My wife and I just saw the Alvin & the Chipmunks movie last month, and I felt it was very interesting, intriguing, and on top of that – extremely entertaining. I used to watch the 1980s cartoon when I was a kid, but I don’t remember much from the cartoon accept that David Seville was like a father figure to the three chipmunks and he was also their manager.
The movie opens with the chipmunks in a tree in the woods singing while gathering nuts. They haven’t even met David yet. David on the other hand is a struggling songwriter, trying to make it big. He shows his friend who is an executive at a major record label, but he doesn’t make it and is always shown the door until he meets these 3 chipmunks.
At first he doesn’t like these chipmunks because they make a mess out of his house, but than he finds out they can sing so he starts to like them, and writes a song for them “Christmas Don’t Be Late” (all you Chipmunk fans know this song I’m sure!) and the song is done exactly like the original (David’s spoken words included) – only difference is the fact that they have modernized it for the movie. When he takes the song and his new-found animal friends to his executive friend, the executive doesn’t buy it until midway through the film when the chipmunks realize they truly messed up and need to fix David’s career.
When they do, they become rich and famous and end up paying the price for fame and lose Dave becoming the record executives slaves until Dave wins them back at the end. I enjoyed it and I recommend it. I give it 4.5 stars out of 5 – the guy who played David Seville did alright, but I think I could see someone else better in that part.