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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked Featured

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20th Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Bagdasarian Productions and Regency Enterprises present a G rated, 87 minute animated family comedy directed by Mike Mitchell, written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger with a theatrical release date of December 16, 2011.

 

It’s time for a family vacation and Dave (Jason Lee), the Chipmunks, Alvin (voice of Justin Long), Simon (voice of Matthew Gray Gubler), Theodore (voice of Jesse McCartney) along with the Chipettes, Eleanor (voice of Amy Poehler), Jeanette (voice of Anna Faris) and Brittany (Voice of Christina Applegate) set sail for the high seas on a Carnival Cruise.  Fun in the sun, shuffle board, dance offs and gambling, nothing spells more trouble than Alvin and the gang trapped on a boat for the next few days.

It ends up they are not alone on the boat, free from the past, since the mascot Pelican is keeping a close eye on the gang.  That wondering eye belongs to an old associate in the music industry, Ian (David Cross), working on the ship now dressed in a big bird outfit, Ian is keeping eye on the gang in hopes of just one slip up with hopes the gang will be banished from the cruise, like he was from the music industry.  It doesn’t take Ian to expel the group but rather Alvin when he decides to take to the air, hang gliding on a young boys kite.  Moments later, all six Chipmunks are lost at sea soon accompanied by Dave and Ian. 

An island in the distance the Chipmunks soon find dry land and discover that like Tom Hanks in the “Castaway” they are alone, with only one hope that Dave will come searching for them.  But are they alone on the island?  Meanwhile on the other side of the island Dave and Ian wash ashore and start the search for the Chipmunks, hoping that they too found land.  As the Chipmunks search for food they are soon caught face to face with another island castaway, Zoe (Jenny Slate) stranded now for 8 or 9 years.  She unlike the Chipmunks has more motives for being on the island other than looking for a way off of it.  A major spoof on “Wilson” from the “Castaway” film, Zoe has made several friends, all balls of course, basketball, golf, and football to name a few.  Yes the Chipmunks believe that Zoe has lost her mind.

Eventually all the island dwellers meet up but discover that they have more to contend too than Zoe and her lunatic plan of Chipnapping Jeanette to do her dirty work.  Oh yes, did I mention that Simon is no longer himself but after being bitten by a island spider has been mentally transformed into an alter-ego now known as Simone (Alan Tudyk).  Braver, craftier and more debonair Simone is out to save the day that is until he eventually reverts back into Simon, leaving Dave and Alvin out to battle Zoe.  One little issue, they have very little time left to get off the island.  A volcano is about to erupt and the gang must build a raft in time to set sail back into the open sea in hopes of being rescued and later making an appearance at the International Music Awards.

The director does a nice job with this new story, along with the writers, giving it a bit more adventures than the others.  By land, sea, and air the whole cast is constantly faced with many tasks and tribulations of the day.  Some superb choreography by the furry little cuties along with some brilliant Chipmunk music renditions of songs such as “Vacation”, “Born this Way” and “Survivor” and this film will have you toe tapping in your theatre seats.  There is always something going on in this story to keep you and your family attentive to the plot especially if you’re an adolescent.  Lee, Cross and Slate really perform well working alongside the effects of animation really making the Chipmunks seem real.  But it is the animators that really shine here once again doing such an amazing job bringing these furry little lovable creatures once again to the big screen.  Even though it’s not a strong story idea it works well and is sure to entertain the ones that are out to see this film, the kids.  Written and enjoyed with two and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.

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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever...

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