WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Ch-ch-ch-Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers are back! However, the chipmunks weren’t the only characters to return to the big screen. The movie was filled with nutty Easter eggs, references, and hidden secrets. Did you take the clues and find the where’s and why’s and who’s? Here’s Everything You Missed in Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.
The Disney Castle Mash-Up
The movie showcased some nutty mash-ups of classic Disney movies and the very first one can be seen during the iconic Disney opening credit scene. The castle gets hit by what seems like the bootlegger ray and combines The Sultan’s Palace from Aladdin, Elsa’s ice castle from Frozen, Prince Eric’s castle from The Little Mermaid, and the castle from the opening credits scene of Incredibles 2.
Chip’s Knight Rider Lunchbox
We’re taken back to 1982 to relive Chip and Dale’s childhood and the start of their friendship. During the two’s meet cute scene, Chip is carrying a Knight Rider lunchbox, foreshadowing the duo’s crimefighting life.
Mickey Mouse Phone
In the 1989, an AT&T Mickey Mouse phone was all the rage. You can see spot one in the background while Chip and Dale eat pizza on the couch.
Shoutout to the Creator of Rescue Rangers
Tad Stones was one of the creators of the original Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers TV show. Therefore, the film pays homage to him by adding his voice into a scene. Director Akiva Schaffer told Polygon:
“In the movie, there’s a moment when [Chip and Dale] are in [their] young Hollywood times and they’re trying to get their career started, and they get the phone call,” Schaffer tells Polygon. “And there’s a voice on the other end that’s like a Disney executive saying Chip, Dale, how would you like your own show? And that’s Tad [Stones]’s voice.”
Characters at the Rescue Ranger Party
Fans will recognize some familiar faces at the Rescue Rangers party. Paula Abdul is DJing with MC Skat Kat and the Three Little Pigs and Roger Rabbit are tearing up the dance floor.
The Crowd at Fan Con
The first Fan Con scene is full of Easter eggs and references, so let’s break down the scenes one by one. As the convention is starting, eagle-eyed fans can spot the monkey from Emperor’s New Groove dressed up as Ash Ketchum from Pokémon and overlooking a crowd that includes someone cosplaying as Mario from Super Mario, Louise from Bob’s Burgers, and Charlie Brown from Peanuts. The camera then zooms across the cheering fans and shows someone dressed up as Moana and someone else dressed up as Fat Thor from Endgame, right before we see two mice dressed like Princess Leia and Kylo Ren from Star Wars. When Baloo from Jungle Book takes the stage, there’s a lot of cheering fans at the base of the stage, including a fan dressed up as Goku from Dragon Ball Z, Princess Peach from Super Mario, and Sailor Moon. You can also spot someone in the corner sporting a Hello Kitty backpack.
Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast
Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast makes his appearance at Fan Con and fans realize his burning hands are unable to make any money.
The One and Only, Ugly Sonic
Ugly Sonic was the biggest and most unexpected cameo of the entire movie. Since fans demanded a redo of the blue hedgehog for the 2020 Sonic film, Ugly Sonic never made his way into a movie…until now. The character is voiced by Tim Robinson and fans just can’t get enough of those human teeth.
Tigra from Marvel
Tigra from Marvel Comics also has a booth by Dale and Ugly Sonic. Take a look at the bottom of the booth and you’ll find it’s decorated with the iconic “Avengers Assemble” line.
Chip’s fridge is stocked with frozen treats that serve as yummy shoutouts to some iconic characters. He has Ice Age ice cream that features Scrat the prehistoric rat, Frozone’s veggie medley from The Incredibles, and a Tyson’s frozen Looney Tunes meal sponsored by Foghorn Leghorn.
Monterey Jack’s Fridge Reveal His Australian Roots
Chip finds a stink gorgonzola in Monterey Jack’s fridge, but if you take a look to the left you’ll also find a jar of vegemite. This is a nice callback to Monterey’s Australian roots.
Hollywood’s Walk of Fame Has Some New Stars
As Chip walks out of Monterey Jack’s apartment, he strolls along the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, in this universe, Hollywood has installed some new stars. You can find stars with the names of Samurai Jack from Samurai Jack, Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants, Yogi Bear from The Yogi Bear Show, and Chun Li from the Street Fighter video games.
Dobby from Harry Potter is in a Gucci Ad
Along Chip’s stroll on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, ads line the streets. The camera zooms in on an ad for Fast and Furious Babies, Mr. Doubtfire starring Meryl Streep, and Batman v. ET. However, one of the ads that might be a little harder to spot is a Gucci poster featuring Dobby from Harry Potter. Not only did Dobby get a sock from his master, but he also got a nice jean jacket.
Is Dale a Chippendales Dancer?
No doubt there’s been jokes between Chip ‘n Dale and Chippendales over the years, but Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers might have just memorialized the connection. After Chip and Dale visit Monterey Jack, Chip goes to work at a “show.” If you take a look behind his coworkers, there’s a poster that says “Temperature Rising” and Dale’s name and face is listed on the middle star.
Police Car from Cars Arrives on Scene
The cops arrive to Monterey Jack’s house to investigate his disappearance and one of the characters outside his building is a cop car from the Cars universe. Also, Monterey lives at International Tower which is a play off the luxury condos in Long Beach, California.
Wynnchel and Duncan from Wreck-It-Ralph Joined the LAPD
Chip and Dale are not the only investigators in town. Two of the LAPD investigators at Monterey’s apartment are Wynnchel and Duncan, the doughnut security duo from Wreck-It-Ralph. They served as King Candy’s henchmen when he ruled Candy Rush.
Johnny Bravo and Doug have Ads in Town
As Chip and Dale are on their way to find Bjornson, fans get a glimpse of the world they live in. The cars on the road are designed to look like characters from Cars and the ads that litter the skyline all point to pop culture references. There’s an ad for Waze the Movie, a red and yellow billboard for “Johnny Bravo Fitness,” and an injury law ad for Funnie & Porkchop from Doug.
Dale’s Shoutout to Brooklyn 99
Chip tells Dale not to wear a top hat and cane, but Dale insists the disguise and backstory is necessary. This is a subtle shoutout to Jake Peralta from Brooklyn 99. Peralta is always coming up with backstories for himself as he hilariously investigates the crimes of New York. The addition of the Brooklyn 99 reference in Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is very fitting since Andy Samberg voices both Dale and Jake Peralta.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Mural Outside of Main Street
When Chip and Dale walk to Main Street, there’s a graffiti wall behind them. This wall looks a lot like the graffiti Miles Morales painted in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Spider-Man producer Phil Lord has even commented on the easter egg saying, “Chip and Dale are canon.”
Mom from Phineas and Ferb is Selling “Cupcakes” on Main Street
Dale tells Chip that Main Street is full of criminals and black market sellers. Therefore, you might be surprised to find Linda Flynn-Fletcher from Phineas and Ferb selling cupcakes on the street. She was never able to spot Phineas and Ferb’s crazy schemes, and maybe it’s because she was too busy running her criminal side business.
The Dog Blowing Bubbles
The dog blowing bubbles on Main Street looks like a couple of Disney pups. Some people think he could be a reference to Max, Prince Eric’s dog from The Little Mermaid or Mooch from Lady and the Tramp. However, the dog that he looks the most like is Colonel from 101 Dalmatians.
Rats from Ratatouille Run Around Bjornson’s Cellar
Bjornson takes Chip and Dale in his cellar and they come across many different rats. One of the rats eating cheese on a barrel resembles Disney’s Ratatouille. If you look behind this rat, there’s also a brown rat that looks like Emile from Ratatouille.
Cats from the 2019 Film, Cats
Chip and Dale are taken to the Uncanny Valley, where they come across individuals that Chip describes as early 2000s animation-styled characters who look real, but don’t look right. Well some of the characters that inhabit Uncanny Valley include two cats from the 2019 film, Cats.
Knock-off Luxo Balls
Bob the Viking Dwarf takes Chip and Dale on a tour of Sweet Pete’s factory. Right before he shows them the Shrek body wash, they walk by a cart full of knock-off Pixar Luxo balls.
Pepé Le Pew Made Some Perfume
When Chip and Dale are thrown into Sweet Pete’s office, the villain’s polar bear henchman Jimmy is reading a magazine. The front cover of the magazine has a story about Baloo, but the back cover has an ad for Pepé Le Pew’s perfume.
Sweet Pete’s Bootleg Movies
Sweet Pete is making bootleg movies and many of them are knock-offs of films that you recognize from your childhood. This includes Casper the Friendly Ghost, Beauty and the Beast, and Lady and the Tramp.
Reference to Tootles from Hook
Tootles is the Lost Boy that wears a skunk suit in the animated Peter Pan movie. However, in the 1991 film Hook, an elderly version of Tootles is depicted as a senile man looking for his marbles. The film reveals that he is a former Lost Boy who physically lost his marbles prior to leaving Neverland.
If you look at Sweet Pete’s office desk, he has a tray of marbles. Looks like he might have stolen them from Tootles.
Rapunzel Doll Lurking in the Sewer
After flushing themselves down the toilet, Chip and Dale scramble to find something to hold on to. What makes a better rope than Rapunzel’s long flowing hair? Too bad the doll’s head isn’t as strong as her hair.
LEGO Made a Les Misérables Movie
When Chip and Dale are dumped out of the sewer, there’s a billboard for LEGO Misérables.
Dale’s Beer is a Reference to Samberg’s Palm Springs Movie
Chip and Dale invite Ellie over to discuss their plan to obtain Sweet Pete’s smart watch. While she’s over, they offer her an Akupara beer. This is the same brand of beer that Andy Samberg drinks in the movie, Palm Springs. In Sanskrit, Akupara translates to “unlimited, unbound”.
Randy Marsh from South Park is Relaxing in the Sauna
After seeing a gorilla take the skin off a snake, Chip and Dale come across an even more surprising sight at the sauna. Randy Marsh from South Park is relaxing in a towel with a couple of pigs.
Scrooge is Taking a Gold Bath
Don’t you wish you were Scrooge? He’s another character that pops up at the sauna, but he’s rich enough to be taking a gold bath.
Moana Branded Nuts
Sweet Pete puts his smart watch in a locker and we also see that he has some Moana-themed nuts in there as well.
Chip and Dale Impersonate Steve Jobs and Bill Gates
While impersonating mechanics, Chip and Dale use the name of two of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. Dale’s nametag says Bill, likely for Bill Gates and Chip’s name tag says Steve, after Steve Jobs.
Concept Art in the Bootlegging Room
When Ellie and the chipmunks find the bootlegging room, they uncover concept art for characters Sweet Pete was planning on bootlegging. These include a mash-up of the following characters:
- Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons and Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles
- Tweedledee/Tweedledum from Alice in Wonderland and Gus, the rat from Cinderella
- The Pink Panther and Felix the Cat
There were also images of the following characters with instructions for different body parts:
- Flounder from The Little Mermaid with instructions for more purple and a new mouth
- Sneezy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with instructions to add feathers
- Garfield the Cat with instructions to make him bigger
Next to the flyers for Garfield, there’s also a small piece of paper with the name “Foghorn,” suggesting the Looney Tunes character could also have been captured.
Chip and Dale as Simpsons Characters, Rick and Morty, Ren and Stimpy, and Deadpool and Batman
As Chip and Dale go through the bootlegging CG machine, the computer shows different animated versions of the chipmunks. They are depicted as Rick and Morty, Deadpool and Batman, Ren and Stimpy, and as Simpsons characters. There are also other versions that show what they would look like as Pokémon and as classic black and white Disney characters.
Parts of Bootlegged Characters
After exiting the CG machine, Chip and Dale find a wall full of body parts from bootlegged characters. Here are some of the bootlegged character parts that are represented on the wall:
- Monterey Jack’s moustache (Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers)
- Samurai Jack’s sword (Samurai Jack)
- Shenron’s body (Dragonball Z)
- Robin Hood’s hat (Robin Hood)
- Jiminy Cricket’s umbrella (Pinocchio)
- My Little Pony heads
- Pikachu’s tail (Detective Pikachu)
- Ickis’ mouth and ear (AAAHH!!! Real Monsters)
- Mickey Mouse’s glove
- Sora’s Keyblade (Kingdom Hearts)
- Jiminy Cricket’s hat (Pinochio)
- Pink Panther’s nose/muzzle (Pink Panther0)
- Mr. Potato Head’s body (Toy Story)
- Jimmy Neutron’s hair (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius)
- Smurf hat (The Smurfs)
- Rocky’s cap (Rocky and Bullwinkle)
- Krusty Krab hat (SpongeBob SquarePants)
- Toby Turtle’s glasses (Robin Hood)
- Sora’s hair (Kingdom Hearts)
Butthead is Running for Office
Butthead from Beavis and Butt-Head is running for office and there’s a bench ad outside of the police station that says “Vote for Senator Butthead. Vote to get tough on bootleg laws.”
McGruff the Crime Dog is at the LAPD
When Chip and Dale are arguing at LAPD, McGruff the Crime Dog is reading a newspaper behind them. McGruff was a dog in a trench coat that was used by police departments as a way to increase public safety and crime awareness.
Jimmy Pushes Doctor Strange
Jimmy spots Chip and Dale while at Fan Con and pushes a cosplayer coming off an escalator. This cosplayer is dressed as Doctor Strange.
Paul Rudd is at Fan Con
Paul Rudd is signing autographs at Fan Con and says that the original Ant-Man was actually Aunt-Man.
Seth Rogen Meets Seth Rogen Meets Seth Rogen
During the chase scene at fan con, Seth Rogen’s character, Bob the Viking Dwarf comes face to face with some of his past animated characters, including Pumbaa from the live-action The Lion King, Mantis from Kung Fu Panda, and B.O.B from Monsters vs Aliens.
Cosplayers at Fan Con
After Chip puts on his Indiana Jones outfit, cosplayers scream and take pictures of the chipmunk duo. One of the animated fans on the left is wearing a Ghostbusters shirt and others are dressed as Pee-Wee Herman , Borat, and Ash Ketchum.
More Cosplayers at Fan Con
Throughout the entire chase scene, we see a lot of other cosplayers at Fan Con including someone dressed as Bugs Bunny, Pickle Rick, and Miguel from Coco.
Animated Characters at Fan Con
There aren’t just cosplayers at Fan Con, but also animated fan favorites as well. Some of these characters include He-Man and Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Voltron, Doc McStuffins, Cubby the Lost Boy from Peter Pan, and a bunch of My Little Ponies.
Detective Florez from Big Mouth
Detective Florez from Big Mouth is at the LAPD station when Bob the Viking Dwarf is brought in. His appearance was likely added to the movie because John Mulaney, the voice of Chip also co-produces Big Mouth and voices Andrew Glouberman.
Sweet Pete’s Arsenal of Torture Devices Includes Dip from Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Sweet Pete looks for his eraser in his arsenal of torture devices, and we see that he also has Dip. Also known as toon acid, dip was created by Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit and has the ability to dissolve toons on contact.
Little Drummer Boy and Barney the Dinosaur are on the News
Dale’s agent calls him because he’s watching the chipmunks on the news. The other new stories that roll across the bottom of the computer screen include, “Little Drummer Boy indicted on 14 counts of money laundering” and “Barney the Dinosaur starting new religion on Wisconsin farms.”
Sweet Pete’s Bootleg Form
Sweet Pete’s ultimate bootleg form was a combination of multiple Disney characters.
- Head: Combination of Fat Cat from Rescue Rangers and Marie from The Aristocats
- Right Leg: Optimus Prime from Transformers
- Left Leg: Woody from Toy Story
- Right Arm: Bill Blaster from Super Mario
- Right Shoulder: Shredder from Teeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Left Arm: Wreck-It Ralph
- Voice: Cruella De Vil, Wreck-It Ralph, T-Rex from Jurassic Park, Shredder, Fat Cat
He’s also wearing Marie’s bow from The Aristocrats, John Silver’s jacket from Treasure Planet, and Mickey Mouse’s shorts.
Ninemen Boat Shop Pays Tribute to Disney’s Original Animators
At the final fight scene, there’s a shop on the dock called “Ninemen Boat Shop.” This references Disney’s “Nine Old Men” or Walt Disney Productions’ core animators. The nine men included:
- Les Clark
- Marc Davis
- Ollie Johnston
- Milt Kahl
- Ward Kimball
- Eric Larson
- John Lounsbery
- Wolfgang Reitherman
- Frank Thomas
The Rescued Toons
At the end of the movie, Chip and Dale, along with the FBI, open a shipping container that held all the missing toons. Here are some of the characters they freed:
- Phineas from Phineas and Ferb
- Abu from Aladdin
- Woody Woodpecker
- Samurai Jack
- Fred Flintstone
- Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio
- Zazu from The Lion King
- Kaa from The Jungle Book
- Patrick Star from SpongeBob SquarePants
- Launchpad McQuack from DuckTales
- Dipper Pines from Gravity Fall
- Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland mixed with Tigger from Winnie the Pooh
- Gus the Rat from Cinderella
- Sneezy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Flounder from The Little Mermaid
- Bambi mixed with Pegasus from Hercules
- Share Bear from Care Bears
- Frog version of Tiana from The Princess and The Frog
- Toby Turtle from Robin Hood
- A green Snork from The Snorks
Zummi Gummi on Ellie’s Bench Ad
During the end credits, we see Ellie becomes a PI and Zummi Gummi from Adventures of the Gummi Bears is sitting on her bench ad.
Dark Wing Duck’s End Credit Scene
And of course, the duck everyone was waiting to see. Darkwing Duck appears during the end credit scene and promotes his upcoming Disney+ show. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are producing the reboot, which will hit the streaming service soon.
Were you able to find any other Easter eggs, hidden references, or secrets in Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers?