‘Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ to Star Nissan Cube and Singing Rodents
Like some of the worst things in existence–such as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse–Alvin and the Chipmunks is getting a fourth installment. The rebooted, live-action series of children’s (because it’s unlikely the rest of the family endure watching) movies has endured scathing reviews and painful writing since the first modernized adaptation in 2007.
The latest entry–titled Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip–will be released on December 23rd opposite Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s not an unreasonable move to release a kid-oriented flick against the biggest blockbuster of the year, because those who aren’t wise enough to spend their money on Star Wars have to go see something.
And if the thrusting pelvis of a hoodie-clad rodent sounds appealing, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip might be your cup of furry tea.
This G-rated adventure is directed by Walt Becker, who already proved his potential for road trip flicks in the cringe-inducing Wild Hogs (read The News Wheel’s review). Justin Long will be returning as the voice of Alvin, accompanied by Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney. Jason Lee will return as the butt of more embarrassing jokes.
So why is our attention on this hokey sequel? The cars, obviously.
If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll probably notice how prominently certain vehicles are showcased–including the bright yellow Nissan Cube Alvin and his pals take on their excursion.
There’s also a shot of Alvin, Simon, and Theodore singing “Uptown Munk” (probably the musical highlight of the movie) on the hoods of a green BMW, blue Ferrari, and red Lamborghini–you know, because that’s the color of their hoodies!
Perhaps the film won’t be that bad. Maybe it won’t be composed of mostly dated, one-line catchphrases, or its characters won’t be as paper-thin as the dollar bills its bound to make. Perhaps it’ll even be better than the chipmunks’ last road trip–in a hot air balloon.
Ha, ’munks be trippin’.