Who doesn't love Chip and Dale? Chip, with his "chocolate chip" nose, and Dale with his red probiscus... their comic antics are amusing and endearing.
So I was delighted to add several Chip and Dale cels to my collection in 2007.
When two particular pieces arrived, I noticed the oddest thing: these Disneyland Art Corner setups were Chip and Chip, and Dale and Dale, double setups of the same character! Unusual setups from the Art Corner are never a surprise, and these, while rather careless were far from the most bizarre. (More on that in a future installment.)
I went through all the Chip and Dale cartoons available on DVD to no avail. My cel images were not in any of the cartoons. Fortunately, Kay from "Chip-n-Dale Online" and animator Brian Mitchell came to my rescue. They confirmed that these images were from a 1959 episode of Disneyland's Sunday night TV show called "THE ADVENTURES OF CHIP AND DALE."
While not available on DVD, edited versions (without Walt Disney's personalized introduction) have been released on VHS and laserdisc versions. So I was able to obtain this obscure source material and finally see the original show!
Included is a snappy Chip-N-Dale theme song by Disney composer (and former theatre organist) Oliver Wallace. Thanks to YouTube, you can enjoy the toe-tapping tune.
Animator Bill Justice directed. (This clever use of moving "real world" props and animation predated his work in MARY POPPINS by several years.)
Here are the cels as seen on screen, flanking the original Art Corner setups. (Click on the images to enlarge.)
I have digitally re-created the Key Master backgrounds. This Holiday season has been crazy busy... so I haven't yet made a trip to the printer to have laserprint backgrounds made. When they are done, and the cel set-ups complete, I'll post them.