Friday, February 16, 2018

All In A Disney Afternoon Chapter 3: Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

We have one final stop before we make it to the Disney Afternoon block proper. But as we make our way there, let's talk about 1988. In terms of Disney, it's a year where the momentum is starting to finally gain for them once again. Thanks mainly in part to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? which still stands as one of the finest blending of live action and animation of all time. In terms of their animated film release this year, it's Oliver and Company, Disney's furry take on the Charles Dickens classic. But despite Billy Joel-voiced dogs, the film makes 74 million out of a 31 million dollar budget. In terms of television, Gummi Bears is still on NBC into its third and fourth seasons, while DuckTales offers only Time Is Money as a movie event, with the rest of the show's new content coming in the following year. But Disney isn't without anything new, and for Saturday Mornings, they bring us another classic in the form of The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh.

Based on Disney's take on the classic A.A Milne characters, The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh brings us back to the Hundred Acre Wood as Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest of the gang go on many fun adventures. Compared to the more adventure themed shows like Gummi Bears and DuckTales, Pooh is definitely more skewed to a younger audience. Pooh turned out to be a hunny of a show and lasted from January 17th, 1988 to October 26th, 1991.

We move the dial one year later to 1989 and Disney's fortunes are starting to get better. Theatrically, they find success not only with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, but most importantly The Little Mermaid, which becomes a monster of a hit for Disney making $211 million from a $40 million budget. On the small screen, DuckTales airs the second season consisting of the two TV movie five parters, while also airing season 3 in the fall. Gummi Bears moves to ABC where it teams up with Winnie The Pooh. But what of the syndicated market? After DuckTales was a massive hit, surely it was time for the next addition.

Enter animator/writer/producer Tad Stones, who previously worked on the third season of Gummi Bears. His pitch for the next Disney series was originally based on 1980's The Rescuers. However, Disney was already working on a sequel to the film, so plans then changed to Metro Mice, a take on the popular series Miami Vice.

But unfortunately a mouse Don Johnson was not meant to be. The final pitch was for Rescue Rangers, which still felt like a series close to that of the Rescuers. Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg liked the idea, but felt it needed something. Eisner's suggestion: replace the original protagonist Kit Colby with a pair of Disney's classic characters to give the show some much needed marquee value. And the characters chosen were Chip and Dale.

Debuting in early prototype form 1943's Private Pluto before getting their official debut in 1947's Chip An' Dale, Chip and Dale are a pair of chipmunks who often served as comedic foils against Disney characters like Pluto, Mickey Mouse and more often than not, Donald Duck. Be it defending their tree from being chopped down, or stealing Donald's model boat to cross a lake. They starred in 23 shorts up until 1956 and really weren't being used for much for the decades that followed. Chip, the one with the black nose, is the more focused and serious of the two, while Dale, with the red nose, is more silly and lighthearted. In other words, the perfect stars for Disney's next series: Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers.

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers premiered first on The Disney Channel on March 4th, 1989 where several episodes first premiered there as a preview. When the fall season began, the show made its syndicated debut on September 18th, 1989. The show ran new episodes until November 19th, 1990 with 65 episodes in total split among three seasons (13 preview episodes, 47 for the first syndicated season, and 5 for the first year of Disney Afternoon in 1990). The show centers around the Rescue Rangers, a crew of rodents (and their fly pal Zipper) who solve the crimes that the humans can't seem to solve. From the mysterious disappearances of cats to robberies being caused by flying carpets. There's no case too big, no case too small, much like the show's theme song suggests.

Our cast of heroes starts with Chip. He's the de facto leader of the Rescue Rangers, and the one who usually is most focused on being a detective. This unfortunately means that he can a bit too serious and quick to anger. More often than not taking that anger out on Dale when he acts too silly. He's also the biggest skeptic of the group, and not one to believe in any form of superstition. But despite his faults, he still helps lead the Rescue Rangers to a successful crime well solved. Tress MacNeille voices Chip (with her voice pitched to sound more like a chipmunk). Tress also voiced Lady Bane on Gummi Bears and provided multiple voices on DuckTales.

Dale is next up. He's in many ways the opposite of Chip. More of a joker and a goof off in comparison to Chip's more focused and serious demeanor. His goof off nature means that he's more willing to jump into a situation without paying attention, which often gets him in trouble. Dale can also be really naive, sometimes easily falling for pranks put on him by Chip, or thinking that he's really become a super secret agent. But when he finally realizes what's going on, he can usually be the one to focus and save the day. Corey Burton voiced Dale (pitched like Tress). Burton was also featured in Gummi Bears being the second voice for Gruffi Gummi. See, told you to remember that name.

Gadget Hackwrench is the only female member of the Rescue Rangers, as well as the mechanical genius of the group. She's the daughter of the late Geegaw Hackwrench, a famous mouse pilot. While she also gained his aviary skills, she also is a super genius with the ability to create any weapon or vehicle that the crew needs. Be it an airship made from a balloon and a milk bottle, to a car made out of an old roller skate. Though more often than not, despite her calculations, her inventions do have a way of going haywirte. She usually has a very positive attitude and is... well... I guess scatterbrained is the best way to put it. And her catchphrase of sorts is "Golly". Also, being the only female in the group, she serves as the love interest for Chip and Dale, meaning that they'll often fight for her affection. Tress MacNeille also voices Gadget.

Monterey Jack is the muscle of the Rescue Rangers. He's a world traveled mouse from Australia. He's known to tell tall tales about his many adventures abroad. Monty however has one major flaw (Besides being way too stubborn and prideful for his own good), and that's an addiction to cheese. The faintest scent puts him in a trance, which more often than not puts the gang in danger. Despite his claims of being fearless, he is afraid of cats. Of all the characters in the show, we learn the most about Monty. Including meeting his parents Chedderhead Charlie and Camembert Katie, along with Desiree D'Allure, a villain he almost married (if  he hadn't chased a cheese truck on his wedding day instead). Peter Cullen voices Monterey for the majority of the series. Cullen provided multiple voices on DuckTales including Donald's commanding officer Admiral Grimitz. But Cullen will forever be remembered as the voice of the greatest Autobot of them all, Optimus Prime. A voice that he still does to this day through the much maligned Michael Bay Transformers films. Jim Cummings would voice Monty in the latter half of season two onward. Cummings previously voiced Zummi Gummi in season six of the Gummi Bears.

And finally there's Zipper. Zipper is a housefly who has spent most of his life with Monterey Jack and often serves as Monty's conscience, keeping him from being hyperbolic. He's also tough, loyal and always there to help whenever the Rescue Rangers need him. Though more often than not he feels overlooked by the rest of the gang. He's also the only member of the Rescue Rangers that speaks in unintelligible squeaking noises (until later in the series when he becomes easier to understand). And those noises would be provided by Corey Burton as well (With Frank Welker providing the buzzing of his wings).

But what would Rescue Rangers be without a rogues gallery? There really are only a handful of recurring villains, with only two being the show's most consistent. First up is Fat Cat. This rotund feline was originally the pet of crime boss Aldrin Klordane. And much like his master, he too is a ruthless criminal mastermind. He speaks in a somewhat Vincent Price manner, be it a bit more breathy. He also has a massive ego, as well as dreams of being rich and powerful. Be it from using seashells to lure fish to sell to cats, or hiring Jamaican fruit bats to steal valuables from planes. Like all cats in cartoons, he hates dogs, but hates the Rescue Rangers even more. His base of operations is a casino atop the Happy Tom Cat Food Cannery. He also has several henchmen to aid him, though they wind up never being able to stop the Rescue Rangers. This includes Mole (Burton), a blind and dim... well, mole, Mepps (Cullen), a scrawny and whiny cat, Wart (Cummings), a lizard with a Peter Lorre accent, and Snout (Burton), a rat who... um... is also there. Jim Cummings voices Fat Cat as well.

The other recurring villain is Professor Norton Nimnul. Nimnul is a mad scientist. Easily one of the maddest scientists in the entirety of Disney lore. He creates insane inventions to help him become rich. By which I mean, inventions that help him rob others. From a weather machine he uses to rob banks, to devices that allow him to turn into animals, he always has one nefarious plan after another. That is until the Rescue Rangers put a stop to him every time. Which makes it all the more hilarious that this evil genius is bested every time by common rodents. He also has a nephew named Normie who aspires to be as mad a scientist as him (and might actually be more sadistic). Jim Cummings once again provides voice work. You know, maybe I should have prefaced by saying that Jim Cummings does like 80% of the voices on this show, and that feels like a generous number. Compared to the other shows we've covered, Rescue Rangers may perhaps be the most condensed voice cast of the bunch. with Tress, Corey, Peter and Jim providing most of the show's voices.

Fun fact about Nimnul is that his design was inspired by Bruce Talkington, a writer for Disney best known for writing for DuckTales and The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh. Talkington even served as author of many of Disney's Winnie The Pooh storybooks. 

Before we go to the show proper like always, it's time to talk about the theme song. And much like DuckTales prior, it's another super strong theme. How the instrumental starts with that first blast of energy then turns to a bit of a slower mystery theme, only to ramp right back up in time for the chorus. And what a chorus. If DuckTales (Woo-Hoo!) is a killer hook, then "Ch-ch-ch-chip And Dale" is an uppercut to the eardrums. I think I personally love this song more than DuckTales as it just makes he feel more excited for what's to come. Mark Mueller reprises his work from DuckTales as does Jeff Pescetto with vocals. Interesting note is that the later version of the theme was actually worked on by Alf Clausen. There's also a longer version of the theme performed by The Jets. 


Thankfully, we're not going through 100 episodes this time, or even 95, but a reasonable 65. Just like the DuckTales review, these will be more synopsis-based, unless there's some things I feel are worth reviewing. 

-To The Rescue Five Parter: While not technically the first episodes to see air, it still counts as the pilot story, so we'll kick off with this. Much like the DuckTales pilot, this was also originally aired as a movie special. Crime boss Aldrin Klordane returns after supposedly drowning a year prior, and has plans that require stealing a priceless ruby and framing veteran detective Donald Drake. Drake's dog Plato enlists Chip and Dale, a pair of chipmunks enamored with crime fighting, to try and save the day. Throughout their journey they meet Monterey Jack, Zipper and Gadget as the crew come together to not only deal with Klordane, but his pet cat Fat Cat and the manic professor Norton Nimnul. Of the pilot stories I've covered so far, I think this is the best of the bunch. Every episode feels important and the story is paced out greatly, never feeling like there's any particular episode that feels like filler. You could argue some problematic racism in part two when Chip and Dale deal with evil Siamese twin cats in their hidden laundromat hideout. Remember how I said Gummi Bears handled Asian culture well? Rescue Rangers gets a bit sticky, and this isn't even the most damning. But that bit doesn't take away what is still a strong way to start the series proper. 

-Catteries Not Included: The rescue rangers investigate the disappearance of a young girl's pet kitten, but soon discover that all the cats in town have been kidnapped by robot dogs created by Professor Nimnul. His goal? Using the static from cat fur to create powerful lightning blasts. This is the real pilot episode of the series and it shows. The cast doesn't seem to flow to their roles as well as in later episodes and there feels like a bit of stiffness in places. But the fun story and great TMS animation helps flow this episode along great. A solid true first episode. 

-Adventures in Squirrelsitting: While trying to stop Fat Cat from stealing the Maltese Mouse, the rescue rangers end up wrecking the home of a squirrel mother. In order to pay her back, they offer to babysit her kids, baby Bink and teenager Tammy. Tammy becomes infatuated with Chip (which she gives the pet name of Chipper), and jealous of Gadget. After Chip yells at her, she tries to prove she can be a rescue ranger by trying to stop Fat Cat. What follows is a fun bit in Fat Cat's casino including Chip and Dale in drag trying to distract Fat Cat and his goons. And that's probably the biggest positive I have in hindsight. Instead of going the obvious route and using Gadget as the eye candy, it's her that goes to find Tammy while it's Chip and Dale being used as the distraction. Good stuff. Add in a fun third act as the rescue rangers have to stop from being turned into cat food and canned, and you have one of the more memorable episodes. 

Risky Beesness: After a hive of bees get hypnotized, the stuck up queen gains the help of the rescue rangers (and the complete and total infatuation of Zipper). They discover that the bees are being controlled by a pest control scientist named Irweena Allen who is hypnotizing the bees to steal instruments so she can become a music star. Okay, so it's not the most well thought out villain scheme, but it's original, I'll give it that. 

-Bearing Up Baby: While the rescue rangers go camping, Dale meets a toddler named Jeremy, the son of parents so neglectful, you'd think I turned on a Rugrats episode. After Jeremy floats down river, he's saved by a bear who at first tries to adopt him, but thanks to the advice of the rescue rangers (namely Gadget), brings him back to the parents, who reward him by trying to shoot him dead. Normally these "precocious youngsters get in peril, a character tries to rescue them, only to be the one punished" stories are some of my least favorite. It's why I think the Buttons and Mindy shorts from Animaniacs always annoyed me. But I put this on my list for one reason and one reason only. The random guest appearance of Humphrey the Bear. While they never explicitly call him Humphrey, his design and goofy mannerisms pretty much confirm it. I loved the Humphrey shorts as a kid, and his involvement makes a rather middling episode a classic in my eyes. 

-Dale Beside Himself: A trio of shape-shifting aliens from the planet Fleeblebrox come to earth, but one of the aliens known as DTZ doesn't want to leave. After meeting with Dale, he takes his form and helps him with all his chores. But faced with the fear of being brought back by the aliens, he sends Dale to them instead. Compared to an episode like Out To Launch, I just had more fun with the space adventure in comparison to the other episode. Add in some great animation and you have another great first season story. 

-The Luck Stops Here: Gadget accidentally ends up in the home of Clyde Cosgrove, an inventor who has been down on his luck. That mainly being due to his inventions being sabotaged by his "good luck charm" cat Kismet. Gadget decides to help Clyde before he ends up being thrown out on the street by his boss, while having to deal with Kismet trying to constantly kill her. 

-Fake Me To Your Leader: When Zipper accidentally gets zapped by Nimnul's enlarging ray, he starts to grow at a rapid pace. Eventually becoming a fifty-foot fly. While trying to find a way to fix him, the rescue rangers discover that Nimnul has enlarged some pill bugs to aid him in a fake alien invasion scheme to steal all of the city's gold.

-The Case of the Cola Cult: The rescue rangers end up meeting the bizarre Coo-Koo Cola cult, a cult of mice who dedicate their lives to drenching themselves in cola and living by one of the catchiest jingles ever (Come along, you belong, feel the fizz of Coo-Koo Cola) and "fizzing" their personal belongings. Meanwhile, Gadget becomes discouraged when her inventions continue to fail her to the point that she quits the rescue rangers and joins the cola cult. Playing my hand early at the 27th episode, but this may be my personal favorite episode of the entire series. A quality mystery story and one of the best uses of the best character on the show in Gadget. Plus, a kids show focusing on a cult is amazing. 

Also the Jingle really can't be understated. 

-Robocat: After an inventor throws out his robotic cat named Tom, Gadget reprograms him to be kind and gentle. Despite Chip's constant belief that it's just a waste of time to do so. However, when Fat Cat discovers Tom, he reprograms him to be evil in order to steal a prized tropical fish that he intends to dine on. 

-Seer No Evil: While at the carnival, the rescue rangers get their fortunes told by Cassandra the gypsy moth, an old friend of Monterey Jack's. The fortunes are all fine for everyone except Chip, who Cassandra predicts is going to die by day's end. Chip is obviously skeptical of all this, but as the other fortunes continue to come true, even he begins to fear his fate. This can't be helped however when the rescue rangers have to stop a criminal carny and his pet monkey who have been committing robberies. 

-Double O'Chipmunk: Dale and Zipper become obsessed with being super spies, so the other Rangers decide to indulge their fantasy by setting them up on a fake spy mission. However, Dale soon learns of their deception and decides to keep the game going. Which comes at a bad time when he accidentally takes microfilm containing blueprints for a thought-controlled tank, meaning that Dale and Zipper now have to deal with real criminals. This episode's plot feels similar to another episode known as "One Upsman-Chip" where Chip pranks Dale into thinking he has psychic powers. But this one does the concept better without making Dale come off as too naive (or more naive than usual), and contains a far more exciting third act. 

-Gadget Goes Hawaiian: While the rescue rangers take a vacation in Hawaii, Gadget runs into Lawhinie, her exact double. Except Lawhinie is trying to become queen of a tribe of mice and has to do a dangerous test to do so. So she tricks Gadget into taking her place.

-Good Times, Bat Times: The Rescue Rangers tangle with a demented cleaning lady named Winifred who is out to become an all powerful witch. While dealing with her henchmen (a Spider named Lou and a snake named Bud. A clever Abbot and Costello reference), Dale meets a bat named Foxglove who keeps coming to his rescue. However, Dale soon learns that Foxglove is actually working for Winifred. However, Foxglove becomes so enamored with Dale that she doesn't want him to get hurt in the process. This is a really great episode from the latter end of season two, and one that I see get referenced a lot when it comes to favorite episodes from people. Foxglove's a great addition to the cast, though sadly this is her only appearance on the show. 

-The Pied Piper Power Play: Nimnul hypnotizes all the mice in town to power his new generator, including Gadget and Monterey Jack. Chip and Dale try to come to their rescue, with "The Great Daledini's" powers of hypnosis almost saving the day. But eventually he succumbs to his own hypnotic spell, so it's up to Chip and Zipper to snap everyone out of their trance. This episode feels like peak Rescue Rangers, as in the kind of episode I remember the most vividly from the series. Doesn't hurt that it has some great lines ("Meltdown, boo! We hate meltdown!") and a really strong third act.

-Puffed Rangers: The Rescue Rangers head to Hong Kong and discover a group of evil businessmen are smuggling cars into America by shrinking them and shipping them into cereal boxes. The Rangers try to stop them, while Monterey Jack has to face his fears about Cat Alley. I like this episode's plot a lot more than I thought as it does feel like a more original take on the shrinking cliche. But remember how I mentioned earlier about how the show got some massive heat over some Asian stereotypes? Well, the original version of this episode had the villains speaking in broken English and making a bunch of Anti-China jokes. Due to complaints, the episode was later re-dubbed. 

-A Fly In The Ointment: Nimnul's latest invention goes awry when it causes him to swap heads with Zipper. In the fracas, Zipper gets mistaken for a space alien and captured by the army. It's up to Nimnul to team with the rescue rangers to get his body back, which in turn leads to even more bodily mix-ups. This episode is a brilliant take on "The Fly" while also being the stock body swap plot. I also like that not only does Nimnul recognize the rescue rangers, but through this swap, he can actually understand them, which makes this unhappy alliance all the more entertaining. 


Pound of the Baskervilles: Chip tries to use the detective skills of his favorite fictional detective Sherluck Jones to find a will belonging to the rightful owner of a mansion.

A Lad in a Lamp: Monty ends up switching places with a genie. 

Last Train To Cashville: Dale has a bad case of sleepwalking. Meanwhile, the Rescue Rangers try to solve the case of missing toy trains.

A Case of Stage Blight: The Rescue Rangers try to save the opera, which is being sabotaged by thespian gator Sewernose De Bergerac.

A Wolf in Cheap Clothing: Nimnul's latest invention turns him into a werewolf, while also turning a wolf into a werehuman.

Normie's Science Project: Nimnul's bratty nephew Normie steals a powerful sound amplifier to use for his science fair project.

Love is a Many Splintered Thing: Desiree D'Alure, an old flame of Monty's tricks him into helping her commit crimes.

Short Order Crooks: When Monty and Zipper make cheese chowder in an abandoned restaurant, they soon discover a pair of crooks hiding out there, trying to dig their way to the bank..

Le Purrfect Crime: When the Rescue Rangers end up in Paris, Dale gets amnesia and is tricked by Maltese De Sade, Fat Cat's cousin, into being a villain named Ramdale. 

The S.S. Drainpipe: Dale's attempts to emulate his hero, The Red Badger of Courage, end up getting him and the others turned into slaves by Rat Capone.


Overall, Rescue Rangers was quality stuff, with a lot of episodes I consider favorites. But there were a few I didn't like. A bit more than DuckTales and Gummi Bears to be sure. 

-Out To Launch: While visiting a space center to watch the launch of a new astro-plane, Chip and Dale end up stuck in a space suit and shot into outer space. Gadget, Monty and Zipper come to their aid, but after a meteor hits the shuttle, it's up to the rescue rangers to save the ship before it goes down. This isn't a bad episode per se, but in comparison to the space adventure within "Dale Beside Himself", it's kind of dull in places. Makes up for it with that crisp TMS animation, but not enough to be one I cared that much for on the rewatch.

-Kiwi's Big Adventure: This is the first episode of any show on this rewatch that I flat out didn't like. The episode randomly opens with the rescue rangers trying to save their plane from a group of tribal kiwis, led by a kiwi that speaks like Ed Sullivan for some reason. That plot would have been fine enough, but then we have to deal with Dale faking a foot injury to get sympathy (mainly from Gadget). It kind of gets annoying by the end to see how far Dale almost gets away with this, along with Gadget being too naive. Still a great looking episode though, especially with that nice TMS animation, but the first episode I can say feels really pointless.

-Chipwrecked Shipmunks: The rescue rangers end up stranded on an island with no way home, and a hurricane coming their way. While goofing off, Dale and Monterey Jack find hidden treasure and try to hide it from Chip, Zipper and Gadget. This is made a bit harder with the Pirats show up wanting the treasure for themselves. Like most episodes I find bad, they're usually not the worst episodes in structure. My issue is that they make Dale and Monty a bit too unlikable with their gold obsession, to the point of being irredeemable when they destroy the ship the others made so they can keep their gold. Yes, these two have succumbed to fits of greed before, but this might be their worst yet.

-Weather Or Not: It's the hottest day of the year, but Monterey Jack's tail says that it's due to be a cold one. And he's technically right when he discovers that Norton Nimnul is using a weather machine to help him rob banks. However, we have to deal with the first half of the episode with the other rescue rangers playing the worst case of idiot ball I've seen in these episodes so far. We've had episodes in the past where the other rescue rangers are usually very skeptical about things like superstition only to be proven wrong. It worked much better in Seer No Evil, for example. 

But we spend the first half of the episode with the rangers constantly calling Monty crazy and even at one point thinking he's going to kill himself by jumping off a ledge. Heck, the first time Monty sees Nimul's weather cloud, it creates a trail of snow. When the rescue rangers show up, they somehow ignore the trail of snow and just continue to think Monterey's gone insane. Granted, the second half is a fun time, but the first half is some really bad writing and leaps in logic that took me out of this one. 


Much like DuckTales, Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers also succeeded on other mediums, particularly in video games, including two for the NES from Capcom (The latter also being super rare to find physically). Unlike DuckTales however, there was no movie that followed around the time of the show's ending, nor a spinoff series to follow. When Rescue Rangers ended in 1990, it pretty much stayed ended. And despite their popularity, Monterey Jack, Gadget and Zipper were retired and haven't appeared in any major Disney work since. Chip and Dale returned to other Disney products, particularly the Kingdom Hearts games. Fortunately, Rescue Rangers did get a revival in comic book form from Boom Studios. But due to low sales, the comic only lasted eight issues. Regardless, much like the other major Disney Afternoon shows, Rescue Rangers remains as one of the most beloved cartoons of the eighties and early nineties.


The rewatch for Rescue Rangers may have come close to being my favorite so far of the three I've done for this retrospective. While I enjoyed the writing and dialogue for DuckTales more, I feel that Rescue Rangers provided much more exciting and enticing adventures. Even the more mediocre episodes of the bunch still provided a great third act more often than not. And while it came out with some episodes I didn't care that much for, I don't see it as that much of a detriment. There were far more I loved than I disliked, so that should count. Favorite characters? I loved the entire core cast, but my standouts would probably be Gadget, Zipper, Dale, Fat Cat and his gang, and Norton Nimnul (with shout outs to Foxglove Bat and Rat Capone, a character who didn't make the favorite lists, but I'm a sucker for the old timey gangster gimmick). There were so many episodes in this rewatch that I remembered near flawlessly, more so than even DuckTales. And even though the show only used TMS for season one, the animation quality from the other companies still looks great and barely looks as jarring from episode to episode as DuckTales would often wind up (or Gummi Bears in its last season). 

I hope that Rescue Rangers gets another shot at television. With the success of DuckTales in its new rebooted form, it's possible that Disney may look to celebrate the Rescue Rangers once more. And with the show turning 30 in 2019, there's no better time for the adventures of Disney's smallest group of heroes to get one more chance at the spotlight. So, in the end, while I feel DuckTales is still the top spot taker in this retrospective, Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers takes the 2nd place gold. It's one of Disney's most enjoyable romps, that despite some references here and there, still holds up almost flawlessly. If you haven't watched in ages, now is a perfect time to give this show another look. Rescue Rangers away!



#1. Disney's DuckTales
#2. Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers
#3. Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears

Our Rescue Rangers review has wrapped up, but here's what we have in store next with "All in a Disney Afternoon"

The Disney Afternoon begins proper as we look at Disney's fourth syndicated outing, and no doubt its strangest concept of them all. It's time to bear and grin it as we spin it with TaleSpin. 

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