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Dave (Jason Lee) is a failed song writer who discovers a group of singing chipmunks and he turns them into an international phenomenon but even chipmunks can be hard to take care of. The chipmunks then find a new owner, Ian (David Cross), a business man who owns everything. Ian gives them the time of their life but Ian is also dedicated to his career and pushes the little chipmunks to be an even better pop sensation which wears the chipmunks out. Dave realises that he has grown fond of the chipmunks and he actually misses them but it is too late to get them back. Or is it?
Alvin and the Chipmunks is a live action CGI animation comedy, just like Garfield, one that little children will find very entertaining, very funny and the little chipmunks very cute. It’s nice to see Jason Lee playing a character with a similar charming personality to his main role in the hit US TV show My Name Is Earl. So if you’re a fan of Garfield or a little kid still in primary school, then you will most likely find singing chipmunks to be very enjoyable and humorous.
For older audience however, your reaction to this movie may be mixed. If you enjoy your kids enjoying this movie then you might feel the same way but as the novelty of the CGI wears off, Alvin and the Chipmunks is just a formulaic kiddie film with bland humour and one cover song after the next. You can only expect an average family adventure comedy from director Tim Hill who directed Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, the sequel to the live action Garfield movie, and Muppets From Space. Even Muppets from space lacks the charm and the wit of the other Muppet movies.
In conclusion, kids will enjoy Alvin and the Chipmunks but older audience will most likely find this movie to be too simplistic with annoying voice acting.