I recall my two youngest falling in love with these smart-aleck fuzzballs when they were children, in the 60's. I had purchased an LP (remember those?) of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" for them to listen to, and they practically wore it out! All these years later, comes this film, of the Fuzzy Rodentia that entertained them! I had never seen the cartoon, so the film is my introduction to them.
Kids would have a blast with this film! It's combination of Animation and live action was done well, and the Chipmunks received an updating, to appeal to our modern youngsters. I realize the difficulties when meshing live action, to animation, and I give credit to Jason Lee, for his part in this film.
I found a couple of situations in the film to be a bit over some children's heads, but nothing to take away from them enjoying this film. Some have found the "updating" of the Chipmunks' songs, misguided, or otherwise objectionable. I did not see this. The lyrics are the same, no?
I wonder if Ross Bagdasarian had given thought to the longevity his creation would ultimately achieve? I'm personally glad that he brought his mischievous carpet bumps to such vivid life! Alvin, Simon and Theodore. May they live on for future generations to come!
There is a history of the Chipmunks, as well as a music featurette, in the Special Features. I found the history of the Chipmunks to be informative, as well as entertaining.