Chipmunks Mainstream Appeal

Quick-to-judge movie critics gave Alvin and crew poor reviews, but the singing chipmunks may just have the last laugh.

The Los Angeles Times noted that:

“The Christmas movie season has been distinguished by two prominent blockbusters: I Am Legend and the sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets. But the once lowly regarded and poorly reviewed family film Alvin might end up grossing as much as either, and thanks to Alvin‘s modest $55-million budget, the singing sciurids could be far more profitable too.”

So why are audiences picking Alvin and the Chipmunks over the high-action flicks?

One reason is that the movie is based on the 1980s cartoon series. We’re not talking about any cartoon series, but one about a music group of chipmunks. I for one can remember listening to Chipmunks music on… yes, LPs and cassette tapes.

Perhaps the movie is brining back some fond memories for the 25-35 crowd?

What do you think?

Photo Credit:  20th Century Fox


  1. Hey Guys! (and Gals)! Whaddya mean The Chipmunks bring back fond memories to the 25-35 -year-old crowd?

    This 63-year-old guy remembers when David Seville, who was Ross Bagdasarian in real life, and who was a part-time actor, created the Chipmunks in “The Chipmunk Song”, put out by Liberty Records in 1957 (on 78-RPM vinyl).

    He recorded his voice at double-speed to create the effect. Prior to that, his first big hit was “The Witch Doctor” in 1956. You remember, “ooh-ee-ooh-ah-ah, ting tang, walla-walla-bing-bang”, don’t you?

    Bagdasarian, who died in 1972, also co-wrote Rosemary Clooney’s big hit, “Come On-a My House ( I’m Gonna Give-a You Candy)” in the early 50’s. For those of you who don’t believe anything happened before you were born, Rosemary was George Clooney’s aunt.

    So, there. I’m so glad I brought you all up to speed on the important issues of the day. Happy New Year.

    -Jay Elzweig (Parading as Jay Elliot)-


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