When parents take small children to the movies they aren’t expecting to have their brain cells stimulated – just so long as the little monsters sit still for 90 minutes. Alvin and the Chipmunks will achieve just that.
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However the third Alvin and the Chipmunks does a pretty good job entertaining the over sevens, too. There are more good laughs here than in plenty of the so-called adult comedies this year and the take-home messages for the kids are quite positive.
To recap: Alvin and the Chipmunks are a vocal group featuring Alvin (the show off) Simon (the smart one) and Theodore (the slow one) The chipettes – Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor – are their female counterparts. All six are wrangled by their long suffering manager/dad Dave (Jason lee). Dave decides to take his mischievous charges on holiday. And its not long before Alvin’s antics cause mayhem on board their cruise liner and the six singing squirrels are washed up on a desert island. While waiting for Dave to rescue them, and the chipmunks have to go about feeding and sheltering themselves. A discussion from Alvin and the Chipmunks about how to build fire offers a moment of self-awareness for the furry cast-aways. “How hard can it be? one says. “We’re always setting things on fire accidentally.”
The films human cast includes David Cross as Ian, the Chipmunks vengeful former manager, who spends the film dressed as a giant pelican, and Jenny Slat as the Islands additional marooned inhabitant.
There’s adventure, squeaky-voiced songs and a sweet storyline about mutual respect and being able to change if you really want to. and the chipmunk universe, the people who wrong us aren’t always irredeemably bad, and there’s something healthy about that for young viewers.
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