Genre: CG Animation/Comedy
Director: Tim Hill
Cast: Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson,
Jane Lynch, Justin Long, Jesse McCartney
RunTime: 1 hr 32 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Official Website: www.alvinandthechipmunksmovie.com
Opening Day: 13 December 2007
REVIEW OF "ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS" OFFICIAL SOUDNTRACK
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, a global treasure that has delighted
three generations of fans, comes to the big screen for the
first time. The live-action/CGI motion picture event brings
together the celebrated history of its beloved characters
– Dave Seville and singing chipmunks Alvin, Simon and
Theodore – adding a new comic sensibility and edge.
The squeaky-voiced trio and Dave Seville made recording, broadcasting
and merchandising history – selling 43 million albums,
winning several Grammys®, and headlining an animated prime
time series, numerous TV specials, and a top-rated Saturday
morning series seen in over 100 countries and translated into
Way back in 2004, Fox has announced they were going ahead
with a brand-new CG “Alvin And the Chipmunks”
movie. Fast forward 3 years later, aided by Rhythm & Hues,
the rodents finally gets a new paint of coat digitally.
you have been an avid fan of the squeaky-voiced Chipmunks
since the 80’s or earlier, this story is basically a
no-brainer, lifted from parts of the original animation series
and chronicles how David Seville first met and adopted the
sensational singing Chipmunks.
this live version, Dave is played by Jason Lee (voice of the
recent “Underdog” and aka Earl Hickey), in the
tradition of the animation series, Lee is the Chipmunks’
guardian and manager and yes, the signature “A-L-V-I-N”
scream fest is retained. Nothing changes much here which is
a good thing for the older generation, Alvin still donned
a red cap, a sweater with a capital ‘A’ and cheeky
as ever, Simon the bespectacled, smarty one and the adorable
innocent with an insatiable appetite is Theodore.
major difference is the selection of songs, to blend with
the current pop-culture, the trio even sang Daniel Powter’s
Bad Day and a remix version of the classic, Witchdoctor. It’s
liked watching Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake strutting
on stage but in the form of Chipmunks.
learnt from the Internet that the recording of the voices
was playback at a fast speed to obtain the high octave squeaky
pitch and it was done by the late Chipmunks’ creator
Ross Bagdasarian Sr. So I’m surprise to learn that Alvin
is now voiced by tadaaa…Justin Long (“Die Hard
4”) and Theodore by pop star Jesse McCartney. I mean
you can get Tom Cruise to voice any one of them and no one
can tell a difference.
you can’t expect director Tim Hill (writer of several
“Spongebob Squarepants” episodes and “Garfield
2”) to go out of the box with this one. It’s a
classic, working formula that need not be tweaked much.
singing Chipmunks will thrill the kids and also the adults,
the ladies especially will be smitten by the adorable Theodore.
But Fox, please don’t go too far and introduce the Chipettes.
trivia thing to note, if you pay close attention, there’s
constant shots of Dave Seville’s house unit number,
1958. The year when the Chipmunks was first created.
old times sake, watch this!)
Review by Linus Tee