How to Tell Chip and Dale Apart (And Other Fun Rescue Rangers Facts)

by | Mar 27, 2024 | Animal Kingdom, Disney Movies, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney+, Disneyland, Disneyland Parks, Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog

Use our easy tips to remember how to tell Chip and Dale apart. They make look similar, but Disney’s favorite crime-fighting chipmunk duo have two key differences.

Chip and Dale are anthropomorphic chipmunks who have a history of antagonizing famous Disney characters and fighting crime. When it comes to telling them apart, it’s actually a lot easier than you’d expect.

How to Tell Chip and Dale Apart

Chip and Dale look pretty similar (duh, because they are brothers and also chipmunks), but there is a pretty easy way to tell them apart. Chip has a black nose, while his brother Dale has a red nose. If you need a way to remember it, just think of a chocolate chip, which is similar in color to Chip’s nose.

Chip also has joined front teeth, while his brother Dale’s teeth have a large gap in the middle (presumably designed this way because Dale is portrayed as the simple and slightly stupid brother). 

History of Chip ‘n’ Dale

They may not look it, but Chip and Dale are pretty old. In fact, their first appearance was back in 1943 in the cartoon Private Pluto. In the show, Chip and Dale spend the entire time antagonizing Pluto, who is a soldier in the army. Chip and Dale are using a cannon to store and crack their nuts, which rubs guard dog Pluto the wrong way. The short is full of hilarious hijinks, as you would expect from anything involving the two chipmunk brothers.

In 1947, Chip and Dale started a long run as adversaries of Donald Duck. They were so popular that they eventually got their own series, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, in the 1990s. In this series, the two brothers solve crimes rather than just antagonize other famous Disney characters. Kids of the ’90s can probably still remember the catchy theme song from the show: “Ch-ch-ch-Chip ‘n’ Dale – Rescue Rangers!”

Since the show ended, Chip ‘n’ Dale has been quiet, but soon they will appear in a new movie with the same name as the beloved 1990s show. More on that below!

What Films and Shows Have the Characters Appeared In?

Chip and Dale are widely known for their 1990s cartoon, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, but they actually got their start as pesky chipmunks that antagonized famous Disney characters like Pluto and Donald Duck as early as 1943.

The series Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers ran from 1989 to 1993 for a total of three seasons. The theme song was composed by Mark Mueller, who also penned the theme song for DuckTales. The series follows Chip and Dale as they set up a detective agency, Rescue Rangers, with their friends Gadget, Monterey Jack, and Zipper. Though it’s been more than 30 years since the show ended, Rescue Rangers got its own full-length movie on Disney+!

Chip ’n Dale Park Presence

If you’re a fan of Chip and Dale, you can meet them in person at one of the Disney Parks.

Chip ’n Dale at Disney World

Fans of Chip ’n Dale can often find their heroes wandering around Walt Disney World. Common locations include Frontierland in Magic Kingdom, hanging around outside at Hollywood Studios, and on floatillas in Animal Kingdom. If you want a truly memorable experience with Chip and Dale, check them out at some of the Character Dining experiences, including Garden Grill Restaurant inside the Land Pavilion at EPCOT and at Chip ’n Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

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The Land Pavilion at EPCOT provides a unique way to experience Chip and Dale. Photo by Brett Svenson

And, of course, for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, you can find the special gold statue featuring Chip ‘n Dale. Tap here to find out where.

Chip ’n Dale at Disneyland

The crime-fighting chipmunks can sometimes be found wandering around Disneyland during the day, so be sure to check the Disneyland app to see where they’re going to be during your visit.

Rescue Rangers Movie

Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers came to Disney+ in 2022. In the movie, John Mulaney and Andy Samburg provided the voices for the anthropomorphic chipmunks. Other than the two leads, you’ll hear Corey Burton as the voice of Zipper (Burton provided Skipper’s voice in the original series as well as voicing Dale), and Eric Bana as Monterey Jack.

The film takes place in an alternate world, where fictional and cartoon characters live alongside humans (think Roger Rabbit!). It follows Chip and Dale in a very meta plot, as they retire from the animated TV series Rescue Rangers. The plot picks up 30 years after the show ended, with the two having fallen out and needing to come together to investigate the kidnapping of friend and co-star Monterey Jack.

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Catherine Hiles is a mom of young kids and therefore an avid Disney+ watcher. While it's her kids who request Disney soundtracks to play in the car, she often finds herself driving solo while belting out "Into the Unknoooooooooooown!" She also enjoys eating and running, although not at the same time.
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Catherine Hiles

Catherine Hiles is a mom of young kids and therefore an avid Disney+ watcher. While it's her kids who request Disney soundtracks to play in the car, she often finds herself driving solo while belting out "Into the Unknoooooooooooown!" She also enjoys eating and running, although not at the same time.
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