ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIP-WRECKED
Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard - and so do Dave (Jason Lee) and Ian (David Cross); they all end up marooned on a tropical island - almost, but not quite, alone. When the island's volcano begins to rumble threatening an eruption, they have to find a way to escape.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The 8 year old inside me really loved this movie as it turns what was to be a sedate sailing holiday on the huge cruise ship into a wonderful adventure on a desert island. Well, not as deserted as it looks, and the surprise inhabitant, Zoe (Jenny Slate) is not as innocent as she makes out.
The Chipmunk franchise is a reliable children's fantasy, buoyed along by the chirpy uniqueness of their sound, both when speaking and when singing. Although not part of the Chipmunk cheersquad, I am certainly in the 'accompanying adult' category - and I would be happy to take any squad of kids to this.
The naughty shenanigans of Alvin (voice of Justin Long) is a thrill for any child who likes to muck up and the Chippettes nudge the top of the cute meter. There are thrills and spills and clashes of wills, an exciting airborne mis-adventure or two, which results in the team being washed ashore on a beautiful island.
The jungle covered island also contains critters, like a pretty spider which bits Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler); its bite is not fatal but funny. Simon's personality change involves him adopting a heroic French persona, which provides the filmmakers lots of opportunities for excellent amusement.
For the adults, there is also the crusty humour generated by a grumpy, penguin-suited Ian, aptly named David Cross for this role, while for youngsters there is a treasure hunt as well as a hairy escape by rapidly built raft. Cheerful, not too scary, easily digestible (albeit some of the dialogue is indecipherable for us non-Chipmunks) and relentlessly energetic, Chip-Wrecked stays afloat delightfully.
First published in the Sun Herald
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ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIP-WRECKED (G)
CAST: Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate
VOICES: Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse Cartney, Alyssa Milano, Anna Farris, Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler, Andy Buckley,
DIRECTOR: Mike Mitchell
SCRIPT: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Thomas E. Ackerman
MUSIC: Mark Mothersbaugh
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Richard Holland
RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 5, 2012