Disney’s classic chipmunk duo, Chip ‘n’ Dale, may soon be revived in a live-action/CG hybrid feature, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The trade paper revealed yesterday afternoon that Disney has optioned a pitch from commercial director Robert Rugan, whose most well known project is an animated condom advert for Durex.
The proposed film would be the origin story for the chipmunks’ role as detectives in the late-Eighties TV series Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman’s Mandeville Films/TV, which has a first-look deal with Disney, would produce. Their company is also responsible for the recent Muppets film series for Disney.
Live-action/CG hybrids of chipmunks appear to be the new surefire bet in Hollywood. Fox is currently in production on its fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks feature, which is due out in 2015. While the Bagdasarian rodents add female appeal with the Chipettes, Chip ‘n’ Dale have Gadget Hackwrench, a longtime fan favorite in the furry porn community (as well as an object of cult worship in Russia).
Besides Rugan’s experience with directing CG animation of balloon animals fucking, he also has a healthy appreciation for the classics. He made the following live-action homage to Chuck Jones’ Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner a few years back: