Today, everyone is on the edge of their seat as our Christmas Vacation begins at Noon, but there’s one thing that my kids are anxious about and it has nothing to do with baking cookies with Momma. They’re all about the new movies out this Christmas.
No. Today the NEW Alvin and the Chipmunks Movie Chipwrecked hits theaters! They’ve been jamming to the Chipwrecked soundtrack the last few weeks and are ready to watch the movie. I, however, have already seen the movie and am eager to bring you guys my thoughts. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, will it be a hit with kids across the country? Here’s my take on the dynamic trio of chipmunks and the dynasty that was built to be different, intriguing, and fun for the whole family.
A few weeks ago I hopped on a flight to LA to meet the Chipmunks. No really. I did.
If that’s not proof enough, I don’t know what is! Needless to say I’m pretty chummy with Jeanette. She gets me and all my geekiness, but back to the movie.
Alvin and the Chimpunks: Chipwrecked in the third film in the movie series. It depicts Dave (played by Jason Lee), as a tired parent who just wants to get away on a vacation with his kids. He needs a little time to relax and re-energize his tired Daddy brain. Boy, I can sympathize. I feel like that right now and would be just over-the-moon to be able to get away on a Carnival Cruise this time of year.
In true Alvin spirit the vacation starts chaotic and never ends as Alvin tried to “have a little fun” on the cruise. Needless to say, this ends up badly with him and all the Chimpunks (Chipettes included) on a deserted island.
Will they get rescued? Will Dave forgive them for the havoc they created on the ship? As a parent myself, I know that if my children were lost I’d do everything in my power to find them.
No spoilers here, but I will say Alvin and the Chipmunks are bringing tons of rockin’ fun to the family this Holiday Season. Chipwrecked pulls out all the stops as the characters sing popular songs like Party Rock Anthem, Bad Romance, and my all time favorite rendition and mix of Gloria Estafan’s Conga and We No Speak Americano. The Chipettes take on a group of Brooklyn dancers like you’ve NEVER seen before!
Is it family friendly?
I know what you’re thinking Okay, so the music is fun, but is the movie family friendly? Can I take my kids to see it? Well, I’m planning to take all three of mine and they are ages 4, 8, and 9-yrs-old. In fact, did you know this is the only G rated movie out in theaters this Holiday Season? It’s fun for the whole family, parents included.
There are some adult references that your children may not understand, however, they are not inappropriate by any stretch of the imagination. They refer to popular island movies and shows like LOST and Castaway, but how could they not? It makes it ALL the better. Look for other references in how the Chipmunks are using Social Media too.
There is one issue I had with the movie. I keep thinking I’m being too sensitive about it, but there is a lot of “fat talk” in reference to Theodore. We ALL know he’s the bigger of the Chipmunks, as is Eleanor, but it feels like it’s brought up more than ever before. In one scene it even shows his eyes and how hurt it makes him. In today’s society, as families fight obesity and diseases like diabetes, I felt this kind of bantering could have been left out. Furthermore, it might make those kids watching, who are a bit overweight, upset or self-conscience.
Am I being too sensitive?
I was able to talk to Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian, producers of the film, about it and you might be surprised at their response. I’ll share it with you tomorrow! All in all, I think this is the best movie out of the three Alvin and the Chipmunks films. Jason Lee shares my sediments as well when he told us:
This one, I think, is the best one personally. I think it’s very focused. It’s sharp. It’s tight. I think Mike Mitchell did a great job as a director. Certainly I had the most fun. Now, the relationships are solid with the boys and Dave and everything’s just kind of tight and in. And it’s been years of doing this now, so everything just worked for this third one, I think, in a slightly elevated way.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is in theaters starting today, December 16th. For more information on the movie or to play fun games and “Munk Yourself” head over to www.munkyourself.com.
Are you planning to take the family to watch it? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave them in the comment section or tweet ’em to @Sarann with the hashtag #Chipwrecked.
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