CHIP 'N' DALE RESCUE RANGERS:
BIG THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES
Now we're talking, 'Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers' was the famous chipmunk duo forming a team to help them save anyone in danger...think of them as an anti-Pinky and the Brain. You know Chip and Dale of course...but on top of that there was Gadget, Zipper and Monterey Jack. While these characters were memorable and extremely likable, it did suddenly make me realize the traditional team formula that lingered over most kid shows: for example you have the inventor, you have the muscle, you have the leader, you have the goof-off and of course the little cute one that's just so darn adorable. But let's be fair, this is when that formula was just starting to be put into effect and give the show credit for putting two popular characters on a team instead of just keeping it two people whose real voices sound like Babs Bunny and the Crazy Taxi guy fighting over the same woman. Most of their time was spent fighting off evil schemes usually from the diabolical Fat Cat...and surprisingly he has no political tie-ins despite the fact that his name is in fact Fat Cat, though I guess he does look a touch like Christopher Christie. While we're on the subject, did you know that Chip and Dale were actually modeled after Indiana Jones and Magnum P.I.? Gosh, wouldn't that have been a totally different show if it matched their personalities too?
The characters allowed for a lot of inventive story-lines and ideas like Gadget being the rodent equivalent of MacGyver-I mean, good lord just look at half the things she makes. A lot of the characters lent their way to learning some good lessons too like always be yourself, have confidence in your work...don't join cults?! Yeah, there was actually an episode about the dangers of following a cult and I like most kids around my age found out what a cult was by watching this episode-hey, it's better than finding out other ways! It's actually a pretty clever social satire where a group of mice mistake a Cola commercial-you know, the ones that always say you don't belong unless you buy our product-and they turn it into a literal interpretation...and I'll be damned if I can't remember one algebraic equation from all my days of school, but yet years later I still remember every f--king word of the Coo-Coo Cola song.
It was cute, it was clever, it had characters we could never forget...it was a whole lot of fun.