Every time a new CGI/live-action hybrid based on a beloved cartoon hits theaters, be it Yogi Bear or this week’s The Smurfs, the finger of blame is inevitably pointed at the Alvin & the Chipmunks movie for having demonstrated to Hollywood executives that these sorts of films can actually turn a tidy profit.
This winter marks the arrival of a third installment, Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked. Surprisingly enough, even the teaser trailer for the movie seems to be aware of how most adult moviegoers are going to react when they watch it (re: not well).
Like previous Alvin & the Chipmunk flicks, Chip-Wrecked features Jason Lee as the eternally flustered Dave (the human) and celebrities like Justin Long, Jesse McCartney, Matthew Gray Gubler, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, and Christiana Applegate as the voices of the Chipmunks and Chipettes, respectively. Not that it matters, though, seeing how their voices are altered beyond recognition in order to reach that familiar high-pitch known as a “chipmunk voice.”
Chip-Wrecked was scripted by the writers behind Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and directed by Mike Mitchell, the man responsible for films like Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Surviving Christmas, and Shrek Forever After. But does any of that information really shock you?
One thing that might surprise you is how self-aware this theatrical preview for the new Chipmunks movie appears to be. Forget about having to lodge insults at the trailer – the footage does that for you.
Find out what we mean by watching the Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked trailer (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:
See? There’s no need to whine about Chip-Wrecked featuring painfully dated pop-culture jokes like a Titanic reference, or how you want to puke after watching the clearly-not-real CGI little critters “get jiggy” with a bunch of kids aboard a cruise liner. Heck, even after the tiny creatures offer their own rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” near the end, we immediately cut to the hauntingly silent image of a lonely isolated island – clearly, a metaphor for how every adult who watches this trailer will feel afterwards.
Yes, that is a bit harsh, and chances are good that if your kids loved the previous Chipmunk pics, they’ll love this one too. Everyone else can just roll their eyes and continue to ignore the existence of these movies, like they have in the past.
Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked arrives in U.S. theaters on December 16th, 2011.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers
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