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Alvin and the Chipmunks

2008-05-06 17:40
What it's about:

The CG/live-action motion picture event brings together the celebrated history of its beloved characters – Dave Seville and singing chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore – adding a new comic sensibility and edge.

What the critics say:

"Hollywood continues its tired milking of old television properties with Alvin and the Chipmunks, a slick updating of the musical-cartoon franchise."
Andy Webster, New York Times

"The characters are underwhelming in their appeal, lacking the charm of their previous animated incarnations."
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

"Fun musical numbers and cartoonish humour give way to a bland sermon about the evils of the music industry."
Anna Smith, Empire Magazine

"There's just not enough here for a movie. It's almost as if some ideas were meant to live for three and a half minutes each Christmas season, not to get stretched to the breaking point for 50 years."
Keith Phipps, Onion AV Club

"Sure, the jokes are obvious, the plot's a little corny - but c'mon, it's a movie about talking chipmunks."
Dezhda Mountz, E! Online

"A harmless and frequently humorous trifle."
Joe Leydon, Variety

"Trite family values, mediocre CGI and a shallow anti-exploitation message do little to fill the fun-gap. Still, hard to deny the buck-toothed buggers their one moment of glory: an acappella take on 'Funkytown'."
Total Film
Based on the 1980s cartoon series about a music group of chipmunks.

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Julie 2008-01-16 12:41 PM
Alvin & the Chipmunks Wow! What an awesome movie. Theodore is just the cutest, having the whole cinema go "aaahh" at more than one point in the movie.
Skillgannon 2008-03-20 10:25 AM
What ever There is only one way to describe this film. Childish, this was made for children. So of the graphics were good, story line is thin. As I said what ever....

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