It's way too easy to mock the live-action/CGI Alvin and the Chipmunks movies - we know from experience - but there's no denying these films are extremely popular with the under-10 crowd. Adults who now shiver at the mere mention of the iconic pop song-singing rodents are still bound to be nonplussed about the mere existence of the upcoming Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked.
A full-length trailer has been released for the punily-titled Chip-Wrecked... and, despite featuring many a common (hated) element of contemporary kid-friendly entertainment, this isn't the most inane preview that has been released this year (see: The Smurfs trailer).
This second Chip-Wrecked theatrical preview nonetheless is bound to irritate those who disliked the first two movies - whether it be because of the tired pop culture references (one of the Chipettes imitates Gollum here), annoying cutesy pop song remixes (see: "Whip My Tail"), or Jason Lee's mailed-in line readings in this footage. Also... what is it exactly with Alvin and his fetish for human females?
On that note - check out the full-length trailer for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked below:
In terms of plot, Chip-Wrecked sees the eternally-flustered Dave (Lee) take Alvin, Simon, Theodore, Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor on a luxury cruise liner trip - when things take a turn for the "wacky" and the six little critters end up stuck on a remote tropical island. Silly antics and
cliché important life lessons ensue.
Once again, the Chipmunks and Chipettes are voiced by well-known names like Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard), Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Jesse McCartney (Summerland), Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?), Anna Faris (Scary Movie), and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation). Not that it's actually possible to distinguish who's providing the vocals for which animated character - what with their voices being manipulated to that "chipmunk" pitch - but, still...
All jokes aside, the Alvin and the Chipmunks series is ultimately for kids - and while it is possible to make fun family-friendly entertainment that also has some substance, that's not what these movies are about. So you might as well take them (or not) for what they're worth.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked sails into U.S. theaters on December 16th, 2011.