11. ALVIN, SIMON, AND THEODORE IN ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS (2007)
The old cartoon TV show was charming, fun, and ripe with snappy humor. In other words, the polar opposite of Hollywood’s 2007 reincarnation of the squeaky-voiced trio.
In the feature film, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore go out of their way to check off every children’s movie cliché known to man. Stupid potty humor involving farts and burps? Yup. Goofy versions of classic songs (i.e., “Funky Town”) that’ll leave adults hating tracks they once dug? Present. Slapstick gags that any six-year-old with a colored pencil and a notepad could’ve dreamt up? But of course.
Compared to Alvin and the Chipmunks the movie, those old cartoons were works of Shakespearean maturity.