Saturday, January 16, 2010

Alvin and the Chipmunks

I had TREMENDOUSLY low expectations for this film. I mean, look at the poster! Gangsta thug chipmunks! Weirdly, this movie is NOTHING like that poster! It is largely sweet, thoughtful, and nostalgic. I liked the jokes, and I liked the animation, and most of all I like the loving tribute to Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. It is amazing to me that a silly franchise like the Chipmunks has been kept alive for over fifty years. Now, I hear the sequel is far more lowbrow, and not nearly as sweet or funny. But who knows? I heard that about this film, too. I loved that Dave's house number was 1958 -- the year of the first Chipmunks song.

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