A CG/live-action hybrid based on a popular animated series about high-pitched, musical chipmunks was released on this day in film history.
Alvin and the Chipmunks was written by Jon Vitti, Will McRobb, and Chris Viscardi and directed by Tim Hill. Based on the original series by Ross Bagdasarian, it first was released in theaters on December 14th, 2007.
Like in the animated series, the series centers around a human named Dave and three talking chipmunks with musical talents. In this film, the Chipmunks become popular, but deal with fame and a less-than-scrupulous musical mogul.
The film stars Jason Lee, Cameron Richardson, David Cross as well as the voices of Justice Lon, Matthew Gubler, and Jesse McCartney. A moderate hit in the box office after release, it made over $350 million on a budget of $60 million. Several sequels have since been released as well.