Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are back in director Tim Hill's computer-animation/live-action hybrid following the further adventures of the world's most adorable singing trio. Songwriter Dave Seville (Jason Lee) has been struggling to gain recognition in the music industry for some time, and despite the fact that his former college roommate (David Cross) is now a high-profile powerbroker at Jett Records, Dave still can't manage to get a break. Things soon start to look up, however, when Dave discovers three singing chipmunks hiding out in the branches of a Christmas tree in Jett Records' world headquarters. Realizing that these woodland crooners cold prove to be his ticket to the big time, Dave does his best to transform Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) into the next great pop sensation. As adorable and talented as they may be, though, these bouncy little critters aren't quite domesticated just yet; they still have a wild streak in them a mile wide, and it isn't long before Dave's life, home, and career are in utter chaos. But staying mad at such lovable little creatures is next to impossible, no matter what kind of mischief they might get into.
Why It Sucks
- Lots of adult humor in a family film.
- Too much pop culture references and product placement.
- Uncannily-animated special effects.
- Wasted talents, including Jason Lee and David Cross.
- Unfunny and gross humor like in a scene where Simon eats Theodore's feces, thinking they were raisins.
- It is insulting to the source material.
- Jason Lee pulls off Dave Seville's popular catchphrase "ALVIIIIIIIIIIIN!" poorly, as it sounds very watered down and not angry enough which sounds normally as a normal loud scream.
- The Chipmunks' redesigns are horrible. Their sizes have also changed from that of a small child to the size of an actual chipmunk.
- The Chipmunks' high-pitched voices can become irratating to listen to from time to time.
- A few of the characters aren't portrayed all that good compared to the source material. Like Dave for being portrayed as a little too overly strict due to Alvin not having much of a personality.
- Some good jokes.
- Less pop culture references than the three sequels.
- The soundtrack was well developed. The new version of "Christmas Don't Be Late", though modernized, is admittedly pretty catchy.
- David Cross' performance as Ian Hawke is one of the most enjoyable parts.
- Unlike most films, they actually reveal what happened to the Chipmunks' parents.
- A few cute moments.