A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there's no questionable content on this cheerful movie soundtrack. Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and their "dad" attack both beloved classics and current hits with their unique signature sound. Most families will find Alvin's mischievous antics -- inspiring the annoyed "Alllviinnnn" response -- amusingly familiar.
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What's the story?
Who could have guessed that some silly backup vocals on a 1958 novelty hit would jump-start a 50-year pop music career? ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS have now delighted several generations of kids -- and their parents -- with goofball antics and squeaky self-expression. When the chipmunks hit the music scene back in the '50s, the originality of studio-altered voices alone was enough to charm the socks off listeners of all ages. But after so many years, its now the endearing, if predictable, characters that keep them popular.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why the Chipmunks have enjoyed a 50-year career while other pop acts have come and gone. How do you think the characters' funny voices are created in the recording studio? Do you know how to make your own voice sound like one of the Chipmunks? Playing around with a digital sound program and making your own Chipmunks-style recording could be a fun family project.