Alvin and the Chipmunks: Special Edition Tim Hill

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Special Edition Tim Hill
Pointing out to men that their purpose in life is to settle with a mate and accept paternal responsibility, while simultaneously satirizing and embracing the entirely manufactured and vulgar teen music industry, Alvin and the Chipmunks is occasionally clever but mostly hypocritical and pedantic. By putting the chipmunks in hoodies and having them hip-hop dance to beat-laden versions of original "munk” ditties, such as "Witch Doctor” and "The Chipmunk Song,” the film is not only bizarre in a "detached corporate idea of hipness” kind of way but it caters to the controlled and almost mechanical modern idea of "music,” which teaches children to appreciate crappy and insincere sounds. Whether this is more or less offensive than the many farts and coprophilia jokes (yes, Simon eats Theodore’s faeces) or the overall message that it is inappropriate for a person to be content without getting married, paying taxes and shooting out babies like a log ride, will depend on the values, and investment, of the viewer. Most, however, will take the film at face value, feeling warmed when Dave Seville (Jason Lee) reluctantly adopts three singing chipmunks (Alvin, Simon and Theodore), and exploits them for financial and commercial success. The two-disc special edition DVD is feature-heavy, with a digital copy of the film for PCs, iPods and PSPs, which may be beneficial in distracting the kiddies during the many long drives associated with the Christmas season. Also included is a 20-minute "Get Munk’d” featurette that provides a step-by-step instruction video on how to dance like the chipmunks. It is entirely coarse but should prove entertaining to the majority of children, who generally lap stuff like this up. The "Interactive Chipmunk Funk Mixer” should also prove entertaining to wee ones, who will have the opportunity to remix their own versions of chipmunk songs. On the lame but passable side of the spectrum are the featurettes "Behind the Nuts,” "The Dudes Behind the Munks” and "Chipmunks on Tour.” Also included are deleted scenes and music videos. (Fox)