Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (also known as Alvin and the Chipmunks 3) is a 2011 American live action/computer animated musical family comedy adventure film directed by Mike Mitchell. It is the third live action/animated film starring Alvin and the Chipmunks following the 2009 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, which was a sequel to the 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks. The film stars Jason Lee, David Cross, and Jenny Slate (in her Hollywood film debut) with the voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, and Christina Applegate. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox and produced by Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises and Bagdasarian Company. The film was released on December 16, 2011 and grossed $343 million on an $80 million budget, to even worse reviews than the previous films. A fourth live action/animated film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, was released on December 18, 2015.[7]

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 teaser.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMike Mitchell[1]
Produced byJanice Karman
Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
Written byJonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Based onAlvin and the Chipmunks
by Ross Bagdasarian Sr.
The Chipettes
by Janice Karman
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
CinematographyThomas Ackerman
Edited byPeter Amundson
Distributed by20th Century Fox[2]
Release date
  • December 16, 2011 (2011-12-16)
Running time
87 minutes[4]
CountryUnited States[2]
Budget$80 million[5]
Box office$342.7 million[6]


For a vacation, Dave, the Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon and Theodore) and Chipettes (Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor) go on a cruise ship heading for the International Music Awards. The Chipmunks and the Chipettes end up creating trouble, ending up with Dave grounding them to their room, only for all of them (except Theodore) to escape to the casinos. Dave notices that his old boss, Ian Hawke is working as the ship's safety monitor dressed as a pelican, and is out to inform the captain if the Chipmunks and Chipettes cause more problems. Alvin goes para-sailing on a kite but the kite flies away with him and the other Chipmunks. Dave goes on a hang-glider to try to find them but Ian stops him and they both end up in the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, the Chipmunks find an island and they sleep for the night. Dave enlists Ian's help to find the same island and begin looking for the Chipmunks. The next morning, the Chipmunks go and find food and while doing so, an island castaway named Zoe shows up and sees the Chipmunks and Chipettes for the first time. They then go to Zoe's tree house where Eleanor sprains her ankle and Simon gets bitten by a spider, the side effects including personality changes and loss of inhibition.

The morning after, everyone observes Simon's personality has changed and he has no memory of being Simon; he also thinks he is a French, adventurous chipmunk named Simone. "Simone" becomes attracted to Jeanette but does not take as kindly to Alvin and Brittany. Later, Zoe takes Simone, Jeanette, Eleanor and Theodore to a lake with a waterfall and Simone finds a cave. He returns with a gold bracelet which he gives to Jeanette as a crown. Brittany and Alvin see an active volcano the next day and they decide that they have to leave the island with the others. Theodore and "Simone" find Dave and Ian and they go to meet with the other chipmunks. They all begin to prepare a raft to get them off the island and everyone is assigned a job. When Jeanette and "Simone" go and look for food, "Simone" is knocked unconscious and Jeanette is kidnapped; "Simone" reverts to Simon afterwards.

Everyone finds Simon awake and he cannot remember anything since the bite. They discover that Zoe has taken Jeanette and they head towards the waterfall. When they approached the tree log to cross, Dave and Alvin decide they'll go and find Jeanette. As Zoe forces Jeanette to get the treasure in the cave by tying her to a rope, she reveals that she was never a castaway, but came to the island intentionally to find the treasure, but due to the effects of living alone on the island for years, she has gone mentally insane and is ruthlessly willing to find the treasure at all costs. Alvin and Dave come to her rescue. The island begins to rumble again and Zoe lets go of the rope and Jeanette runs with Dave and Alvin back to the raft. When they reach the log to cross, Dave almost falls.

Alvin and a reformed Ian convince Zoe to help save Dave. They then run towards the raft and escape the eruption. While on the raft, Zoe apologizes to Jeanette for kidnapping her and forcing her to get the treasure. As a gift, Jeanette gives Zoe the gold bracelet that Simon had given to her. Alvin reconciles with Dave and they are rescued. The Chipmunks and Chipettes perform at the International Music Awards. Ian also starts a new career as a screenwriter by selling a screenplay about Zoe's story to Hollywood, earning him his wealth back and making Zoe famous.

In a mid-credits scene, Alvin tricks the passengers into thinking that the plane's destination is set for Timbuktu, despite Dave's objections.



On October 26, 2010, according to 24 Frames from the Los Angeles Times, Mike Mitchell, the director behind Shrek Forever After, was in negotiations with Fox to direct the new film.[8] The film featured one of Carnival's newest and biggest cruise ships, Carnival Dream. The external shots and interior stateroom suite were filmed during a 7-day Caribbean cruise. The casino, dance club, and dining room were filmed on a set not attempting to match the actual interior of the Carnival Dream cruise ship.


Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was released in the U.S. on December 16, 2011, and was the first and only live-action/CGI Chipmunks film to be rated G by the MPAA.

Home mediaEdit

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 27, 2012 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.[9]


Box officeEdit

The film grossed a total of $133,110,742 in North America, and another $209,584,693 internationally, for a total worldwide gross of $342,695,435.[6] Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked made $6.7 million on its opening day, which was lower than the opening day grosses of the original film ($13.3 million) and its sequel ($18.8 million).[10] For its opening weekend, the film ranked at the #2 spot behind Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with $23.2 million, which was less than the opening weekends of the franchise's previous two films, the original film's $44.3 million and its sequel's $48.9 million respectively.[11]

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 12% based on 82 reviews and an average rating of 3.51/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Lazy, rote, and grating, Chipwrecked is lowest-common-denominator family entertainment that's strictly for the very, very, very young at heart."[12] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 24 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[13] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[14][11][15]

John Anderson of Variety wrote: "As impressive as the CG elements are in "Chipwrecked," they're a mixed blessing: The more lifelike the techies make the critters -- Alvin (voiced by Justin Long), Theodore (Jesse McCartney) and Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) -- the more we're reminded they're rodents."[16] Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter called it "Every bit as frantic, frenetic, groan-inducing and all around grating as its two predecessors."[17]

David Cross, who played Ian in this film and the previous two installments, has spoken critically of making the film, calling it "the most miserable experience I ever had in my professional life". He had no problems with the other actors or director, but said there were a couple of people who made it an awful experience.[18]



Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedNovember 15, 2011[22]
GenrePop, rock, hip hop, dance
Length42:43 (album version)
52:32 (Target exclusive limited edition)
49:45 (digital deluxe edition)
ProducerRoss Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Ali Dee Theodore
The Chipmunks and The Chipettes chronology
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture
We're the Chipmunks (Music from the TV Show)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture is the licensed soundtrack based on the film. It was released on November 15, 2011 by Atlantic Records. Released to US Target stores, a limited edition version of the soundtrack was released containing four exclusive bonus tracks. iTunes and released a deluxe edition available only on digital download containing three bonus tracks.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Performing artist(s)Length
1."Party Rock Anthem"Peter Schroeder, Davide Jamahl Listenbee, Stefan Gordy, Skyler GordyThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes4:14
2."Bad Romance"Nadir Khayat, Stefani GermanottaThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes4:27
3."Trouble"Alecia Moore, Tim ArmstrongThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes3:08
4."Whip My Hair[23]"Ronald Jackson, Janae RatliffThe Chipettes2:31
5."Vacation"Charlotte Caffey, Kathy Valentine, Jane M. WiedlinThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes (featuring Basko)2:59
6."We Have Arrived (*)"Ali Theodore, Michael Klein, Rachel Rickert, Julian DavisRAE (featuring Classic)3:22
7."Say Hey (I Love You)"Michael Franti, Carl Rogers YoungThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes (featuring Nomadik)3:01
8."Real Wild Child"Johnny O'Keefe, Johnny Greenan, Dave OwensThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes (featuring Nomadik)2:43
9."S.O.S."J.R. Rotem, Evan "Kidd" Bogart, Ed CobbThe Chipettes2:52
10."We No Speak Americano/Conga"Nicola Selerno, Renato Carosone, Enrique GarciaThe Chipettes (featuring Barnetta DaFonseca)2:38
11."Survivor"Beyoncé Knowles, Anthony Dent, Matthew KnowlesThe Chipettes[24]3:59
12."Born This Way/Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now/Firework"Stefani Germanotta, Fernando Garibay, Paul Blair, Jeppe Laursen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, Jerry Cohen, Esther Dean, Mikkel Eriksen, Tom Hermansen, Katy Perry, Sandy Julien WilhelmThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes2:47
Bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Performing artist(s)Length
13."Club Can't Handle Me"Michael Caren, Tramar Dillard, David Guetta, Carmen Michelle Key, Kasia Livingston, Frederic Riesterer, Giorgio TuinfortThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes3:57
Total length:42:43
Target limited edition bonus tracks[25]
No.TitleWriter(s)Performing artist(s)Length
14."Love Train"Kenneth Gamble, Leon HuffThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes2:47
15."Fly"Stan Frazier, Murphy Karges, Mark McGarth, Rodney Shappard, Joseph "McG" NicholThe Chipmunks3:18
16."Help"John Lennon, Paul McCartneyThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes2:19
17."Jungle Boogie"Ronald Bell, Claydes Eugene Smith, Robert Spike Mickens, Donald Boyce, Richard Westfield, Dennis Ronald Thomas, Robert Earl Bell, George BrownThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes1:22
Total length:52:32
Digital deluxe edition bonus tracks[26][27]
No.TitleWriter(s)Performing artist(s)Length
14."Hello"Martin Solveig, Martina SorbaraThe Chipettes3:07
15."Holiday"Rivers CuomoThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes3:07
16."We'll Be Alright"Rob Coombes, Danny Goffey, Phillip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Mick Quinn, Jonathan Yip, Ray Romulus, Jeremy ReevesThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes (featuring Basko)3:14
Total length:49:45

Chipwrecked - Queensberry Chipwrecked - Queensberry (feat. The Chipmunks) (*) - denotes original song

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2011–2012) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 36
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 23

Video gameEdit

Alvin and the Chipmunks:
Developer(s)Behaviour Interactive
Director(s)Mike Mitchell  
Producer(s)Janice Karman
Ross Bagdasarian Jr.  
Artist(s)Mark Mothersbaugh
Composer(s)Mark Mothersbaugh  
SeriesAlvin and the Chipmunks
Platform(s)DS, Wii, Xbox 360
  • NA: November 15, 2011
  • EU: November 25, 2011
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is a video game based on the film. It was released for the Wii, Nintendo DS, and Xbox 360 on November 15, 2011 in North America and on November 25, 2011 in Europe. Like the previous "Alvin & The Chipmunks" and "Squeakquel" video game adaptations, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and Janice Karman reprised their respective roles. Jason Lee and David Cross reprise their roles as well.

The game follows the plot of the movie. The Chipmunks and Chipettes get washed up on an island. It's up to the player to play as the Chipmunks, Chipettes, Dave, or Ian to get back to the city.


In June 2013, 20th Century Fox announced that a sequel, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, would be released on December 11, 2015.[28] On December 18, 2014 however, it was announced for a December 23, 2015 release.[7] On October 14, 2015, the release date was pushed forward to December 18, 2015.


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