressed as Kylo Ren and Princess Leia from the “Star Wars” franchise.

Mand explains that this is at a time when Dale is clinging to fame and wants to stay relevant. “Fan Con felt like a perfect place to show his reality and the reality of actors on his level and those above and below.” He adds, “Fan Con has become this big playground for us to let our imagination run wild and put different kinds of Easter eggs in there.”

peter pan adult

It’s not just chipmunks that grow. Peter Pan is finally growing up. Except in this universe, Peter Pan is bad.

Gregor explains that the team was trying to think of a character that was loved and never thought badly of. “How do we twist this and make it a toxic villain?”

At one point, the idea was for Santa to be mean, but Gregor and Mand didn’t want to destroy Santa for the kids. According to Gregor, “Peter Pan is this character who is sort of supposed to be the ultimate child star. He’s supposed to never grow up. But what happens when Hollywood no longer wants him? Evil Peter Pan mirrors that Hollywood glory tale gone awry, and the obsession with fame, wealth, and power makes one a worse version of themselves.

ugly sonic

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In 2020, fans complained about Sonic the Hedgehog’s design. This complaint led to a redesign, but the earlier “ugly Sonic” version is back for the Rescue Rangers. Like Dale, he whips out autographs at Fan Con. This Sonic is voiced by Tim Robinson.


While Dale is driving in Los Angeles, he loses his rear bumper and almost crashes into another car. The car he avoids looks like a car that could be a character from the Pixar “Cars” franchise.

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Flounder from the “Little Mermaid”

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Ariel Flounder’s best friend now lives on earth. But his appearance is short-lived as he ends up being kidnapped. In a twist on Ariel losing her voice, the kidnappers erase her mouth so no one can hear her scream.

Seth Rogen as Pumbaa

Seth Rogen returns as the live-action Pumbaa from the 2019 film “The Lion King.” Rogen is also credited as Bob the Viking Warrior. In this scene, Pumbaa attacks Bob the Viking Warrior.

Villain’s trophy room

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Along with countless cameos and franchise nods, the villain’s trophy room is filled with Disney character memorabilia — from the Mad Hatter’s hat in “Alice in Wonderland” to the Mickey Mouse glove, it’s all here.


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As the chipmunks reflect on the height of their fame and celebrate another season of their TV show, the duo land on the cover of Variety.

Alicia R. Rucker