Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 teaser.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mike Mitchell[1]
Produced by Janice Karman
Ross Bagdasarian
Written by Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Based on Alvin and the Chipmunks
by Ross Bagdasarian
The Chipettes
by Janice Karman
Starring Jason Lee
David Cross
Jenny Slate
Justin Long
Matthew Gray Gubler
Alan Tudyk
Jesse McCartney
Amy Poehler
Anna Faris
Christina Applegate
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography Thomas Ackerman
Edited by Peter Amundson
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 16, 2011 (2011-12-16)
Running time
87 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $80 million[3]
Box office $342.7 million[4]

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is a 2011 American live action/computer animated musical family comedy adventure film directed by Mike Mitchell. It is the third installment in the Alvin and the Chipmunks film series following the 2009 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, which was a sequel to the 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks. The film stars Jason Lee, David Cross and Jenny Slate with the voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox and produced by Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises and Bagdasarian Company. The film was released on December 16, 2011. A fourth film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, was released on December 18, 2015.[5] The film grossed $343 million on a $80 million budget.


For a vacation, Dave and the Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon and Theodore) and Chipettes (Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor) go on a cruise ship. The Chipmunks and the Chipettes end up creating trouble. Later that night, After Dave leaves to go to a restaurant, Alvin and Simon sneak out to the ship's casino, while the Chipettes go to the dance club,leaving Theodore alone in the room watching a monster movie. Meanwhile, Dave notices that his old boss, Ian Hawke is working as the ship's safety monitor dressed as a pelican, and is out to inform the captain if the Chipmunks and Chipettes cause more problems. Simon and Alvin are eventually caught in the casino,and are brought back to the room, along with the Chipettes, and are yelled at by Dave for not being trustworthy. The next day, Alvin goes para-sailing on a kite, but the kite flies away with him and the other Chipmunks. Dave goes on a hang-glider to find them but Ian attempts to stop him, and they both end up in the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, the Chipmunks find an island, and they sleep for the night. Dave enlists Ian's help to find the same island and begin looking for the Chipmunks. The next morning, the Chipmunks go and find food and while doing so, an island castaway named Zoe shows up and sees the Chipmunks and Chipettes for the first time. They then go to Zoe's tree house where Eleanor sprains her ankle after falling off a zip line, and Simon gets bitten by a spider, the side effects including personality changes and loss of inhibition.

The morning after, everyone observes Simon's personality has changed, and he has no memory of being Simon; he also thinks he is a French adventurous chipmunk named Simone. "Simone" becomes attracted to Jeanette but does not take as kindly to Alvin and Brittany. Later, Zoe takes Simone, Jeanette, Eleanor and Theodore to a lake with a waterfall and Simone finds a cave. He returns with a gold bracelet which he gives to Jeanette as a crown. Brittany and Alvin, having become the "responsible" ones, see an active volcano the next day, and they decide that they have to leave the island with the others. Theodore and "Simone" find Dave and Ian and they go to meet with the other chipmunks. They all begin to prepare a raft to get them off the island, and everyone is assigned a job. When Jeanette and "Simone" go and look for food, "Simone" is knocked unconscious and Jeanette is kidnapped; "Simone" reverts to Simon afterward.

Everyone finds Simon awake, and he cannot remember anything since the bite. They discover that Zoe has taken Jeanette and they head towards the waterfall. When they approached the tree log to cross, Dave and Alvin decide they'll go and find Jeanette. As Zoe forces Jeanette to get the treasure in the cave by tying her to a rope, Alvin and Dave come to her rescue. The island begins to rumble again, and Zoe lets go of the rope and Jeanette runs with Dave and Alvin back to the raft. When they reach the log to cross, Dave almost falls.

Alvin and Ian convince Zoe to help save Dave. They then run towards the raft and escape the eruption. While on the raft, Zoe apologizes to Jeanette for kidnapping her and forcing her to get the treasure. As a gift, Jeanette gives Zoe the gold bracelet that Simon had given to her. Alvin reconciles with Dave, and they are rescued. The Chipmunks and Chipettes perform at the International Music Awards. Ian also starts a new career as a screenwriter by selling a screenplay about Zoe's story to Hollywood, earning him his wealth back.

In a post-credits scene, the Chipmunks, the Chipettes, and Dave are on a plane heading back home. Alvin is speaking on the pilot's microphone and tricks the passengers into thinking that the aircraft's destination is Timbuktu. Meanwhile, a stewardess (Phyllis Smith) keeps pestering Dave to sit down as the plane is about to take off. Alvin accidentally pushes the food cart, and it hits Dave, leading to him yelling "ALLLLVINNN!!", once more.




On October 26, 2010, according to 24 Frames from the Los Angeles Times, Mike Mitchell, the director behind Shrek Forever After, was in negotiations with Fox to direct the new film.[6] The film featured one of Carnival's newest and biggest cruise ships, Carnival Dream. The external shots and interior stateroom suite were filmed during a 7-day Caribbean cruise. The casino, dance club, and dining room were filmed on a set not attempting to match the actual interior of the Carnival Dream cruise ship.


Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was released in the U.S. on December 16, 2011, and was the first and only live-action/CGI Chipmunks film to be rated G by the MPAA.

Home media[edit]

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 27, 2012 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.[7]


Box office[edit]

The film grossed a total of $133,110,742 in North America, and another $209,584,693 overseas, for a total worldwide gross of $342,695,435.[4] Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked made $6.7 million on its opening day, which was lower than the opening day grosses of the original film ($13.3 million) and its sequel ($18.8 million).[8] For its opening weekend, the film ranked at the #2 spot behind Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with $23.2 million, which was less than the opening weekends of the franchise's previous two films, the original film's $44.3 million and its sequel's $48.9 million respectively.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, the film has an approval rating of 12% based on 78 reviews and an average rating of 3.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Lazy, rote, and grating, Chipwrecked is lowest-common-denominator family entertainment that's strictly for the very, very, very young at heart."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 24 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[11] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[12]

Cast commentary[edit]

Actor David Cross, who plays Ian, spoke critically of his experience working on the film, calling it "the most unpleasant experience I’ve ever had in my professional life."[13]



Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked:
Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by The Chipmunks and The Chipettes
Released November 15, 2011[17]
Genre Pop, rock, hip hop, dance
Length 42:43 (Album version)
52:32 (Target Exclusive Limited Edition)
49:45 (Digital Deluxe Edition)
Label Atlantic
Producer Ross Bagdasarian, Janice Karman, Ali Dee Theodore
The Chipmunks and The Chipettes chronology
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2009)Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack2009
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture
We're the Chipmunks (Music From the TV Show)
(2015)We're the Chipmunks (Music From the TV Show)2015

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture is the licensed soundtrack based on the film. It was released on November 15, 2011 by Atlantic Records. Released to US Target stores, a limited edition version of the soundtrack was released containing four exclusive bonus tracks. iTunes and released a deluxe edition available only on digital download containing three bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performing Artist(s) Length
1. "Party Rock Anthem" Peter Schroeder, Davide Jamahl Listenbee, Stefan Gordy, Skyler Gordy The Chipmunks & The Chipettes 4:14
2. "Bad Romance" Nadir Khayat, Stefani Germanotta The Chipmunks & The Chipettes 4:27
3. "Trouble" Alecia Moore, Tim Armstrong The Chipmunks & The Chipettes 3:08
4. "Whip My Hair[18]" Ronald Jackson, Janae Ratliff The Chipettes 2:31
5. "Vacation" Charlotte Caffey, Kathy Valentine, Jane M. Wiedlin The Chipmunks & The Chipettes (featuring BASKO) 2:59
6. "We Have Arrived (*)" Ali Theodore, Michael Klein, Rachel Rickert, Julian Davis RAE (featuring Classic) 3:22
7. "Say Hey (I Love You)" Michael Franti, Carl Rogers Young The Chipmunks & The Chipettes (featuring Nomadik) 3:01
8. "Real Wild Child" Johnny O'Keefe, Johnny Greenan, Dave Owens The Chipmunks & The Chipettes (featuring Nomadik) 2:43
9. "S.O.S." Jonathan Rotem, Evan "Kidd" Bogart, Ed Cobb The Chipettes 2:52
10. "We No Speak Americano / Conga" Nicola Selerno, Renato Carosone, Enrique Garcia The Chipettes (featuring Barnetta DaFonseca) 2:38
11. "Survivor" Beyoncé Knowles, Anthony Dent, Matthew Knowles The Chipettes[19] 3:59
12. "Born This Way / Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now / Firework" Stefani Germanotta, Fernando Garibay, Paul Blair, Jeppe Laursen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, Jerry Cohen, Esther Dean, Mikkel Eriksen, Tom Hermansen, Katy Perry, Sandy Julien Wilhelm The Chipmunks & The Chipettes 2:47
Bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Performing Artist(s) Length
13. "Club Can't Handle Me" Michael Caren, Tramar Dillard, David Guetta, Carmen Michelle Key, Kasia Livingston, Frederic Riesterer, Giorgio Tuinfort The Chipmunks & The Chipettes 3:57
Total length: 42:43

(*) - denotes original song

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011–12) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 36
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 23

Video game[edit]

Alvin and the Chipmunks:
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Developer(s) Behaviour Interactive
Director(s) Mike Mitchell
Producer(s) Janice Karman, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.
Artist(s) Mark Mothersbaugh
Composer(s) Mark Mothersbaugh
Series Alvin and the Chipmunks
Platform(s) DS, Wii, Xbox 360
  • NA: November 15, 2011
  • EU: November 25, 2011
Genre(s) Music, dance
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is a video game based on the film. It was released for the Wii, Nintendo DS, and Xbox 360 on November 15, 2011 in North America and on November 25, 2011 in Europe. Like the previous "Alvin & The Chipmunks" and "Squeakquel" video game adaptations, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman reprised their respective roles.

The game play is similar to that of Ubisoft Games Of Michael Jackson: The Experience The Hip Hop Dance Experience and The Black Eyed Peas Experience games. The player dances on beat with The Chipmunks (or The Chipettes) and earn stars if they performed very well (or "munk-tastic"). The earned stars can then be used to purchase hats, glasses, outfits, and bling for their Chipmunk or Chipette. In Co-Op mode, the player can dance with a partner taking turns dancing on beat with their chosen Munk.


In June 2013, 20th Century Fox announced that a sequel, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, would be released on December 11, 2015.[23] On December 18, 2014 however, it was announced for a December 23, 2015 release.[5] On October 14, 2015, the release date was pushed forward to December 18, 2015.


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  17. ^ a b "Various Artists - Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked - Music". 
  18. ^ Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture (CD). Various Artists. Atlantic Records. 2011. 528215-2. 
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