Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Review: Cast Away

December 14, 2011 by  
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ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED (U): On General Release Friday 16th December

The third instalment of the Chipmunks movie franchise is as expected, a high-pitched waste of time that will keep very young children amused but will give adults a headache.

It sees long suffering everyman Dave (Jason Lee) on a cruise ship with the six squeaky-voiced animated furballs (that’s the female Chipettes as well as the usual three).  Alvin, being the disruptive rebellious tyke that he is, encourages the troop to fly a kite, which promptly carries them away to a nearby desert island.

Meanwhile, Dave gets into an altercation with his old enemy Ian (David Cross) who’s dressed as a duck; they fall overboard and are washed up on the other side of the island.  The chipmunks run into  Zoe (Jenny Slate), who, in a reference to Castaway, is living with an assortment of sports balls with faces.  She has an obsession with treasure and will do anything to get it but everyone will have to put aside their differences if they’re to escape before the local volcano erupts.

The celebrity voice cast includes Justin Long, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate but their talents are rendered pointless because everyone’s had their pitch adjusted to helium heights.  The rodents all break out into Chipmunked versions of modern day pop and R&B tunes at the drop of hat but there’s never a tie-in to the plot when they do, so it seems like a cynical attempt to make some money out of the inevitable soundtrack album.

Granted, the series is aimed at young children and they will probably be entertained by the bright colours and flashing lights, but there’s a depressing lack of imagination – the jokes are unfunny and the writing lazy and perfunctory.  Adults will most likely grind their teeth to powder inside three minutes.

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  1. Phantanos says:

    Humor is in the eye of the beholder. Not in the tainted eyes of a cynical critic. This is what it is. A harmless family film. Not a contender for the oscars. It will succeed in spite of how bad you claim it to be. A parents’s ears can endure the chipmunks squeaky voices. That’s because they are raising a few of them too. You’ll get no sympathy from me. The squeaks are a reminder of how annoying you were as a child. The humor is there. But it’s not for you..

  2. Jez Sands says:

    While I agree that it has a certain target audience in mind and is fairly harmless, there are other films which have a similar target audience and display a far greater range of creativity and satisfaction – although granted, this year has been fairly thin on the ground…

    I’m trying to think of some U rated films that have been good this year. Rio was very good and I found Winnie The Pooh charming.