Tagged: Jesse McCartney

Alvin & The Chipmunks Road Chip

Summary: Alvin (voiced by Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) return and this time they have a huge problem. Not only has their ‘father’ Dave (Jason Lee) put a stop to them performing live, so they can be normal kids for awhile, but his relationship with Samantha (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) is going so well it looks like they are about to get engaged.

Now the Chipmunks are happy for Dave but are concerned that if he marries Samantha that wil mean that they that are now ‘brothers’ with a boy that seems to enjoy torturing them, Miles (Josh Green). When they learn that he isn’t too happy about being related to them either the four decide to embark on a road trip to Miami to prevent the engagement from happening.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Walt Becker

Screenwriter: Randi Mayem Singer, Adam Sztykiel, Janice Karman (characters), Ross Bagdasarian (characters)

Cast: Christina Applegate (Brittany (voice)), Jennifer Coolidge (Ms. Price), Kaley Cuoco (Elenaor (voice)), Anna Faris (Jeanette (voice)), Josh Green (Miles), Matthew Gray Gubler (Simon (voice)), Tony Hale (Agent Suggs), Ellie Knaus (Anna), Jason Lee (Dave), Justin Long (Alvin (voice)), Jesse McCartney (Theodore (voice)), Maxie McClintock (Alice), Joshua Mikel (Wyatt the Pizza Guy), Red Foo (himself), Eddie Steeples (Barry), Bella Thorne (Ashley Grey), Kimberley Williams-Paisley (Samantha)

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS:ROAD CHIP REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Well I guess it had to happen to one film and for most territories around the world it was Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip that went up against the might of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When you actually think about it it’s not such a bad strategic move considering that most little kids who will want to see Alvin and co will have very little interest in going to see a film about intergalactic warfare. That leaves the big questions being… is this the kind of movie that will entertain or put my children to sleep?

Anyone who has sat through all four Alvin & The Chipmunks movies will tell you that this has been a franchise that has been all over the shop when it comes to quality. The first film surprisingly had meaning taking a huge swipe at the music industry and the way it treats young artists, but from then (like most of the franchises) these days it seems to have had more lows than highs. That is where you might be pleasantly surprised by Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip.

While the cast in front of the camera (and behind the microphone in some cases) haven’t changed this time around, the crew behind the scenes has. Known comedy director Walk Becker (who has previously brought us Van Wilder and Wild Hogs) steps up to the plate and is probably the reason behind a lot of the slapstick that surfaces this time around. Also new to the creative table are screenwriters who can boast films like Mrs Doubtfire and Due Date on their Resumes.

The new creative team behind the film takes this movie in a completely different direction to the last two films. Here the franchise once again finds its heart as the film explores the delicate subject of siblings being brought together as parents remarry etc. Surprisingly the film actually does that quite well, and while Miles is originally set-up as a brat you are supposed to hate the screenwriters do actually take his character on a journey that allows the audience to see how he ended up the way he did. It’s surprisingly moving.

Of course as you would expect from a movie aimed at the younger demographic there is also a lot of scenes that adults are going to find ‘silly.’ The battle scenes with Agent Suggs (Tony Hale) are over the top and too slapsticky for adults to really enjoy but you can guarantee younger kids will be in hysterics over them. Likewise the Red Foo scenes which are nauseating for anybody that has taste in music, but luckily the latter music scenes depicting the Chipmunks doing everything from playing in a redneck bar to rocking out with a brass band in New Orleans are a lot better.

As is normally the case with this franchise the actors are really overshadowed by the CGI chipmunks. Jason Lee seems to be cruise control, as is Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Tony Hale overacts constantly throughout the film, something that it is obvious he was asked to do by the creative team and for the most past it works. The biggest surprise though is the acting performance of Josh Green. The young inexperienced actor really shows that he may be an actor to watch in the future and he masterfully takes his character on a journey throughout this film. He manages to switch from comedy to moving emotionally scenes at a whim and he is one of the few actors who isn’t over-shadowed by his furry, cute co-stars.

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip has enough crazy scenes and music sequences to keep younger kids happy while the older generations will warm to the more heartfelt moments throughout the film. Yes this film isn’t the car crash many expected it would be.
Stars(3)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip reviews: You can listen to our full Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip  on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #158. You can also read our full Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

Trailer:

Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy

Summary: When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow’s all-important Blue Pixie Dust, and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th June, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Peggy Holmes

Screenwriter: Jeffrey M. Howard, Kate Kondell, John Lasseter (story), Peggy Holmes (story), Robert Gannaway (story),  Lorna Cook (story), Craig Gerber (story)

Cast: Pamela Adlon (Vidia (voice)), Angela Bartys (Fawn (voice)), Jeff Bennett (Smee/Clank/Fairy Gary (voice)), Jim Cummings (Oppenheimer/Port (voice)), Grey DeLisle (MC Fairy/Gliss (voice)), Christina Hendricks (Zarina (voice)), Tom Hiddleston (James (voice)), Megan Hilty (Rosetta (voice)), Jane Horrocks (Fairy Mary (voice)), Anjelica Huston (Queen Clarion (voice)), Lucy Liu (Silvermist (voice)), Jesse McCartney (Terence (voice)), Rob Paulson (Bobble (voice)), Carlos Ponce (Bonito (voice)), Raven-Symone (Iridessa (voice)), Kevin Michael Richardson (Yang (voice)), Youlika Skafida (Fawn (voice)), Kari Wahlgren (Sweetpea/Sydney (voice)), Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell (voice)), Mark Wingert (Starboard (voice))

Runtime: 78 mins

Classification: G

 

OUR TINKER BELL AND THE PIRATE FAIRY REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

While the whole cinema world has been flocking to the cinemas over recent years to see big franchises such as The Hunger Games and The Avengers one much smaller franchise has been chuffing along quite nicely producing enjoyable films while also managing to sell a lot of tickets and DVDs. That franchise has been Disney’s Tinker Bell franchise which is often overlooked by any cinema patron who doesn’t have small children… a shame because it has turned out to be a franchise that has produced some pretty good animated films and always seems to be able to bring an A-List guest to the table… or should that be microphone.

The latest film is the franchise is Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy a film which sees the much loved fairy Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman – American Dad, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) make a much anticipated return to Never Land where most Disney buffs would have first seen her, in the tale of Peter Pan.

The story starts in Pixie Hollow where an inquisitive young fairy by the name of Zarina (Christina Hendricks – Lost River, God’s Pocket) is making a name for herself by asking way too many questions about the science involved with Pixie Dust. When one of her scientific experiment goes horribly wrong and endangers the lives of everybody in Pixie Hollow she flees from her friends to begin a new life.

Years later as Tinker Bell and her friends Silvermist (Lucy Liu – The Man With The Iron Fists, TV’S Elementary), Iridessa (Raven-Symone – Pixie Hollow Bake Off, TV’S See Dad Run), Rosetta (Megan Hilty – Lucky Duck, TV’S It Could Be Worse) and Vidia (Pamela Adlon – TV’S Californication, Louie) prepare for the Pixie Games they are horrified when it comes under attack by Zarina who uses a potion to make everybody sleep while she steals the holy grail… the Blue Pixie Dust. Tinks and her friends set off after Zarina and learn that she has now become part of a crew of Pirates that also features Captain James Hook (Tom Hiddleston – Muppets Most Wanted, Thor: The Dark World) who plan on using the Blue Pixie Dust for criminal gain while putting all fairies at risk.

Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy is a film that deserves a lot more credit than it will ever get from most film buffs. Sure the animation isn’t as spectacular as what you will see in a big Pixar or Dreamworks animation but that is something that you don’t notice due to the good storyline and wonderful characters. In fact it almost feels like a bit of a journey itself being able to sit down and watch the same Disney animation style and characters that we all grew up with when we were children ourselves.

Directed by Peggy Holmes (Secret Of The Wings, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning) and put together by a long list of screenwriters Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy has the challenge of following up The Secret Of The Wings which too many fans of this franchise was the best film to date. Not to be outdone though The Pirate Fairy sees this franchise become a prequel to one of the greatest Disney films ever made Peter Pan. In a way that certainly can’t be described as disrespectful the film explores Tinker Bell’s first crossing of paths with the infamous Captain Hook who of course is one of the animated film world’s best loved villains.

Teh story works well and the decent script allows for Disney to produce the trustworthy formula that has always made their films work. Much loved characters being involved it storylines that will entertain the whole family while also throwing the odd song or two that is going to get stuck inside most audience’s member’s heads long after the credits have rolled. And unlike How To Train Your Dragon 2 the screenwriters here have managed to bring things such as sword fights without bordering into some violence that might scare younger audience members.

As has become the norm in this franchise the voice cast once again put in great performances. For the likes of Whitman, Liu, Hilty and Raven they have voiced these characters so many times that they now deliver performances so professional that they should now be considered some of the better voice actors going around. Once again some A-Listers come to this franchise as guest stars, this time Christina Hendricks voices the rough and ready Zarina while Tom Hiddleston (who most would know as Loki from The Avengers) seems to have a great deal of fun as he voices the legendary Captain Hook.

Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy once again shows that this is a franchise that can deliver quality animated entertainment. The well written script provides a story that is going to be enjoyed by children and parents alike while the fact that it serves as a prequel to Peter Pan means that this is one film that the Disney buffs out there are going to have to have in their collection. At the end of the day Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy is a surprisingly good film.

Stars(3.5)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

 

IMDB Rating:  The Pirate Fairy (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy′: For our full Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #85

Trailer: