50 years later, Alvin is still getting into trouble, and this time he’s kicking things off by putting Dave in the hospital. Though ultimately a fairly odd and loose stringing together of antics for the sake of wedging in the wacky ideas we’ve had at just about any cost, there’s no denying the positive response from younger viewers.
When a concert mishap lands Dave in the hospital, the Chipmunks take a break from superstardom and enroll in school to fit in with kids their age. But they soon face some stiff competition when they meet the Chipettes — a beautiful, talented trio of chipmunks discovered by Ian (David Cross), the boys’ evil ex-manager!
A second injury means the chipmunks end up in the care of cousin Toby (Chuck’s Zachary Levi), and he could give Alvin a run for his money in the irresponsibility department.
The boys suddenly have a lot on their plate, and since they’re pretty much on their own, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. With Chipette’s, High School bullies, a talent show, Ian, and more all after their attention, the chipmunks can hardly get a song in.
This is a film from that sub-section of the family area that may be rather hard to watch for a large percentage of adults. The plot, while legitimately of a certain summary, is constructed mainly by way of chucking gags at a storyboard from across the room.
Still, the little furballs are apparently magic to kids, the younger the better. The live-action mix seems to mesmerize, and the scenes with songs (which aren’t bad actually) go over amazingly. I can’t recommend watching this with them, but the kids will watch it repeatedly.
The release is packed with bonuses, and the added value makes this a worthy purchase.
- Munking History: 50 Years of Chipmunk Mischief, Mayhem & Music
- Munk Music Machine
- Meet the Chipettes
- Rockin’ Rising Stars
- Music Mania
- Meet the Stuffies
- Shake Your Groove Thing! with Rosero
- Music Videos & Sing-Alongs “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” “We Are Family,” “Shake Your Groove Thing”
- Music Videos: (“You Really Got Me” featuring Honor Society & “The Song” featuring Queensberry)
- A-l-v-i-n-n-n-n!!! Album Maker
- Live Lookup
- Music In A Nutshell: Song Trivia
- The Chipmunks: Behind the Squeaking
- A-NUT-omy of a Scene
There’s a lot more entertainment for the kids here, and the music videos, Munk Music Machine (which takes you to the song performances in the film), and Shake Your Groove Thing! with Rosero dance instruction will all keep them busy for quite a while.
The Behind-the-Scenes featurettes are actually pretty solid. A-Nut-omy of a Scene is a nice effort that shows how things come together when you have to run through the scene with a stuffed animal. Though quick, it’s pretty interesting. Others, like Meet the Chipettes, Meet the Stuffies, The Chipmunks: Behind the Squeaking, and more, are straight-forward, and not overly long. They’re fun nevertheless, and enjoyable for the kids.
All together, there’s more than 90 minutes of bonuses. The release also come with standard DVD and digital copies.