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Condom Ad Director Robert Rugan To Make Live-Action Chip ‘n’ Dale for Disney

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:

(Original story on THR; Chip ‘n’ Dale photo via

  • jonhanson

    Well I’m glad this is coming out just because it gave me the opportunity to learn about a Russian cult built around a lady mouse from a Disney Saturday morning cartoon show.

    • Funkybat

      Seriously. Just when I thought that Gadget fandom had peaked. And to think, I was there in the early days, when the Ranger List listserv seemed to be the only place online to talk about the Rescue Rangers. “Why, in my daaay, we had to download our Gadget fan art ONE FILE AT A TIME, over a 9600 baud modem! That’s the way it was, and we LIKED it!”

  • jhalpernkitcat

    At first I raised an eyebrow at the title of this article. Then I recognized the ad that man was behind, which was brilliant although definitely messed up. Then I watched his live action Road Runner and Coyote short–which was a pleasant surprise. It was actually quite good. While I am not usually a fan of live action CG movies, this one may actually be in good hands and might actually work. At least the premise is interesting.

  • Josh

    I once dreamed of a beautifully hand drawn Rescue Rangers movie, then I woke up.

  • Roberto Severino

    Just……no. I already hate these characters enough as is.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Once again when Disney makes these live action versions of their animated films/characters they are insulting their past animation crews and Walt Disney himself.

  • George Comerci

    Huh…this sounds interesting…I just hope it won’t be another Alvin and the Chipmunks.

  • Mr.G

    Completely unnecessary…

  • Alex Vvedensky

    Growing up with Rescue Rangers (Im 17 but they are STILL airing those here in Russia) Im really excited for it, despite the fact that even people that dont know a thing about animation will call it a rip-off. Btw, the cult is obviously some kind of joke.

  • Max C.

    Just when I thought Disney were lucky that some of their major stars were safe from this treachery. Why can’t we just have good CG conversions like those Looney Tunes 3D shorts or Get a Horse? Or even Mr. Peabody & Sherman? (Yes, I saw that during the advanced previews a week before its UK release and I really recommend it)

  • akira

    he’s not bad. once again a misleading sensationalist headline(that motivated me to check it out and comment)… an option is a LONG way from a greenlight but you can’t blame a filmmaker just because they worked on or created a condom ad. he had to do good work in that less desirable job in order to have this opportunity to direct a film. i’m sure he’d have rather made a disney film first and not ever had to work in ads.

  • Joe Blow

    Series creator Tad Stones thinks this is a good idea:!/TadStones

    • Funkybat

      Glad to hear he digs the idea so far, I think that was his first “baby” before Darkwing Duck. I can see the movie going either way, it all depends on how willing the director and writers are to keep somewhat faithful to the spirit of the show. Of course, for a feature film set in the present with live-action actors and environments, there are gonna be some changes, but it might be possible to do this better than the “Yogi Bear” and “Alvin & The Chipmunks” live-action/animation films.

      Either way, it’s cool to see something I figured would remain in the realm of fan fiction actually move toward a major feature film.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I don’t suppose we can refrain from the poop jokes if it came to that.

  • For the love of God….why.

    This just sounds like an instant recipe for Suck.

  • jonhanson

    Don’t forget 90s nostalgia!

  • Toonio

    Trying to imitate the so called success of Alvin and copy their competition left and right. The real question here is how low is Disney willing to go?

    • James Stanley

      Hard to say. Disney’s a discordant beast. One minute it can create wonder and majesty worthy of our attention, the next it collapses into a heap of cynical, kid-brainwashing,capitalist mush that either mainfestes itself as a direct-to-dvd special offer with all the sheen of it’s greats but none of the substance or a half-hearted cenimatic effort that’s another reminder of how long ago the Reniassance and before was.
      For every Wreck-it-Ralph and Lion King, there’s a million copies of Planes waiting around the corner.

      • barrett

        Disney has been schizophrenic for a long time. I remember in the 90s at the height of the feature animation renaissance (and the “silver age” of the Disney Afternoon) that the live-action stuff they put out for kids and tweens was cloyingly awful, and the music on Radio Disney was nothing I would associate with Disney. Even back then, the Disney Channel was mostly unwatchable and again, not very “Disney.” This persisted (with a few gems like Kim Possible) until the past few years, when great stuff like Gravity Falls started to show up.

        I blame the “conglomerate” nature of Disney. Even with Lassetter nominally overseeing every aspect of the animated and theme park-related development, there are so many heads on that hydra that there’s no way they are all going to sing in harmony. I consider it lucky that Disney features, Pixar and TV animation are all doing as well as they are creatively given how huge this octopus is. For all the complaints about the state of things today, at least Disney isn’t moribund to the point of possible bankruptcy the way they were in the early 80s when everyone was fleeing for Don Bluth’s seemingly greener pastures.

  • Mister Twister

    Amid, I’ve been meaning to tell you this… You’re one crazy guy.

    And that’s why we love you.

  • Matt Norcross

    I doubt this will ever come into fruition. Remember Order of the Seven, that remake of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that was supposed to be set in modern-day Hong Kong that eventually got cancelled? You just watch, Disney will cancel this idea, and if it doesn’t get cancelled, it will probably go the way of The Lone Ranger, and become a box office failure.

  • Crispy Walker

    The first thing I thought when I read this was “Why not Gargoyles!?” That series has it all! Dramatic scripts and characters, Shakespearian influence, a chance to animate some stellar battles and environments and characters… It’s got all the trappings of a big Hollywood summer blockbuster! But no — instead, they’ve optioned Rescue Rangers?

  • Chris Sobieniak

    These things just happen.

  • Arcaderaider

    A film adaptation of chip and dale: rescue rangers could be good, great ,even. The characters are quirky and interesting enough to work in a feature film and the shows concept of a team of animal crime fighters who solve cases that ‘slip through the cracks’ , has lots of comic potential…..but despite all this good stuff that the source material has , Its more than likely ,that the producers/writers will settle with making the film another brainless CG critter movie. Shame, really.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    I don’t know about this. I would rather see an animated feature in which Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers team up with Bernard & Bianca from The Rescuers movies to rescue someone. TMS did something similar to this with the recent Lupin III/Detective Conan movie,I would love to see Disney do it.

  • Baruch

    If I wanted to see Chip N Dale, I’d rather see the original TV show from 1989 &/or watch their old cartoons. As a matter of fact, I was disappointed when their three starring cartoons didn’t get released on the last volume of the Chronological Donald.