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March 4

March 4, 1989 – The Animated Series Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers Premieres


“There’s no case too big, no case too small, if you need help, just call!”

On March 4, 1989, the animated series Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers premiered on the Disney Channel with the episode “Piratsy Under the Seas.” The series entered syndication on September 18, 1989. After the success of Duck Tales in 1987, three series were created to be part of a line-up on the Disney Channel: Chip ‘n’ Dale, TaleSpin, and a show that would eventually become Darkwing Duck. The original version of Chip ‘n’ Dale did not feature the chipmunk duo; it was due to the urging of Michael Eisner that Chip and Dale were used, as it was thought to be better to use established Disney characters than create new ones. Chip was given the clothes of the original conceived character Kit, who was seen as an Indiana Jones-style explorer. Dale’s attire resembled that of Magnum, P.I., a popular detective series of the 1980s. The show was added to the Disney Afternoon lineup and, along with the other shows in that programming block, was very well received. The series was created by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove, and starred Tress MacNeille as Chip and Gadget, Corey Burton as Dale and Zipper, and Peter Cullen as Monterey Jack.

The first episode, “Piratsy Under the Seas,” begins with Chip waking up to find the treehouse a mess. He angrily asks Dale why he insists on living like a slob, and the two continue to argue until Gadget enters the room. Dale is then ordered to clean up by Chip, Gadget, and Monterey Jack. Chip watches and laughs as Dale trips into the trash can, but is alarmed to find that the garbage man is there for the daily pickup, and can only watch as Dale is thrown into the garbage truck. Chip and the team quickly follow after the truck in one of Gadget’s gadgets, but they hit a bump and are all thrown into the same garbage truck as it’s stopped at a stoplight. The gang then finds themselves drifting out to sea on a barge full of garbage and, thanks to Dale’s clumsiness, Chip and Dale get stuck inside a bottle. Gadget spots a barrel in the water, and a pirate flag springs from the top. The pirates set out a net to gather some of the trash from the barge, and captures Chip and Dale, dragging them into the ocean. Monterey and Gadget quickly attempt to follow them.

Chip and Dale push against the bottle to free themselves from the net

Chip and Dale push against the bottle to free themselves from the net

As they are pulled below, Chip and Dale manage to spring themselves free from the net, but are soon captured by an angry octopus, who pulls them down again. As the two finally manage to wrangle themselves free, they end up inside a wrecked ship, and are greeted by the pirates inside. They save them from “Billy the Squid,” and introduce themselves. The pirates are led by Jolly Roger, who invites Chip and Dale to a pirate’s feast. Meanwhile, on the surface, Gadget is still trying to concoct something that will help them travel underwater. Chip and Dale are at the feast, and Dale is happily surprised to find that the pirates are as messy as he is. As Dale rushes to join them on a treasure hunt, Chip lectures Dale that, as Rescue Rangers, they have a job to do, but Dale wants to play with the pirates for a while. Dale leads the pirates to the treasure, and Chip then attempts to leave, but the pirates tell them that, since they have seen the treasure, they will have to stay with the pirates for the rest of their lives. Gadget finally finishes her creation, and the rest of the team heads underwater, but end up running into Billy the Squid. They quickly escape and head inside the wreckage, narrowly avoiding Billy’s grasp. They end up in the treasure room, and Gadget tricks Billy into slamming his arm into a nearby treasure chest.

Monterey and Zipper search through the ship for Chip and Dale, while Gadget works on creating another vehicle. Monterey finds Chip and Dale locked up in a cage, and gets an idea to pretend to be the missing captain Long Lost Lafitte, who had disappeared over 200 years prior. The pirates are a bit suspicious, and call for Young Ned, who was the original captain’s cabin boy. Monterey passes the cabin boy’s test, and orders Dale and Chip free. Although Monterey reluctantly refuses to take the treasure with him to the surface, he is unable to resist the special cheese of Captain Lafitte, which Young Ned had been saving all those years. His disguise falls off as he runs to the cheese and, realizing he’s been tricked, the Jolly Roger and his crew tie up the Rescue Rangers and makes them walk the plank. Chip comes up with an idea, and the gang works together to stop themselves from becoming Billy the Squid’s food. Gadget then has the idea of sending the entire ship up to the surface, surmising that the weight of the treasure is what’s holding the wreckage down. Gadget, Chip, and Dale use a cannon to blast the treasure out of the ship, while Monterey and Zipper act as a distraction. Once the cannon is fired and the treasure freed, the ship quickly heads to the surface. The pirates are delighted to find that they can live on the surface again and have real adventures, and the Rescue Rangers wave them goodbye as they sail away.


February 24

February 24, 1956 – The Donald Duck Short Film Chips Ahoy is Released to Theaters


“Hey! Wait a minute, stupid! That’s water. Don’t you know you can’t walk on water?”

On February 24, 1956, the Donald Duck short film Chips Ahoy was released to theaters. It was the last short that featured Donald fighting with his nemesis, and the last classic short to feature Chip and Dale. The short was filmed in CinemaScope. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Dick Kinney and Milt Schaffer.

Chip and Dale are sitting on a tree branch, lamenting how hungry they are, when they spy one last acorn on the tree. As they fight over the acorn, it tumbles from their grasp and falls to the water below. Chip then spots a tree in the middle of the river with hundreds of acorns, and the two race down the tree. As the two think of a way to get across the water, Chip spies a ship in a bottle in a nearby shack. Donald then takes a stroll across the dock to get to his boating shack, when he spots Chip and Dale carrying a boat on their backs. When he finds out that the two stole his ship, he fixes to get it back. He uses a fishing pole to reel his ship back in, and starts playing pranks on the two. Dale finally spots that Donald is holding their ship, and Donald catches him. Chip drops the anchor on Donald’s foot, and Donald drops the ship back into the water, and Dale onto the deck. Dale then takes some nearby rope and ties Donald up before jumping onto the ship.


Donald attempts to go after the chipmunks in a variety of boats, all having been tampered with by Dale

Donald then gets into his own boat to go after them, unaware that Dale has already cut Donald’s sail to ribbons. When Donald gets into a canoe, Dale reveals he took care of that too – he burrowed holes into the bottom of the canoe. Donald gets into a rowboat, which Dale already took the screws from. Finally, Donald gets into a speedboat, and when Chip starts to panic, Dale calmly reveals that he tied a rope to the end of the speedboat. When the rope is taut, Donald is sent flying into the acorn tree, sending acorns flying everywhere, including onto the ship. When Donald tries to grab the ship, he slips on the acorns and sends the boys back to shore on a wave. That night, the boys are eating their acorns when Chip looks to see that Donald, still trapped on that little island, has cut down the acorn tree and started building a boat, a sight at which the chipmunks can’t help but laugh.

November 28

November 28, 1947 – The Donald Duck Short Film Chip an’ Dale Premieres in Theaters


“Doggone freezing weather. A guy never gets a chance to sleep around here.”

On November 28, 1947, the Donald Duck short film Chip an’ Dale premiered in theaters. This short is the first time the two chipmunks have been named, and also marks the first time they are Donald’s adversaries. The short was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost to Warner Brothers’ Tweetie Pie. The short was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Dick Kinney and Bob North.

A snowstorm is raging outside, and inside his cabin, Donald is trying desperately to stay warm. He notices that the snow has come down his chimney and put out his fire. Out of firewood, he decides to go out with his axe and chop down a nearby dead tree, unaware that Chip and Dale live inside with their stores for the winter. The chipmunks watch as Donald takes off with their home, and follow him into his cabin. They sneak past him to reclaim their nuts, but are unable to grab them before Donald starts the fire. Once again, they try to sneak past him, and decide to put out the fire themselves.

As Donald enjoys the fire he's made, he's unaware that the two chipmunks are taking away the log

As Donald enjoys the fire he’s made, he’s unaware that the two chipmunks are taking away the log

As Donald thinks he’s enjoying the fire, he suddenly notices the log walking right in front of him. He lets them walk out the door, taking the log as they go, and slams the door behind them. The chipmunks take another approach of dropping snowballs down the chimney, putting out the fire. Donald traps the two in a snowball and sends them flying down the roof before starting his fire again. Chip gets the idea of rolling a snowball down a steep hill on a clear collision course with Donald’s cabin. When Donald opens the door, the giant snowball sends him flying into his backdoor, encased in snow. The two chipmunks walk happily away with their log, but not before Dale is able to give Donald a well-placed kick in the rear.

September 18

September 18, 1989 – The Animated Series Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers Airs in Syndication


“There’s no case too big, no case too small, when you need help just call!”

On September 18, 1989, the animated series Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers began to be aired in syndication. The series first premiered on March 4, 1989, and proved to be one of the more popular shows of the Disney Afternoon programming block. The series itself was originally created to be a companion show to the popular DuckTales series, with no mention of the famous chipmunk duo. The pair was added to bring back some established Disney characters, as was also seen in TaleSpin. The first episode to show in syndication was a television film called “To The Rescue,” which gave the story of how the Rescue Rangers became a team; it was later split into five parts when shown in the weekday run. The series ran as part of the Disney Afternoon until September 3, 1993.

March 21

March 21, 1952 – The Chip ‘n’ Dale Short Film Two Chips and a Miss is Released to Theaters


“Little boy, with your cute little ways I am yours, for the rest of my days.”

On March 21, 1952, the Chip ‘n’ Dale short film Two Chips and a Miss was released to theaters. It was the second of three shorts made for the Chip ‘n’ Dale series. The song that Clarice sings is “My Destiny” by Bill Eckstine, a famous balladeer in the era of swing music. The short was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Nick George and Bill Berg

In the middle of Central Park, Chip and Dale are preparing for bed, scoffing at the noisy nightlife of the city, claiming it’s not for them. As the two settle down for the night, Chip secretly pulls out a note from under his pillow from a girl named Clarice. Chip waits for Dale to fall asleep and gets ready for his date once Dale sleepwalks out of their home. Unbeknownst to Chip, Dale is also preparing for a date with Clarice. The two make their way to the Acorn Club, and head straight to Clarice’s dressing room to give her a bouquet of flowers. There, the two discover that they are chasing the same girl, and begin to fight over her.

Chip and Dale compete musically for Clarice's attention before settling on serenading her with a duet

Chip and Dale compete musically for Clarice’s attention before settling on serenading her with a duet

Clarice seems to find the fighting over her amusing more than anything, and is soon called to the stage to perform her song. The pair go crazy over her performance, and continue to try and outdo the other for her attention. At one point, Chip falls over the piano while trying to catch a flower Clarice threw to the duo, but brightens when he realizes he can help her performance. She is delighted by his playing, and Dale is jealous until he plays a nearby cello. The two begin to duel musically, much to Clarice’s delight, and she gives them both a kiss. Smitten, the two begin to serenade her with a duet. The short ends with Clarice tricking the two into kissing each other when they try to reach for her.

January 18

January 18, 1952 – The Donald Duck Short Film Donald Applecore Premieres in Theaters


“Applecore! Baltimore! Who’s your friend? Me!”

On January 18, 1952, the Donald Duck short film Donald Applecore premiered in theaters. This short is one of several in which Chip and Dale are his main antagonists. The short was directed by Jack Hannah, with the story by Bill Berg and Nick George.

In this short, Donald is the owner of a prosperous apple farm called “Donald’s Delicious Apples.” As he is out one morning gathering apples, he notices that the side of one he’s pulled down is covered in bite marks. As he looks into his basket, he realizes that all of his apples are half eaten. As he cries in despair, he notices Chip walking down the side of the tree with an arm full of apple cores. Dale appears soon after, and they begin to use Donald’s gathering bucket for their discarded cores.

Donald stands on top of the apple silo after placing the apples Chip and Dale stole inside

Donald stands on top of the apple silo after placing the apples Chip and Dale stole inside

Donald grabs Dale and demands an explanation, and Dale tells Donald to take his basket and follow him up the tree. Donald agrees, and soon finds he’s been tricked into collecting all of their apple cores. Seeing that the two are stealing more apples, he tries to stop them. He grabs some insect powder in his crop duster, and dusts his trees, only to find that the two have gas masks to prevent the effects of the powder. Donald tries another approach by stealing their apples without their noticing. Successful, Donald takes the stolen apples to the silo. As the chipmunks try to retrieve their apples, they accidently let all the apples in the silo loose, with Donald unfortunately on top of the pile.

Apples fly all over the farm, and Donald is at his breaking point. He creates a potent mixture in his crop duster and tries to target the pair. No matter where they hide, Donald fires a shot in their direction. One shot ends up in his chicken house, where one hen swallows the atomic mixture. The egg the hen lays afterward ends up exploding, sending Donald into a deep crater into the ground, all the way to China. Chip and Dale laugh at Donald’s misfortune.

July 16

July 16, 1954 – The Donald Duck Short Film Dragon Around is Released to Theaters

“Uh oh! This tree has to go!”

On July 16, 1954, the Donald Duck short film Dragon Around was released to theaters. This is the 14th short in which chipmunks Chip and Dale play antagonists to Donald Duck. The short was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Nick George and Roy Williams. It stars Clarence Nash as the voice of Donald, Dessie Flynn as the voice of Dale, and James MacDonald as the voice of Chip.

The short begins with Dale reading a discarded book of fairy tales at a rather unkempt area of the park. Dale is excited when he comes across a tale of a knight fighting a dragon, and he pretends to be a knight. A sudden rattling knocks him from his perch, and he looks around for the source. He sees the shadow of what appears to be a dragon on the side of a hill, and runs for cover in his tree. He tells Chip in a hurry what he saw, but when he pulls the other chipmunk to see, the “dragon” is gone. Chip chastises him for his imagination.

With a bit of ingenuity, the chipmunk duo prepare to defend their tree

Just then, another rattling rolls around, and the two see the “dragon” on the side of a hill again. As they flee, the source of the shadow is revealed: Donald comes rolling around the hills in a steam shovel, helping prepare another freeway. The only thing in his way is the tree where Chip and Dale live. Quickly, they gather branches and try to attack the steam shovel to protect their tree, but that has little effect. Donald notices the duo’s attacks and scares them with the steam shovel. The pair lands right next to the fairy tale book, which gives Chip an idea, and the two run off to prepare. After a bit of arts and crafts, the pair emerges as a brave knight on his trusty steed, ready to protect their castle.

Donald fixes his steam shovel with a way to spurt fire from its mouth, and the fairy tale begins to become too real for the chipmunks, who flee. When Donald takes a break, they decide to sneak up on the “dragon,” unaware that Donald has been playing with them the entire time. Donald continues to attack their tree, and the duo crashes a boulder into the steam shovel, followed by barrels of tar. The tar rips out the steam shovel’s teeth, and Donald, his temper rising, captures the two and locks them in his tool box while he tries to knock down the tree.

Donald uses dynamite as a last ditch effort to destroy the tree; Dale goes around and extinguishes each stick while Donald isn’t looking

Chip and Dale saw their way out of their tool box and, using a couple of wrenches, they undo every screw they can find. Donald races towards the tree at full speed, unaware that the steam shovel is falling apart as he goes. When he reaches the tree, Donald is left with nothing but his head to smack into the tree trunk. Losing his temper, Donald grabs sticks of dynamite and arranges them around the tree, getting ready to blast them out. As he covers his ears from the eventual blast, Dale goes around extinguishing each stick, and Chip gathers them up, placing them where the steps in a ladder would be. They fool Donald into chasing Dale up the ladder while Chip lights the fuses, and Donald is sent flying high into the sky as the dynamite blows.

June 8

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June 8, 1951 – The Donald Duck Short Test Pilot Donald Premieres in Theaters

“Get out of there, stupid. It belongs to him!”

On June 8, 1951, the Donald Duck short film Test Pilot Donald premiered in theaters. This was the 10th short in which Donald had to deal with the antics of Chip and Dale. The short was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Bill Berg and Nick George, and music by Paul Smith.

A red airplane is zooming through the clouds, and Donald is seen manning the controls, getting ready for a dive. He successfully completes the dive, then checks off his list that the plane is able to maneuver well. As the camera pans back, the audience sees that Donald is only manning a model airplane while camping out in the middle of a park. He sets the plane in for a landing on a pillow, and showers the model with affection.

The pair scurries for cover when the model starts to fly a little too close to their tree

From a nearby tree, Chip and Dale are seen admiring the airplane, too, although they scurry for cover when it seems that the plane gets too close to their branch. The plane does eventually get stuck in the tree, with Donald angrily trying to get it free from the branches. As Donald tugs on the string, smoke shoots out of the tail, flying directly into the chipmunks’ hiding place. Dale comes out and, seeing the plane sitting there, decides that this is his chance to fly the plane.

Dale scrambles to the cockpit, only to have Chip pull on his tail. He points out that the plane belongs to Donald, who is still vigorously pulling on the string. Dale doesn’t care, and when Chip isn’t looking, Dale climbs in and starts playing around in the cockpit, when one button causes the plane to shoot off, leaving Chip stunned. Donald just thinks he got it loose, unaware that Dale is flying around happily, pretending he is a real pilot. He steps out of the cockpit and sits out on the wing, with Chip covering his eyes, thinking that Dale could fall at any second.

Donald is rather surprised that his plane doesn’t come in for the safe landing, but Dale does instead

Dale finally looks down to see the danger he’s in, scrambles back into the cockpit, and tries to stop the plane. Donald is confused as to why his plane is running around strangely, and when he holds the pillow out for the plane, Dale ends up tumbling out onto the pillow, much to the surprise of Donald. Donald is immediately infuriated, but soon becomes saddened to see his plane is damaged.

As he fixes the wheel, Dale takes a look inside the engine, and begins to fix the model from the inside. Donald is surprised by this, and shuts Dale inside the plane, annoyed that the critter had the nerve to mess with his model. He then plays a prank on Dale, sending the chipmunk shooting out the tailpipe into a pitcher, where Donald keeps him trapped. Chip runs down from his perch to free his best friend, but is still mad that Dale did something so foolish.

Dale gives his pal a wave as he flies past, unintentionally causing Chip more misery than joy at the situation

As Chip tries to free Dale, Dale digs his way out and gets back in the plane, taking off as Donald tries to fix it. He begins to fly around wildly, waving at Chip as he passes by and sends him flying over the grass. Donald can only watch as his plane has been taken hostage, and flees as he realizes that Dale is going to use him for target practice. Chip just gives up and goes back to his tree while Donald decides to seek revenge.

As Chip continues to taunt the duck, Donald uses a fishing rod to catch the plane and pull it to a stop. Dale, caught, continues to fight, and ends up taking Donald “water skiing” across the pond, while Chip just looks on, frustrated at his friend’s antics. Donald finally catches up with the plane in the air, but Dale parachutes out, leaving the plane without a pilot. The fishing rod gets caught around the top of a building, leaving Donald to fly around in circles for hours, all through the night. Dale points this out as the chipmunks try to sleep, but Chip is still aggravated at his friend’s stupidity.

June 3

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June 3, 1949 – The Donald Duck Short Winter Storage is Released to Theaters

“Oh boy, oh boy! I finally got them!”

On June 3, 1949, the Donald Duck short film Winter Storage was released to theaters. It features Chip and Dale as Donald’s adversaries, their third short with Donald. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with the story by Bill Berg and Nick George, and music by Oliver Wallace. It featured Clarence Nash as the voice of Donald, and James MacDonald as the voices of Chip and Dale.

It’s autumn in the woods, and Chip is busy, storing nuts in a giant oak tree for the approaching winter. According to his calendar, it’s October 7th, and he hasn’t gotten very far with his collection. He passes by a matchbox in the tree that seems to be snoring, and opens it to find Dale fast asleep. Chip kicks the matchbox out onto the main branch, and Dale quickly sets to work picking the acorns from the tree. As Chip collects, he is suddenly thrown off stride by an acorn cap hitting his head.

Donald with his bag of acorns to plant in the area

Chip storms out to ask Dale where the acorn went, and Dale points to the tree – every acorn is gone, save for their caps. Chip grabs Dale and pulls him to the calendar, explaining that they have to collect enough food before December 1st, otherwise it will be an awful winter. He then begins to pace, wondering what they’re going to do about their food problem. The pair hears a strange sound outside, and rush out to see Donald standing near their tree, holding a map marking an area that needs to be seeded. With him is a giant bag of acorns used for planting.

The pair becomes excited, and they rush down the tree, digging up the acorns Donald has planted, intending to them back to their food pile. Dale, being a bit slow-witted, decides to replant the acorns, following Donald’s example. When Chip finds out what Dale has done, he gives him a good hard kick before coming up with the next plan: following the acorn bag and collecting the nuts. Dale, however, pulls a loose string from the bottom of the acorn bag and lets all the nuts spill out over Chip, who is not the least bit amused.

Although he has the best intentions, Dale accidentally traps both of them in the box again

Donald looks to see that his bag is entirely empty, and spots the two chipmunks creeping away with all the acorns in their own bag. He carefully follows them and sets out a trap to catch them, after taking the bag back, but Chip is able to spot the trick. However, Dale unwittingly gets Chip caught in the box, and when Chip makes a successful attempt to free himself, it’s Dale that gets both of them trapped inside.

As Donald rushes over to see his capture, the two dig into the dirt and tunnel out of the box, only to find themselves under it again when Donald has moved it. The two begin to argue, and Donald looks under the box to see his capture. He moves the box away, just observing their little quarrel, wondering if they’ll notice that they are, this time, free. The two face away from each other, silent, and Donald provokes the fight again by pulling Chip’s tail. This causes their argument to become physical, but Dale accidentally ends up punching Donald in the eye.

Donald begins to play a game of hockey with the pair with the stolen acorns

The two critters escape and make their way back to the tree with more acorns, and Donald hot on their tails. They begin to play a game of hockey with Donald, trying to shoot the nuts into the hole at the base of the tree. A sudden avalanche of nuts, directed by the chipmunks, approaches, and Donald has no time to prepare. The poor duck is knocked out, and seemingly driven mad, and the two chipmunks are happy they have enough food for the winter.