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Comedy Movies - Mom Reviewed - Alvin and the Chipmunks

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Alvin And The Chipmunk The Movie
Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson
Alvin Chipmunk, Theodore Chipmunk, Simon Chipmunk
Directed by Tim Hill
DVD with Digital Download disc
Fox Home Entertainment 2008
92 minutes

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.

Carolyn Genge



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