Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Alvin and the Chipmunks 2007

 Released Year: 2007
Directed by Tim Hill
Voiced & Casted by:
Justin Long as Alvin
 Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon
 Jesse McCartney as Theodore
Jason Lee as Dave Seville
 David Cross as Ian Hawke
 Cameron Richardson as Claire Wilson
 Jane Lynch as Gail
A tree that the chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore live in is cut down and driven to Los Angeles. Once in L.A., the Chipmunks meet struggling songwriter and composer David Seville who had his latest song rejected by JETT Records executive Ian Hawke, his old college roommate. Dave also once had a relationship with his next door neighbor, Claire Wilson.

After winding up at Dave's interview, the Chipmunks hop into a basket Dave stole from one of his coworkers and follow him home. Once at home, Dave discovers the Chipmunks, and is accidentally knocked unconscious. Upon waking, he kicks them out until hearing them sing "Only You (And You Alone)". Dave then makes a deal with them; they sing the songs he writes, and Dave also invites his former boss Gail in exchange to provide food and shelter for them. However, all does not go well, as Dave's job presentation is ruined by their coloring on it, causing Dave to be sacked from his business. When Alvin tries to set the mood for his dinner with Claire, things become peculiar and she rejects him after having told about the Chipmunks. To make it up to Dave, the Chipmunks go to Ian in an attempt to record a song and get a record deal.

Once the Chipmunks sing Dave's song to Ian, Ian signs them to the label and rehires Dave the next day. After a few singles, the Chipmunks become wildly popular. When Dave expresses concern for their well-being and insists that the Chipmunks are "kids" who don't need so much craziness in their lives, Ian convinces the Chipmunks that Dave is holding them back. After a misunderstanding with Dave, they go live with "Uncle Ian". They become enchanted with Ian at first, but once they set off on a coast-to-coast tour, Ian takes advantage of their naivete, changing their image and working them constantly. Meanwhile, Dave misses the chipmunks and he wishes they would come back home. He calls Ian to see if he can talk to them but Ian refuses, and then conceals Dave's motives from the boys. Later, the Chipmunks are wearing out, and it is all over the news. Dave, infuriated by what Ian has done to the three, decides to take matters into his own hands by infiltrating their concert.

Just before the big concert that'll transition the coast-to-coast tour into a world tour, a vet explains to Ian that the Chipmunks' voices have worn down due to exhaustion, and that they need a long rest. Ian refuses to hand out refunds and advises the Chipmunks to lip sync. With Claire's help, Dave sneaks into the concert, but is grabbed by the security guards. When the Chipmunks see Dave being taken away, they realize that they've been tricked and, deciding that they have had enough of Ian, they reveal that they were lip-syncing and ruin the concert. Ian catches them just when Dave is about to rescue them. He locks them up in a cage and prepares to take them to Paris (i.e. a world tour). Dave tries to convince Ian to let the boys go but Ian refuses. Ian then leaves in his limo with the boys and Dave chases them but the boys have already escaped to Dave's car. Dave immediately pulls over and admits that he loves them like his own family. Meanwhile, Ian looks in the cage and is shocked to see the boys have replaced themselves with merchandising dolls.

Later that night, the boys are fully accepted as part of the family, and they invite Claire over for dinner again. Alvin accidentally creates a short circuit as a result of having difficulty opening a bottle of champagne. Dave decides not to say the trademark yell, but the short circuit causes a blackout in the kitchen. As a result, Dave can hold the yell in no longer and lets "ALLLLVINNN!!" out, to which Alvin responds with "Okay!".

In a post-credits scene, Ian (now unemployed) tries to make three squirrels sing, but fails.
  L² Scored: 8.5/10

L² Comment:
Love love love this movie, first time Alvin & the Chipmunks are on the big screen, its huge... i can't wait to watch the second movie... anybody has it?

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