A scene from ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIP-WRECKED, a film directed by Mike Mitchell. Photo credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox - Alvin and The Chipmunks, The Chipettes and Characters TM and © 2011 Bagdasarian Productions, LLC. © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox and Regency Enterprises. All rights reserved. All rights reserved.
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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked (2011)
Also Known As: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Opened: 12/16/2011 Wide
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Genre: Family Comedy
In 2007, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, a global phenomenon to generations of fans, became a live action/CGI motion picture event with a contemporary comic sensibility. In the holiday season blockbuster, which grossed over $350 million worldwide, songwriter Dave Seville transformed singing chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore into pop sensations -- while the out-of-control trio laid waste to Dave's home, wreaked havoc on his career, and turned Dave's once-orderly life upside-down.
Before you could say, "Alvinnnnn!!!" talks began about a new ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS movie. Not content to rest on their laurels, the 'Munks came up with yet another "first": a "Squeakquel," in which Alvin, Simon and Theodore finally meet their match -- and maybe more -- in the newly arrived female trio, The Chipettes.
But this holiday season, the Munks are about to unleash their greatest, grandest and most spectacular adventure: ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED, in which the vacationing Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground, until they become 'chipwrecked' on a remote island. As the 'Munks and Chipettes scheme to find their way home, they accidentally discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
The new film has it all: Alvin running amok on a luxury cruise liner; an epic salsa dance face-off, an erupting volcano, anthropomorphized athletic equipment; a mysterious castaway; the Munks and Chipettes hurtling through the air via runaway kites and makeshift zip-lines -- and the hottest Munk-ified music ever.
It's Alvin, Simon, Theodore, Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor as you've never seen them before.
Epic Adventure...and Emotion
ROSS BAGDASARIAN (Producer, and creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks): "ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED is the biggest canvas we've ever worked on."
JANICE KARMAN (Producer, and creator of The Chipettes): "CHIPWRECKED is both visually grand and yet personally intimate.""
As the story opens, The Chipmunks, Chipettes, and their eternally beleaguered guardian, Dave Seville, are en route, on a luxury cruise liner, to the International Music Awards. Alvin, of course, cannot resist wreaking havoc on this ultimate playground. He attempts to steer the vessel, takes over the hot tubs, and dons a tuxedo -- secret agent style -- to work the baccarat and blackjack tables.
JASON LEE (who reprises his role as Dave Seville): "As always, the operative words for Alvin are 'chaos' and 'action.' It's his first time out of the city, and he wants to make the most of it. Dave isn't happy about Alvin's shipboard antics -- and lets him know it. It's not easy to be sympathetic, likable and charismatic when you're screaming 'ALVIIIIIN!' so loudly you're breaking windows around you!"
ROSS BAGDASARIAN: "Dave thinks he's taking The Chipmunks and Chipettes on a relaxing vacation cruise. Alvin has promised Dave to abide by Dave's rules (after all, Alvin has assured Dave that 'Rules is my middle name!', but of course within two seconds, we see that Alvin is not following anyone's rules but his own). And before long, he, Simon, Theodore and The Chipettes are flying off the ship, and ending up on a seemingly deserted island."
JUSTIN LONG (again voicing the role of Chipmunk frontman Alvin): "Alvin wouldn't be Alvin if he didn't trigger and lead the mayhem. It's the Alvin we know and love...at least, at first glance. He's the reason they become chipwrecked."
The unexpected flight is on a runaway kite that whisks the Munks and Chipettes to their new home. In a way, it's a kind of homecoming for the boys, though not necessarily a welcome one.
ROSS BAGDASARIAN: "Being stranded on the island takes the Chipmunks full circle. When we met them in the first movie, they were wild -- living in the forest, foraging for nuts -- and that all came very naturally for them. Then, they became domesticated, famous, pampered, and civilized. Now, finding themselves on a deserted island after all that domestication, they cannot figure out how to find a nut, or forage for anything but room service."
The new home leads to character-changing adventures, on a scale new to the boys and to the ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS films.
MIKE MITCHELL (Director): "It's more of a question of what adventure isn't in this movie."
ANNA FARIS (who reprises her voice role of the Chipette, Jeanette): "This film is full of heroic scrapes, narrow escapes, and huge escapades. It amps up the adventure, and takes the Chipmunks and Chipettes completely out of their element."
AMY POEHLER (who reprises her voice role of the Chipette, Eleanor): "There's lots of jumping, running, wriggling under doors, and flying."
Adding to the adventure is the appearance of a character new to the Chipmunks universe -- "Simone," a swashbuckling Frenchman with a taste for adventure and a lust for life. If Simone looks familiar, it's because he's the alter-ego (and polar opposite) of buttoned-up and brainy Chipmunk, Simon, who transforms into Simone after he's bitten by a tropical spider. [Simon is again voiced by Matthew Gray Gubler; Simone is voiced by Alan Tudyk.]
MIKE MITCHELL: "Well, everyone knows that's a common side effect of being bit by a tropical spider; you turn into a swashbuckling French chipmunk."
MATTHEW GRAY GUBLER: "For most of the movie, Simon is not even Simon; he's Simone. But by the end of this adventure, Simon learns there's a little bit of Simone in all of us"
Simon's transformation leads to changes for Alvin.
JANICE KARMAN: "Simone acts before he thinks; he's very much about derring-do, no matter what the real-world consequences. In a way, he's become like a turbo-charged European version of Alvin. So now, to ensure that The Chipmunks make it off the island, Alvin has to step up and be the logical, responsible one. Alvin becomes Simon -- and a little bit, like Dave."
JUSTIN LONG: "It's a good lesson for Alvin: When push comes to shove, and the stakes are high -- you have to step up and take charge. (And by the way, adults need that message more than kids!)"
Alvin's counterpart, the Chipette Brittany, also undergoes a metamorphosis, of sorts, as does her sister Eleanor.
CHRISTINA APPLEGATE (returning as the voice of Brittany): "Brittany is kind of a control freak and prima donna -- she worries that the tropical humidity will frizz her hair -- but she changes from her adventure. Brittany is instrumental in their efforts to get off the island."
JANICE KARMAN: "While on the island, Brittany discovers that she's not just 'the pretty one' she's also the 'smart one'."
AMY POEHLER: "Eleanor, who's always the 'can-do' Chipette, sprains her ankle, which sidelines her. That's no small adjustment for Eleanor."
Theodore's always-adventurous spirit serves him well in his new locale, but being the youngest brother comes with its own challenges.
JESSE McCARTNEY (the voice of Theodore): "Theodore is always down for a good time, but he's a little more timid than his brothers. On the island, he's trying to keep up with everyone -- and avoid falling victim to the island's dangers."
ROSS BAGDASARIAN: "By presenting these new aspects of the characters, the film builds emotional connections. We have a huge canvas, but the film also feels very intimate."
Among those dangers is what Theodore first sees as a monster, but who turns out to be a young woman named Zoe. Zoe was ...Cast Away...on the island years before the Chipmunks arrived, but she's been able to make some new friends along the way. Her island pals are: 'Spalding,' 'Calloway,' 'Rawlings', 'Dunlop' and 'Nerf -- respectively, a basketball, golf ball, baseball, tennis ball, and nerf football. She enjoys extended chats with her anthropomorphized sports gear, all of whom have faces presumably drawn by Zoe.
Given her vivid imagination, you'd think Zoe would be prepared for some talking chipmunks...but no. Upon her first close encounter with the 'Munks, Zoe says, "I've been on this island so long I'm now imagining squirrels [yes, she said, 'squirrels'] can talk." The inadvertent discovery of some long-buried treasure adds to the dynamic -- and danger -- between Zoe and the Chipmunks/Chipettes. Zoe is portrayed by actor/comedian Jenny Slate, a former cast member of Saturday Night Live.
JENNY SLATE: "I was really impressed by the scale of the production. When I walked onto the set, my heart beat faster because it reminded me of those classic family movies, like 'Swiss Family Robinson.' And the story -- domesticated, fancy chipmunks being stranded on a crazy, mysterious island! It's eternally exciting!"
So where's Dave, while all this epic island action is unfolding? He's searching for his boys and the Chipettes, of course. After hang gliding from the ship to the island, Dave is on a quest. His unexpected ally: arch-nemesis Ian Hawke, the villain you love to hate, who has transitioned from fallen music executive to shipboard entertainer...dressed as a penguin. When Dave is finally reunited with his young charges, he discovers they've changed, in some impressive and relatable ways.
MIKE MITCHELL: "A key theme in this movie is about the Chipmunks growing up, and how hard it is for a parent -- in this case, Dave -- to let his kids be independent. But kids (and chipmunks) are going to grow up and they're going to be independent. It's inevitable, of course. I think that idea is going to resonate with kids and parents. Everyone can relate to the story, even though it's a singing/dancing/adventure-seeking Chipmunk movie. And, who hasn't gone on family vacations? They're wonderful nightmares!"
CHRISTINA APPLEGATE: "This film is the most fun of them all. I love a movie that plunks you into the tropics and makes you feel like you're on vacation with six chipmunks."
The story's impressive scale is reflected in the locations where the filmmakers captured the action. Principal photography took place in Hawaii, home to the island sequences; Florida, where cast, crew and Munks boarded a luxury cruise liner; and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where interiors (ship's state rooms, casino) were filmed.
MATTHEW GRAY GUBLER: For the Chipmunks, Hawaii was the rough part of the shoot. The mix of their fur and the humidity wasn't ideal."
AMY POEHLER: "Hawaii and The Chipmunks are not a good mix. Most of us think of Hawaii as a place of wonderful relaxation, but for the Chipmunks it's much too hot. They do better under a blanket.'
Music always plays a key role in an ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS film, and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED features songs by a number of today's top artists. Alvin, Simon, Theodore and The Chipettes, perform pop favorites, from classics like Vacation (originally immortalized by The Go-Go's) to current hits like S.O.S. (made famous by Rihanna) and Bad Romance (a Lady Gaga favorite).
The film's soundtrack album, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked -- Music from the Motion Picture, follows two hugely successful Alvin and the Chipmunks soundtrack collections: 2007's RIAA platinum-certified, Alvin and the Chipmunks -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and 2009's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which became a gold-certified top 10 success on the Billboard 200.