Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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CGI update has mayhem, laughs, and some edginess.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

Each story has an obvious lesson, usually related to getting along with others, that's illustrated in the plot through the characters' experiences. The chipmunks -- Alvin and Brittany in particular -- don't always make good decisions, but they do recognize when their mistakes have hurt someone else and make amends. Some mild potty humor.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dave is a positive influence on the boys, but Alvin's sense of mischief usually misguides him anyway. At different times, all of the chipmunk characters prove themselves to be kind, considerate, and loyal to each other.   

Violence & Scariness

Some falls and other physical humor, but no injuries. 

Sexy Stuff

Alvin fancies himself a ladies' man and often flirts with his classmates and crushes on the occasional grown-up woman. There are veiled hints at sexual topics (a scene mentions the birds and the bees, for instance). Some scenes show female characters in a suggestive light, as when Alvin imagines his comely principal shakes out her hair and looks at him longingly. 

Language
Consumerism

The show puts fresh faces on classic characters who appear in previous series and movies and on a lot of merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks is a CGI reboot featuring the classic singing chipmunks led by mischievous Alvin. The characters' antics are similar to those on the original TV series and the more recent movies -- there's some mild crudity, slapstick humor, and general mayhem -- but there's an edge to it that comes from the boys being high school students in this story. Expect some boy/girl dynamics with flirting, crushes, and some allusions to concepts such as the birds and the bees. The stories try hard to promote positive messages about self-image, overcoming challenges, and being a good friend, but they're often overshadowed by the lighter aspects of this comical show. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byYoGranny November 30, 2015

Garbage!

This show is morally corrupt in every way imaginable. It makes kids think that being mean to others and street skating makes you cool! Another thing, the Chipet... Continue reading
Adult Written byGregory Nelson September 13, 2015

Meh

Alvin & the Chipmunks had detailed boots in formats, 2D animation, live action, and now CGI, but for the plot and story, this is mediocre and they make... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 31, 2016

I think this show is terrible

A show about talking chipmunks sometimes can get a little innapropriate for younger children
Teen, 16 years old Written byMaddie L. September 7, 2015

Great show! Love those chipmunks!

It's age appropriate for anyone, except for babies. Because of the fact that babies don't watch tv or even want to. Regardless, it's good, an... Continue reading

What's the story?

ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMUNKS chronicles the antics of three brothers -- Alvin (voiced by Ross Bagdasarian Jr.), Simon (Bagdasarian again), and Theodore (Janice Karman) -- who just happen to be walking, talking chipmunks and singing sensations, making them big stars in their town and school. Led by the self-confident Alvin, the boys get into all kinds of wild adventures that call for scheming, which is Alvin's special talent, and drive their dad, Dave (Bagdasarian), a little crazy! Their escapades usually involve their chipmunk friends Brittany (Karman again), Jeannette (Karman), and Eleanor (Vanessa Chambers) as well. 

Is it any good?

CGI gives these classic characters a welcome makeover that bridges the gap between their original animated selves and the versions in the more recent movies that rekindled their fan appeal. Here they're jeans-wearing, high school-attending American teens dealing with teachers, girls, and all the little inconveniences that arise along the way. Their experiences are laughable at times, but in some cases they impart memorable lessons about positive character, even as they come to better appreciate the gifts others have to share.

Of course, no self-respecting Chipmunks production would get far without capitalizing on the characters' distinctive high-pitched voices, and each episode incorporates an original song as well as some more recognizable ones. It's not destined to be a standalone classic, but this update is a respectable addition to the Chipmunks conglomerate. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the recent trend of updating classic shows. Do series such as this one introduce a new generation of viewers to proven characters such as the Chipmunks? Which other vintage shows do you like? Do you think an update would improve those characters, or is it iffy to mess with a classic?

  • Is Alvin ever held accountable for his mischief? How do consequences in shows such as this one compare to what they would be in the real world? Is it always understood that discrepancies such as that are for the sake of entertainment, or could they be misinterpreted as representing the truth? 

  • Kids: Do you like the music on this show? Are you tempted to seek it out and buy it now that you've heard it here? How are your buying habits influenced by what you see on TV? 

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