Monday, June 23, 2008

There's just no escaping the fact that ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS are cute!

What can I say? This is a pretty formulaic kids morality tale. Cute little chipmunks land in the house of a failed song-writer called Dave. He provides them with a hit song and a father figure. They provide him with the motivation to take responsibility for his life and get the cute girl next door. Along the way an evil record producer tries to intervene, taking the Chipmunks away from Dave on a world tour in which, horror of horrors!, they lipsynch. It's all pretty shameless stuff - especially the bit where a big Hollywood studio has the temerity to mock the record industry. And Jason Lee is hopelessly upstaged and out-acted by his furry friends, of whom Justin Long is the only well-known voice-artist. Still, for all that, you can't deny that when those wonderfully CGI-rendered chipmunks start singing, they're cute as hell!

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS was released for Christmas 2007 and is available on DVD.

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