Alvin and the Chipmunks is the live action/computer generated DVD version of the classic cartoon from the 1960’s. The story is quite simple: a down on his luck advertising writer/aspiring songwriter - Dave (Jason Lee) – is befriended by three talking chipmunks. Dave discovers that Alvin, Simon and Theodore can sing, and he sees a new opportunity. Eventually an evil record producer - Ian (stand-up comic David Cross) takes over and tries to run the three talented rodents ragged.
The computer-generated chipmunks are great in this movie – my kids loved them! We had several laughs at the chipmunks’ antics. They really did a good job of creating personalities that were a cross between animals and kids. Jason Lee as Dave was convincing, considering that he was acting against nothing. David Cross as “Uncle” Ian was equally convincing as the bad guy – very slimy and exploitative. My kids liked Dave as much as they didn’t like Ian.
There were even a couple of messages in this movie: family can come in all shapes and sizes and bonds between adopted family are as strong as any other, are just a couple that spring to mind. These were nice to see, and the kids understood them quite easily.
A neat new but limited time feature is the Digital download disc that comes with the regular Alvin and the Chipmunks DVD. It is billed as: Simple. Fast. Portable. I’d have to say that simple is accurate, but fast might be a stretch if you don’t have high speed Internet. Nonetheless, it is pretty cool to be able to watch a movie while waiting endlessly to renew my driver’s licence.
There are some fun special features (although no games as my oldest was quick to point out), with a “munkumentary”, and a couple of music videos, that have some interest value.
Alvin and the Chipmunks is definitely a kids DVD, and mine seemed to really enjoy it. I would recommend this movie for the younger crowd (16 and under), but all ages will get a laugh or two from this enjoyable film.