Chip 'n Dale

name =Chip 'n' Dale

first appearance ="Private Pluto", 1943
created by =Walt Disney Company
voiced by =Tress MacNeille, Corey Burton, James MacDonald, Helen Silbert, Dessie Flynn/Dessie Miller
aliases =Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers

Chip 'n' Dale are two animated chipmunks created by The Walt Disney Company. Their names are a pun based on the name "Chippendale" (see Thomas Chippendale). This was suggested by Bill "Tex" Henson, a story artist at the studio.

According to Disney, Chip is the logical schemer, and Dale is the dumb schemer. An easy way to visually tell them apart is that Chip has a small black nose (it looks a bit like a chocolate "Chip" as a way to help people remember who's who) and one centered protruding tooth, whereas Dale has a big red nose and his two prominent canines exposed. Chip is also depicted as having smooth, short fur atop his head while Dale's tends to be ruffled.

Early Cartoons

Antagonists of Pluto

Chip 'n Dale first appeared in the cartoon "Private Pluto" (1943) where they antagonize the dog Pluto.

Antagonists of Donald Duck

Chip 'n Dale did not get their names (or the traits that separate them) until the cartoon "Chip an' Dale" (1947) where they antagonize Donald Duck. They continued to appear in animated cartoons, usually annoying/terrorizing Donald, until the mid-1950s.

"Chicken in the Rough"

Chip 'n' Dale wander into a farmyard to collect as many acorns as they can but Dale mistakes an egg for a nut.

"Two Chips and a Miss"

Chip 'n' Dale struggled for the affections of another chipmunk, Clarice, a performer at the Acorn Club, in "Two Chips and a Miss" (1951). After much battling between the two, she chooses neither one.

"The Lone Chipmunks"

Chip 'n' Dale are in the old west and try to bring Black Pete to jail.

List of Chip 'n' Dale Shorts

Walt Disney animated shorts starring or featuring Chip 'n' Dale:
#"Private Pluto (Clyde Geronimi/Apr 2, 1943)
#"Squatter’s Right (Jack Hannah/June 7, 1946)
#"Chip an’ Dale (Jack Hannah/Nov 28, 1947)
#"Three For Breakfast (Jack Hannah/Nov 5, 1948)
#"Winter Storage (Jack Hannah/Jun 3, 1949)
#"All In A Nutshell (Jack Hannah/Sep 2, 1949)
#"Toy Tinkers (Jack Hannah/Dec 16, 1949)
#"Crazy Over Daisy (Jack Hannah/Mar 25, 1950)
#"Trailer Horn (Jack Hannah//Apr 28, 1950)
#"Food For Feudin’ (Charles Nichols/Aug 11, 1950)
#"Out On A Limb (Jack Hannah/Dec 15, 1950)
#"Chicken In The Rough (Jack Hannah/Jan 19, 1951)
#"Corn Chips (Jack Hannah/Mar 23, 1951)
#"Test Pilot Donald (Jack Hannah/Jun 8, 1951)
#"Out Of Scale (Jack Hannah/Nov 2, 1951)
#"Donald Applecore (Jack Hannah/Jan 8, 1952)
#"Two Chips And A Miss (Jack Hannah/Mar 21, 1952)
#"Pluto’s Christmas Tree (Jack Hannah/Nov 21, 1952)
#"Working for Peanuts (Jack Hannah/Nov 11, 1953)
#"The Lone Chipmunks (Jack Kinney/Apr 19, 1954)
#"Dragon Around (Jack Hannah/Jul 16, 1954)
#"Up A Tree (Jack Hannah/Sep 23, 1955)
#"Chips Ahoy (Jack Kinney /Feb 24, 1956)

Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers

In 1989, Chip and Dale became the title characters in a new animated series, "Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers," in which they formed a detective agency with new characters created for the show: female mouse inventor Gadget Hackwrench, muscular adventuring Australian mouse Monterey Jack, and Zipper the fly. While in the original shorts the duo are frequent troublemakers who are concerned only with themselves, in Rescue Rangers they are crime fighters who help the less fortunate.

In this series the personality differences between the two are more pronounced, with Chip as the responsible, no-nonsense leader and Dale as the goofy, laid back free spirit. Additionally, they wear clothes in this series; Chip wears a coat and fedora akin to Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade, while Dale wears a Hawaiian shirt like Fletch or Magnum, P.I..

Comics Series

Chip 'n' Dale also had their own comic book title, first from Dell Comics with "Four Color Comics" #517,581,and 636, then their own title for issues #4-30 (1955-62), which was then continued by Gold Key Comics with #1-64 (1967-78).

Other Appearances

Mickey Mouse Works

Chip 'n' Dale occasionally appear on "Mickey Mouse Works", "House of Mouse" and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse".

Goofy Gophers

A recurring schtick often mistakenly attributed to Chip 'n' Dale is the characters' alleged use of politeness: "After you," … "No, I insist, after you!" This gag, from the early-1900s Alphonse and Gaston comic strip, is used by another studio's characters: Warner Bros' Mac and Tosh as the Goofy Gophers.

Voice Actors

Today, Chip is voiced by Tress MacNeille and Dale is voiced by Corey Burton. The classic voices of Chip 'n' Dale were mostly provided by Helen Silbert, Dessie Flynn/Dessie Miller, and James "Jimmy" MacDonald. The earliest voices were provided by female office staff, without credit.

Video games

*Chip & Dale appear in a Rescue Rangers spin-off video game that was produced for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Capcom in 1990. A sequel was released in 1994.

*Chip and Dale also appear in "Kingdom Hearts" and "Kingdom Hearts II" as mechanics for the Gummi Ship, the game's form of transportation from one world to another.

*Chip and Dale appear in Disney's Toontown Online as non-playable characters.

External links

* Chip 'n' Dale online []
*Inducks character|Chip|Chip
*Inducks character|Dale|Dale
* [ Disney Archive Entry]

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