Akiva Shaffer on Chip ‘N Dale and underestimated Lonely Island’ songs

Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer, John Mulaney at the Chip'n Dale: Rescue Rangers premiere

Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and John Mulaney at the movie premiere Chippindale: Rescue the Rangers
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After directing both music videos (“I’m on a Boat”) and feature films (“I’m on a Boat”)Popstar: Never stop stopping) Based on simple jokes, it’s no surprise that Disney chose the lonely island Akiva Schafer to lead Chip and Dale: Rescue the Rangers (Broadcasting on Disney+ May 20), a reboot of detective comedy with a high rate of jokes per minute. More than 30 years after the beloved cartoon Halcyon days Disney afternoonthis follow-up finds chipmunks roaming live-action Hollywood populated by cartoon stars—think Who put Roger Rabbit With a meta-commentary on the frenzy of today’s reboots and sequels.

As the stars rubbed shoulders with similar niche animated characters, Chip and Dale (voiced by John Mulaney and Andy Samberg, respectively) allowed Shaffer and co-authors Dan Gregor and Doug Mand to pack a myriad of gags and visual references (minutes in, for example, reunite Paula Abd by sayingopposites attract“Co-star MC Skat Kat). So AV . Club He had to ask Schafer what pop culture niche gets him excited about as both a narrator and a fan—which, perhaps unsurprisingly for a Disney director, has a lot of overlap with being a parent. In addition, it reveals the rules behind those jokes that you will miss.

AV . Club: This movie made me laugh and I can’t wait to ask you about it.

Akiva Shafer: good. I am very happy to hear that. I mean, after working on something for two and a half years today [is] The first time I’ve spoken to anyone who’s seen it. Since it was an epidemic, no one saw anything, it’s a good idea to finally talk to people about it.

AVC: I want to ask about short storytelling versus long storytelling, because I feel your background is in feature films, of course, but also music videos or comedy videos that are based on one concept. How did you calibrate these two styles of storytelling Chip and Dale: Rescue the Rangerswith all the pop culture jokes and visible gags?

we: This is an interesting literal question. I don’t know I think of it in those terms, but there are clearly very different rules for drawing or music video than there are for the feature. I would say as an audience member, and as a fan, I watch features all the time, like watching TV shows above and above watching sketches. There’s a reason this movie seems like a little lethal Weapon Or any other 90’s [property]; Bad Boys IIAnd lethal weapon 2And 21 Jump Street, we refer to those axes. But that kind of ’90s detective thriller, or – I’m a corny for a great court drama, you know? Drama John Grisham in the courtroom. Or just a good sports movie. So when I look at something like this, more than I think, like, “How is this different from one of my music videos or the diagram?” I try to rely on it more. And then the balance is trying to get the amount of jokes we’re trying to incorporate into something like this, into one of those sorts that’s usually less of a joke. Like, I think you can watch a file lethal Weapon And you don’t find it funny at all, you know? the same with bad boys; It’s humorous but comedy definitely comes in second after that. So yeah, trying to turn that level of sketch comedy into something like this is always a balancing act.

Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers, a Disney+ movie

Chip and Dale: Rescue the Rangers
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AVC: Where did you get the inspiration for this huge, you’re going to miss it? There are a lot of visual jokes in this: A movie called “Lego Misérables,” ET Batman fights – at one time there were donut cops, right?

we: Yeah. Although this is one of my only guilty laughs in the whole thing. All references in the movie, we followed the rule we followed pop star pop singer, which is: Don’t put on a veil unless it’s redirecting the story or putting a button on a really good laugh. Because sometimes we’d do these interviews with some famous pop stars, they’d make a great interview, but there was no place that really fit. But we’ll say, ‘But we did it and did an interview Ed Sheeran. We have to get Ed Sheeran in the movie.” But, say, it’s our fault for not asking the right questions, so we didn’t get the mass we needed for the movie. [Our rule] It was, if I just put it on for the public, Ed Sheeran fans would go, “Ah! Ed Sheeran! Then this can’t be enough.”

This type applies to this as well. References cannot be for the reference point. He can’t cut to someone from some other old animation for no reason, saying, “Hey, I have something to say too,” you know? The forwarding of the story or a really good joke should make sense or make something dead. So it’s funny that these cops who are donut cops are from Wreck it Ralph. They are in one of the video games, called “Sugar Rush”. And young children watching the movie, they understood. But then a lot of adults are like, haha, I made police cakes. Then I feel like a thief because this is no joke. This is Ralph’s joke. And this is actually the only one.

I’d be curious – I mean, I’m sure someone has AV . Club It will point to another place that happens. But as far as I know, I was really trying to be careful not to make someone else’s laugh embedded in what they did. Like, don’t have Baby Hermann from Roger Rabbit He plays him as Baby Herman until you get Baby Herman laughs. Because that’s their role, do you know what I mean? So I tried to be really careful. [The donuts cops]- I think, in my defense, I overestimated how much people knew about these details Wreck it Ralph, because for me, as the father of a nine-year-old and an 11-year-old, I was like, “Oh, of course, those are great cops, get them there!” Then there are people like you who probably don’t have children who say, “Oh, that’s funny, donut cops!” I think it’s a joke. Then I feel guilty.

AVC: Wow, a way of expressing non-reproductiveness. Speaking of kid humor versus adult humor, this is a PG rated Disney movie — were you thinking about balancing that?

we: Classification for sure. You know, we never had a problem with that, it’s not like I was putting on stuff rated PG-13 or R and had to take it out or something. And because my two kids are nine and 11, I’m really more aware of not wanting to scare or confuse them too much. But I’m also really aware of watching some of the things they watch and do really bored as an adult. And so there’s this balance, which the Pixar movies do beautifully, and the Disney animated movies, to try and engage kids and adults at the same time and play on multiple levels. So, ideally, the goal – time will tell if we succeed, or how successful we are – is that these guys are by nature child friendly, they are two cute little guys, and the story isn’t complicated…so I hope it’s five years old – six years old Years or older can enjoy it on a very basic story level. Then for an adult, I hope they enjoy something else entirely going on on top of it.

AVC: All references to Lossless Hollywood or Animation Chip ‘n Dill It got me thinking: Do you have a favorite niche, or even your underappreciated work? A song, video, or anything that you think deserves more attention?

we: I feel like I have a good answer for this I’m thinking of. Like our own music video where we were like, “This is our best clip, and nobody cares.” I mean, we grew up”Jack Sparrow“That day, which was definitely successful, so it just doesn’t fit this thing. But it’s one of the rare examples that I’m proud of, because it’s one of my favorite things and it’s people’s favourite. And I go, hey, it really worked this time! Yangyang Sometimes I feel like it’s not like that, she says. And that’s really rare. There’s a short clip we did that wasn’t on any of our albums called “Great Day” I thought was very good; it was loved, but it didn’t play [an] album.

We did that Bash Brothers thing [The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience] A few years ago we purposely did kind of cool off, just because that was the mood we were in. And it was so fitting and weird that we were like, OK, this isn’t for everyone, let’s not talk too much about it. We really made it for us and it’s an idiot and put it on Netflix, and we were surprised to drop it. But in hindsight, I was really proud of her and was like, Oh, maybe we should have promoted her more.

AVC: What’s also a good time to restart or update? Or if there was a convention like the fan convention for the anime depicted in this movie, is there a booth or character that you were really excited about?

we: Oh, I mean, as soon as you get into Disney in the afternoon, you reconsider who’s been there and there are things you’ve forgotten about and go, oh, well, I really liked it! I’m so excited to see what Seth is [Rogen] and Evan [Goldberg] do with Darkwing duck. I have no idea about it, and I have no inside information. But I know this is going to be exciting. And of course Stan from dog with a blog. Stan was the dog on the Disney Channel show dog with a blog. He had a blog. It was a dog. He can talk. I know my kids will be very excited to see Stan back. So there you are.

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