The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The smurfs average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargomel, an evil man who wants to kill our little blue friends.
Series creator Tad Stones' original concepts for the series did not include Chip and Dale in the cast. Stones originally suggested a series based on The Rescuers (1977), but Jeffrey Katzenberg rejected it, as work on The Rescuers Down Under (1990) was beginning in the feature department. Stones then developed a pitch called "Metro Mice", featuring a mouse character named Kit Colby as the main protagonist (as well as early versions of Gadget and Monterey Jack along with a chameleon), but Katzenberg and Michael Eisner wanted known Disney characters as the stars. It was Eisner who suggested Chip and Dale. See more »
I don't think you can blame them. After all, we are rodents.
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The Rescue Rangers is one of those rare children's programs that actually gets better as the viewer gets older. The writing is clever, the characters are easily likeable, and the capers the furry heros solve are delightfully absurd. Movie fans will also find parodies of films like The Fly and The African Queen as well as numerous pop references. The surprisingly three-dimentional heros are best part. Chip is dutiful, quick-witted, and resourceful. Of course, this means he often plays the straight-man for the others' antics. Dale, in many ways, is Chip's antithesis. He's fun-lovng and goofy, and he has a penchant for playing practical jokes.
Gadget is about the most atypical female character in all of cartoons. She's an absent-minded if brilliant mechanic who tends to solve most of the team's more urgent problems with her lever, unusual, and often dangerous inventions. Monterey Jack is an adventureous Aussie with a love for brawling and an even greater love for cheese. The really cool thing about Monterey is that he can both be a leader like Chip and a joker like Dale. Monterey's "little pally" Zipper rounds out the team as the courageous and surprisingly strong musca domestica.
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