The Outstanding TV Movie category at this year’s Emmys featured a traditional award movie, Barry Levinson’s harrowing tale of World War II. The survivor for HBO, along with four follow-ups from canceled series, Disney+ Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue RangersShowtime’s Ray Donovan: The MovieParamount+ Reno 911!: The Hunt for QAnon and Roku’ Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas.
In the end, it was the film sequel to the group’s oldest series, the one from 1989-90. chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, who took the trophy. Combining CGI and classic animation with live action, the film became the first animated film to win the Storyline TV Movie category in its 56-year history. It also presented Disney+ with its first Emmy in a major program category. The streamer previously won the Prerecorded Special Emmy for hamilton and Documentary or Non-Fiction Series for secrets of the whales last year.
Fellow streamer Netflix also broke into the TV movie category for the first time with wins for black mirror before garnering Emmys for Outstanding and Outstanding Limited or Anthology Drama last year for The Ravenn and Queen’s Gambit, respectively.
Unlike its counterparts in the category, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers was developed and produced as a feature. It was originally put into development nearly nine years ago. The process accelerated in 2019 with the addition of Akiva Schaffer as the new director. The film was announced as a Disney+ original the following year.