Alvin and the Chipmunks (2008) In the Chipmunks' 1960s salad days, creator Ross Bagdasarian (a.k.a. their mentor, "Dave") sounded fearsome as he upbraided the mischievous lead singer. In this update,…
DVD Review

Alvin and the Chipmunks (2008)

Alvin and the Chipmunks | PLAYING IN THE BLAND Alvin and the Chipmunks ' animation style doesn't whip up much excitement on DVD
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PLAYING IN THE BLAND Alvin and the Chipmunks' animation style doesn't whip up much excitement on DVD
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Apr 01, 2008; DVD Release Date: Apr 01, 2008; Movie Rated: PG; Genres: Animation, Comedy, Kids and Family; With: Jason Lee; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

In the Chipmunks' 1960s salad days, creator Ross Bagdasarian (a.k.a. their mentor, ''Dave'') sounded fearsome as he upbraided the mischievous lead singer. In this update, Jason Lee just seems genially stoned yelling ''Al-vinnnnn!'' David Cross makes a satisfyingly smarmy record mogul (remember those?), but the waxy-looking critters are too blandly animated to allow much true endearment. EXTRAS The soundtrack's producer shows us how to get that squeaky helium sound. But didn't anyone think to film celeb Chipmunk voices Jesse McCartney and Justin Long enunciating at half speed? C

Originally posted Apr 04, 2008 Published in issue #986 Apr 11, 2008 Order article reprints