Alvin and the Chipmunks Get Another Squeakquel… in 3-D

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Alvin and the Chipmunks is the blockbuster movie franchise that just won’t go away. After the oh-so-cleverly named “squeakquel” made $436 million worldwide, it was only a matter of time before Fox decided to greenlight another one. This week they have officially announced that Alvin and the Chipmunks 3-D will hit theatres on December 16th, 2011, one week before Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

I haven’t seen either of the Chipmunks films, but the trailers for both were basically abominations to mankind. They were more than enough to keep me far away from this series, which is too bad because I used to really like Alvin and the Chipmunks growing up. No word yet on whether or not Jason Lee will appear in the third film, but I don’t see why he wouldn’t take another juicy paycheck. Apparently David Cross was in both of the previous films as well? I had no idea. Have any Film Junk readers out there seen Alvin and the Chipmunks 1 or 2? Would you consider going to see a third?

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  • Napalm

    Fuck this!

  • Art.K.Type

    Hey Sean, I saw the first chipmunks movie in theater when it came out a few years ago and I liked it. I’m 33 now and at the time had no children, so seeing the movie was a result of just wanting to go out to the cinema that night and that weekend no other movies caught our interest. Like you, I liked the chipmunks as a child, growing up so that’s probably why this movie won out that night.
    Now it wasn’t the movie of the year, but David Cross and Jason Lee suited their roles just fine. As for the chipmunks, yeah there’s a certain level of suspension of disbelief you have to allow, they are singing chipmunks after all, but they were just as you’d expect, the only standout for us being Theodore who was the emotional core of the bunch.
    That being said, when the final song is performed and its the beloved chipmunks singing hip-hop or rap (I forget which, but I think they even Auto-Tuned part of it) you kind of have to let it slide. Normally I’d roll my eyes, but the notion of them with an Urban or Street edginess was silly enough to make me laugh at it. The point is this: as long as you don’t take it too seriously, you ought to enjoy the show.
    The question remains: Did the first movie do a good enough job to draw me in to the cinema to view the Squeakquel? Well, No. My circumstances have changed. We have a baby now, so there’s not much time for movies and going out. BUT I think I would place it on my Netflix queue whether or not I had kids.

  • swarez

    What kills me is that the studio is paying these name comedians and actors to voice the chipmunks but the high pitch effect makes them all sound the same and completely unrecognizable. Waste of money if you ask me.

  • AJ

    Sadly enough, I’ve seen them both. My little blonde tax refunds can’t get enough of these annoying CG monstrosities.

    The first one held enough charm to elicit some small measure of nostalgia for the cartoons I grew up with. But abomination doesn’t begin to describe how terrible the ‘Squeakquel’ is. It hurts to even think about it.

    Give Jason Lee a break though. They basically wrote him out of the second movie. His 10 minutes of screen-time stunk of ‘I don’t want anything to do with this, but I have a contract with the studio’. David Cross, however, was not so innocent. He played a much larger role and clearly hasn’t evolved since his performance in Scary Movie 2.

    I would love to say that I refuse to see the 3-D version, but I’m a dad. Which means I’m pretty much fucked. Kill me.

  • http://filmjunk.com Soumaya Bourehtit

    i’ve seen them both too. and i loved them. LOVED THEM!
    I can’t wait too see Alvin and the chipmunks 3 D. Before you now it the time is near!

  • Zack

    Alvin and the chipmunks and the squeakquel were both good my nephew just loved to keep watching them over and over again so my brother gave me back the movie so they could say they aint got it no more. But I love the movies to im 21 now and use to watch the alvin and hcipmunk adventures on tv all the time when i was little. So yea id go see a thrid one

  • Phantanos

    In these hard times,of war,unemployment, and global recession. We were introduced to a down on his luck fellow. Fate left him in charge of 3 talented but naive chipmunks sons. Although in the beginning; they caused him hardship. A bond was formed, and he learned to love them as his own. In the second film the brothers have in some ways matured, (but only a little) they have found girlfriends, and strengthened their family bonds.
    Hopefully we get to see them grow a little more; when it comes to relationships with their girlfriends. This is why, they are so loved. They remind us to ignore the outside appearance and deal with our hearts.

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