In a tree farm, three musically inclined chipmunks, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, find their tree cut down and sent to Los Angeles. Once there, they meet the frustrated songwriter David Seville, and despite a poor house wrecking first impression, they impress him with their singing talent. Seeing the opportunity for success, both human and chipmunks make a pact for them to sing his songs. While that ambition proves a frustrating struggle with the difficult trio, the dream does come true after all. However, that success presents its own trials as their unscrupulous record executive, Ian Hawke, plans to break up this family to exploit the boys. Can Dave and the Chipmunks discover what they really value amid the superficial glamor around them?Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
The film was originally announced in June 1997 and going to be released by Universal Pictures and directed by Robert Zemeckis. But in September 2000 the estate of Ross Bagdasarian filed a lawsuit against Universal Pictures for which the development of the film was halted. It was until 20th Century Fox picked up the project in 2005. See more »
Simon says that chipmunk parent's take care of them for a week before taking off. in real life however, the young stay with their parents for two months before they begin to gather their own provisions for the winter ahead. See more »
Alvin (singing voice), Simon (singing voice), Theodore (singing voice):
Where is the moment we needed the most/You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost/They tell me your blue skies fade to gray/They tell me your passion's gone away/And I don't need no carryin' on/Cause you had a bad day/You're taking one down/You sing a sad song just to turn it around/You say you don't know/You tell me don't lie/You work at a smile and you go for a ride/You had a bad day/You've seen what you like/And how does it feel for one more time/You had a bad day/...
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In the end credits, there is a disclaimer that says 'No chipmunks were harmed during the filming of this movie.' See more »
I Wanna Do Something Freaky to You
Written by Leon Haywood (as Leon Hayward)
Performed by Sweet Stuff
Courtesy of Ubiquity Recordings, Inc. c/o Soul Town Productions See more »
Harmless fun for a young audience.
I grew up watching the 80's version of the chipmunks, so when I first saw the trailer to this predictable but cute live-action update, I was somewhat happy. Although I knew that the humor would be targeted at a crowd under 10 years old, I still wanted to see it, especially since the 1980's animated film THE CHIPMUNK ADVENTURE is still one of my all-time favorite animated films.
THE PROS: Well I went and saw it, and my expectations were met. It was more for younger kids, but it was throughly enjoyable. It was good to hear the Chipmunks sing their classic Christmas song, there were plenty of funny (but not hilarious) moments, and the Chipmunks themselves were well-animated and undeniably adorable (particularly Theodore).
THE CONS: The story is predictable (although typical for most kid's films nowadays). Jason Lee is badly miscast as the Chipmunks' long-suffering songwriter and adopted father, David Seville. Also the "romance" between Dave and his neighbor is too clichéd. We don't need some sort of love story in every single film in my opinion.
Overall, there is nothing brilliant about this film, but it's still fun. It ought to please young children and their parents.
BOTTOM LINE: It's no Citizen Kane, but it's more fun than a Hula Hoop.
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