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Still shot from the movie: Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Alvin and the Chipmunks

If you thought singing rodents becoming pop stars was something that could only happen in cartoons--think again. The Saturday morning classic, Alvin and the Chipmunks, has been translated into a live action film (although the crooners are computer generated), where the trio continues to be troublesome to their caregiver, songwriter David Seville (Jason Lee). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 92
Theater Release: 13 Dec 2007
Video Release: 31 Mar 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
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Other cartoon characters have had their day on the big screen. Underdog, based on the 1960’s cartoon, is a crime-fighting canine out to save the city. In The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, the animated moose and flying squirrel from Frostbite Falls get their own theatrical release. And in Hoodwinked, an updated version of the Little Red Riding Hood tale, a squirrel has a similar reaction to the chipmunks after downing his own cup of coffee.

Home Video Extra Features

Alvin and the Chipmunks releases as single flipper disc, offering the movie in both full screen (1.31:1 aspect ratio) and widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) formats. Bonus materials include the featurettes: Chip-Chip-Hooray!, Chipmunk History and Hitting the Harmony. Audio tracks are available in 5.1 Dolby Surround (English) and Dolby Surround (Spanish and French), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

The Alvin and the Chipmunks: Special Edition 2-Disc DVD

If your little chipmunks want more, they can sink their teeth into the 2-Disc Special Edition, which offers the movie in a widescreen format (1:85.1 aspect ratio) with the following special features: Digital Copy Download, Behind the Nuts Munkumentary, Chip-Chip-Hooray!, Chipmunk History and Hitting the Harmony, plus the music video Witch Doctor and two iTunes¨ music downloads (Get MunkÕd and Get You GoinÕ). Audio tracks are available in 5.1 Dolby Surround (English) and Dolby Surround (Spanish and French), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

The Alvin and the Chipmunks: Blu-ray Disc

The Alvin and the Chipmunks also releases on Blu-ray in a widescreen format (25GB single-layer disc authored in AVC—MPEG 4 compression). Other extras to go nuts over are: Digital Copy Download, Chip-Chip-Hooray!, Chipmunk History, Hitting the Harmony and several high-definition trailers. Audio tracks are available in 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio (English) and 5.1 Dolby Digital (Spanish and French), with subtitles in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and French.

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