Five years ago, we wrote about how Disney was developing a live-action/CG animation hybrid version of a Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers movie, based on the chipmunk pals who solve crimes with a few other pals like Gadget, Zipper, and Monterey Jack. Progress has been slow, but now the movie has a rather unexpected director.
Akiva Schaffer, the Lonely Island member and director of films like Hot Rod, The Watch, and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, has been hired to direct the movie, which is taking an unusual approach in its story. Read More »
Disney’s getting into shape to compete with film franchises featuring pint-sized protagonists like the Smurfs and Alvin and the Chipmunks, with a live-action/CG hybrid film featuring the studio’s own animated chipmunks Chip ‘n Dale. Commercial director Robert Rugan pitched a story to Disney and the studio went for his “updated take” on the characters, per THR. The film will be based on the Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers show that saw the chipmunks acting as private detectives in the service of other animal clients.
In addition to a whole slate of commercial work, Rugan did the ‘Wiley vs Rhodes’ short, which may be the best indicator of his ability to do a hybrid comedy such as this. Check that out below. Read More »