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Teacher Movie Picks: Good Chip-Vibes in “Alvin and the Chipmunks 4: The Road-Chip”

Strutting and dancing their way into their latest movie installment, Alvin, Theodore and Simon star in the latest addition to the hit franchise “Alvin and the Chipmunks” in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” with the returning voice cast of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney.

Pictures courtesy by Century Fox, distributed by Warner Bros. Copyright 2015.

It’s a journey filled with adventure, laughs, music and lots of local color. But director Walt Becker also notes that it’s also about Alvin, Simon, Theodore and Miles finding their way into a kind of blended family. He further points to the film’s new blended family elements as an entryway to this new chapter in the Chipmunks’ lives. It’s no longer just the three boys and Dave Seville. Two new characters – a love interest for Dave, and her teenage son – enter the scene, and turn the ‘Munks’ life and family topsy-turvy.

  Pictures courtesy by 20th Century Fox, distributed by Warner Bros. Copyright 2015.

“I think the idea of a blended family is one that many people can relate to,” says Becker. “The Chipmunks are always trying to do the right thing, but end up doing it in the wrong way. You can mine a lot of comedy from those family experiences.”

There’s also a lot of humor mined from the guys’ cross-country odyssey. It begins when Miles smuggles the ‘Munks aboard a flight, where everything goes wrong. In flight, they meet a new foe – a TSA Agent named Suggs, played by recent Emmy® winner Tony Hale (“Veep”).

Pictures courtesy by 20th Century Fox, distributed by Warner Bros. Copyright 2015.

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” shakes things up, musically. Each stop on the ‘Munks’ and Miles’ quest has its own special character and different musical influence – from modern, hip-hop/country vibe of an Austin, Texas bar to the great jazz, blues and funk of New Orleans, and finally to the Latin flair of Miami.

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Continuing a soundtrack tradition for the series, Alvin, and the Chipmunks put their own delightful new spin on smashes including “Uptown Funk,” “Turn Down For What,” and more. In addition, Redfoo and the boys trade verses on “Juicy Wiggle (Munk Remix).” The soundtrack also features Sheppard’s platinum-certified international hit “Geronimo” and The Score’s “Oh My Love.” Mark Mothersbaugh is the composer and the executive music producer is Alana Da Fonseca.

 

Why it should be your next “Movie Picks?”

Everything about this movie is “fresh and adventurous”.  The movie has improved in terms with its storyline and music scores. But despite having new characters in the movie (Josh Green, Bella Thorne, Kimberly Williams-Paisley), you will still love the main characters just the same with their crazy antics and good-vibe cuteness. From doing just pop music, Alvin and the Chipmunks have gone beyond different music genres (like jazz, country music and EDM) that make people groove to the beat…especially the kids. The storyline has a lesson as well that every family can relate to and this is something usual for most movies…in a good way. 

As an all-aged movie filled with awesome music and good vibes overload, this movie is something fun and engaging for the whole family and friends to watch.“Alvin and the Chipmunks 4: The Road Chip” opens January 20 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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