‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ to Invade Your TV in 2015

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Alvin and the Chipmunks have been around since the ’50s, which means several generations’ worth of kids have grown up listening to their pipsqueaky voices. But while the franchise lives on today in the form of a live-action / CG hybrid film series, the little critters haven’t been a regular presence on the small screen since their last series ended in 1990.

That’ll change in 2015, however. PGS Entertainment and Bagdasarian Productions have announced a deal for a new CG television show, obnoxiously titled Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks. Hit the jump for more details.

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With ‘Squeakquel’ no longer a part of the title, my feelings of disdain toward the prospect of an Alvin and the Chimpunks sequel lessened considerably. Credit for that was surely due to the current allure of 3D, as putting ’3D’ in the title seemed to satisfy the studio’s need for gimmicky wordplay just fine. Now there’s word that the latest entry in the franchise may not be in 3D after all, which is worrying if only because it means there’s a greater likelihood that we’ll instead be subjected to some god-awful pun.

Moreover, problems have arisen for production of the film, which is set to begin at the start of the new year. The original plan was to have Squeakquel director Betty Thomas (The Brady Bunch Movie, Private Parts, Doctor Dolittle) return for the third film, but she’s decided to pass on the project for unknown reasons*, leaving Fox in need of a new director and fast.

*My guess? The project wasn’t as creatively challenging as I Spy. Read More »

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SHERLOCK HOLMES
Robert Downey Jr. charms and amuses yet again, and composer Hans Zimmer offers up a wonderfully oddball score, introducing the world to a new subgenre of music: neo-classical gypsy folk synth. This knockout pairing breathes considerable life into Sherlock Holmes, a film which otherwise feels strictly perfunctory—so mechanical in structure and storyline that I can only imagine a studio exec was at the ready to quickly nix even the slightest deviations from formula. Director Guy Ritchie keeps it all moving at a quick enough pace, but going through the motions swiftly is still going through the motions. Even the revelation at the end of the movie seems like an afterthought, with the film focusing far more on its obligatory cliffhanger set piece climax than Holmes’ crime-solving abilities. Sherlock Holmes is perfectly sufficient attention-diverting entertainment, but is it something I plan to revisit? Was I ever emotionally invested? Did I have loads of fun watching it? Would I go gay for Robert Downey Jr.? No, no, not really, and most definitely.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented featurette. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as WB Maximum Movie Mode (Director Guy Ritchie Walk On, PIP, Focus Points, Storyboard Comparisons, Still Gallery Timeline), deleted scenes, and a digital copy of the film.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks 3D Announced

Alvin and the Chipmunks

20th Century Fox has announced that a third film in the live-action/cg hybrid Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise will hit theaters in 2011. Titled Alvin and the Chipmunks 3D, the film will hit theaters on December 16, 2011. The film will be up against Steven Spielberg’s The Adventure’s of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which opens one week later on December 23rd.

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Horton Hears a Who

We have just received confirmation the first movie trailers for the computer animated big screen adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic Horton Hears a Who and the live action/computer animated big screen Alvin and The Chipmunks will be attached to The Simpsons Movie, which hits theaters on July 27th 2007.

Alvin and The ChipmunksHorton Hears a Who features the voices of Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Isla Fisher, Dan Fogler, Amy Poehler, Dane Cook, Jaime Pressly and Jonah Hill. Directed by Jimmy Hayward (a former Pixar animator) and written by The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause and Bubble Boy scribes Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, the movie follows Horton the Elephant, who one day, on the fifteenth of May in the Jungle of Nool to be precise, hears a small speck of dust talking to him. The speck of dust turns out to be a tiny planet, home to a city called Who-ville, inhabited by microscopic-sized inhabitants known as Whos. The rhyming story by Dr. Seuss was first published in 1954, and spawned Horton Hatches the Egg and Horton Hears A Who. The Whos would later make a reappearance in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Horton Hears a Who will hit theaters on March 14, 2008.

Alvin and the Chipmunks features Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) as Dave Seville, the father and manager of a group of singing chipmunk brothers (Alvin, Simon and Theodore). Directed by Tim Hill (Garfield 2 and Max Keeble’s Big Move), and written by the guys who wrote the Ice Age flicks, Robots and Big Momma’s House 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks hits theaters on December 14th 2007.

Alvin and The Chipmunks Movie Poster

Alvin and The ChipmunksYou may be checking your calendar, but I assure you, today is not April 1st. For years I defended Jason Lee. His performance in Mallrats was the level of a comic genius. He was given the chance to star in some films which turned out to be horrible. In-between he made a couple good choices riding shotgun (Dogma, Chasing Amy, Almost Famous). Thankfully, My Name Is Earl became a huge hit, and now everyone knows him. So why is Jason Lee trying to sabotage his career? First he signed on to voice the computer generated superhero dog in Underdog (ugh, that sounds like a winner) and now this. Before you say anything, yes, I know this film was announced back in March. But it only just now hit me, after seeing this new theatrical movie poster at Solace in Cinema. Click on the image to the right to enlarge.

In the movie, Lee plays the Chipmunks’ dad, Dave Seville. The singing group of chipmunk brothers (Alvin, Simon and Theodore) are computer generated. And you may be thinking: may be, just may be this could be good. WRONG. Director Tim Hill was behind such kiddie bombs as Garfield 2 and Max Keeble’s Big Move, while the writing team consists of the guys who wrote the Ice Age flicks, Robots and Big Momma’s House 2. Jason, why are you doing this? The Earl gig must be paying the bills, right?

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