As a piece of cinema, the third installment of the singing chipmunks was a major disaster akin to its lead protagonist Alvin. Thinly distributed plot over a lengthy running time of 88 minutes, it felt like an unnecessary coerced feature. Despite so, the film's intended audience should favour this a couple of notches upwards with the adolescents drawn in by the diabetic harmonic singing voices of the petite furry chipmunks.
On vacation aboard a luxury cruise ship, Alvin, Simon, Theodore and the Chipettes are up to their usual antics, turning the ship into their personal playground, until they become chipwrecked on a desert island. As Dave Seville frantically searches for his AWOL charges, the Munks and Chipettes do what they do best.
Alvin and the Chipmunks did exactly what its third installment title suggested: Chip-Wrecked. It was a total wreck right from the beginning with some poor editing sequences to cause jarring visual narration.
One wouldn't be sped up to date for those who're viewing this series for the first time. Not that one would require any with the lack any plausible scripting with continuity in mind. Even when David Cross made an initial appearance as a returning character, one would simply regard him as the required antagonist.
Animation of the chipmunks seemed to be relatively lacklustre upon scrutiny in contrast to the prior 2 films. This happened to be prominent especially in the middle act where the focus was directed heavily upon the chipmunks.
One of the key highlights of the past films was the entertaining spectacle of dance and song that the chipmunks never ceased to delight the young at heart. Mike Mitchell's directorial of the series seemed to be hinting of an obligatory responsibility rather than a well-envisioned direction that he had planned in mind for the chipmunks to take. Just merely by the way the film ended, it felt like Mitchell had thrown in the white towel the minute he had an opportunity to.
The sloppy film narration and mediocre continuity was very strong here, I'm afraid.
Thankfully, some life was injected into the film via some (limited) lively dialogues scripted and the alter-ego transformation chapter of Simon. It was clearly the sole highlight of the film instead of the series signature songs and dances.
Its target audience group should however, find the film of higher interest and relevance. Especially during the festive holidays, do expect the young ones to go gaga over the cute little furry creatures swaying their tails and glancing with their bright watery eyes (Theodore).
Kids, if you're reading this, you might need to convince your parents a little harder for this.