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Mom Reviewed - Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked

Dave Human, Alvin Chipmunk, Theodore Chipmunk
Fox Home Entertainment 2012

As the title states this is an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, and in this version of it they are shipwrecked on a deserted island.  Dave, the boys and the girls, head off on vacation on a cruise ship.  Alvin is his usual rebel self – defying authority, and blazing his own trail.  This leads the whole gang (plus Uncle Ian in a chicken suit) to get stranded on an island.  Once on the deserted island, they meet a stranded woman who appears to be lost – but ultimately turns out to be the villain.  There are lots of adventures that follow.

Let’s start with what I liked in this family DVD.  The scenery was beautiful, the deserted island kind of made me want to go on vacation.  The chipmunks were really cute (as usual), and the cgi/animation was seamless.  It ends there.  The story was so-so, as the themes were far too mature for the audience that should be attracted by these characters.  Understandably the chipmunks themselves are supposed to represent teenagers, however, they are so cute and small that they can only be seen as children.  The level of backtalk/sass that comes from Alvin is frustrating.  In the end he learns to be responsible, but that being a lippy jerk is still okay.  Not the kind of message that I want my kids to learn.  

High talent voices (Jesse McCartney, Anna Farris, Christina Applegate, Justin Long to name a few) as the chipmunk boys and girls are totally lost on the audience, as once the chipmunk voice effect kicks in we don’t have the fun of guessing who each character is – they are unrecognizable.

The music is also good in this film, but I felt that it was really a greatest hits compilation used to showcase the top hits of today. There didn’t seem to be any connection to the story – it didn’t add anything, other than a good beat.  

All in all I would have to say pass on this film – even if the ’munks are adorable everything else that goes with it makes this family DVD not worth it.

Carolyn Genge

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