The Chipmunks are an acquired taste some of your friends will not understand – much like the Three Stooges or Jerry Lewis. But Chipmunk fans of all ages will find plenty to chatter about in this fast-paced juvie comedy, a mix of animation and live action that finds the boys contending with their ongoing 51-year showbiz career (they haven’t aged five minutes), going to high school, a rival group of female singing chipmunks called the Chipettes, and their sleazy ex-manager (David Cross). Bagdasarian Productions’ animation is top-notch, the writing, by three woodland creatures, somewhat less so. Directed amiably by Betty Thomas (Dr. Dolittle, I Spy). Shut up and pass the walnuts (92 min.).
Director: Betty Thomas
Producer: Janice Karman, Karen Rosenfelt, Arnon Milchan, Michele Stabile and Steve Waterman
Cast: Zachary Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Wendie Malick, Anjelah Johnson, Kathryn Joosten, Kevin G. Schmidt, Chris Warren Jr., Bridgit Mendler, Aimee Carrero, Alexandra Shipp and Gregg Binkley