A live action, big screen outing for everyone's favourite Chipmunks - Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Discovered and adopted by struggling songwriter Dave Seville (Jason Lee), the dynamic trio decide to join forces and embark on a singing career, performing Dave's songs. When success beckons however, unscrupulous record company boss Ian Hawke (David Cross) decides that he could make a lot more money from the boys if Dave was out of the picture.
A staggering surprise success at the box office just before Christmas 2007, the reason for the popularity of Alvin and the Chipmunks
soon becomes clear. Not only is it a new adventure for a popular set of characters of old, its also a fun, breezy family movie, that the kids in particular will enjoy.
Starring Jason Lee (of My Name Is Earl fame), Alvin and the Chipmunks mixes in live action and CGI chipmunks (Alvin, Simon and Theodore) in a story that sees that moved from their natural habitat into the midst of the big city. The plot then becomes as predictable as youd expect, but theres still plenty of fun to be had anyway.
For Alvin and the Chipmunks has plenty in its corner. Its funny, first and foremost, and moves along at a good pace, never forgetting that its prime job is to entertain its audience. And thats something it easily manages to do, wrapping everything up by remembering not to outstay its welcome, either.
Considering that Alvin and the Chipmunks enjoy a legion of fans that stretch back decades, its perhaps not a surprise after all that the film enjoyed the success it did. But whats pleasing is that the spirit of the source material, in spite of its contemporary setting, is adhered to, and theres fun for all in the end product. --Jon Foster
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