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    Posted: December 15 2007 at 4:51pm

Looks like Alvin might finish just above our threshold at 27% at RT. I Am Legend, which roasted the chipmunks at the box-office managed a 60%, just good enough to garner a "fresh" rating.

Wouldn't it be interesting if somebody made a "last man on earth" flick where the man/woman really was the last person on earth? The best movie of that theme, imho, is still The Quiet Earth, a largely forgotten but outstanding 1985 indie from New Zealand. Finding it is a bit difficult since most of the major rental outlets no longer have it on the shelves. I believe it was released on DVD about a year and a half ago.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote saturnwatcher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 13 2007 at 5:27pm

Let's consider those 3 possibilities in turn:

A) Flat Broke: It's been most of 40 years since Dear Old Dad caught lightning in a bottle with that whole "chipmunk" business, and let's face it: The idea really didn't really have legs. The cartoon was popular for a few years, then died.  The annual royalties from the Christmas album these days probably couldn't buy a lunch at McDonalds. Ross jr. hasn't exactly done much on his own, apart from a handful of mostly unsuccessful attempts to milk a few more dollars reintroducing a couple of new generations to The Chipmunks. "Broke" looks like a pretty good possibility...

B) Dead Drunk: I don't know the man. I'm entirely clueless as to his personal habits along these lines, and I'm not anxious to get sued.

C)Being Blackmailed by Somebody: Doggone if I wouldn't love to believe that we could offer that excuse to explain Tim Burton's involvement in Peewee's Big Adventure. Still, I wouldn't presume to understand the mind of your average blackmailer, but if I were going to participate in something of that nature, I'd go after a bigger fish than Ross Bagdasarian Jr., if you get my drift. How much shame can you lay at the doorstep of a person who has spent a lifetime enduring the legacy of being the offspring of the man who created Alvin and the Chipmunks? You could probably actually improve this man's public image if you sold videos of him playing jacks with Osama Bin Laden. I think we have to rule this one out...

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote wetbandit82 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 13 2007 at 11:53am

Given that Ross Bagdasarian Jr. is indeed on board with this after all, one can only assume that at the moment's he's either:

A) Flat Broke

B) Dead Drunk, or

C) Being Blackmailed by Somebody 

 

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Originally posted by saturnwatcher

Yep...only 6 reviews in so far, but it's something less than a promising start.

It's now up to 28%, with 3 of the 6 "cream of the crop" critics giving it a thumbs up, but we've only just begun receiving the reviews on this one.

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote saturnwatcher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 13 2007 at 4:45am
Yep...only 6 reviews in so far, but it's something less than a promising start.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tomsmobr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 13 2007 at 4:05am
I saw on Rotten Tomatoes that Alvin & The Chippunks was at 0%. Of course, by Friday there will be more reviews:   http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1184827-alvin_and_the_chipmu nks/
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cvcjr13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2007 at 9:49am

That was pretty bad.  It would have been great, but when Nat 'King' Cole suddenly starts sounding like Rochester, it lost me. 

Response from Head RAZZberry: I, too, found the "Chipmunks Roasting" song itself quite funny, but having the ever-elegant (and always well-spoken) Nat "King" Cole sound like an AMOS 'n' ANDY character when he talks was off-putting for me as well... 

Originally posted by saturnwatcher

Suddenly, one of my favorite Christmas carol parodies comes to mind:

Chipmunks roasting on an open fire!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=N0yyITRyvM4

It ranks right up there with: The Restroom Door Said "Gentlemen"

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Post Options Post Options   Quote saturnwatcher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2007 at 8:37am

Suddenly, one of my favorite Christmas carol parodies comes to mind:

Chipmunks roasting on an open fire!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=N0yyITRyvM4

It ranks right up there with: The Restroom Door Said "Gentlemen"

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Post Options Post Options   Quote tomsmobr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2007 at 7:42am
Originally posted by SchumacherH8ter

The man was able to open a film about a homeless dad at number 1 against a movie about dragons. There's no question it will be number 1.

Response from Head RAZZberry: I assume by "the man" you mean Will Smith, not Jason Lee. If so, I think you've gotten tomsmobr's point discombobulated. I believe he was suggesting I AM LEGEND and not ALVIN would open at #1... 

Originally posted by tomsmobr

I don't think Alvin & The Chimpmunks will do well, consider it's going up against I Am Legend with Will Smith... 
                                                                                            

Yea I was thinking that I Am Legend will open at number #1 on December 14th which is when Alvin & The Chipmunks is coming out. I was also thinking that maybe Alvin may do the same as Fat Albert did when it came out in December of 2004
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Movie Man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2007 at 5:22am
SchumacherH8ter, was the movie you were thinking of "The Pursuit of Happyness," which beat the crap-fest "Eragon" last year?? 
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I meant "I Am Legend".
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SchumacherH8ter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2007 at 3:32am

The man was able to open a film about a homeless dad at number 1 against a movie about dragons. There's no question it will be number 1.

Response from Head RAZZberry: I assume by "the man" you mean Will Smith, not Jason Lee. If so, I think you've gotten tomsmobr's point discombobulated. I believe he was suggesting I AM LEGEND and not ALVIN would open at #1... 

Originally posted by tomsmobr

I don't think Alvin & The Chimpmunks will do well, consider it's going up against I Am Legend with Will Smith... 
                                                                                            

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Berrynoia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2007 at 12:49am
Originally posted by HeadRAZZBerry

WITH JOKES THAT INCLUDE 'THE MUNKS' EATING THEIR OWN BMs

Makes me think of the phrase "Eat S*** and Die."  Considering this movie and the hideous stars, I wish the latter part of the statement was also true.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote moviewizguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2007 at 11:57am
Yeah, I hated the sound of it...now they're so cute and cuddly! You can't help it! You see their chubby cheeks and their high pitched voices. Tell me that doesn't get you.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Movie Man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2007 at 9:52am
It's out of consideration for the Best Animated Feature, but another might get cancelled out as well.

http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=awardcentral&j ump=features&id=eooactor08&articleid=VR1117977277

Alvin, Simon and Theodore can cancel their limo's.
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has concluded that Fox's live action/animation hybrid "Alvin and the Chipmunks," which comes out next week, doesn't qualify in the best animated feature category.

Decision was made by the animated feature screening committee based on the rule that in a qualifying film, "animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture's running time."

Acad recently informed Fox of the decision. As a result, 11 toons are now vying for three potential nominations. Including "Alvin," 12 were originally submitted.

"Alvin" is one of two pics, along with "Beowulf," that observers thought might not qualify. But after considering whether motion capture technique used by helmer Robert Zemeckis in "Beowulf" counts as animation, committee ultimately decided that it does and is considering that pic for a nod.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tomsmobr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2007 at 6:35am

I don't think Alvin & The Chimpmunks will do well, consider it's going up against I Am Legend with Will Smith... 

 

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