Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

G for helium voices, chipmunk mating rituals, all the things you never really missed about the old TV show

Release Date: December 16, 2011

Now, don’t roll your eyes. Don’t mock. Don’t say that this is just another case of Hollywood grinding up the carcass of a dead franchise, mixing in pop music, and feeding the meaty sludge to our children.

This movie is more than that: It’s also a proud example of the “Title pun first, storyline second” school of filmmaking.

Somehow managing to make 1 minute and 47 seconds feel long, the trailer shows us several jokes in their entirety: set-up, punchline, and follow-through. You have to admire the filmmakers’ confidence in their material, if nothing else. And probably nothing else.

They’re also very confident in the comedic value of Jason Lee screaming the name “Alvin.” In fact, you may be laughing so hard from the first scream that you’ll miss the second one when it comes around literally 20 seconds later. If they keep up that same pace during the entire 87-minute film, then good for them, and God help the rest of us.

For some fun with a comedy-loving friend, try the following gentle prank:

You: Are you going to see the new movie that comes out this week? The one with Amy Poehler, David Cross, Anna Farris, Justin Long, and Christina Applegate?

Your Friend: Hey, that’s not a bad cast. What’s it called?

You: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked.”

Your Friend: [simultaneously glares and weeps]

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