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Chip and Chap

Chip and Chap (also Squirrels and little squirrels, engl. original Chip 'n Dale) are used in various sources as Chipmunk, Chipmunk or Ground squirrel designated. In contrast to most Disney characters, they are not humanized, but also less “animal” than other animals in Disney films. Her name is a reference to Thomas Chippendale.

Chip (or a croissant) has a small, black nose, Chap (or a little horn) has a larger, red nose and teeth that are set apart, he is usually depicted a bit simple-minded.

Cartoons [edit]

Chip and Chap in their "Classic Cartoon" look (© Disney)

They had their first appearance in 1943 in the war-themed cartoonPrivate Plutowhich was originally supposed to contain her only appearance. However, it was decided to keep using it. They had their breakthrough in their third cartoon, Chip to 'Dale.

The film is a threefold premiere: Chip and Chap speak for the first time, meet Donald Duck for the first time, and it is only in this film from 1947 that the viewer learns what the two rodents are actually called. The cartoon received an Oscar nomination. Since then the paths of Donald and the two croissants have crossed again and again, whereby in most cases it is about Donald either wanting to fell / cut their tree (Chip to 'Dale, Out on a limb, Out of a scale, Dragon around) or it is about that Chip and Chap want to steal from Donald (among other things in: Three for Breakfast, Winter storage, Corn chips). The resulting fights regularly degenerated into sometimes sadistic acts by both parties. In 1951 Chip and Chaps started their own cartoon series, which only made three short films. The cartoon is remarkable Two chips and a missin which Chip and Chap wear clothes and vie for the same lady, which is one of the premises of the series Chip and Chap - Knights of Law anticipated by over 30 years.

Chip & Chap - The Knights of Justice

After Disney entered the TV animation business, they were looking for suitable material for a new cartoon series. One concept envisaged a series on talking rodents that saved animals and small children from dangerous situations.

Chip and Chap as "Knights of Law" (© Disney)

Originally the series should Bernard and Bianca show as protagonists, but the concept was changed. The pair of mice and lovers have been replaced by a pair of croissants. The differences in the personalities of Chip and Chap, already hinted at in the cartoons, are even clearer in the TV series: Chip is the smart and calculating head of the rescue team, while Chap has a stronger sense of humor. In addition, they always wear clothes in the series: Chip wears a felt hat and a black flight jacket, Chap wears a red Hawaiian shirt with a yellow flower pattern. In order to avoid synchronicity problems, in 1991 the rodents, previously known in Germany only as cones and officials, were renamed in the course of the German broadcast of the TV series. Their new names are also used in cartoons that were dubbed after 1991.

The series became a huge success and is the only series to date that serves as the basis for a theme park attraction. In addition, following the success of the modernized version of Chip and Chap, other characters in Disney TV series were adapted to the 1990s (see Captain Balu and his daring crew, Goofy & Max and Quack Pack) In New Mickey Mouse Stories and the video premiere Mickey's Merry Christmas Nevertheless, you can experience Chip and Chap again in "old form".

Chip within the series

Appearance [edit]

Chip is a male chipmunk (also referred to as a ground squirrel in the series). The darker part of his two-tone fur is sometimes shown darker than Chap's in colored drawings, but this difference does not appear in the series.

His usual outfit underlines his character as an adventurer. Right from the start he wore a brown flight jacket with a light collar in a lambskin look, and in a manner that was not officially explained in more detail, he found his light brown hat in a laundry in Chinatown in the second part of the pilot episode Your biggest case. His clothes are based on Indiana Jones. Equally unexplained is the phenomenon that Chip's ears stand close to each other without headgear, but with a hat protrude through the brim on both sides and there is space for all kinds of other headgear between them. From time to time investigative work also requires various disguises, ranging from women's clothes in the episodes The chip and chap-step and An evening at the opera pass.

Character and role [edit]

In the apparently tried and tested team of Chip and Chap, Chip is the brain, so to speak. Cleverness, ambition, a sense of responsibility and the conscientious pursuit of his duties are the qualities that ultimately give him recognition as the leader of the rescue force. He followed the work of the local police with interest even before the rescue force existed; During this time he and Chap also befriended the aging police dog Plato.

Although he is by no means averse to one or the other leisure activity, Chip is a workaholic most of the time and finds it difficult to relax as long as a case has not driven him to complete exhaustion. Even a vacation with the rescue team has to be planned down to the last detail and peppered with meaningful activities. Chip doesn't give in to his eagerness to serve even if he puts himself in danger, which is most evident in the episode A terrible prediction can be seen in which the fortune-telling gypsy moth Cassandra Chip prophesies a violent demise.

Chip himself never leaves the rescue team, but he is the reason or a reason why the other members are temporarily leaving several times. Samson, for example, does not agree with Chip's management style when the troop is still in the process of being founded and is busy with its first case and even jumps out of the flying rescue plane while Chip loudly criticizes Trixi's failing, even dangerous, inventions The Ga-Ga-Cola sect damages her self-esteem as an inventor in such a way that she feels useless and considers her exit as the best for the rescuers.

Usually Chip treats Trixi with respect, even courting her whenever the opportunity presents itself. Not only is what he feels for her more than obvious, he also has a rival in Chap. Nevertheless, he does not allow himself to be distracted from work by the trials and tribulations of love. The only exception in the series is Tammy, who is in The chip and chap-step Head over heels in love with him after saving her life.

Chip's great role model as a detective is Sureluck Holmes (in the English original Sureluck Jones), the main character in the novels of the British writer Sir Howard Baskerville.

Episodes [edit]

Chip is in all episodes of the series Chip and Chap: The Knights of Law to see. Otherwise this only applies to Chap.

Fandom [edit]

Chip doesn't have the gigantic Trixi fan base, but he's one of the most popular figures among female rangerphiles. However, he is arguably the most controversial character in the series. On the one hand, he undoubtedly has quite a few fans of his own, on the other hand, some fans of the series are annoyed by the way he often treats the other rescuers, who are actually his friends, from above.

Chip often plays an important role in fan fiction, even more so than that of his comrades. Above all, however, he has to put up with a lot, especially in the more well-known works, and is the rescuer who most often suffers more or less serious injuries. Published in Michael Demcios in 1996 Rhyme and Reason he even investigates alone, separated from the other rescuers and pursued by an invisible, overpowering enemy.

By the way it was Rhyme and Reason, which gave Chip his surname Maplewood. This and Chap's semi-official surname are among the very few fan creations that are recognized as "Fanon", as the Rangerphiles either stick to the facts from the series or, where this is not possible, get creative themselves.

Chip is also the subject of one of the most talked-about aspects of fandom, and that is a possible relationship with Trixi. While the series was still on, Chap was the majority of fans' favorite for the episode The witch cleaning lady brought the bat Foxglove into play and focused more on Chip. However, in addition to the proponents, the “pros”, there were always the opponents of such a relationship, the “antis”. Quite a few times the tempers heated up, but after two Flamewars in 1997 in the newsgroup alt.fan.disney.afternoon and 1998 in Acorn Cafe the subject is treated with caution.

Chap within the series

Appearance [edit]

Chap is a male chipmunk (also referred to as a ground squirrel in the series). The darker part of his two-tone fur is sometimes shown lighter than Chip's in colored drawings, but this difference does not appear in the series.

At first glance, except for the striking red nose, it is very similar to Chip, but on the second one it shows that they are quite different even without clothes and with identical coat colors. It quickly becomes apparent that Chap wears a quiff on his head and widely spaced front teeth, but there are also differences in the shape of the face.

Chap usually wears a red Hawaiian shirt with yellow, five-petalled stylized flowers, which were still buttoned in early drafts, but in the final form is cut in the manner of a polo shirt. His clothes are based on Magnum. Quite often, however, you can see him in disguise. It is noticeable that he doesn't mind appearing as a woman, for him wearing a dress is even less of a problem than for Trixi. Both can be seen in one dress four times in the series, albeit never at the same time. Chap also cuts a fine figure in a secret agent suit and superhero outfit.

Character and role [edit]

Chap is so different in character from Chip, with whom he was apparently friends long before the series, that Chip and Chap - The Knights of Law would be a buddy movie with 65 episodes if it weren't for the other rescuers. While Chip is the serious one, Chap is the fun loving one. He says of himself that he likes to make nonsense, and even if he often endangers the rescue force by doing so, it is not uncommon for him to show that his sense of nonsense is one of his strengths.

Chap's talent for acting goes hand in hand with his fondness for disguises. Thanks to his playful nature, it is easy for him to quickly and confidently put himself in a role, be it a super spy, a superhero, a guerrilla fighter (after a temporary memory loss), a gangster, a gangster lover or a housewife. In doing so, he is helped by excessive television consumption. Here he prefers agent films, series with superheroes like the Rote Feger (Red Badger of Courage) or Flash the Wonder Dog (Flash the Wonder Dog) and especially monster films. His interest in comics, which mostly revolve around superheroes, is accordingly. So it is hardly surprising with what routine and skill Chap in his own brief superhero career Chap's secret me goes. After all, he's seen it all countless times on television and read it in comics.

Chap certainly doesn't have the detective flair and perfectionist streak of Chip or Trixi's sky-high IQ. Nevertheless, in some episodes he is portrayed as exaggeratedly dumb and simple-minded. So he misinterprets Samson's initials, which are engraved in his toothpick, as those of Al Katzone. What Chap really has on the box can be seen, for example, in Trixi, the crook bride, where, after a few tricks borrowed from the Red Sweeper, he is ultimately successful with his own ideas, in The emperor and the nightingale, where he leads the rescuers in the fight against the power-hungry sister of a Far Eastern ruler, or in A case for 0-0 chapwhen he turns an agent game that has turned into bitter reality in his favor.

Except for the second part of the pilot episode Your biggest case, in which Chip sends his only companion Chap away in order to be able to investigate in peace, Chap leaves the rescue team only twice. In Chap's secret me a meteorite fragment gives it supernatural elasticity. These superpowers pave the way for a superhero career, but as the super squirrel "Gummi-Bando" (Rubber Bando) he becomes an arrogant egocentric and sees the other rescuers, if at all, only as his sidekicks. In short, the rescue team will separate from him as long as his super trip continues. And in The ultra poodle disruptor the other rescuers send him to see sights so that he stays away from their investigative work with his nonsensical ideas.

Chap can often be seen vying for Trixi's favor. He has to assert himself against Chip, who has the same object of desire. The episode The witch cleaning lady could, however, have brought other circumstances when the bat girl Foxglove appeared in Chap's life and showed a not inconsiderable interest in him, especially since Chap's reluctance towards her changed in the course of the episode.

Fandom [edit]

As the joker of the group, Chap has many fans, both male and female, on his side. Other rangerphiles see him as a nuisance, but in general he is a very popular character.

Fanfiction writers often handle his character differently than the writers of the series. In general, he is used less often as a break clown or even portrayed as a complete fool. Yet his fate varies greatly; he is even the main character who dies most often in the more popular stories. Sometimes he is also the main character in a story. In spite of everything, however, his representations in fan fiction mostly remain true to the series character, which comes in a strikingly large number of variations.

In Michael Demcios Rhyme and Reason Like Chip, he got a surname. His full name Dale Oakmont became so common in English-speaking fandom that he became one of the very few components of the Fanon and has since been used by many other fanfiction writers. There is no equivalent of this name adapted to the German translation.

In the discussion about Trixi's love life, Chap has only been in second place behind Chip since Foxglove appeared, but many so-called Antis are convinced that a relationship with Chap could work better than one with Chip.

Comics [edit]

Chip and Chap are among the few "classic" Disney characters who continue to gain more fame for their cartoons than for their comics. Even if, according to Inducks, the number of their appearances is in the four-digit range, their comics never made it to a breakthrough. In Germany, comics with Chip and Chap were or are mainly in 100-page paperbacks and Disney's preschool magazine Simply animal released. Curiously enough, when she made her first German comic appearance in 1952, Chap was turned into a female:

Once upon a time there were two American chipmunks. A male, that was called a squirrel, and a female, that was called a little girl (Mickey Mouse special issue 5).

In the early nineties, several comics appeared based on Chip & Chap - The Knights of Law based, however, new ones are no longer produced. In the Donald Duck paperbacks, the rodents continued to appear as residents of the Duckburg grove. Today they can only be seen very rarely.

In 2010 and 2011 a story with the rescue team was published in the USA. These were published with other stories in LTB Premium 28.

Chip and Chap in other countries

  • Finland: Tiku yes Taku
  • France: Tic et Tac
  • Netherlands: Knabbel en Babbel
  • Spain: Chip y Chop
  • Italy: Cip e Ciop
  • Brazil: Tico e Teco

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