Shout Out: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
is chock full of Shout Outs
, references, and in-jokes:
- Look at Chip. Aviator jacket: check. Fedora: check. Whip (shown in concept art only): check.
- With his Hawaiian shirt and a laid back attitude, Dale is arguably a shout out to Magnum, P.I..
- Together they form a rather subtle joke as Tom Selleck (who played Magnum) was the original choice for Indiana Jones.
- Gadget is more than obviously based on Jordan from Real Genius (though her design was actually based on a Disney storyboard artist named Lonnie Lloyd — including the jumpsuit!).
- "A Creep in the Deep" is one big and quite detailed Shout-Out to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Captain Fin's ongoing fight against the "landwalkers" in turn is reminiscent of Stromberg from The Spy Who Loved Me.
- The Fly is treated similarly in "A Fly in the Ointment" which also includes references to A Streetcar Named Desire, the Franz Kafka short story The Metamorphosis, Ronald Reagan's autobiography, and the Wes Craven movie Shocker.
- "Adventures in Squirrelsitting" features a young squirrel girl named Tammy in love with Chip. And a Maltese Mouse.
- Speaking of The Maltese Falcon, there is also Fat Cat's French cousin Maltese de Sade, a play on Marquis de Sade.
- Word of God has it that Fat Cat himself is modeled after Vincent Price, and that his goons Wart and Snout are references to Peter Lorre and Paul Lynde. On the other hand, another inspirational source for Fat Cat might have been Sydney Greenstreet who also stars in The Maltese Falcon, as is Peter Lorre. "Adventures in Squirrelsitting" was the episode which introduced Fat Cat, So Yeah...
- Professor Nimnul has been proved to be modeled after one of the most important persons behind Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Bruce Talkington.
- Stan Blather is a Shout-Out to the news anchormen Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite.
- Sparky from "Does Pavlov Ring a Bell?" is quite similar to Dr. Emmett L. Brown.
- "Three Men and a Booby" contains Shout Outs to Three Men And A Baby, Alice in Wonderland (Mr. Dumpty), and Top Gun (Cruiser and Bruiser).
- The recurring incidental characters Edgar and Chauncey from Rocky and Bullwinkle appear in "To the Rescue".
- "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" was written around Deborah Walley to give her another character; it is a Shout-Out to Gidget Goes Hawaiian in which she stars as the main character.
- Monty's father Cheddarhead Charlie bears a striking resemblance to Mick Dundee.
- Mrs. Sweeney and her son Todd from "Pie in the Sky" have two guard cats named Jack and Nichols.
- The witch familiars Bud and Lou from "Good Times, Bat Times" are Funny Animal versions of Abbott and Costello.
- The deaf-mute mouse Mouseo from "The Pied Piper Power Play" looks a lot like Harpo Marx dressed like the Mad Hatter.
- One of Dale's favorite movie characters, Dirk Suave, and the one villain we get to know, Dr. So-So, are Shout Outs to James Bond and Dr. No.
- Another one of Dale's heroes is the Red Badger of Courage.
- Rat Capone is a Shout-Out to both Al Capone and James Cagney. His henchmen, Arnold Mousenegger and Sugar Ray Lizard, are named after Arnold Schwarzenegger and the boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
- Irweena Allen from "Risky Beesness" is the result of an in-joke targeted at Irwin Allen's The Swarm. And then there's still the obviously British heavy metal band Iron Goose.
- The movie shown at the Drive-In Theater in "Good Times, Bat Times" bears a few striking similarities to Casablanca.
- In "Dale Beside Himself", Dale watches a movie very similar to Alien which Monty describes as "a real ripper", maybe a nod to Sigourney Weaver's character name and what happens to John Hurt's character. Dale also watches something looking a lot like a Ed Wood movie on another occasion in the episode. The Fleeblebroxian shape-shifters could be a nod to John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). And on the Fleeblebroxian ship, Dale says the Star Trek: The Original Series quote-that-is-none, "Beam Me Up, Scotty!"
- The Pi-Rats' first mate Jolly Roger shares his name with the famous skull & crossbones flag, and their disappeared captain Long Lost Lafitte is a play on Jean Lafitte. They have to deal with a certain Billy the Squid, a play on Billy the Kid.
- "Pound of the Baskervilles" introduces the late detective novel author Lord Howard Baskerville and his character Sureluck Jones. All one big Shout-Out to Sherlock Holmes in general and The Hound Of The Baskervilles in particular. One scene in this episode shows Howie Baskerville tear the interior of one of the rooms of Baskerville Hall apart in search of Howard Baskerville's last will which is somehow reminiscent of The Conversation.
- The opera-singing alligator Sewernose de Bergerac is of course a Shout-Out to Cyrano de Bergerac.
- "Robocat" is believed to be a mixture of Pinocchio and Robocop.
- The spaceship crew in "Out to Launch" are references, too, namely to the city of Houston, Texas, home of the NASA (Roger Houston), Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin (Buzz Airfield), and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space (Joy Rider).
- Another Shout-Out to Real Life would be the gorilla Kookoo and her kitten Boots in "Gorilla My Dreams", being references to Koko, the famous gorilla who could communicate with humans, and her kitten companion All Ball.
- The show contains lots of Shout Outs to other Disney works: Humphrey the Bear from several Donald Duck cartoons has a Cameo in "Bearing Up Baby", the crocodile in "Kiwi's Big Adventure" was taken straight out of Peter Pan, Colonel Hathi and his elephant squad make an appearance as Captain Kernel & company in "An Elephant Never Suspects", the Siamese Twins have look-alikes in Lady and the Tramp, and last but not least, there is Detective Donald Drake and his police dog Plato (Donald Duck and Pluto).
- While dangling Dale over a tank of piranhas, Fat Cat sings, "I've got some strings, ta tum tum tum..."
- Dale's Magnum, P.I. Hawaiian shirt.
- And his alter-ego RamDale in "Le Purrfect Crime".
- Speaking of Dale in "Le Purrfect Crime", the large coffee bean container on his back gives his gun, the Decaffeinator, not little resemblance to Old Painless from Predator. Genius Bonus: Early Gatling cannons were crank-operated, as is the Decaffeinator.
- The red dress Gadget wears as part of her Femme Fatale disguise makes her very reminiscent of Jessica Rabbit.
- "The S.S. Drainpipe" contains a brief shout out to Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Henchman of Rat Capone: Hurry it up, Alvin.
Chip: The name is Chip.
Henchman: Whatever. You chipmunks all sound alike.
- Parts of "Chipwrecked Shipmunks" are quite reminiscent of Disney's rendition of Treasure Island.
- "Battle of the Bulge" contains a reference to "the most tip-top Top Cat".
Wart: You're the most tip-top, Fat Cat!
- Flash the Wonder Dog from the eponymous episode may be a nod to Thunderbolt from 101 Dalmatians.
- The episode "Last Train to Cashville" is named after The Monkees' song "Last Train to Clarksville".
- "Zipper Come Home" is based off of Lassie Come Home. See also Tropey Come Home, their common trope.
- The Lucitetania in "When You Fish Upon a Star" is a reference to the RMS Lusitania, both of which sunk. Of course, the precious fish Moby Carp is named after Moby-Dick.
- In "They Shoot Dogs, Don't They?", Monterey Jack and Canina La Fur do an obvious Shout-Out to The African Queen on their boat. Canina's rival, Zsa Zsa Labrador, is a nod to Zsa Zsa Gabor.
- Both Chip and Dale try and fail to kiss Gadget at the end of "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" much like they did at the end of "Two Chips and a Miss" (also known among fans as Episode Zero).
- Heinrich von Sugarbottom from "Chocolate Chips" is Oliver Hardy in lederhosen, a nod to Laurel and Hardy. Another one out of many is Dale's "Hey, what's the big idea?" Yet another one is the deep puddle in "Chipwrecked Shipmunks" into which Jolly Roger sinks much like Oliver Hardy.
- In the scene in "The Pied Piper Power Play" which infamously depicts Dale way out of character stupidity-wise, he mentions a certain Moonwalk Jackson, a reference to both Michael Jackson, his most famous dance move, the Moonwalk, and possibly also to his movie Moonwalker. Furthermore, Dale says the case would be a thriller, referencing Michael Jackson's best-selling album.
- Muscles, Errol's only henchman with a known name in "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing", is a Shout-Out to Rocky Balboa.
- The tunnel-digging mechanical dragon built by the two pandas in "An Elephant Never Suspects" might count as a (yet another) Shout-Out to Dr. No which features a truck made up to look like a scary, fire-breathing dragon commandeered by a Chinese Big Bad.
- The ring from "Throw Mummy From the Train" is a reference to The Beatles' Help! movie. The villain in the same episode, Wexler, is modeled after the Rescue Rangers staff member Ed Wexler. See the Norton Nimnul/Bruce Talkington connection above.
- "When Mice Were Men" references Seven Samurai and may also contain a musical Shout-Out to Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain.
- "Song of the Night 'n Dale" is a Shout-Out to the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The Nightingale; it also seems to reference The Cretan Bull from Agatha Christie's The Labours of Hercules.
- "Ghost of a Chance" borrows a lot from the 1961 movie The Pit And The Pendulum, based on a work by Edgar Allan Poe, especially the namesake death trap.
- King Kong is referenced twice: once by giant Zipper climbing up a skyscraper while holding Nimnul in "Fake Me to Your Leader", and probably once more by the aforementioned gorilla Kookoo climbing up another high-rise building in "Gorilla My Dreams".
- In "The Case of the Cola Cult", the main plot plays out like the plot of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (minus the heart-ripping of course) and the action scenes are similar.
- In one of the Police Headquarters scenes from "To the Rescue", you hear a police detective describing a burglary case thus "She came in through the bathroom window and cracked the safe with a silver spoon"
- "Normie's Science Project" has Monterey Jack mention that he once glided over Frostbite Falls with flying squirrels in search of mooseberries. Particularly interesting because Disney at the time attempted to create a new Rocky and Bullwinkle show until they discovered that they only had VHS distribution rights to the cartoon and nothing more (they ended up creating Darkwing Duck to fill the gap).