Disney will reboot its chipmunk characters Chip ‘n’ Dale for a new animated series on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, as announced at the Annecy International Animation Festival in Annecy, France (via Variety).
“Animation continues to be one of the cornerstones of Disney magic and story-telling, across Disney Channels and excitedly, now on the new streaming platform, Disney+,” said Hélène Etzi, country manager at the Walt Disney Company France. “As a company, we are privileged to work with so many creative masterminds, both here in France and across Europe, who are first in class when it comes to relaying timeless stories for all members of the family.”
The series will not revive the Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers concept, instead focusing on the misadventures of the chipmunks akin to their classic shorts. The series will be produced by animation studios in England and France.
“This is a hugely busy and exciting year and there’s no better time to be working in animation, which continues to be at the heart of what we do at Disney,” added Orion Ross, VP of animation, digital and acquisitions for Disney Europe & Africa. “We are proud to announce this exciting slate, working with phenomenally talented international creatives to deliver stories that are full of fun, creating characters that are extremely loveable, and showcasing a breadth of animation styles.”
New details of Monsters At Work, Disney+’s Monsters, Inc. spin-off series were also announced – specifically that Billy Crystal and John Goodman will reprise their roles in the series, which picks up six months after the events of the original movie.
No premiere date for Chip ‘n’ Dale has been announced.