Directors need to stop ruining old songs. Pop sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore end up in the care of Dave Seville's twenty-something nephew Toby. 60 talking about this. Is this film the most faithful to the original characters in the film series? Alvin, Simon and Theodore revel in their new gig at a movie theme park by wandering the grounds after hours. Club, stated "the manic Chipmunks wear out their welcome pretty quickly,"[128] some critics described the animation as "too bland"[126] and "adequate yet underwhelming,"[135] and Slant Magazine criticized the "static" compositing of CGI animals into live-action shots. [25], Internationally, Alvin and the Chipmunks was released in Jamaica and the Lesser Antilles on December 12, 2007;[26][27] Greece, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, and Singapore on December 13, 2007;[28][29][30][31][32] Iceland, Romania, and Turkey on December 14, 2007;[33][34][35] Bahrain, Belgium, France, Jordan, Oman, South Korea, and Switzerland on December 19, 2007;[36][37][38][39][40][41][42] Chile, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Lebanon, Kuwait, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Slovakia, Thailand, Ukraine, and the UAE on December 20, 2007;[43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54][55] Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Spain, the UK and Venezuela on December 21, 2007;[56][57][58][59][60][61][62][63] Ecuador on December 22, 2007;[64] Africa and Taiwan on December 28, 2007;[65][66][67][68][69] Colombia, New Zealand, and Peru on January 1, 2008;[70][71][72] Argentina, Australia, and Bolivia on January 3, 2008;[73][74][75] Brazil, Central America, and Uruguay on January 4, 2008;[76][77][78] Egypt on January 9, 2008;[79] Serbia and Montenegro on January 10, 2008;[80] Poland on January 11, 2008;[81] the Philippines on January 16, 2008;[82] Croatia and Slovakia on January 17, 2008;[83][84] India, Indonesia, and Italy on January 18, 2008;[85][86][87] the Dominican Republic on January 24, 2008;[88] Denmark and Sweden on February 1, 2008;[89][90] the Netherlands on February 6, 2008;[91] Finland and Norway on February 8, 2008;[92][93] Slovenia on February 14, 2008;[94] Vietnam on March 14, 2008;[95] and Japan on September 13, 2008. [193][194][195] Blu-ray sets that feature the first two Alvin films plus Chipwrecked (2011) were released in Finland on March 23, 2012,[196] the United Kingdom on April 2, 2012 (which came with digital files of all films),[197] Germany on April 20, 2012,[198] Australia on May 30, 2012,[199] Sweden on June 13, 2012,[200] the United States on March 5, 2013,[201] Mexico on the same day,[202] and Canada on October 8, 2013. The film was followed by three sequels: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009), Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011), and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015).[4]. "[106], Critics called its plot "predictable,"[107][108] "pencil-thin,"[104] "over-familiar,"[109] "paper-thin,"[110] "strictly by-the-numbers,"[111] "airplane fodder,"[112] and in "formulaic Disney Channel territory. "[99] As of November 2020[update], on Rotten Tomatoes the film had an approval rating of 28% based on 109 reviews, with an average score of 4.52/10. [131] Some reviewers, including Ebert, also panned the lack of distinction between the chipmunks. [21] Hill instructed the artists to make the chipmunks look realistic, but not entirely like chipmunks. Ian calls the chipmunks "rats" and tells them to "make love to the camera" during a photo shoot To movie makers: Leave the good things alone!!! [19] The most difficult part of integrating the CGI critters in the live-action shots was match moving for instances when they climb on Seville's head. Alvin and the Chipmunks, originally David Seville and the Chipmunks or simply the Chipmunks, are an American animated virtual band created by Ross Bagdasarian for a novelty record in 1958. The DeeTown Syndicate for DeeTown Entertainment, Inc. Alvin and the Chipmunks in film § Live-action/animated films, "Alvin & The Chipmunks To Meet Chipettes in Sequel? Forced to rely on Elliot, a fast-talking mule deer, the two form an unlikely friendship and must quickly rally other forest animals if they are to form a rag-tag army against the hunters. There’s no small part of people wanting to call you on your shit. 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Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. A tree that three young chipmunk brothers Alvin, Simon, and Theodore (Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney) live in is cut down and driven to Los Angeles after JETT Records purchases it as a Christmas tree. Frustrated by what Ian has done to the Chipmunks, Dave decides to infiltrate their concert to reunite with them. At times funny, and even occasionally witty, Alvin and the Chipmunks is a lively, entertaining romp that will certainly bring smiles to the young ones this holiday season. Club user stated that "he's digging his own grave, professionally," and a Stereogum reader thought he "wouldn’t mind if [Cross] dies. [9][10][11] On March 7, 2007, Jason Lee joined the project to play David Seville,[12] and Cameron Richardson signed on March 21. A sequel, titled Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, was released on December 23, 2009. The video game for this film was released December 4, 2007 for the Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, and the PC. "[145], A week after Cross published on his blog, The New York Observer interviewed him and reported that he "seemed genuinely hurt by the criticism he was being subjected to online." Alvin and the Chipmunks is the first live action/animated film starring Alvin and the Chipmunks since Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks was released in 2003, as that film features puppetry used for the Chipmunks and this film features computer animation used for them. The four songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and/or the Hot Digital Songs chart were: A soundtrack sampler was released along with the DVD of the film in a two pack sold exclusively at Walmart. The film's original score was composed and conducted by Christopher Lennertz, a fan of the Chipmunks since childhood. [157] The sustained box-office success surprised the studio; Elizabeth Gabler of Fox 2000 told the Los Angeles Times, "I look at the numbers every day, and we just laugh". The Chipmunks believe that Dave plans to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami.--and dump them. In December 2007, the album debuted at #133 on the Billboard 200. ", "The Lost Roles of Bill Murray, Part Two", "Alvin, Simon and Theodore are Coming Back", "Movie Website Updates for July 22 – July 28, 2007", "Movie Website Reviews for Weekend of December 15, 2007", "Study: TV, trailers keep teens tuned to movies", "Alvin and the Chipmunks (Lesser Antilles)", "Alvin and the Chipmunks (Czech Republic)", "Alvin and the Chipmunks (Czech Republic/Slovakia)", "Alvin and the Chipmunks (United Arab Emirates)", "Alvin and the Chipmunks (United Kingdom)", "Alvin and the Chipmunks (Central America)", "Alvin and the Chipmunks (Serbia and Montenegro)", "Alvin and the Chipmunks (Dominican Republic)", "Oh God, Jason Lee why? While that ambition proves a frustrating struggle with the difficult trio, the dream does come true after all. "[130] Wrote Roger Ebert, "Jason Lee and David Cross manfully play roles that require them, as actors, to relate with empty space that would later be filled with CGI. Alvin and the Chipmunks releases as single flipper disc, offering the movie in both full screen (1.31:1 aspect ratio) and widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) formats. "Busy As A Bee" Official Music Video by Alvin and The Chipmunks [22] Later that month, Fox launched the official website for Alvin and the Chipmunks with only a trailer and synopsis;[23] Several games were added later on. "[122] Slant Magazine, somewhat enjoyed Alvin of the Chipmunks for being "intermittently cute," and "you may even appreciate it as a music-industry satire;"[123] and The Globe and Mail writer Stephen Cole called its non-musical segments "pretty funny and absolutely adult-friendly" while more annoyed by the chipmunks singing. 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