Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Director: Mike Mitchell
Writers: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Janice Karman, Ross Bagdasarian
Cast: Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate
Voice Cast: Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Alan Tudyk
Synopsis: Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
MPAA Rating: G
Alvin and Chipmunks Intro
Behind the Music With Alvin and Chipmunks along with the Chippettes
Disclaimer: This interview is entirely fictitious, and in no way resembles any real life events. Any and all similarities to any actual events, persons, and etc is purely coincidental, as this interview was designed for satirical and comedy purposes. In other words, if you can't take a joke, then don't bother reading this, bub. By the way, this parody segment contains adult language and situations, so parental discretion is advised.
Narration: This interview was taken in Steven's room, as he announces his guests.
Stevennix2001: Greetings my fellow readers, I want to say thanks again for joining me, as we're here to interview two of music's hottest teen sensations....Alvin and the Chipmunks...and we got the Chippetes with us too! Let's give them a round of applause.
Narration: The Chipmunks and their girlfriends walk into the room, as they all sit down in the guest chairs next to Steven's work desk and office chair; while he sits down as well.
Stevennix2001: Anyway, I just wanted to say that it's a huge honor having you guys here, as I was such a fan of your cartoon show back in the eighties.
Alvin: Hey don't sweat it, Steven. Besides, anything to make our fans happy, as it's not often that the hottest act in rock and roll can do interviews like this with all the concert tours and such.
Narration: Brittany rolls her eyes in disgust, as she plainly sees that Alvin is full of himself again. Steven just looks at Alvin like he's crazy, as he says that before continuing the interview.
Stevennix2001: Riiiiiiight. Anyway, let's talk about your new movie for a minute. I heard that supposedly you guys get stuck on a deserted island...is that right?
Simon: Why yes we do. In fact, I think what most audiences here will love is how it shows how our characters evolve, and it's a bit of a coming of age story that...
Narration: Alvin interrupts.
Alvin: Not to mention, you'll get to see more of yours truly.
Brittany: Oh brother. Aren't you full of yourself?
Alvin: Hmph, you're just jealous.
Brittany: Oh please, you wish.
Stevennix2001: Ahem! Anyway, lets move on shall we folks, so I just heard that supposedly you guys have won a...
Narrator: Steven immediately notices that Theodore mistakes one of his priceless Criterion DVD's for a donut, and tries to eat it; in effect ruining the disc.
Stevennix2001: Oh my god! What the hell are you doing?
Theodore: Sorry. I was just hungry. (He looks at Steven with sad puppy dog eyes)
Stevennix2001: Well...(sighs deeply)...I guess accidents happen. It's not like you did it on purpose...although those DVDs did cost me a lot of money considering they're part of the Criterion collection....
Simon: Really? How much were the DVDs if you don't mind me asking?
Stevennix2001: Well, the Criterion collection is essentially a series of movies that include many films that have been culturally significant throughout cinematic history; which includes such films like some of Charlie Chaplin's earlier works to even featuring some of Akira Kurasawa and Frederico Fellini films too. Trust me, if you're into movies, then I would definitely recommend it.
Simon: Sounds kind of interesting, and those films must be rare from my understanding. Not to mention kind of expensive huh?
Stevennix2001: Yeah, I'll say. Most of these DVDs cost anywhere from thirty to fifty bucks, as the Criterion only releases a limited number of each film, so they're very hard to find.
Alvin: (picks up a couple of the Criterion DVD's to look at them) Wait a minute...you spent almost fifty bucks on some outdated old movies like "Ran" and "Seven Samurai?"
Narrator: Alvin tosses them out the window, where they coincidentally land on the street to get run over by a street car. Steven looks at Alvin all pissed off like he wants to kill him.
Alvin: Um...oops...sorry. (nervously laughs) It just kind of slipped..
Stevennix2001: (mouthing the words, "Get the hell out of here!", with my mouth, as my hands twitch like they want to strangle Alvin's neck)
Alvin: Steven...you're going to have to speak up, as I can't understand a single word you're saying...
Stevennix2001: I said...GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE NOW! Before, I really get mad...
Simon: Um...please Mr. Steven sir, Alvin didn't mean it really. After all, as you said before, accidents do happen...(looks to Alvin glaringly to expect him to apologize)
Alvin: Yeah...I'm really sorry. I didn't mean to throw your DVDs out the window, as I wasn't thinking...
Narrator: Alvin smiles weakly in hopes that Steven will find it in his heart to forgive him, while taking a step back to get a brief head start just in case. While stepping back, he accidentally steps on a Criterion DVD that Theodore left on the ground from earlier, and scratches it with his feet. Alvin immediately notices this afterwards.
Narration: You literally see steam coming out of Stevennix2001's head, as you can tell he's literally pissed off beyond the point of reason.
Narration: The end.....
The Chipmunks are back....yay?
As I said before in my review of "Mr. Popper's Penguins", rating a family film is probably one of the hardest genres to grade, when it comes to movie reviews. Why you ask? For one, you can't grade every genre the exact same way, as it would be absurd to grade a film like "Toy Story 3" the same way a person would rate a movie like "Drive." Both are great movies in their own right, but for entirely different reasons. However, in the case of "Toy Story 3", you have to be willing to let a few things slide for the sake of cinematic fun, as family films aren't often geared to resemble the works of Shakespeare. No, most movie fans will tell you that family films are mostly made for entertainment purposes only. Sure, you might find a few diamonds in the rough like "Toy Story 3", "Home Alone", and etc. But for every "Home Alone" film, we get a movie like "Agent Cody Banks", "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel", and others to name a few. That's why I would have to say judging a family film is very hard.
After all, one has to ask...how much of it should we take seriously? And how much should we allow to slide for the sake of entertainment purposes, and knowing that the target audience is mainly little kids that are too naive to know what a good movie is like. Indeed, writing a movie review for "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" isn't easy for me at all, as the adult in me would love to rip this movie to shreds for being the god awful commercialized garbage that it is, but would that be fair? After all, it's only a kids film, and most people would tell me that you're not supposed to take it too seriously, so it's hard to bash a film like this.
However, I'll try to review this movie as fairly as I possibly can. As fans of the last two films know, Dave Seville (Jason Lee) has recently not only adopted both the Chipmunks and Chippettes, as his own children, but he also becomes their music manager as well. Like the last movie, it starts off with the Chipmunks performing in front of a live audience, while singing pop songs that we're all familiar with from other bands, but this time they have their girlfriends, the Chippettes, performing with them as well. Gee, isn't that cute... As usual, Alvin does everything and anything to get on Dave's last nerves, as they really play out the "rebellious son and strict father figure" concept with those two characters quite a bit in this movie. Of course, Simon is still the responsible nerdy one, and Theodore is still the fat chubby child like one of the group. While on the Chippettes side of things, Brittany is still fashion obsessed, and has shown to be almost as conceited as Alvin. Jeanette is the shy brainy chippete, while Eleanor is almost as childlike as Theodore, in a lot of ways.
Anyway, Dave decides to take them on a family vacation after their last concert tour, as they embark on a prestigious pleasure cruise ship. As expected, Alvin causes all sorts of mischief that forces Dave to lay down the law, and wonder if his son will ever grow up to take some responsibility. However, due to a series of events, Alvin and the gang find themselves stranded on a deserted island, so they must work together in order to survive. Unfortunately, to make matters worse, Simon gets bitten by a poisonous spider that causes his personality to change from the responsible smart one, into some adventurous French wild man that literally tries everything to sweep Jeanette off her feet. Meanwhile, Dave sets out to look for the boys, but he finds himself accompanied by Ian (David Cross), who was the evil antagonist that tried to exploit the Chipmunks for their talent in the last two films. Of course, the plot also involves some insane woman named Zoe (Jenny Slate), who's been on the island for ten years, and loves to talk to balls... No, not those balls, pervs. I'm talking about baseballs, basketballs, and golf balls that she has drawn faces on to make believe to be her friends. Oh, and there's some buried treasure on the island as well. Oh joy, doesn't this plot sound like loads of fun?
Gee, I wonder how this movie will end, as it's just throwing me on so many loops. I mean, it's not like we ever seen a movie that depicts the epic struggle between a rebellious son and a strict father figure before. Plus, it's not like we've ever seen a coming of age story about a boy that has to grow up to do whatever it takes to survive, nor have there ever been films about a kid that gets amnesia to think that he's somebody else. Oh wait....actually we have seen story arcs like those before, and done significantly better too in other films I might add.
To call the plot to this movie cliched, predictable and commercialized would be stating the ridiculously obvious. Besides, you can't really expect much from a movie that features talking chipmunks, but that's also part of the dilemma for me. On the one hand, I think this movie will still obviously appeal to young kids, as there's nothing bad in it for them; unless you want to count the one scene where the Chippettes are dancing in bath towels singing, "Whip My Tail", while shaking their rear ends at us. But then again, one could argue that the musical number called "Getting Lucky With You" was even more controversial in the animated feature, "The Chipmunk Adventure", than the whole "Whip My Tail" scene is in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked."
The special effects are good as expected. However, unlike most great family films like "Toy Story 3", "Kung Fu Panda 2" and others, this film won't be entertaining to both adults and kids alike. No, this film will mostly appeal to kids, unless your one of those adults that love these types of movies, or if you're just a huge fan of the franchise in general. In the end, I'd give this movie a one and a half out of four. It's definitely worth renting if you just want to have a film that'll keep your kids quiet for the rest of the night, but I wouldn't expect too much out of it. However, if you can convince your kids to watch other movies like "Kung Fu Panda 2", "Toy Story 3", "Secret of Kells" and others over this film, then that would be even better...