Alvin and the Chipmunks — a Family Affair (with Giveaway)

by Jennifer Donovan

Especially at this time of year, it’s easy to remember how far back Alvin and the Chipmunks go. “The Christmas Song” first debuted in 1958, and was actually the beginning of it all. Ross Bagdasarian was the original Dave Seville in the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, which first started with that song (after he first used the high chirpy voices in the “Witch Doctor” song).

His son, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., has been running the Alvin franchise and trying to honor his Dad’s vision, since 1978. And it’s even more of a family affair, because his wife Janice Karman is not only is partner in life, but in this business.

I had the opportunity to talk with Janice and Ross, and I appreciated their commitment to making family movies. In fact, he said that when his dad first started making Alvin cartoons in 1961, there was a lot of that cartoon violence (“hurt animation”), and even then his dad purposed not to do that and make sure that Alvin wasn’t “mean-spirited.”

Chipwrecked is the 3rd in this type of Alvin movies, and I’m happy that it’s still family fun. I remember judging a book by its cover (or more accurately judging a movie by its poster) when the first Alvin and the Chipmunks movie came out, and I was little put-off by the gangster look (which is still a theme in the posters, though not in the movies).

In fact, not only are they not bad rebels as they might seem, Karman said that they make a concerted effort to get across the fact that Alvin mostly means well. He’s just in for a good time and often gets carried away. She doesn’t want him to cross that line to brattiness. Don’t we all know an Alvin-type kid? Either under our roof or in our circle of friends?

Once I saw them, I liked the first 2 movies and I like Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked as well. I appreciate that these movies have a great plot in the midst of kid-friendly humor and music.

The music is one thing that sets Alvin and the Chipmunks apart, and in Chipwrecked the music is better than ever. The songs are integrated into the plot so that it translates like a real musical. It’s like a squeaky clean Glee (pun completely and unapologetically intended!). We’ve been jamming out to the Chipwrecked Soundtrack, which includes some bonus tracks not included in the movie.

Whereas so many other movies bow to the temptation to get that PG rating that will presumably draw in more kids, Chipwrecked is rated G and fun for the whole family. There are nods to popular culture and movies that will add a layer of humor for adults and older kids, but they are in no way inappropriate for kids.

Movie synopsis: The vacationing Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground, until they become ‘chipwrecked’ on a remote island. As the ‘Munks and Chipettes scheme to find their way home, they accidentally discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is in theaters nationwide December 16th.

We have a fun giveaway for one of you (US shipping addresses only). Leave a comment if you’d like to win. We’ll announce the winner in our Around the Blogosphere column on December 25.

  • Copies of the first 2 Alvin and the Chipmunks movies on DVD
  • a $25 Fandango gift card


*Twentieth Century Fox provided me with an all-expenses trip to L.A. to learn more about some of their holiday releases. My opinions — as always — are my own.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Kristie December 12, 2011 at 9:02 am

Definitely a fun giveaway! My kiddos would love to see the new Chipmunks movie! :-)


2 Van December 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

We really liked the 1st and 2nd Chipmunk’s movie. This should be great as well, we’ll have to and see it at the theater.


3 Jenny December 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

We would love to try Alvin movies with this one.


4 Christina Gould December 12, 2011 at 11:02 am

Love Alvin and the Chipmunks. Thanks for the giveaway!


5 Jennifer Thomas December 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

Of course I’d like to win!


6 Elisabeth December 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

This would be a fun movie to see!


7 Ashley H. : ) December 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm

My son and I love alvin and the chipmunks, they are fun and cute movies!!! :)


8 Wehaf December 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm

How fun! Please count me in. :)


9 Dianna December 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm

We loved the first two chipmunk movies. Looking forward to seeing this one. :)


10 Angela E. December 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

The chipmunks are the greatest!


11 deanna December 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

fingers crossed. My nephews have been begging me to take them to see this movie.


12 Amber December 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm

My son would love this! Thanks!


13 Nadia December 13, 2011 at 1:45 am

Can’t wait to watch the movie with my kids!


14 Melissa P. December 13, 2011 at 6:00 am

We juat love Alvin and the Chipmunks. I just adore Theodore. lol. Love to win!


15 nan December 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

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16 Katie December 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Looks fun, I would love to win!


17 LaVonne December 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

We liked the first two movies. Thanks for the chance to win.


18 Idaho Jill December 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

My daughter would love this – she heard the chipmunks singing lady gaga’s bad romance and thought it was hilarious!


19 Terra Heck December 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm

My kids like Alvin and the Chipmunks, and I’d like to win this for them. Thanks.


20 shelly December 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm

We loved the first two movies! My son would love to see the next one at the theater! Thx for chance.


21 Tracy Koenig December 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I love love love the chimpmunks! I would love to take my daughter to see the movie, how exciting!


22 June December 14, 2011 at 7:37 am

Our family loves these movies, they are so funny.


23 vickie couturier December 14, 2011 at 10:37 am

Id like to win this for my grandchildren ,they would love it at my house when they visit



24 Mandi December 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

My kiddos and I love the Chipmunks. They have watched the first 2 a billion times and have stuff animals of them all. Would love to take them to see the 3rd!


25 Kelley F. December 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

My kids love the Chipmunks movies!!!! Would love to win this for them!!!


26 Staci A December 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm

My son loves the Chipmunks and is so excited that a new one is coming out. Thanks for the chance to enter!


27 Natalia December 15, 2011 at 12:02 am

Funny movie, love it!


28 John December 15, 2011 at 12:03 am

Would like to win.


29 Isabelle December 15, 2011 at 12:03 am

Ha-ha, love chipmunks.


30 Don December 15, 2011 at 5:54 am

These are some of the funnest movie’s ever.


31 Liz December 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

Our family cannot afford a trip to the movies right now, so this would be a great treat!


32 Brooklyn D December 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

My kids love Alvin and the chipmunks!


33 Garrett December 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

These look great! Would like to own them, hope we win.


34 Alison S. December 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm

My 2.5 year old son saw the preview for this movie and loved it. Would love to win it!


35 Barb December 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

My uncle’s name is Alvin. We’ve loved all the movies!


36 sarah buki December 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm

i would love to win this for my boys!


37 janell wagner December 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm

would love to see this with my grandkids!


38 tiffany milburn December 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Would love to have this for my 2 kids!


39 tarah rogers December 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm

My two little boys love the voices of the chipmunks, this would be great to have!


40 riTa December 15, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I’m always looking for new enterteinment for when the grandkids spend the night.
Great giveaway!


41 Mami2jcn December 16, 2011 at 10:15 am

I’d love to win! This movie looks fun.


42 Jessie C. December 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I’d love this prize pack, DDs would be very happy!


43 Beth C December 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I’d love to watch the first 2 DVDs and the Gift card would be great! Thanks!


44 Van December 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Our family really enjoyed these movies, hope the next one is great too.


45 Chuck December 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Our kids thought these movies were the best!


46 Drina M. December 17, 2011 at 12:19 am

I’d like to win this for my daughter.


47 Jamie Brigham December 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I would love to win this for my son, he loves the chipmunks,Thank You for the chance


48 Jennifer Marie December 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

My two boys would adore this movie!


49 Ashley H. December 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

We love the Chipmunks.


50 kathleen December 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

we would love to win Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked!


51 connie black December 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

What a fun giveaway! I have always loved the chipmunks!


52 Chris December 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Would love this for my nieces – they’ve always loved the Chipmunks Christmas song.


53 samantha w December 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm

my family loves the chipmunks


54 Karen December 20, 2011 at 7:59 am

My boys would love this.


55 Doris December 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm

You got to love Alvin and the chipmunks! My kids love them!


56 Sarah December 21, 2011 at 4:11 am

I’d love to win! This movie was a ton of fun! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway! :)


57 katklaw777 December 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Thanks for the fun giveaway and have a Happy!


58 Sus December 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Would love to win. my little one loves Alvin!


59 Kelly Ann T. January 2, 2012 at 1:51 am

Looks like another winner, I our whole family loves the Chipmonks.


60 Sarah H January 2, 2012 at 2:11 am

These are great movies. My girls would love to have these in our movie collection. Thanks for the fun giveaway!


61 BusyJulie January 2, 2012 at 6:21 am

I would love to win!


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