Rhythm & Hues
Chris Willman
April 04, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Alvin and the Chipmunks

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/14/07
performer
Jason Lee, David Cross, Justin Long, Jesse McCartney
director
Tim Hill
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi, Jon Vitti
genre
Kids and Family, Animation, Comedy

We gave it a C

In the Chipmunks’ 1960s salad days, creator Ross Bagdasarian (a.k.a. their mentor, ”Dave”) sounded fearsome as he upbraided the mischievous lead singer. In this update, Jason Lee just seems genially stoned yelling ”Al-vinnnnn!” David Cross makes a satisfyingly smarmy record mogul (remember those?), but the waxy-looking critters are too blandly animated to allow much true endearment. EXTRAS The soundtrack’s producer shows us how to get that squeaky helium sound. But didn’t anyone think to film celeb Chipmunk voices Jesse McCartney and Justin Long enunciating at half speed? C

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