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Clarice is an anthropomorphic chipmunk who made her debut as the love interest of Chip and Dale in the short Two Chips and a Miss, released on March 21, 1952.

History

In her debut short, Clarice works and sings at a nightclub called the Acorn Club. Her beauty and talent catches the interests of both Chip and Dale, who proceeded to compete for her affections - the first time Chip and Dale have ever worked against each other. Despite the short going on to become one of Chip and Dale's most beloved, Clarice would not appear in any future animation (sans in archived footage of the short when played on Walt Disney anthology series and House of Mouse) for 69 years until reappearing in the 2021 Disney+ series Chip n Dale Park Life. Regardless, the trope of Chip and Dale competing for the affections of an attractive female would become somewhat of a staple, specifically in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.

While Chip and Dale have been at the Disney theme parks since 1955, Clarice was present during Disneyland’s opening ceremony on July 17, 1955 and was a meetable character throughout the 1950s. She eventually disappeared from the parks in 1961. She later returned to the parks in 2005 and was exclusively found at the Tokyo Disney Resort, where she's very prominent. Clarice later started appearing at the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort in Spring 2009. She eventually became prominent at Disneyland Paris in the early 2010s and at Hong Kong Disneyland.

In Japan, Clarice has been regularly featured in media and merchandise involving the Mickey Mouse franchise. She would often feature as the definitive love interest of both Chip and Dale (in the same vein as what Minnie Mouse is to Mickey, and Daisy Duck is to Donald). An example of this is the Disney UniBEARsity spin-off franchise. Clarice appears in the story Two Bears and a Kiss, in which she was responsible for providing Chip and Dale the materials to make their teddy bears.

Appearances

Chip 'n' Dale: Park Life

Clarice appears in the animated series, marking her first proper appearance in animation since her debut short in 1952.[1]

Clarice in Chip 'n' Dale: Park Life.

Her character undergoes a radical redesign with a tomboyish look. Clarice has no clothes and instead possesses an undercut with two flowers shaved into the sides of her head, as a nod to her classic look. She also has her own set of buck teeth that are held together like Chip's, but are slightly uneven with one tooth being longer than the other.

Clarice is much more well-off than her previous incarnation and is constantly putting up with Chip and Dale's ineptitude, though she will help them out if necessary. So far, she shows no romantic interest in either of them.

Video games

Disney Tsum Tsum

Clarice is a Premium box Tsum Tsum, with the ability to turn the central characters into heart-eyed Chip and Dale Tsum Tsums. These can be connected to Clarice's for points.

Disney Magical World 2

Clarice in Disney Magical World 2.

In the simulation game, Clarice is a resident of Castleton alongside other classic Disney characters. She is associated with Daisy and owns a style shop in which she can take the player's current attire and create variations with different colors and styles.

Kingdom Hearts Union χ

In the mobile game Kingdom Hearts Unchained X, a beret or snuggly accessory of Clarice can be equipped on the avatar.

Disney Parks

Clarice at Disneyland Paris.

Clarice made her first live appearance at Disneyland in 1955. Nowadays, she rarely appears in the North American parks, her most recent appearance being during the reopening ceremony of the Disneyland Railroad on July 28, 2017, but is extremely common at the Tokyo Disney Resort, as she is a widely popular character amongst Japanese audiences.

On January 2019, she began to appear in the Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Clarice and has been seen in the parks since 2005.

At Tokyo Disneyland, she is prominently featured in Nightfall Glow, where she speaks English in a Disney theme park for the first time.

At Tokyo DisneySea, she appears in the finale of Fantasmic! and the Easter in New York show for Mickey & Duffy's Spring Voyage to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Disneyland Paris

Besides appearing for meet-and-greets often, Clarice was part of the Halloween shows, Captain Mickey and the Pumpkin Pirates and Merlin and the Witch Academy.

Disneyland

Clarice returned to the Disneyland Resort in 2009 after a 50 year absence for the street show "Celebrate! A Street Party". She makes occasional at the resort for special events and occasionally parties. She was present at the "Dancing With Disney" dance party located at Disney's California Adventures between 2010-2014. She also makes occasional meet and greets at Disneyland.

Walt Disney World

Clarice made her debut at Walt Disney World on April 12, 2009 on Easter at Disney's Polynesian Resort where she meet guests alongside Mr. Easter Bunny. During that period, Clarice was meetable at Disney's Hollywood Studios around the Sorcerer Mickey Hat and One's Man Dream. In 2019, Clarice made a rare stateside appearance alongside Chip 'n' Dale for a character greeting during the RunDisney Walt Disney World Marathon.

Trivia

  • Though she is the same as Chip and Dale in that her fur is brown, some Japanese promotional art gives her fur a more yellowish tone.
  • Back when Disney Characters appeared at the Ice Capades shows held in 1955 which were later borrowed for Disneyland's opening ceremony, Clarice was depicted without clothes (just like Chip 'n' Dale) instead wore an apron, and was barefoot and only kept her flower around her head. She also shared the same design as the costumes for Chip and Dale but with half-closed eyelids.

Gallery

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Chip 'n' Dale: Park Life". Disney (2021).


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