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Running Time:
1 hour, 27 minutes

Rating: G General Audiences.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An uninspired, instantly forgettable film that's strictly for very, very, very youngest audiences.

Additional Info:
Jason Lee ... Dave
David Cross ... Ian
Jenny Slate ... Zoe
and the voices of
Justin Long ... Alvin
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Simon
Jesse McCartney ... Theodore
Amy Poehler ... Eleanor
Anna Faris ... Jeanette
Christina Applegate ... Brittany

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
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.

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 insufferable.

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