Alvin and the Chipmunks (film series)

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Alvin and the Chipmunks
Directed by Tim Hill (1)
Betty Thomas (2)
Mike Mitchell (3)
Walt Becker (4)
Produced by Janice Karman
Ross Bagdasarian
Written by Jon Vitti (1-2)
Will McRobb
Chris Viscardi
Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Randi Mayem Singer (4)
Starring Jason Lee
David Cross
Justin Long
Matthew Gray Gubler
Jesse McCartney
Christina Applegate
Anna Faris
Amy Poehler
Music by Christopher Lennertz (1)
David Newman (2)
Mark Mothersbaugh (3-4)
Cinematography Peter Lyons Collister (1)
Anthony B. Richmond (2)
Thomas Ackerman (3-4)
Edited by Peter Berger (1)
Matthew Friedman (2)
Peter Amundson (3-4)
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
2007 - Present
Running time
268+ minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $210 million (3 films)
Box office $1.147 billion (3 films)

Alvin and the Chipmunks is a live-action/computer-animated film series, based on the characters of the same name created by Ross Bagdasarian. The films are produced by Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian and released by 20th Century Fox. Live-action roles include Jason Lee and David Cross, while the voice-over roles include Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Christina Applegate, Anna Faris, and Amy Poehler.


Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)[edit]

In a tree farm, three musically inclined chipmunks, Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney), find their tree cut down and sent to Los Angeles. Once there, they meet the frustrated songwriter David Seville (Jason Lee), and despite a poor house wrecking first impression, they impress him with their singing talent. Seeing the opportunity for success, both human and chipmunks make a pact for them to sing his songs. While that ambition proves a frustrating struggle with the difficult trio, the dream does come true after all. However, that success presents its own trials as their unscrupulous record executive, Ian Hawke (David Cross), plans to break up this family to exploit the boys. Can Dave and the Chipmunks discover what they really value amid the superficial glamor around them?

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)[edit]

Pop sensations Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) end up in the care of Dave Seville (Jason Lee)'s twenty-something cousin Toby (Zachary Levi). The boys must put aside music super stardom to return to school, and are tasked with saving the school's music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands. But the Chipmunks unexpectedly meet their match in three singing chipmunks known as The Chipettes—Brittany (Christina Applegate), Jeanette (Anna Faris) and Eleanor (Amy Poehler). Romantic and musical sparks are ignited when the Chipmunks and Chipettes square off.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)[edit]

Dave (Jason Lee), the Chipmunks, and the Chipettes enjoy fun and mischief on a luxury cruise before their seafaring vacation takes an unexpected detour to an uncharted island. Now, the harder Alvin (Justin Long) and friends search for a way back to civilization, the more obvious it becomes that they aren't alone on this secluded island paradise.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip (2015)[1][edit]

In June 2013, 20th Century Fox announced that a fourth installment, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, would be released on December 11, 2015.[2] In August 2014, Randi Mayem Singer signed on to write the fourth installment.[3] On December 18, 2014, it was announced that Walt Becker signed on to direct and that the film would be released on December 23, 2015. Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 has been titled Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip.[4] In February 2015, Tony Hale joined the cast.[5]


Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Alvin and the Chipmunks 27% (109 reviews) 39 (23 reviews)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 21% (82 reviews) 41 (20 reviews)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 12% (77 reviews) 24 (19 reviews)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip TBA TBA

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Revenue Budget Ref.
U.S. and Canada Other territories Worldwide
Alvin and the Chipmunks December 14, 2007 (2007-12-14) $217,326,974 $144,009,659 $361,336,633 $60,000,000 -
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel December 23, 2009 (2009-12-23) $219,614,612 $223,525,393 $443,140,005 $75,000,000 -
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked December 16, 2011 (2011-12-16) $133,110,742 $209,584,693 $342,695,435 $75,000,000 -
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip December 23, 2015 (2015-12-23) TBA TBA TBA TBA -
Total $570,052,328 $577,117,745 $1,147,170,073 $210,000,000 -


Character Films
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip (2015)
David "Dave" Seville Jason Lee
Ian Hawke David Cross
Alvin Justin Long
Simon Matthew Gray Gubler
Theodore Jesse McCartney
Brittany Christina Applegate
Jeanette Anna Faris
Eleanor Amy Poehler
Note: A gray cell indicates character did not appear in that film.


Film Director Producer Executive
Writer Composer Editor Director of photography
Alvin and the Chipmunks Tim Hill Ross Bagdasarian
Janice Karman
Karen Rosenfelt
Arnon Milchan
Michele Imperato Stabile
Steve Waterman
Jon Vitti
Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi
Jon Vitti
Christopher Lennertz Peter Berger Peter Lyons Collister
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Betty Thomas Jon Vitti
Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger
David Newman Matthew Friedman Anthony B. Richmond
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Mike Mitchell Karen Rosenfelt
Arnon Milchan
Neil Machlis
Steve Waterman
Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger Mark Mothersbaugh Peter Amundson Thomas Ackerman
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip Walt Becker TBA Randi Mayem Singer TBA TBA TBA


  1. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip". Movie Insider. December 20, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lussier, Germain (June 11, 2013). "Fox Dates ‘Frankenstein,’ ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks 4′ and Animated Films Through 2018". SlashFilm. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Douglas, Edward (August 22, 2014). "Mrs. Doubtfire Writer Signs Onto Alvin and the Chipmunks 4". Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (December 18, 2014). "'Alvin and the Chipmunks 4' Finds a Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "John Ortiz Joins ‘Steve Jobs'; Tony Hale In ‘Alvin & The Chipmunks 4′". 

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