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CHIP ‘N’ DALE: PARK LIFE: Episodes 2.1-2.3

"Chipmunks on the Run"

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The first three epsidoes of CHIP ‘N’ DALE: PARK LIFE: Season Two on Disney+ follow Chip and Dale relaxing together, searching for food, eating, and competing. Each episode contains three short stories. The first episode starts the second season off with intriguing stories about things not being quite what they seem. For example, Chip and Dale apparently go to Mars, or do they? In Episode Two, the pair of mischief-makers compete in power plays, get into disagreements and share different approaches to life. In Episode Three, Chip and Dale experience the repercussions of lying and the power of healing and love.

The first three epsidoes of CHIP ‘N’ DALE: PARK LIFE: Season Two offer creative and fun, sometimes bizarre, stories. The animation has colorful, eye-popping designs. Happily, the first three episodes have a strong moral worldview. They promote charity, helping others and doing the right thing. Also, lying and cheating are not accepted, but sometimes characters benefit by harming others and face no consequences. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises discernment for families with young children for Season Two of CHIP ‘N’ DALE: PARK LIFE.

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview promotes being charitable and helping others. The chipmunks know what is right. Lying and cheating are not accepted, but sometimes characters benefit by harming others and face no consequences for their behavior, plus Episode 2.3 contains a story about a chipmunk suddenly having healing powers and becoming a messianic figure for a short time; Foul language: No foul language;

Violence:
Light cartoon violemve include animals are hit, animals thrown against a door, stepped on, and otherwise injured;

Sex:
No sex, but a chipmunk kisses another chipmunk non-sexually, and a squirrel touches a chipmunk’s butt because there’s an acorn in his pocket;

Nudity:
No nudity;

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Some characters lie, steal and benefit from another’s misfortune without recognizing their actions as wrong.

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Disney’s cute chipmunks Chip and Dale have their origins decades ago, but they gained new notoriety through the 1989 animated TV series CHIP ‘N DALE: RESCUE RANGERS. The show followed a group of rambunctious rodents who go around helping those in need.

In more recent years, Disney has breathed new life into the classic, beginning with the series CHIP ‘N’ DALE: NUTTY TALES (2017-18) and the 2022 television movie CHIP ‘N DALE: RESCUE RANGERS. The movie was a blend of live-action and CG animation and included top acting talent such as John Mulaney, Will Arnett, J.K. Simmons, and others.

Disney’s most recent chipmunk adventure is CHIP ‘N DALE: PARK LIFE, a Disney+ original series. In an interesting move, the show’s creators chose to include no dialogue. What vocal interactions the chipmunks and other animals share don’t go beyond indistinguishable chatterings. This forces writers to be more creative in their storytelling technique. However, since the program revolves around little rodents and takes place in a Disney populated solely of other animals (most of them other Dinsey characters), the scenarios these two chipmunks find themselves in are often ridiculous.

The second season follows Chip and Dale and often depicts them relaxing together, searching for food, eating, and competing. Sometimes, they manage to teach each other valuable life skills. Each episode includes three separate skits, or little stories, within it. MOVIEGUIDE® reviewed the first three episodes of Season Two.

“The Martian Chipmunks/Two and a Half Chipmunks/Koi Ride” starts the second season off with intriguing stories about things not being quite what they seem. First, Chip and Dale find themselves stuck in a capsule hurtling toward space. They crash on what can only be Mars and, finding the atmosphere hard to breathe, they fashion helmets for themselves and build a safe enclosure. They’re all fine and dandy on the Red Planet until they get homesick. However, someone has a secret to tell.

Later, Chip and Dale get roughed up by a band of misfits. They go to a restaurant and meet a pretty female chipmunk. Dale pressures Chip into a relationship with her, which Chip does reluctantly. However, this pretty chipmunk isn’t who she makes herself out to be. Finally, Dale accidentally gives Chip fish flakes instead of salt for his food. After that, Dale keeps seeing fishy features on his best friend. But, is Chip really a fish?

Episode Two, “Bee My Queen/Minimalism/The Nutcracker,” sees the pair of mischief-makers compete in power plays, get into disagreements, and share their different approaches to life. Dale has a nasty habit of hoarding. However, once Chip forces him to throw an old boot in the garbage, he gets a good feeling from throwing out their old belongings. It’s liberating. It’s also contagious.

In Episode Three, “Café Con-Carnage/Miracle Monk/Crime and Poultry,” Chip and Dale experience the repercussions of lying and the power of healing and love. Dale is recognized as having healing abilities. The other park animals bring him all the maimed and sick of the community. The chipmunk achieves an almost messianic status. However, as Dale heals more and more of his friends, he realizes that power goes out of him every time he heals someone. This drains him. After exhausting his powers, Dale retires from his healing career with help from an underground friend.

The first three epsidoes of CHIP ‘N’ DALE: PARK LIFE: Season Two offer creative and fun stories that are also sometimes delightfully bizarre. Xilam Animation, which co-produced the program, is responsible for its colorful, eye-popping designs and distinct lack of dialogue. In the program, situations are often implied instead of spoken. This isn’t a bad thing, but it stands out as different from other TV and streaming programs designed for families with children and grandchildren.

The first three episodes of Season Two have a strong moral worldview. The episodes promote being charitable and helping others. Also, the title characters can tell right from wrong. Finally, lying and cheating are not accepted, but sometimes characters benefit by harming others and face no consequences for their behavior. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises discernment for families with young children for Season Two of CHIP ‘N’ DALE: PARK LIFE.


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