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Could Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’ Success Signal Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2?

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Not since Who Framed Roger Rabbit has animation and live-action been married so well as with Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers. The film even shares the same universe as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, taking place in modern times while Roger’s story was in the 1940s. There are a number of parallels between the two films, which is no coincidence. The filmmakers have cited Roger Rabbit as its main inspiration.

While talk of a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit has been rumored for a long time, the new Chip ‘n’ Dale movie may have just paved the way for it. Finding the right balance between cartoon characters and real-life performers is tricky. Robert Zemeckis’ approach to the beloved 1988 genre-bender was a brilliant blend of film noir and loony 2D animation that was given a rare opportunity to mix both Disney and Warner Bros. characters.

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Based on the much darker 1982 novel by Gary K. Wolf, Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, the movie took the blueprint of the novel and constructed a carefully balanced tone that walks a line between a fantasy-inspired family film and many horrors of mankind’s domain. The rules of the world are also fascinating, and with Chip ‘n’ Dale bringing 3D animation to the table as a kind of cosmetic surgery, Roger Rabbit 2’s potential just became increasingly more dynamic and likely.

Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers features a brief cameo of Roger Rabbit at the beginning of the film. While intended as a hat tip to the animation/live-action hybrid forbearer, it can easily be interpreted that we are in the same universe. While an IMDB page does exist for Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2, there is no further information available. Some years ago, there was an effort to reintroduce Roger Rabbit in a series of shorts featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck called The Stooge, but the concept never took flight.

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Perhaps now is a time to reconsider how Roger Rabbit can potentially get reintroduced, considering the success of Disney+ as a platform and how well received the new Chip ‘n’ Dale film was. Let us speculate on what a sequel to Roger Rabbit might look like and affirm why now is an excellent time for it.

One of the darker elements removed from Gary K. Wolf’s original version of Roger Rabbit was a blatant commentary on racism in America in the forties and fifties. Toons are not recognized as equal citizens and are made to drink from their own labeled water fountains, use separate bathrooms, etc. While removing this element makes sense for the original film’s tone, it could be worth revisiting for the sequel.

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