The beloved made-up animated group, Alvin and the Chipmunks (created in 1958), made their first jump to live-action in 2007. The film was successful at the box office but not with critics (it has a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes). Still, Fox 2000, the studio behind the film, made sequels. And a teaser for the fourth film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, was dropped this morning.
The sequel stars Jason Lee as Dave Seville, Justin Long as Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon, and Jesse McCartney as Theodore. And it even roped in up-and-coming actress Bella Thorne. The scripted was penned by Mrs. Doubtfire screenwriter Randi Mayem and the film is directed by Walt Becker.
The three previous films in the franchise made over $500m domestically and over a billion globally. Though it is worth pointing out that the third film, Alvin and the chipmunks: Chipwrecked, made $100m less at the domestic box office then the Squeakquael did. And Chipwrecked only has a 12% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Personally, I don't see the point in , making anymore of these movies. But I am not the target audience, either. I had some fun with the first film, mostly because on nostalgia. I didn't even bother with the sequels.
The Road Chip begins on December 23. If you'll be there let me know. I will not see you there.