Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 teaser.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMike Mitchell[1]
Produced byJanice Karman
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr
Written byJonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
Based onAlvin and the Chipmunks
by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.
The Chipettes
by Janice Karman
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
CinematographyThomas Ackerman
Edited byPeter Amundson
Distributed by20th Century Fox[2]
Release date
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  • December 16, 2011 (2011-12-16)
Running time
87 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States[2]
Budget$80 million[4]
Box office$342.7 million[5]

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (originally Alvin and the Chipmunks 3) is a 2011 American live action/computer animated musical family comedy adventure film directed by Mike Mitchell. It is the third live action/animated film starring Alvin and the Chipmunks following the 2009 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, which was a sequel to the 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks. The film stars Jason Lee, David Cross, and Jenny Slate with the voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox and produced by Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises and Bagdasarian Company. The film was released on December 16, 2011 and grossed $343 million on an $80 million budget. A fourth live action/animated film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, was released on December 18, 2015.[6]


Two years after the events of the second film, Dave (Jason Lee), The Chipmunks, and The Chipettes (Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Christina Applegate, Anna Faris and Amy Poehler) go on a vacation on a Carnival Dream heading to the International Music Awards. The Chipmunks and the Chipettes, especially Alvin, end up creating pandemonium. Later that night, after Dave leaves for dinner at the captain's table to apologize for Alvin's behavior, Alvin sneaks out to the ship's casino, followed by Simon, who hopes to keep Alvin out of further exposure; meanwhile the Chipettes go to the ship's dance club where they have a dance fight with three partygoers, leaving Theodore alone in the room, watching an unsuitable jungle monster movie. Dave discovers that his old boss, Ian Hawke (David Cross), is working as the ship's safety monitor dressed as a pelican, and is out to inform the captain if the Chipmunks and Chipettes cause more problems so he can ruin Dave’s life in revenge. Simon and Alvin are eventually caught in the casino, and are brought back to the room, along with the Chipettes, and all are accused by Dave for not being trustworthy. The next day, Alvin goes para-sailing on a kite, but the kite flies away with him and the other Chipmunks. Dave goes on a hang-glider to find them, but Ian attempts to stop him, and they both end up in the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, the Chipmunks find an island, and they sleep for the night. Dave enlists Ian's help to find the same island and begin looking for the Chipmunks. The next morning, the Chipmunks go and find food, and while they do so, an island castaway named Zoe (Jenny Slate) shows up and sees the Chipmunks and Chipettes for the first time, as she explains that she has been on the island for nine years. They then go to Zoe's tree house, where Eleanor sprains her ankle after falling off a zip line, and Simon gets bitten by a spider, the side effects including personality changes and loss of inhibition.

The morning after, everyone observes Simon's personality has changed, he has amnesia and thinks he is a French adventurous chipmunk named Simone (Alan Tudyk). "Simone" becomes attracted to Jeanette and falls in love with her, but does not take as kindly to Alvin and Brittany. Later, Zoe takes Simone, Jeanette, Eleanor, and Theodore to a lake with a waterfall, and “Simone” finds a cave. He returns with a gold bracelet which he gives to Jeanette as a crown. Brittany and Alvin, having become the "responsible" ones since Jeanette and “Simone” stole their identities, see an active volcano the next day, and they decide that they have to leave the island with the others. Theodore and "Simone" find Dave and Ian, and they go to meet with the other chipmunks. With Alvin and Brittany in charge, they are all assigned jobs to build a raft to leave the island. When Jeanette and "Simone" go and look for food, "Simone" is knocked unconscious, and Jeanette is kidnapped; "Simone" reverts to Simon afterward.

Everyone finds Simon awake, and he cannot remember anything that had happened to him since the change. They discover that Zoe has taken Jeanette, and they head towards the waterfall. When they approach the tree log to cross, Dave and Alvin decide that they will go and find Jeanette. As Zoe encourages Jeanette to find the treasure in the cave by tying her to a rope, Alvin and Dave come to her rescue. Zoe reveals that she purposefully came to the island (counterclaiming her prior claim that she crash landed there as well) in hopes of finding the treasure, but due to nine years she spent alone without human interaction and several spider bites while on the island, her personality was altered and has become a crazy maniac while desperately wanting the treasure. The island begins to rumble again, as Zoe lets go of the rope, and Jeanette runs with Dave and Alvin back to the raft, but is pulled back at the log bridge. Simon swings in to help Jeanette before Alvin can cut the ropes with a Swiss Army Knife. Dave is left hanging from the log when it almost gives away.

Alvin and Ian (who has a change of heart) convince Zoe to help save Dave. They then run towards the raft and escape the eruption. While on the raft, Zoe apologizes to Jeanette for kidnapping her and forcing her to retrieve the treasure. As a gift, Jeanette gives Zoe the gold bracelet that Simon had given to her. Alvin reconciles with Dave, and they are rescued. The Chipmunks and Chipettes perform at the International Music Awards. A new reformed Ian also starts a new career as a screenwriter by selling a screenplay about Zoe's story to Hollywood, earning him his wealth back and making Zoe famous.

In a mid-credits scene, the Chipmunks, the Chipettes and Dave are on a plane ready to go home. Alvin tricks the other passengers into thinking they're going to Timbuktu, much to Dave's annoyance.



On October 26, 2010, according to 24 Frames from the Los Angeles Times, Mike Mitchell, the director behind Shrek Forever After, was in negotiations with Fox to direct the new film.[7] The film featured one of Carnival's newest and biggest cruise ships, Carnival Dream. The external shots and interior stateroom suite were filmed during a 7-day Caribbean cruise. The casino, dance club, and dining room were filmed on a set not attempting to match the actual interior of the Carnival Dream cruise ship.


Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was released in the U.S. on December 16, 2011, and was the first and only live-action/CGI Chipmunks film to be rated G by the MPAA.

Home media[edit]

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was released on DVD and Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D on March 27, 2012 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.[8]


Box office[edit]

The film grossed a total of $133,110,742 in North America, and another $209,584,693 internationally, for a total worldwide gross of $342,695,435.[5] Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked made $6.7 million on its opening day, which was lower than the opening day grosses of the original film ($13.3 million) and its sequel ($18.8 million).[9] For its opening weekend, the film ranked at the #2 spot behind Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with $23.2 million, which was less than the opening weekends of the franchise's previous two films, the original film's $44.3 million and its sequel's $48.9 million respectively.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 12% based on 82 reviews and an average rating of 3.51/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Lazy, rote, and grating, Chipwrecked is lowest-common-denominator family entertainment that's strictly for the very, very, very young at heart."[11] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 24 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[12] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[13]

David Cross, who played Ian in this film and the previous two installments, has spoken critically of the film, calling it “the most miserable experience I ever had in my professional life”. [14]



Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked:
Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedNovember 15, 2011[18]
GenrePop, rock, hip hop, dance
Length42:43 (Album version)
52:32 (Target Exclusive Limited Edition)
49:45 (Digital Deluxe Edition)
ProducerRoss Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karman, Ali Dee Theodore
The Chipmunks and The Chipettes chronology
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked:
Music from the Motion Picture

We're the Chipmunks (Music From the TV Show)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture is the licensed soundtrack based on the film. It was released on November 15, 2011 by Atlantic Records. Released to US Target stores, a limited edition version of the soundtrack was released containing four exclusive bonus tracks. iTunes and released a deluxe edition available only on digital download containing three bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Performing Artist(s)Length
1."Party Rock Anthem"Peter Schroeder, Davide Jamahl Listenbee, Stefan Gordy, Skyler GordyThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes4:14
2."Bad Romance"Nadir Khayat, Stefani GermanottaThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes4:27
3."Trouble"Alecia Moore, Tim ArmstrongThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes3:08
4."Whip My Hair[19]"Ronald Jackson, Janae RatliffThe Chipettes2:31
5."Vacation"Charlotte Caffey, Kathy Valentine, Jane M. WiedlinThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes (featuring BASKO)2:59
6."We Have Arrived (*)"Ali Theodore, Michael Klein, Rachel Rickert, Julian DavisRAE (featuring Classic)3:22
7."Say Hey (I Love You)"Michael Franti, Carl Rogers YoungThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes (featuring Nomadik)3:01
8."Real Wild Child"Johnny O'Keefe, Johnny Greenan, Dave OwensThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes (featuring Nomadik)2:43
9."S.O.S."J.R. Rotem, Evan "Kidd" Bogart, Ed CobbThe Chipettes2:52
10."We No Speak Americano/Conga"Nicola Selerno, Renato Carosone, Enrique GarciaThe Chipettes (featuring Barnetta DaFonseca)2:38
11."Survivor"Beyoncé Knowles, Anthony Dent, Matthew KnowlesThe Chipettes[20]3:59
12."Born This Way/Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now/Firework"Stefani Germanotta, Fernando Garibay, Paul Blair, Jeppe Laursen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, Jerry Cohen, Esther Dean, Mikkel Eriksen, Tom Hermansen, Katy Perry, Sandy Julien WilhelmThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes2:47
Bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Performing Artist(s)Length
13."Club Can't Handle Me"Michael Caren, Tramar Dillard, David Guetta, Carmen Michelle Key, Kasia Livingston, Frederic Riesterer, Giorgio TuinfortThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes3:57
Total length:42:43
Target Limited Edition Bonus Tracks[21]
No.TitleWriter(s)Performing Artist(s)Length
14."Love Train"Kenneth Gamble, Leon HuffThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes2:47
15."Fly"Stan Frazier, Murphy Karges, Mark McGarth, Rodney Shappard, Joseph "McG" NicholThe Chipmunks3:18
16."Help"John Lennon, Paul McCartneyThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes2:19
17."Jungle Boogie"Ronald Bell, Claydes Eugene Smith, Robert Spike Mickens, Donald Boyce, Richard Westfield, Dennis Ronald Thomas, Robert Earl Bell, George BrownThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes1:22
Total length:52:32
Digital Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks[22][23]
No.TitleWriter(s)Performing Artist(s)Length
14."Hello"Martin Solveig, Martina SorbaraThe Chipettes3:07
15."Holiday"Rivers CuomoThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes3:07
16."We'll Be Alright"Rob Coombes, Danny Goffey, Phillip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Mick Quinn, Jonathan Yip, Ray Romulus, Jeremy ReevesThe Chipmunks & The Chipettes (featuring BASKO)3:14
Total length:49:45

Chipwrecked - Queensberry Chipwrecked - Queensberry (ft. The Chipmunks) (*) - denotes original song

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011–2012) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 36
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 23

Video game[edit]

Alvin and the Chipmunks:
Alvin and the Chipmunks - Chipwrecked Coverart.png
Developer(s)Behaviour Interactive
Director(s)Mike Mitchell Edit this on Wikidata
Producer(s)Janice Karman
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. Edit this on Wikidata
Artist(s)Mark Mothersbaugh
Composer(s)Mark Mothersbaugh Edit this on Wikidata
SeriesAlvin and the Chipmunks
Platform(s)DS, Wii, Xbox 360
  • NA: November 15, 2011
  • EU: November 25, 2011
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is a video game based on the film. It was released for the Wii, Nintendo DS, and Xbox 360 on November 15, 2011 in North America and on November 25, 2011 in Europe. Like the previous "Alvin & The Chipmunks" and "Squeakquel" video game adaptations, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman reprised their respective roles. Jason Lee and David Cross reprise their roles as well.

The game follows the plot of the movie. The Chipmunks and Chipettes get washed up on an island. It's up to the player to play as the Chipmunks, Chipettes, Dave, or Ian to get back to the city.


In June 2013, 20th Century Fox announced that a sequel, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, would be released on December 11, 2015.[24] On December 18, 2014 however, it was announced for a December 23, 2015 release.[6] On October 14, 2015, the release date was pushed forward to December 18, 2015.


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