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Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)

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A struggling songwriter named Dave Seville finds success when he comes across a trio of singing chipmunks: mischievous leader Alvin, brainy Simon, and chubby, impressionable Theodore.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dave
... Ian
... Claire
... Gail
... Alvin (voice)
... Simon (voice)
... Theodore (voice)
Allison Karman ... Female Intern #1
... Female Intern #2
... Female Intern #3
... Amy
... Mother in Store
... Vet
... Engineer
... Director
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Storyline

In a tree farm, three musically inclined chipmunks, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, find their tree cut down and sent to Los Angeles. Once there, they meet the frustrated songwriter David Seville, 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, plans to break up this family to exploit the boys. Can Dave and the Chipmunks discover what they really value amid the superficial glamor around them? Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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14 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alvin y las ardillas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,307,417, 16 December 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$217,326,974

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$361,336,633
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Trivia

David Seville was a stage name of Ross Bagdasarian, and his son was originally supposed to portray the character in the film. He took the name "Seville" from the area in Spain, where he had done military service. See more »

Goofs

(at around 11 mins) In the kitchen cupboard scene, Theodore chews a large hole in a box of Lucky Charms and eats some of the cereal. Seconds later Alvin dumps the bag of cheese balls on Theodore and the Lucky Charms box can be seen again without a hole chewed in it. See more »

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[first lines]
Alvin (singing voice)Simon (singing voice)Theodore (singing voice): [a capella] Where is the moment we needed the most/You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost/They tell me your blue skies fade to gray/They tell me your passion's gone away/And I don't need no carryin' on/Cause you had a bad day/You're taking one down/You sing a sad song just to turn it around/You say you don't know/You tell me don't lie/You work at a smile and you go for a ride/You had a bad day/You've seen what you like/And how does it feel for one more time/You had a bad day/...
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At the beginning of the credits, there is a brief scene in which Ian attempts to get real-life squirrels, sitting atop his piano, to sing. See more »

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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

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Only You (and You Alone)
Written by Buck Ram and Ande Rand (a pseudonym for Buck Ram)
Produced by Ali Dee (as The DeeTown Syndicate for DeeTown Entertainment, Inc.)
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After A Promising Start It Runs Out Of Steam
16 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

As cute and adorable as they are, the story of three singing chipmunks just doesn't seem to have enough meat to it to sustain it for an hour and a half. I thought that the first half hour or so of this movie was well worth watching. It was fun, it had a few laughs in it, it was full of energy. Then it somehow just lost that. I wouldn't even say it faded away, because it seemed quite abrupt to me. The fun was gone; the laughter disappeared. My daughter noticed it, too. She's 4 - she laughed uproariously several times in that first part of the movie, then her laughter stopped. Perhaps it took on too serious a tone - the evil movie producer working the chipmunks to death. Something happened, anyway, and it wasn't for the better.

Of course, the movie is trying to tell the story of how the chipmunks (Alvin, Simon and Theodore) began. Everyone knows the Christmas song. Here we discover how they met Dave and got their start. The movie is updated to the present time, although their real origin is noted by Dave's street address of 1958, which was the year when the animated singing rodents were first created. Jason Lee did a pretty good job as Dave and the chipmunk voices were also pretty good. David Cross as the evil Ian irritated me to be blunt, and I couldn't figure out the point of the character of Claire, played by Cameron Richardson. She added little to the movie. It's a movie you can watch with the kids - it's probably a movie you'd only want to watch with the kids, in fact. It gets a 4/10 from me.


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