Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Director: Akiva Schaffer
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 2.0

Chipmunks Chip (voiced by John Mulaney) and Dale (Andy Samberg) become fast friends in the third grade, go to Los Angeles to become actors, have a successful TV show, Dale mucks things up when he wants to go "solo" (Double-0 Dale doesn't work out), they "break up" and Chip goes into the insurance business ... only to be reunited when old pal (and worrisome cheese addict) Monterey Jack (Eric Bana) gets kidnapped by former child star Sweet Pete (Will Arnett).  I kind of like the approach to this one with its Who Framed Roger Rabbit?-esque combination of live action and animation (at one point, Dale gets "CGI surgery") - Schaffer and the gang are (like me) clearly enamored with the original cartoon - even though it's basically ninety minutes of pure fan service and cameos (among the many that show up: Lumière from Beauty and the Beast, "Ugly" Sonic the Hedgehog, R. Crumb's Mr. Natural, Randy from South Park taking a schvitz, Butthead running for public office, Paul Rudd being a ham, and so on) which greatly overshadows whatever "plot" is taking place.  The target audience is late Millennials/early Generation X because the little ones probably won't get three quarters of the references, although there's so much going on at any point in time they might be transfixed by the frantic energy.