Alvin And The Chipmunks

Chipmunks still delight

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"Oo-ee, oo-ah-ah, ting-tang, walla-walla, bing-bang." Personally, I still want a hula-hoop.

It's all in the latest rodent-centered film, "Alvin and the Chipmunks."

The story centers on the mischievous adventures of the three singing chipmunks: Alvin, Simon, and Theodore.

These tuneful rodents are based on the 50s characters, but they have evolved since then from singers to cartoon characters and on.

They have now reached the big screen in digital furriness.

Many cartoon characters lose all of their charm in the computer-animated phase.

Luckily, these three do not.

The chipmunk's songwriter and foster father, Dave Seville, is played by Jason Lee.

When he lived alone, he was an out-of-luck songwriter and commercial composer.

When talking chipmunks make his home theirs, Dave's life is turned upside down.

With his job gone and his social life no more, Dave turns to writing music for his "boys." Impish Alvin, intellectual Simon, and innocent Theodore charm Dave with their singing.

The four of them produce an instant hit, "The Chipmunk Song," and find themselves on the music map.

On a fresh new diet of toaster waffles, the chipmunks get really nutty. The singing sensations find no limit to their popularity until a greedy music producer (David Cross) gets hold of them.

Despite the constant laughs and fun to this movie, it is remarkably moral. "Alvin and the Chipmunks" deliver a musical message that never skips a beat.

In the past fifty years, American media has changed dramatically. Or so we thought.

Three childish chipmunks singing an ode to their Christmas wish list with high-pitched voices still delight old and young. In my theater, small children rocked in their seats to the beat of the chipmunk's concerts.

Teenagers were amused to recognize radio hits in high chipmunk voices. Adult viewers enjoyed the fresh humor throughout the film.

Christmas may be over, but "don't be late" in taking the family to a film that "loops the loop."

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