[[caption-width-right:323:Get your Munk on!]]

''Alvin and the Chipmunks'' is a series of [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action]] [[TheMovie films]] based on the [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks musically gifted trio of chipmunks]], the first one written by Will [=McRobb=] and Chris Viscardi of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' and ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' fame.

The first movie, simply titled ''Alvin and the Chipmunks'', was released in 2007, and was a typical origin story. In it, three somewhat humanoid chipmunk brothers -- hot-headed Alvin, brainy Simon, and portly Theodore -- end up in LA after their tree of residence is cut down and driven there en route to becoming a Christmas tree. They stow away in the basket of struggling songwriter Dave Saville (''Series/MyNameIsEarl'''s Creator/JasonLee), and he promptly kicks them out of the house after finding them... only to let them back in after hearing the three singing outside. Dave strikes a deal with the youngsters: they sing his songs, and he lets them stay in his house.

The Chipmunks become a smash pop group and Dave is not so down on his luck anymore, but their greedy record executive, Ian Hawke (''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'''s Creator/DavidCross), schemes to have the chipmunks all for himself by enticing them with expensive gifts. Can the chipmunks resist Ian's temptations, will Dave be able to rekindle his realtionship with ex-girlfriend Claire, and most importantly, will Dave and the chipmunks learn the importance of family?

Although it was met with less than enthusiastic reviews, the first movie was a surprise hit, taking in an impressive $359 million on a budget of merely $60 million. Even though he wasn't thrilled with the movie, Creator/RogerEbert remarked -- à la his review of the first ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' movie -- that it was "about as good as a movie with these characters can probably be" and that it might've done "something satirical about rock stars and the hype machine." Either way, the movie helped reinvigorate interest in the characters. Obviously, the money made with this movie would make a sequel a sure thing, right?

Fast forward to the very end of 2009, where ''Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel'' opened on Christmas Day to robust grosses despite lots of popular competition such as Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'' and ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. In this one, the Chipmunks are enrolled in school by Dave and must try to fit in with their human peers, a struggle made even tougher since they were former celebrities. Meanwhile, Ian, struggling to get back on his feet after [[spoiler:the chipmunks ditched him for a normal life on account of him being a scumbag]], seems to have finally found replacements for his former employees in the form of the Chipette sisters: brash Brittany, brainy Jeanette, and portly Eleanor. Just like the three male chipmunks, the Chipettes are somewhat humanoid, and as such are capable of human speech and, by extension, singing. Can the Chipettes be just as successful, and will vengeance on the chipmunks finally be Ian's?

As the ''Squeakquel'' did well for itself, the third film was released at the end of 2011 and entitled ''Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked''. Oh yes, really. The Chipmunks and Chipettes go on a cruise and get {{shipwrecked}}. Like the first two, it wasn't well-received by critics. A fourth movie (subtitled ''The Road Chip'') was released on December 18, 2015, the same date as ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', to adequate box office numbers and negative reviews, though it's receiving a splendid cult-following.

'''NOTE:''' ''Tropes under here are '''specifically''' for the [[LiveActionAdaptation live action/CGI]] movies''.
* Tropes present in the [[SeriesFranchise entire franchise]] go in ''Franchise.{{Alvin and the Chipmunks}}'';
* Tropes exclusive to the [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation '60s cartoon]] series go in ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'';
* Tropes exclusive to the [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation '80s cartoon]] series go in ''WesternAnimation.{{Alvin and the Chipmunks}}'';
* Tropes exclusive to the [[AnimatedAdaptation 1987 animated]] film go in ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'';
* Tropes exclusive to the direct to video movies go either in:
** ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetFrankenstein'';
** ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman'';
** ''Film/LittleAlvinAndTheMiniMunks'';
* Tropes exclusive to the [[WesternAnimationOfThe2010s 2015 cartoon]] series go in ''WesternAnimation/ALVINNNAndTheChipmunks''.

!!The ''Alvin and the Chipmunks'' movies provide examples of:

* AdvertisedExtra: In ''The Squeakquel'', at least, Jeanette gets severely shafted on CharacterDevelopment, having around ten lines in the entire film (minus the singing of course). She gets more to do in ''Chipwrecked''. This also applies to Dave in ''The Squeakquel''.
* AdultFear:
** ''Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked'' gives us the thought of anybody going overboard while on a cruise ship.
** The first one has its fair share of this, too. Ian was blatantly setting up the Chipmunks to burn out at a young age so that he could squeeze some fast money out of them. It must be horrifying to parents of young stars.
%% * AnimalsLackAttributes: Both Chipmunks and Chipettes.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Theodore might be a bit overweight, but using him to kick Miles out of the way of a car (in "Road Chip") collides with the law of impulse conservation.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: The Chipmunks and Chipettes, unlike their earlier incarnations.
%% * BasementDweller: Toby
* BerserkButton: In ''The Squeakquel'', Simon says they won't solve anything with violence, but then he sees the bullies making fun of Theodore and he goes ballistic.
* BigNo:
** [[spoiler:Ian]] does this in a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} near the end of the first movie when he [[spoiler:discovers the chipmunks escaped from his clutches by replacing themselves with their Spanish-speaking dolls]].
--->"¡Madre de Dios! ¡NOOOOOOOOOO!"
** Alvin when he scolds an amnesiac Simon.
--->'''Alvin:''' [[SayMyName SIIII]][[BorrowedCatchphrase IMON!!!!!]]\\
'''Brittany:''' [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Alvin?]] [[NotSoDifferent You're starting to sound like Dave.]]\\
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Happens to Dave in the second films opening, when a giant cardboard prop breaks loose and smacks right into him, literally sending him sailing through the air! This unintentionally sets up the plot, as Dave is [[RealityEnsues heavily crippled and bed ridden]] for the rest of the movie.
* BrickJoke: When Dave first meets the Chipmunks he says, "Squirrels can't talk!" At [[TheStinger end of the movie]] Ian is trying to start a new band with squirrels... who can't talk.
** In the Road Chip, the Chimpunks dress squirrels who wreck their house. At the very end of the movie, the Sevilles go home to see the damage they did.
-->'''Alvin''': Totally forgot about this...
* BringMyBrownPants: This happened to Simon whilst he and Miles try to get past security in "Road Chip", and he nearly gets found out because of that.
* BuffySpeak: In ''Chipwrecked'', Ian at one point calls Theodore and Eleanor "Chubby one" and "Girl chubby one" respectively.
* CassandraTruth: In the 2011 movie, [[spoiler:Simon]] really does go looking for [[spoiler:Alvin]]. He just absentmindedly hopped on that lever, thus winning the jackpot. It's just contrived coincident that the usher presented him with a platter full of winning, in front of Dave.
* CaveBehindTheWaterfall: The island in ''Chipwrecked'' has hidden treasure in a cave behind a waterfall.
* ChekhovsGun: The necklace and the Swiss Army knife in the third movie.
%% * CorruptCorporateExecutive: Ian
* CompanionCube: Zoe has an entire collection of sports ball parodying ''Film/CastAway''.
* CoversAlwaysLie:
** Never once in the second CGI/live-action movie does Brittany wear a black leather jacket as portrayed in a poster.
** In the 2011 movie, a poster portrays Alvin, Simon and Theodore surfing. Never once do they surf in ''Chipwrecked''.
** Or the fact neither Chipmunk nor Chipette wore clothes [[http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR4KAhRwjtk6CW7na6WQr8Ovpam0Yo9L0TAjI5pAIqI-ysQL4IJisweeAqA as]] [[http://filmcutz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/alvin-and-the-chipmunks-chipwrecked-movie-poster-5-800x1240.jpg shown]] [[http://www.aceshowbiz.com/images/still/alvin-chip-wrecked-poster05.jpg in]] [[http://www.newmoviewallpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Alvin_and_the_Chipmunks_Chipwrecked_Wallpaper.jpg these]] [[http://www.filmofilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Alvin-and-the-Chipmunks-Chipwrecked.jpg posters]] during the movie. Not to mention they got Eleanor's fur color wrong.
* {{Dedication}}: ''Alvin and the Chipmunks'', at the end, we got "This film is dedicated to Ross Bagdasarian Sr., who was crazy enough to invent three singing chipmunks nearly fifty years ago."
* DamselInDistress: Jeanette becomes this in the third film.
* DemotedToExtra: Dave in the second film, due to a prop mishap during a charity concert crippling him, thus putting him out of commission for most of the movie, prompting him to send the chipmunks with a relative.
** The Chipettes don't get much screentime as the 'Munks in ''Road Chip''.
* DesperateObjectCatch: In ''Chipwrecked'', Dave tosses Alvin a pocketknife, allowing him to free Jeanette from a leash.
%% * DinkyDrivers
* EatTheEvidence: In a scene in the first movie, Dave sees a little pellet of poop behind Theodore. Simon claims it's just a raisin, but Dave is skeptical. His hand forced, Simon eats the so-called raisin. After a satisfied Dave leaves the room, Simon scowls at Theodore and says, "You owe me ''big'' time." Curiously, [[TrailersAlwaysLie Alvin]] was the one in the trailer who ate Theodore's poop.
* EnemyMine: Dave and Ian when stranded in ''Chipwrecked''.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: So far, every film has ended with Dave screaming his trademark "ALVIN!".
* EvilUncle: Ian plays this role to the Chipmunks in the 2007 movie and then to the Chipettes in its sequel.
* {{Facepalm}}: Ian gets this in the first movie when his attempt to give the sleepy Chipmunks coffee to keep them awake backfires on him right in the ass with the Chipmunks flying into a crazy frenzy and wrecking the recording room.
* FireForgedFriends: The Chipmunks become friends with Miles at the end of ''Road Chip''.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In the first movie, Ian has a Simon doll [[spoiler:that spoke French, calling himself "Simone"]]. In the third movie, [[spoiler:Simon's alter ego calls himself "Simone", speaking in a French accent provided by Alan Tudyk]].
** In the 2009 sequel, Simon falling into a bedpan, picking up Toby's half-eaten taco and complaining that he feels like living in a dump foreshadows [[spoiler:Ryan tossing him into a trashcan and them being tossed into the dump itself]].
** Likewise, Theodore stands next to a brochure for the Los Angeles Zoo. [[spoiler:Guess where he runs away to]] later in the movie?
* FourLinesAllWaiting: The second movie has heaps of subplots.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** At certain points in the first film, the chipmunks randomly scratch behind their ears during a conversation. This became abandoned in later films.
** Also in one scene as Dave meets the 'Munks for the first time, while Simon is saying "You really oughta pay that utility bill, Dave," Theodore can be seen making a face at his reflection on the mixer cup.
** In ''Chipwrecked'', as Alvin is arguing with Dave about being a grownup, Simon can be seen reading a book while Theodore eats the sweets from a basket in the background.
* FreudianExcuse: Miles is such a jerk because he father bailed on him when he was 5.
** James Suggs hates the chipmunks because his girlfriend broke up with him due to him being an obsessive fan of them.
* FurryConfusion: It seems that chipmunks are the ''only'' anthropomorphic animals in these live action series as NO other animals are capable of human speech. It gets rather ridiculous in a few situations throughout the series:
** First movie has a blind man's dog barking at the chipmunks
** Second movie when a cat hisses at the Chipmunks. Later when Theodore runs away to the zoo [[spoiler: face to face with an Eagle]]
** The third movie has Alvin confronting a meerkat (which he refers to a "honey badger"). What it's doing on an island in the South Pacific, is another matter.
** It gets the most ridiculous in the 4th film where Theodore is in the plane's cargo hold with all the other animals.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Ian says this when he "forgets" his keys to [[spoiler:"his" penthouse suite that he's bringing the Chipettes to live with him]].
-->'''Ian:''' Oh darn it! Gosh darn it to heck!\\
'''Brittany:''' What's wrong, Mr. Hawke?
* GroinAttack: In ''The Squeakquel'', Ian gets hit in the crotch with a remote-controlled toy motorcycle.
** In ''Road Chip'' Suggs gets Theodore launched right into his groin.
* HeelFaceTurn: Ian in the third movie. He's still kind of a dick, but he does help Dave and the Chipmunks get off the island.
** Zoe also since she kidnapped Jeanette and tried to force her to dig up the lost treasure on the island, but then has a change of heart after a speech from Ian.
* HeliumSpeech: [[InvertedTrope Turned on its head]] in the first movie with Alvin inhaling helium, only to speak in a low-pitched voice.
* HelpImStuck: In ''Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel'', Theodore gets stuck in a cage at the zoo and Eleanor gets stuck in the mail slot of an apartment complex.
* HollywoodNerd: This appears to be how Simon is portrayed in this universe. He's intelligent, but doesn't act like a total dork.
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: Though the Chipmunks get a fair enough of screen time and focus, it still follows the "unlucky guy in love has cartoon characters as pets" formula.
* HumanlikeHandAnatomy: The Chipmunks and the Chippettes have human-like hands but are otherwise very much like chipmunks.
* HumanMail: Chipmunk variety. In the second movie, the Chipettes mailed themselves to Jett Records in a [=FedEx=] package. They weren't aware that Ian Hawke was out of a job now since the events of the first movie.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Ian hangs a particular nasty {{lampshade}}, first stating he is going to pretend he has a lunch to go to, then immediately doing so incredibly sarcastically.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Ian in all three live action/CGI movies, though mostly dropped during the second half of the third movie, however.
** The school bullies in ''The Squeakquel''.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** In the first film, Ian cruelly and bluntly tells Dave that his songs are terrible and that he should give up songwriting. While he was rude beyond reason, Dave's music really is on the level of novelty children's songs that no mainstream musician would ever perform. In fact, the Chipmunks themselves are most famous for their high pitched covers of other songs rather than their own original music.
** In ''The Squeakquel'', when Ian calls the principal out for being biased in favor of the Chipmunks and not allowing a democratic vote.
** In ''Chipwrecked'', when Ian and Dave are marooned on the island and trying to find food and water, Ian points out that Dave's necklace is edible, but Dave refuses to eat it or let Ian eat it, as it was a gift from Theodore. While Ian does lose points by arguing with Dave over the latter calling Theodore his son, in such desperate times, sentimental value really should take a back seat to survival, so Dave isn't completely in the right.
* LiveActionAdaptation: Of the Alvin and the Chipmunks Cartoon
* LogoJoke: The teaser for the second movie features the Chipmunks doing an acapella of the [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox 20th Century Fox]] {{fanfare}} while dancing around the TCF structure. Unfortunately, it's trailer-exclusive.
* MeaningfulName: The bad guy's name is Ian Hawke. Hawks are, of course, natural enemies of chipmunks.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Promos for ''The Squeakquel'' have a bit of this. In a scene as the 'Munks walk down the hallway and meet the 'Ettes for the first time, they notice them onstage singing; in the actual film, the 'Ettes are in the hallway with them, and the shot of them singing was really their number for the sing-off against the 'Munks. Also, one scene has Alvin saying something to the 'Ettes when he actually flirted with some of the women at lunch.
** One scene featured the 'Munks spinning in the blender; a promo shows Dave being agitated and stumbles, already in casts, when really, Dave wasn't around during that scene in the film. He was really annoyed that Alvin won't go to bed, which doesn't happen until [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil the very end of the movie]].
** Another scene had Simon & Theodore cheering Alvin at the football game, when they're supposed to be at the competition with the Chipettes.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: At the end of the first movie's credits.
* NotSoDifferent: When Simon loses his personality, Alvin has to become the authority figure in ''Chipwrecked''. When he tries to stop Simon from dancing with Jeanette, this happens:
-->'''Alvin:''' [[FirstNameUltimatum SSSSIIIIIIMMMMOOOONNNNNNNNNN]]!!!!\\
'''Brittany:''' Um Alvin, you're starting to sound like [[LampshadeHanging Dave]].\\
'''Alvin:''' [[BigNo Nooooooooooooooooo]]!
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: ''The Squeakquel''.
* OhCrap: In ''Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel'', a hospitalized Dave calls home, unaware that his irresponsible cousin Toby is watching the boys. On the other hand, Toby picks up the phone, thinking its Julie.
* TheOneWhoWearsShoes: Eleanor in ''The Squeakquel'', because Ian insists she has to be taller when onstage.
* PlatonicDeclarationOfLove: Simon and Theodore are hugging Dave and saying they missed him, and the two tease Alvin about being too cool to do likewise. Alvin hems and haws, and ultimately bursts out with a short speech that ends with an "I love you." Given that Dave is essentially the Chipmunks' father figure, it's clear it's platonic.
* PutOnABus: Despite being Dave's love interest, and a key character in the first film, Claire is nowhere to be found in either ''The Squeakquel'' or ''Chipwrecked''. This is mainly because Cameron Richardson refused to reprise the role, as she strongly disliked being in the first film.
%% * ProjectileToast: In the first movie.
* PunBasedTitle:
** For the second movie, ''The Squeakquel''.
** And in the third movie, ''Chipwrecked''.
** The fourth movie too, ''Road Chip''
* RoadTripPlot: ''Road Chip'', of course. The premise of the film being the the Chipmunks three are rushing to Miami to stop Dave from proposing to his new girlfriend and dumping them, based on a misunderstanding.
* {{Robinsonade}}: The main plot of the third movie is the main characters being stranded on an island.
* RushedInvertedReading: All three chipmunks did something wrong in their cover-up of their inappropriate behavior. Simon was holding a book upside-down and Dave corrects him.
* ShaggyDogStory: The fourth film. [[spoiler: As it turns out Dave was never going to propose to Samantha, making the "road chip" to Miami unnecessary. The ring they snatched was actually for his friend Barry who was trying to propose to ''his'' girlfriend.]]
* ShoutOut: See the main [[ShoutOut/AlvinAndTheChipmunks shout out page]] for the franchise.
* SpontaneousChoreography: Used in the finale of ''The Squeakquel''. Despite having never practiced, the six chipmunks pull off a rather impressive dance number.
%% * StarringSpecialEffects
* TheStinger:
** In the first movie, [[spoiler:Ian trying, and failing, to get completely un-humanoid squirrels to sing]].
** In the second, [[spoiler:after the Chipettes realize that Ian is evil and go live with Dave and the Chipmunks, at bedtime, Alvin insists he isn't tired, thus leading him to turn the lights on every time Dave turns them off, and as for Ian, he still goes to the gig, complete with puppets of two of the Chipettes and his dressed as the third. The gig bombs and Ian is thrown into a dumpster]].
** The third has [[spoiler: Dave and the Chipmunks and the Chipettes about to board the plane back home when Alvin tricks the passengers that the plane's headed to Timbuktu. Then Alvin accidentally causes the tray table to plow right into Dave, culminating in the ever-predictable..."AAALLLLVVIIINN!!!!"]]
** The fourth one has [[spoiler: Agent Suggs has escaped the elevator the Chipmunks trapped him in and decides to relax by the pool. He's told to leave since it's for hotel guests only, but Suggs refuses and says [[TemptingFate the only way he's leaving is if they carry him out]]. Two security guards are called in and do just that.]]
* ThatPoorCat: We hear a poor cat screech in the first movie when a frustrated Dave throws his music equipment into the yard.
* ThirdActMisunderstanding: In the first movie, Dave writes a letter explaining why he wants them to leave, which he ''immediately'' throws out because he realizes he cares too much for them. Of course, a few weeks later, Theodore has another nightmare and goes into his room and finds the crumpled paper next to the trash bin and shows it to his brothers. The Chipmunks assume Dave really does hate them and go live with Ian. It's a {{foregone conclusion}} [[spoiler:they eventually reconcile]].
* TrailersAlwaysLie:
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAvczW9skXM&feature=player_detailpage#t=46s one of the trailers]] for the first movie, Alvin eats Theodore's poop when instead it was Simon. In fact, Alvin wasn't even in the scene at the time hence he was taking a shower in the dishwasher. Also, they didn't have their iconic sweaters yet and the voice that comes out of Alvin's mouth isn't Justin Long, it sounds like Ross Bagdasarian Jr. And when Theodore whimpers at the end, it sounds higher like Janice Karman did it instead of Music/JesseMcCartney.
** For the second movie, Simon catches a dodge ball and sends it flying into an opposing player, knocking him out. First off, it was Alvin who caught the ball, though unlike where Simon just caught the ball, Alvin skids a little back and revealing that he caught it. And the guy who was hit was Toby during his flashback.
** Also in the second movie, Simon and Theodore are seen cheering during a football game, which doesn't happen in the movie.
** There was also a scene in the trailer that showed the Chipetttes as cheerleaders.
*** Heck, the Chipettes appear more often in the trailers than the actual movie as they take a backseat to the Chipmunks' high school shenanigans.
** In the Fourth film, there's no scene where the Chipmunks drive a yellow cab.
%% * TwiceShy: Simon and Jennet in the third movie.
* VillainBall: Ian's plan in the second film was working fine performance. Although he doesn't explicitly state his reasons, these actions do make sense in keeping with Ian's character. As a record producer, he probably knows that girl bands are more or less currently out of vogue and the real success is in single-name acts, like Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. Elevating the more photogenic Brittany to the front while reducing Jeanette and Eleanor to backup singers probably makes sense business-wise. Since he's a {{jerkass}} however, he does this through evil means.
* VillainousRescue: Zoe saves Dave from a {{Literal Cliffhanger}}.
* YouMustBeThisTallToRide: In ''Chipwrecked'' when Alvin gets on a waterslide by jumping above the "You Must Be This Tall" sign's height.
* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: In the sequel, while playing dodgeball:
-->'''Simon:''' Glasses! Glasses! You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses, would you?! (''gets hit by a dodge ball'') Right in the pancreas.