Alvin and the Chipmunks in film

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Alvin and the Chipmunks
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Created by Ross Bagdasarian
Original work Alvin and the Chipmunks
Films and television
Film(s)

The fictional animated singing group Alvin and the Chipmunks created by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. have appeared in eight feature-length films since their debut.

Films[edit]

Live-action/animated films[edit]

Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks (2003)[edit]

La-Lu, a friend of David Seville, has put up a banner saying "Welcome Chipmunks" on the porch of her magic cottage. One of her friends, Gilda (a talking pessimistic cockatoo) believes that having children around is a bad idea. PC (a talking laid back frog with a surfer dude accent who believes he is one kiss away from being Prince Charming) says that his mom used to say "nothing warms up a home like children's laughter". Dave arrives with Alvin, Brittany, Simon, Jeanette, Theodore, and Eleanor. Dave needs the weekend to himself to write a new song, and La-Lu is happy to have five pre-schoolers and a baby stay with her and her friends. Sam and Lou, two gophers, report to the viewers at home about the feelings the characters are experiencing via going into their heads and viewing an abstract inner visual manifestation of what the characters are thinking and or feeling. Alvin doesn't like that Dave is gone, and La-Lu explains that she felt the same way when she was little and reassures him that Dave will return for him and the others soon.

Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)[edit]

In a tree farm, three musically inclined chipmunks, Alvin (Justin Long), the mischievous troublemaker, Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), the smart one in the trio, and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) the chubby sweethearted chipmunk, find their tree cut down and are transported to Los Angeles. Once there, they meet frustrated songwriter David Seville (Jason Lee), and despite a poor house-wrecking first impression, they impress him with their singing talent. Seeing the opportunity for success, both human and chipmunks make a pact for them to sing his songs. While that ambition proves a frustrating struggle with the difficult trio, the dream does come true after all. However, that success presents its own trials as their unscrupulous record executive, Ian Hawke (David Cross), plans to break up this family to exploit the boys. Can Dave and the Chipmunks discover what they really value amid the superficial glamour around them?

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)[edit]

Pop sensations Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) end up in the care of Dave Seville (Jason Lee) 's twenty-something cousin Toby (Zachary Levi). The boys must put aside music super stardom to return to school, and are tasked with saving the school's music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands. But the Chipmunks unexpectedly meet their match in three singing chipmunks known as The Chipettes—Brittany (Christina Applegate), Jeanette (Anna Faris) and Eleanor (Amy Poehler). Romantic and musical sparks are ignited when the Chipmunks and Chipettes square off.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)[edit]

Dave (Jason Lee), the Chipmunks, and the Chipettes enjoy fun and mischief on a luxury cruise before their seafaring vacation takes an unexpected detour to an uncharted island. Now, the harder Alvin (Justin Long) and friends search for a way back to civilization, the more obvious it becomes that they aren't alone on this secluded island paradise.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)[edit]

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) come to believe that Dave (Jason Lee) is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami...and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.

Fully animated films[edit]

The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)[edit]

When David Seville goes off to Europe on a business trip, the Chipmunks, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, are left at home with their babysitter, Miss Beatrice Miller. While the three are playing an arcade game of Around the World in Thirty Days with the Chipettes, Alvin and Brittany argue over which would win an actual race around the world, since Brittany beat Alvin in the video game. Diamond smugglers Claudia and Klaus Furschtein overhear the conversation and approach the children, telling them that they will provide them with the means for a real race around the world by hot air balloon, with the winner receiving $100,000.

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)[edit]

When the Chipmunks take a break from their concert, they get lost, and eventually get locked inside the park. They find their way to the "Frankenstein's Castle" attraction, where a real Dr. Victor Frankenstein is working on his monster. The monster is brought to life, and the doctor sends it in pursuit of the Chipmunks. In their escape, the monster retrieves Theodore's dropped teddy bear. Now it's up to the Chipmunks to get back his teddy bear and do something to the monster.

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000)[edit]

When Alvin has nightmares of meeting the Wolfman, which led him waking up screaming in horror, Simon and Dave conclude that Alvin's been watching too many horror films at night. Alvin says that it is because their new neighbor, Lawrence Talbot, creeps him out and speculates that he is hiding something. Theodore is having trouble with Nathan, a bully, and will not go to the principal, who plans to retire due to Alvin's daily mishaps, for help; Alvin sticks up for him, however.

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

The live action animated films are the Highest-grossing live-action/animated film series of all time. The first film ranks as the 5th highest grossing live-action/animated film of all time, with its sqeuels being rank 4th, 7th and 17th of all time.

Film Release date Revenue Box office ranking Budget Ref.
U.S. and Canada Other territories Worldwide U.S. and Canada Worldwide
The Chipmunk Adventure May 22, 1987 (1987-05-22) $6,804,312 $6,804,312 #5,147 [1]
Alvin and the Chipmunks December 14, 2007 (2007-12-14) $217,326,974 $144,009,659 $361,336,633 #163 #322 $60 millon [2]
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel December 23, 2009 (2009-12-23) $219,614,612 $223,525,393 $443,140,005 #154 #229 $75 million [3]
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked December 16, 2011 (2011-12-16) $133,110,742 $209,584,693 $342,695,435 #422 #358 $75 million [4]
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip December 18, 2015 (2015-12-18) $84,536,627 $142,576,432 $227,654,481 #831 #601 $90 million [5]
Total $661,934,689 $707,915,813 $1,381,630,866 $300 million [6]

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore[7]
Critics Top Critics Audience
Alvin and the Chipmunks 27% (109 reviews)[8] 19% (31 reviews)[8] 64% (310 612 votes)[8] 39 (23 reviews)[9] A
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 20% (83 reviews)[10] 17% (24 reviews)[10] 49% (368 665 votes)[10] 41 (20 reviews)[11] A
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 11% (81 reviews)[12] 8% (22 reviews)[12] 51% (66 569 votes)[12] 24 (19 reviews)[13] B+
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip 15% (67 reviews)[14] 24% (17 reviews)[14] 51% (36 727 votes)[14] 33 (19 reviews)[15] A–
Average 18% 17% 54% 34 A-

Cast and characters[edit]

Characters Theatrical films Direct-to-video films
The Chipmunk Adventure Alvin and the Chipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks:
The Squeakquel
Alvin and the Chipmunks:
Chipwrecked
Alvin and the Chipmunks:
The Road Chip
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks
1987 2007 2009 2011 2015 1999 2000 2003
Chipmunks
Alvin Seville Ross Bagdasarian Jr. Justin Long
Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
(singing voice)
Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
Simon Seville Matthew Gray Gubler
Steve Vining
(singing voice)
Matthew Gray Gubler
Alan Tudyk
(Simone voice)
Steve Vining
(singing voice)
Matthew Gray Gubler
Steve Vining
(singing voice)
Theodore Seville Janice Karman Jesse McCartney
Janice Karman
(singing voice)
Janice Karman Janice Karman
Frank Welker
(wolf form)
Janice Karman
Brittany Miller Janice Karman Christina Applegate
Janice Karman
(singing voice)
Janice Karman
Jeanette Miller Anna Faris
Janice Karman
(singing voice)
Eleanor Miller Amy Poehler
Janice Karman
(singing voice)
Kaley Cuoco
Janice Karman
(singing voice)
Humans
David "Dave" Seville Ross Bagdasarian Jr. Jason Lee Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
Miss Beatrice Miller Dody Goodman Mary Kay Bergman
Claudia Furschtein Susan Tyrrell
Klaus Furschtein Anthony De Longis
Native Chief Frank Welker
Inspector Jamal Ken Sansom
Arabian Prince Nancy Cartwright
Ian Hawke David Cross
Claire Wilson Cameron Richardson
Gail Jane Lynch
Ted Kevin Symons
Barry Frank Maharajh
Amy Veronica Alicino
Toby Seville Zachary Levi
Dr. Rubin Wendie Malick
Julie Ortega Anjelah Johnson
Ryan Edwards Kevin G. Schmidt
Aunt Jackie Seville Kathryn Joosten
Xander Chris Warren, Jr.
Becca Kingston Bridgit Mendler
Zoe Jenny Slate
Captain Correlli Andy Buckley
Agent James Suggs Tony Hale
Miles Josh Green
Samantha Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Ashley Grey Bella Thorne
Doctor Victor Frankenstein Michael Bell
Frankie Frank Welker
Mr. Yesman Jim Meskimen
Bud Wiley Kevin Michael Richardson
Lawrence Talbot Maurice LaMarche
Frank Welker
(wolf form)
Principal Milliken Miriam Flynn
Mr. Rochelle Rob Paulsen
Madame Raya April Winchell
Nathan Elizabeth Daily
La-Lu Janice Karman
Other animals
Spohie Frank Welker
Baby penguin
Sammy Squirrel Frank Welker
The Wolfman Frank Welker
PC Lex Lang
Sam and Lou Jerry Rees
Note: A gray cell indicates character did not appear in that film.

Crew[edit]

Crew Theatrical films Direct-to-video films
The Chipmunk Adventure Alvin and the Chipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks:
The Squeakquel
Alvin and the Chipmunks:
Chipwrecked
Alvin and the Chipmunks:
The Road Chip
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks
1987 2007 2009 2011 2015 1999 2000 2003
Based on Alvin and the Chipmunks by Ross Bagdasarian Sr.
The Chipettes by Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
Alvin and the Chipmunks by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. Alvin and the Chipmunks by Ross Bagdasarian Sr.
The Chipettes by Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
Alvin and the Chipmunks by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. Alvin and the Chipmunks by Ross Bagdasarian Sr.
The Chipettes by Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
Director(s) Janice Karman Tim Hill Betty Thomas Mike Mitchell Walt Becker Kathi Castillo Jerry Rees
Producer(s) Janice Karman
Ross Bagdasarian
Ross Bagdasarian
Executive Producer(s) N/A Karen Rosenfelt
Arnon Milchan
Michele Imperato Stabile
Steve Waterman
Karen Rosenfelt
Arnon Milchan
Neil Machlis
Steve Waterman
N/A
Writer(s) Janice Karman
Ross Bagdasarian
Screenplay by:
Jon Vitti
Will McRobb
& Chris Viscardi

Story by: Jon Vitti
Jon Vitti
Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Jonathan Aibel
and Glenn Berger
Randi Mayem Singer
Adam Sztykiel
John Loy Janice Karman
Composer(s) Randy Edelman Christopher Lennertz David Newman Mark Mothersbaugh Mark Watters N/A
Editor(s) Tony Mizgalski Peter Berger Matthew Friedman Peter Amundson Ryan Folsey Jay Bisxen
Cinematographer(s) N/A Peter Lyons Collister Anthony B. Richmond Thomas E. Ackerman Peter Lyons Collister N/A
Running Time 78 minutes 92 minutes 88 minutes 87 minutes 92 minutes 78 minutes 77 minutes
Release date May 22, 1987 December 14, 2007 December 23, 2009 December 16, 2011 December 18, 2015 September 28, 1999 August 29, 2000 2003
Rating G PG G PG G
Production companies Bagdasarian Productions Fox 2000 Pictures
Bagdasarian Company
Regency Enterprises
Dune Entertainment
Fox 2000 Pictures
Bagdasarian Company
Regency Enterprises
TSG Entertainment
Bagdasarian Company
Universal Cartoon Studios
Bagdasarian Company
Distributed by The Samuel Goldwyn Company 20th Century Fox Universal Studios Home Video Paramount Pictures

References[edit]

  1. ^ "the Chipmunks Adventure(1987)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks The Road Chip (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "CinemaScore". CinemaScore. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks". Metacritic. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009(". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel". Metacritic. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked". Metacritic. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip". Metacritic. Retrieved November 16, 2015.