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'''''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 during the 2007 Christmas season, 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 -- ą la his review of the first ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' 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 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/SherlockHolmes'' 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 in December 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.

'''NOTE:''' ''Tropes under here are '''specifically''' for the [[LiveActionAdaptation live action/CGI]] movies''.
* Tropes exclusive to the [[SeriesFranchise whole franchise]] go in ''Franchise.{{Alvin and the Chipmunks}}'';
* Tropes exclusive to the [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation '60s cartoon]] series go in ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'';
* Tropes exclusive to the [[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 DirectToVideo movies go either in:
** ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetFrankenstein'';
** ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman'';
** ''Film/LittleAlvinAndTheMiniMunks''.

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

* ActorAllusion
** Dave saying "You know, if I made a list of my worst days ever, guess what, today would be at the top of the list" is [[ShoutOut a reference]] to him making a list he makes as [[Series/MyNameIsEarl Earl Hickey]].
** At one point, Alvin shouts "Yippee ki yay, mamacita!" The voice of Alvin, Justin Long, was in one of the ''Franchise/DieHard'' films.
** In the 2009 sequel, Alvin knows the [[Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory Five Ds of Dodgeball]], in which Justin Long, voice of Alvin, appeared in as well.
* AdvertisedExtra: Jeanette gets severely shafted on CharacterDevelopment, having around ten lines in the entire film (minus the singing of course).
* 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.
* 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 CrowningMomentOfFunny 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.]]\\
'''Alvin:''' (''{{beat}}'') NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
* 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.
* 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.
* ChekhovsGun: The necklace and the Swiss Army knife in the third movie.
* [[HumanMail Chipmunk Mail]]: 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.
* CluelessAesop: The first movie has a story/moral in which the three chipmunks realise that fame and fortune is not all it is cracked out to be, and leave the seemingly superficial lifestyle, and the money, behind to enjoy an apparently better down-to-earth life with Dave. Family being more important that materialism is a fairly common aesop... but when one realises that the movie is completely merchandise-driven, and was made to sell tickets, [=CDs=], toys, video games and other merchandise, the moral of turning your back on materialism seems kind of hollow.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Ian
* 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}} / InMemoriam: ''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."
* DemotedToExtra: David in the second film, due to a prop mishap during a charity concert crippling him, thus putting him out of commission for the rest of the movie, prompting him to send the chipmunks with a relative.
* DinkyDrivers
* EatTheEvidence / IAteWhat: 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''.
* EvilUncle: Ian plays this role to the Chipmunks in the 2007 movie and then to the Chipettes in its sequel.
* 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?
* FranchiseKiller: Although the first movie ''did'' respark an interest in the Chipmunks franchise, many fans weren't exactly impressed with the movie... and were even less impressed with the Squeakquel, and even less so with Chipwrecked. And now that a fourth movie has, indeed, been confirmed by Bagdasarian Productions to be in the works, a vast majority of the fanbase is banging their heads on the walls.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 Squeakquel'', when Ian calls the principal out for being biased in favor of the Chipmunks and not allowing a democratic vote.
* LiveActionAdaptation
* 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.
* [[NoAnimalsWereHarmed No Chipmunks Were Harmed]]: 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.
* 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 Pun-Based Subtitle]]
** For the second movie, ''The Squeakquel''.
** And in the third movie, ''Chipwrecked''.
* RealitySubtext: ''The Squeakuel'' involved Brittany being elevated to the front of the band against their wishes. Reminiscent of the naming of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" no doubt, but what song are they rehearsing? "Single Ladies" by Music/{{Beyonce}}, who went through this in RealLife.
* {{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.
* 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]].
* 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.
* TwiceShy: Simon and Jennet in the third movie.
* VillainBall: Ian's plan in the second film was working fine until he threatened the Chipettes just because they all wanted equal partnership in the 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 Jerkas,s however, he does this through evil means.
* 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.

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