Alvin and the Chipmunks (film series)

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Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks (film) logo.png
Film logo 2007–Present
Directed by
Produced by
Written by
Based on Alvin and the Chipmunks
by Ross Bagdasarian Sr.
Starring
Music by
Cinematography
Edited by
  • Peter Berger (1)
  • Matthew Friedman (2)
  • Peter Amundson (3)
  • Ryan Folsey (4)
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox (since 2007)
Release date
2007–2015
Running time
268+ minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $300 million (4 films)
Box office $1,284,604,782 (4 films)

Alvin and the Chipmunks is a live-action film series, based on the characters of the same name created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.. The films are produced by Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian and released by 20th Century Fox. Live-action roles include Jason Lee (all four films) and David Cross (the first three films); voice roles for the CGI chipmunk characters are provided by Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney in all four films, Christina Applegate and Anna Faris in the three sequels, Amy Poehler in the second and third films, and Kaley Cuoco in the fourth film.

Films[edit]

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 glamour 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: The Road Chip (2015)[edit]

In June 2013, 20th Century Fox announced that a fourth installment, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, would be released on December 11, 2015.[1] In August 2014, Randi Mayem Singer signed on to write the fourth installment.[2] 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: The Road Chip.[3][4] In February 2015, Tony Hale joined the cast.[5] On October 14, 2015, it was announced that the film had been moved forward to December 18, 2015.[6]

Reception[edit]

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 millon [7]
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel December 23, 2009 (2009-12-23) $219,614,612 $223,525,393 $443,140,005 $75 million [8]
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked December 16, 2011 (2011-12-16) $133,110,742 $209,584,693 $342,695,435 $75 million [9]
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip December 18, 2015 (2015-12-18) $85,886,987 $148,911,649 $234,798,636 $90 million [10]
Total $655,939,315 $726,031,694 $1,381,970,709 $300 million [11]

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore[12]
Alvin and the Chipmunks 27% (108 reviews)[13] 39 (23 reviews)[14] A
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 21% (82 reviews)[15] 41 (20 reviews)[16] A
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 12% (78 reviews)[17] 24 (19 reviews)[18] B+
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip 16% (62 reviews)[19] 33 (19 reviews)[20] A–
Average 19% 34 A–

Characters[edit]

Characters Films
Alvin and the Chipmunks
(2007)
The Squeakquel
(2009)
Chipwrecked
(2011)
The Road Chip
(2015)
Alvin Seville Justin Long
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. (singing voice)
Simon Seville Matthew Gray Gubler
Steve Vining (singing voice)
Matthew Gray Gubler
Steve Vining (singing voice)
Alan Tudyk (Simone)
Matthew Gray Gubler
Steve Vining (singing voice)
Theodore Seville Jesse McCartney
Janice Karman (singing voice)
David "Dave" Seville Jason Lee
Brittany Christina Applegate
Janice Karman (singing voice)
Jeanette Anna Faris
Janice Karman (singing voice)
Eleanor Amy Poehler
Janice Karman (singing voice)
Kaley Cuoco
Janice Karman (singing voice)
Ian Hawke David Cross
Claire Wilson Cameron Richardson
Gail Jane Lynch
Toby Seville Zachary Levi
Dr. Rubin Wendie Malick
Julie Ortega Anjelah Johnson
Aunt Jackie Seville   Kathryn Joosten  
Ryan Edwards Kevin G. Schmidt
Xander Chris Warren, Jr.
Becca Kingston Bridgit Mendler
Zoey Jenny Slate
Captain Correlli Andy Buckley
Agent James Suggs Tony Hale
Samantha Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Miles Josh Green
Ashley Grey Bella Thorne
Note: A gray cell indicates character did not appear in that film.

Crew[edit]

Film Director Producer Executive
Producer
Writer Composer Editor Director of photography
Alvin and the Chipmunks Tim Hill Janice Karman
Ross Bagdasarian
Karen Rosenfelt
Arnon Milchan
Michele Imperato Stabile
Steve Waterman
screenplay:
Jon Vitti
Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi
story:
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: The Road Chip Walt Becker Karen Rosenfelt
Arnon Milchan
John Starke
Steve Waterman
Randi Mayem Singer
Adam Sztykiel
Ryan Folsey Peter Lyons Collister

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lussier, Germain (June 11, 2013). "Fox Dates 'Frankenstein,' 'Alvin and the Chipmunks 4′ and Animated Films Through 2018". SlashFilm. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Douglas, Edward (August 22, 2014). "Mrs. Doubtfire Writer Signs Onto Alvin and the Chipmunks 4". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip". Movie Insider. December 20, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  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′". 
  6. ^ "'Alvin and the Chipmunks 4' Will Now Open Opposite 'Star Wars: Force Awakens'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks The Road Chip (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ "CinemaScore". CinemaScore. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks". Metacritic. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009(". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel". Metacritic. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked". Metacritic. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip". Metacritic. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 

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