1 hour, 27 minutes
G General Audiences.
Jason Lee ...
David Cross ...
Jenny Slate ...
and the voices of
Justin Long ...
Matthew Gray Gubler ...
Jesse McCartney ...
Amy Poehler ...
Anna Faris ...
Christina Applegate ...
|This is the 3rd of this inexplicably popular live action/animated series featuring a bevy of
screechy-voiced singing rodents. Jason Lee is Dave Seville, the guardian/father figure to the
three Chipmunks: Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and
Theodore (Jesse McCartney) who originated as a novelty record act in the
1950s and returned in computer-animated form in 2007. He and the
“boys” are now accompanied by the Chipettes—Brittany (Christina
Applegate), Eleanor (Amy Poehler) and Jeanette (Anna Faris) who was introduced
in the 2nd installment.
As Chipwrecked opens they’re all boarding a Carnival cruise ship for a
vacation. Of course, Alvin disobeys Dave’s orders to behave himself, and
the others—except for Theodore—follow suit, scampering off to cavort in
the ship’s casino and causing all sorts of trouble that earn a stern
rebuke from the captain. The last straw comes when Alvin’s toying with a
kite sends all six chipmunks airborne onto a deserted island. Dave
soon follows, accompanied by his old nemesis Ian (David Cross), who’s
been reduced to playing a kid-friendly chicken on the cruise. On the
island the band encounter a long-marooned castaway (Jenny Slate) who's
adopted a variety of balls. There is also a treasure hidden away in the caverns
and watch out for a suddenly active volcano.
Younger children will probably enjoy the
antics of Alvin and his crew, though the time given over to Dave and
Ian, even with their slapstick bits, will probably try their patience. But
at times the movie simply goes beyond the pale.
And even if you can tolerate the straight comic scenes, you still have to
deal with the Chipmunks’ ear-splitting singing, which erupts at every
conceivable opportunity. Actually the tune selection isn’t bad, and
some of the songs even comment on the action, but the
speeded-up vocals insure that every instant of them will be
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