An in-Depth Analysis of the Rescue Rangers Theme Song

Sometimes, some crimes go slipping through the cracks, but we vow to you, not an ounce of over-analysis will slip through the cracks of this article about the penultimate ‘90s jam: the Rescue Rangers theme song. This is the most important word-by-word deconstruction of a theme song starring animated chipmunks maybe ever. So we won’t delay it any further.


First of all, let’s take a moment to refresh our memories and revisit the song in its natural habitat:


♫ Sometimes some crimes go slipping through the cracks ♫

It’s a sad truth that many crimes that plague our streets oft go undetected. This lyric sets the gritty tone needed for Chip ‘n’ Dale to swoop in and save the day, while establishing urgency and necessity.




♫ But these two gumshoes are picking up the slack ♫

We are introduced to our chipmunk detectives, nay, heroes. And we have a keen sense straightaway that nothing will ever be the same. The slack has been picked up, as it were, and bad guys had better get ready to take a hike.

♫ There’s no case too big, no case too small ♫

Ah! Not only are Chip ‘n’ Dale world-class crime solvers, they are also world-class guys willing to help anyone who may need their assistance.

♫ When you need help just call ♫

Yes, who do we call? We’ve yet to be given the names of our heroes and we are hungry to learn more about them.

♫ Ch-ch-ch-Chip ‘n Dale! Rescue Rangers! ♫

Wonderful! Their names are only one syllable, so we can easily pronounce and remember them and together they are a team that enjoys alliteration. “Rangers” implies that they are an official crime-solving crew and “Rescue” is clearly both literal and metaphorical in nature.




♫ Ch-ch-ch-Chip ‘n Dale! When there’s danger! ♫

The nitty gritty: danger. We’re instantly snapped out of momentary Chip ‘n’ Dale heroic reverie. This just got real.

♫ No, no, it never fails once they’re involved ♫

Two “no”s, for when one “no” is not enough to convey just how much they are unwilling to fail when put to a task.

♫ Somehow whatever’s wrong gets solved ♫

The promise of the entire show, in a succinct lyric. No matter what, Chip ‘n’ Dale will solve that crime and save the day in 22 minutes or less.

♫ Ch-ch-ch-Chip ‘n Dale! Rescue Rangers! ♫
♫ Ch-ch-ch-Chip ‘n Dale! When there’s danger! ♫

Repetition is the best way to put something to memory. Clearly this fact was not lost on the writers of this theme.




♫ Oh no, it never fails they’ll take the clues ♫

They TAKE the clues, they do not find them or stumble upon them. This proactive language demands attention and tells the canny listener that this duo means business.

♫ And find the where’s and why’s and who’s ♫

Chip ‘n Dale will solve 100% of the case, not 99%. Perfection is the only option.

♫ Ch-ch-ch-Chip ‘n Dale! Rescue Rangers! ♫
♫ Ch-ch-ch-Chip ‘n Dale! When there’s danger! ♫

We are really being trained to remember the name of the show at this point, and we’re okay with that. We want to remember. We need to remember.




♫ Ch-ch-ch-Chip ‘n Dale! ♫

And with one final exclamation, it’s over. Almost as quickly as it began. The song is sung; the show can now begin. You have our attention, Rescue Rangers.


Aaand now this song’s stuck in your head! Muahahaha. (And you’re welcome).

Posted 6 years Ago
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