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I'm thinking it's time for a Chip 'n Dale Reboot!
~ Pete's most famous quote.
Besides, I was always more of an "Alvin and the Chipmunks" person.
~ Pete's second most famous quote.
Hmmm, give him a break? Y’know, I got my big break when I was just a kid. I got cast in the biggest movie in the world, as the boy who wouldn’t grow up, Peter Pan. I’d never been so happy in my entire life! Then I got older, and they threw me away like I was nothing. (Chip: This business can be so tough.) You said it. I was scared, desperate, and all alone. So, I decided to take the power back, and make my own bootleg movie! I called it: Flying Bedroom Boy. And guess what. It worked! I made lots of money. So, I “recruited” other toons to star in more movies. And bang-a-rang, now I run my own bootleg movie studio, where I get to decide who’s a star, and who gets thrown in the trash.
He is the most ruthless crime boss in Los Angeles, leader of the Valley Gang and a former Disney child star who played Peter Pan in the eponymous 1953 animated feature film as a child. After being cast out from the industry, Pete starts a toon trafficking operation in which he transforms toons into bootleg characters to make overseas bootleg films.
In his youth, Peter Pan was chosen for the title role in the 1953 Disney film, an event that he truly admired all his life as it brought him fame and fortune. Unfortunately, that all changed when the Walt Disney company fires Peter as he grew older (despite the fact that toons don't usually age), and Peter ends up being forgotten and left alone for years.
Disgruntled and ashamed of how the media industry in the United States (especially the Disney company) treated him, Peter decides to get payback at them, so he turns over to do bootleg films. He starts off by bootlegging his own film (known as "Flying Bedroom Boy") before distributing it on the black market, allowing himself to earn lots of money. Naming himself as Sweet Pete, he capitalizes his profit to create the Valley Gang (composed mostly of Jimmy the Polar Bear, Bob the Viking and Bjornson the Cheesemonger) and their own bootlegging studio.
Using his own connections as a new powerful mob boss, Sweet Pete managed to put many retired toon stars (including many Disney characters) into debt, and in case any toons would fail to pay up, Sweet Pete would kidnap them before having them to work in creating bootlegs of their own works for the rest of their lives. To do so, he creates a machine that allows him to alter appearances of the toons he kidnapped to evade copyright law; he even stored the body parts of the toons he kidnapped as a means of using them as input for his machine to use. After changing the toons' appearances, Sweet Pete would store them in cargo holds until they are chosen to work on the bootlegs of their works inside a dock warehouse where Sweet Pete has his bootleg studio. To cover his bootlegging business, Sweet Pete creates a factory that builds portable toilets and hires many employees in creating portable toilets for profit.
Following the kidnapping of Monterey 'Monty' Jack after his failure to pay his debt to the Valley Gang (due to his addiction of stinky cheese), former toon stars Chip and Dale pay a visit to Bjornson in his cheese shop as they learned that Bjornson was Monty's cheese dealer. Upon learning who Chip and Dale really are, Bjornson delivers them to Sweet Pete in his portable toilet factory. At first, Chip and Dale try to peacefully convince Sweet Pete to give Monty a break by offering him money to pay off Monty's debt, to which Sweet Pete explains his backstory to them and that starring in the 1953 film was considered to be his 'big break' until his dismissal. However, rather than accepting the chipmunks' offer to pay off Monty's debt, Sweet Pete instead decides to plan a 'reboot' of their cancelled show by bootlegging them as a means of covering his tracks. However, Chip and Dale escape and explain their discoveries to Detective Ellie Steckler and her boss Captain Putty, who help them in obtaining Sweet Pete's fitness tracker without getting caught. Using the tracker, Chip, Dale and Steckler are able to find the warehouse, where they spot the machine and many of the toon body parts that have been stolen. Despite this, Sweet Pete and his gang are nowhere to be found.
At the police station, Chip and Dale soon learned that Monty's cologne is inside the office where Steckler and Putty are discussing about the events. Deducing that either Steckler or Putty is corrupt and working for Sweet Pete, the chipmunks escape to the fan convention, where they convinced their old friend Ugly Sonic to call in his FBI contacts for help. However, Sweet Pete tracks the chipmunks' location by using Dale's social media posts, and Chip ends up being kidnapped by Jimmy while Bob ends up being arrested for causing a disturbance in the convention, though Dale escapes away. Even Steckler herself ends up being kidnapped after being lured back into the warehouse by Putty, who turns out to be the corrupt cop working for Sweet Pete the entire time.
Sweet Pete then proceeds to use the machine in an attempt to alter Chip's appearance, but Dale arrives to the rescue by using a firecracker to fly himself into the warehouse, allowing himself to free Steckler and Dale and setting off a chain reaction that damages the machine. Due to the malfunction, the machine turns Jimmy into a tiny fairy and Sweet Pete into a giant amalgamation of various toons. While Steckler captures Putty in his tracks, Chip and Dale run off from Sweet Pete throughout the warehouse, eventually learning that the bootlegs were being filmed there the entire time. After reaching to the docks, the chipmunks use a ploy from one of their Rescue Rangers episodes to finally trap Sweet Pete in a big net.
Several FBI agents (led by Ugly Sonic) arrive to arrest Sweet Pete for his crimes, but before Sweet Pete gets arrested, he spitefully attempts to kill Chip by firing a cannonball at him. However, Dale takes the hit, using a golden pog that Chip gave him to shield himself, much to Sweet Pete's anger. Chip and Dale then open up all the cargo holds, releasing all the bootlegged toons (including Monty) for good before having them restored to their original appearances and send back to their homes.
With Sweet Pete's crimes exposed, he and the Valley Gang (except for Bjornson) end up being arrested and sentenced to life in prison. During the end credits, Sweet Pete is last seen in a straitjacket inside his own prison cell filled with erasers while a crime documentary (known as "The Boy Who Grew Up") has been made and streamlined detailing about his life, much to his chagrin.
Pete is an overweight middle-aged man with hair on his chest and arms and a shadow beard. He wears Peter Pan clothing.
After his transformation, he had the head of a cat with his arms and legs in different forms and wears Mickey Mouse pants among other things.
Originally, Sweet Pete was a good kid who was happy to have the chance to be part of one of the greatest Disney movies in history. However, that all changed as he became bitter at being dismissed for growing up. Due to his vendetta towards the media industry (mostly the Disney company) and their beliefs of creativity, Sweet Pete became greedy and selfish as he was determined to get back at the media industry by producing bootlegs of their greatest works and selling them on the black market for profit. He is also proven to be quite intelligent and strategic, as he was able to create and lead a powerful crime syndicate as a means of using his connections (either through extortion or blackmail) to cover his bootlegging business for decades, eventually becoming the opposite of what his heroic character used to be in the original Peter Pan film.
Due to his reputation as a feared crime boss, Sweet Pete is an individual who gets to decide who to star and who to toss out in the trash, and will not hesitate to have anyone who knows this silenced. Besides his sense of greed, he is unwilling to let go of the pain he felt in the past that shaped him into the cynical and nefarious person he became; even when Chip and Dale tried to peacefully reason with Sweet Pete by sympathizing over his tragic life and actually offering him money to pay off Monty's debt, Sweet Pete refuses by remaining defiant to the end; he even willingly tried to bootleg and/or murder Chip and Dale for the sake of it. However, Sweet Pete's unwillingness to let go of his pain proved to be his downfall as his refusal to negotiate with the chipmunks led them to exposing his business to the public and getting himself and his cohorts locked away for life.
Powers and Skills
When Sweet Pete is transformed into a hybrid between multiple characters, he gains Wreck-It Ralph's strength (for his left arm), the speed of a motorcycle (Optimus prime's leg), a cannon on his right arm (unknown at the moment), the chest from robin hood (fox), Woody's leg (Toy Story), the head of a kitten (it is not yet known if it is from the "Chip and Dale" series or if it is from "The Aristocats") and etc.
Pete during the making of Peter Pan
Pete going through puberty.
Teen Pete sad at being alone.
Pete's victims that became part of his bootleg movies.
"happy sweet pete" "Hello" (Pete meeting Chip and Dale).
"happy sweet pete 3"
"happy sweet pete 2"
"Angry sweet pete"
Pete in his bootleg form.
Pete Roaring in a featurette for the film
This incarnation of Peter Pan's backstory parallels the tragic story of the late Bobby Driscoll, the voice actor for the character from the original Peter Pan Disney film. Bobby's career was dashed when he started getting too old to voice Peter and both his career and life took a downward spiral afterwards.
Consequently, despite the critical acclaim Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers has received, some have criticized the parallels between Sweet Pete's backstory and Bobby Driscoll's, feeling that it distastefully satirizes Driscoll's tragedy.
When Pete was chasing Chip and Dale, he was using the catchphrase Cuka-roo-ka-roo, a "bootleg" of his rooster crow from his original movie.
When Sweet Pete transforms into a bootlegged chimera, he resembles a combination of animated characters:
Voice: Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Wreck-It Ralph, T-Rex from Jurassic Park, 1987 Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) and Fat Cat.
It was confirmed in the official soundtrack that the bootlegged version of Sweet Pete was called Frankenpete, as the song plays when first seeing his transformation.
In one "blink-and-you-miss" scene of the film, it can be seen that Peter has a bottle filled with the Dip, the chemical invention Judge Doom uses in the classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit hybrid film to dissolve toons. Coupled with Roger Rabbit's cameo at the beginning of the film, this Easter egg has led some fans to speculate if Rescue Rangers takes place in the same universe as Roger Rabbit.
Originally, before the filmmakers settled on Sweet Pete, they considered the possibility of using Charlie Brown from the Peanuts franchise as the film's villain, depicting him as an adult just like Sweet Pete. However, they dropped the idea due to avoid having to pay for licensing the character. They later decided to make Mickey Mouse's dog Pluto the villain, given his past history as a victim of Chip and Dale in their classic shorts, with Pluto, now known as "Mean Dean", planning to become the "ultimate cartoon" by stealing the body parts of other toons after getting fed up of being forced to act like a normal dog. However, after some test screenings, it was decided to change Pluto with Peter Pan, leading to the creation of Sweet Pete.
That said, in the finished film it's never revealed why Sweet Pete does keep some toon body parts, like those of Monty, at his hideout. As this collection was originally a plot point back when Pluto was set to be the main antagonist, it's likely that Pluto was replaced with Sweet Pete too late into production.
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