Among the many guest appearances on Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Ugly Sonic made headlines, but didn’t always appear in the film.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers unexpectedly returned to Disney+ last month with a new film that not only gave fans of the animated series a nostalgic kick, but also featured one of the largest collections of inside jokes and cameos ever featured in a single film. Among those cameos was an appearance by “Ugly” Sonic, a version of SEGA’s blue hedgehog based on the much-criticized original design for the gaming icon’s appearance in his 2020 film. With human eyes and teeth, the film mercilessly pokes fun at the character, who thankfully was reimagined before the movie starring Jim Carrey and James Marsden hit theaters, but it appears that Ugly Sonic is actually replacing another character hate who was exposed pretty much hate: Jar Jar Binks.
Storyboard artist for Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers has shared in video form a number of sketches made for the film, including some that were included war of stars‘ most criticized character instead of Sonic’s less-than-faithful design. In the post, artist Simeon Wilkins commented:
“Another sequence from Rescue Rangers – the fan expo chase. It’s great that the bones of this scene stayed pretty solid while a bunch of characters were swapped out. Most notably, Jar Jar has been replaced by Ugly Sonic.”
The revelation that Jar Jar Binks could have been in the film instead of Ugly Sonic shared some of those who stumbled upon the post. Some were happy that Ugly Sonic made it, while others would have liked to see Jar Jar get a glowing moment, and another even suggested he could now star in a sequel as the main villain. Of course, something like this could happen, given the phenomenal reception the film has had since it premiered on Disney+.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’ cameos surprised even the writers
While everyone is used to seeing cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, characters from the universe make unexpected appearances in films and television shows, but Chip ‘n Dales cameos were in a different league. While the film used many of Disney’s own characters, it also included characters from many other studios such as Warner Bros. and it almost seemed like no one was out of bounds. Writer Doug Man previously commented on this by saying:
“I’d say that movie pretty much exists, probably because Disney+ exists. We wrote this film seven years ago. Disney+ didn’t exist was a big swing, and we don’t really know what going to theaters would mean, but the creation of Disney+ and Akiva Schaffer coming on board breathed life back into it as a way to release something , which maybe didn’t have to be a four-quadrant film in the same way.”
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is now streaming on Disney+.