Alvin and the Chipmunks in film
The fictional animated singing group Alvin and the Chipmunks created by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. have appeared in eight feature-length films since their debut.
|Alvin and the Chipmunks|
|Created by||Ross Bagdasarian|
|Original work||Alvin and the Chipmunks|
|Owned by||Ross Bagdasarian Jr. |
|Films and television|
|Original music||Scores composed by |
|First aired||The Chipmunk Adventure (1987 )|
- 1 Films
- 1.1 Theatrical films
- 1.2 Direct-to-video films
- 1.3 Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks (2003)
- 2 Reception
- 3 Cast and crew
- 4 References
The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)Edit
When David Seville goes off to Europe on a business trip, the Chipmunks, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, are left at home with their babysitter, Miss Beatrice Miller. While the three are playing an arcade game of Around the World in Thirty Days with the Chipettes, Alvin and Brittany argue over which would win an actual race around the world, since Brittany beat Alvin in the video game. Diamond smugglers Claudia and Klaus Furschtein overhear the conversation and approach the children, telling them that they will provide them with the means for a real race around the world by hot air balloon, with the winner receiving $100,000.
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)Edit
In a tree farm, three musically inclined chipmunks, Alvin (Justin Long), the mischievous troublemaker, Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), the smart one in the trio, and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) the chubby sweethearted chipmunk, find their tree cut down and are transported to Los Angeles. Once there, they meet frustrated songwriter David Seville (Jason Lee), and despite a poor house-wrecking first impression, they impress him with their singing talent. Seeing the opportunity for success, both human and chipmunks make a pact for them to sing his songs. While that ambition proves a frustrating struggle with the difficult trio, the dream does come true after all. However, that success presents its own trials as their unscrupulous record executive, Ian Hawke (David Cross), plans to break up this family to exploit the boys. Can Dave and the Chipmunks discover what they really value amid the superficial glamour around them?
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)Edit
Pop sensations Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) end up in the care of Dave Seville (Jason Lee)'s twenty-something cousin Toby (Zachary Levi). The boys must put aside music super stardom to return to school, and are tasked with saving the school's music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands. But the Chipmunks unexpectedly meet their match in three singing chipmunks known as The Chipettes—Brittany (Christina Applegate), Jeanette (Anna Faris) and Eleanor (Amy Poehler). Romantic and musical sparks are ignited when the Chipmunks and Chipettes square off.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)Edit
Dave (Jason Lee), the Chipmunks, and the Chipettes enjoy fun and mischief on a luxury cruise before their seafaring vacation takes an unexpected detour to an uncharted island. Now, the harder Alvin (Justin Long) and friends search for a way back to civilization, the more obvious it becomes that they aren't alone on this secluded island paradise.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)Edit
Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) come to believe that Dave (Jason Lee) is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami...and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)Edit
When the Chipmunks take a break from their concert, they get lost, and eventually get locked inside the park. They find their way to the "Frankenstein's Castle" attraction, where a real Dr. Victor Frankenstein is working on his monster. The monster is brought to life, and the doctor sends it in pursuit of the Chipmunks. In their escape, the monster retrieves Theodore's dropped teddy bear. Now it's up to the Chipmunks to get back his teddy bear and do something to the monster.
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000)Edit
When Alvin has nightmares of meeting the Wolfman, which led him waking up screaming in horror, Simon and Dave conclude that Alvin's been watching too many horror films at night. Alvin says that it is because their new neighbor, Lawrence Talbot, creeps him out and speculates that he is hiding something. Theodore is having trouble with Nathan, a bully, and will not go to the principal, who plans to retire due to Alvin's daily mishaps, for help; Alvin sticks up for him, however.
Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks (2003)Edit
La-Lu, a friend of David Seville, has put up a banner saying "Welcome Chipmunks" on the porch of her magic cottage. One of her friends, Gilda (a talking pessimistic cockatoo) believes that having children around is a bad idea. PC (a talking laid back frog with a surfer dude accent who believes he is one kiss away from being Prince Charming) says that his mom used to say "nothing warms up a home like children's laughter". Dave arrives with Alvin, Brittany, Simon, Jeanette, Theodore, and Eleanor. Dave needs the weekend to himself to write a new song, and La-Lu is happy to have five pre-schoolers and a baby stay with her and her friends. Sam and Lou, two gophers, report to the viewers at home about the feelings the characters are experiencing via going into their heads and viewing an abstract inner visual manifestation of what the characters are thinking and or feeling. Alvin doesn't like that Dave is gone, and La-Lu explains that she felt the same way when she was little and reassures him that Dave will return for him and the others soon.
Box office performanceEdit
The live action animated films are the Highest-grossing live-action/animated film series and List of highest-grossing musicals film series of all time. The first film ranks as the 5th highest grossing live-action/animated film of all time, with its sequels being rank 4th, 7th and 17th of all time.
|Film||Release date||Revenue||Box office ranking||Budget||Ref.|
|U.S. and Canada||Other territories||Worldwide||U.S. and Canada||Worldwide|
|The Chipmunk Adventure||May 22, 1987||$6,804,312||$6,804,312||#5,147|||
|Alvin and the Chipmunks||December 14, 2007||$217,326,974||$144,009,659||$361,336,633||#163||#322||$60 millon|||
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||December 23, 2009||$219,614,612||$223,525,393||$443,140,005||#154||#229||$75 million|||
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||December 16, 2011||$133,110,742||$209,584,693||$342,695,435||#422||#358||$75 million|||
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip||December 18, 2015||$84,536,627||$142,576,432||$227,654,481||#831||#601||$90 million|||
Critical and public responseEdit
|The Chipmunk Adventure||75% (8 reviews) |
|Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein||N/A (2 reviews)|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman||N/A (1 review)|
|Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks||28% (109 reviews)||39 (23 reviews)||A|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||20% (84 reviews)||41 (20 reviews)||A|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||11% (81 reviews)||24 (19 reviews)||B+|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip||15% (67 reviews)||33 (19 reviews)||A–|
Cast and crewEdit
|Characters||Theatrical films||Direct-to-video films|
|The Chipmunk Adventure||Alvin and the Chipmunks||Alvin and the Chipmunks:
|Alvin and the Chipmunks:
|Alvin and the Chipmunks:
The Road Chip
|Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein||Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman||Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks|
|Alvin Seville||Ross Bagdasarian Jr.||Justin Long||Ross Bagdasarian Jr.|
|Ross Bagdasarian Jr. |
|Simon Seville||Matthew Gray Gubler|
|Steve Vining |
|Alan Tudyk |
|Theodore Seville||Janice Karman||Jesse McCartney||Janice Karman||Janice Karman||Janice Karman|
|Frank Welker |
|Brittany Miller||Janice Karman||Christina Applegate||Janice Karman|
|Janice Karman |
|Jeanette Miller||Anna Faris|
|Janice Karman |
|Eleanor Miller||Amy Poehler||Kaley Cuoco|
|Janice Karman |
|David "Dave" Seville||Ross Bagdasarian Jr.||Jason Lee||Ross Bagdasarian Jr.|
|Miss Beatrice Miller||Dody Goodman||Mary Kay Bergman||N/A|
|Claudia Furschtein||Susan Tyrrell|
|Klaus Furschtein||Anthony De Longis|
|Native Chief||Frank Welker|
|Inspector Jamal||Ken Sansom|
|Arabian Prince||Nancy Cartwright|
|Ian Hawke||David Cross|
|Claire Wilson||Cameron Richardson|
|Toby Seville||Zachary Levi|
|Dr. Rubin||Wendie Malick|
|Julie Ortega||Anjelah Johnson|
|Ryan Edwards||Kevin G. Schmidt|
|Xander||Chris Warren, Jr.|
|Becca Kingston||Bridgit Mendler|
|Captain Correlli||Andy Buckley|
|Agent James Suggs||Tony Hale|
|Ashley Grey||Bella Thorne|
|Doctor Victor Frankenstein||Michael Bell|
|Mr. Yesman||Jim Meskimen|
|Bud Wiley||Kevin Michael Richardson|
|Lawrence Talbot||Maurice LaMarche|
|Frank Welker |
|Principal Milliken||Miriam Flynn|
|Mr. Rochelle||Rob Paulsen|
|Madame Raya||April Winchell|
|Sammy Squirrel||Frank Welker|
|The Wolfman||Frank Welker|
|Sam and Lou||Jerry Rees|
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- "Alvin and the Chipmunks The Road Chip (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
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