Sunday, April 6, 2008

Movies with Penguins: The Chipmunk Adventure

I recently bought Alvin and the Chipmunks - The Chipmunk Adventure on DVD and was pleasantly surprised to see it had a segment with penguins in it and a short part of it based in Antarctica. This has inspired me to start a new series of posts. It will not be a series updated at regular intervals, but rather updated whenever I come across movies that feature penguin characters. If I get around to it, I will post at least a few more this week because I know I own at least a few other movies with penguins in them. Several of those movies, though, are back at my home in AZ and not with me in my apartment in D.C., so I will have some more to add for sure in May when I move back to AZ. This series of posts may end up being sporadically added to, but I think it will make for a fun archive of posts to go through for those who love penguins (like me) and want to discover new movies that at least feature penguins a little. This series will be categorized under the label Movies with Penguins, which will appear in the label list on the right side navigation of all Postcards from Antarctica blog pages.

So, on to how penguins are in Alvin and the Chipmunks - The Chipmunk Adventure movie. In this movie the Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon, and Theodore) race around the world in hot air balloons against the Chipettes (Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor). In once scene one of the Chipettes wins the affection of a young prince, who gives her a penguin as a gift.

She does not want to marry the prince, though, and they escape to continue the race and hope to beat the Chipmunks. Before they continue, though, they make a side trip to take the penguin back home to his family in Antarctica. Here men try to steal the dolls they are delivering and picking up along their route and the penguins help the Chipettes escape by throwing snowballs at them.

The scenes with the penguin and their short stop in Antarctica is not that big a part of the plot, but it is significant enough that it is easily noticed even if you are not a big penguin lover like me. It also leads into a pivotal change in the course of the race. The animation is also not exactly an accurate representation of penguins in that the main penguin is colored pink and the penguins are shown living in igloo like dwellings, but considering the type of movie this is I think it is fine that the penguins are not accurately portrayed. It is not like chipmunks really talk and can even operate a hot air balloon. At least in the end most of the penguins are properly colored black and white and I believe the pink one was done differently to more easily pick him out when there is the scenes with multiple penguins. By the way the rest of the movie is enjoyable, too, unless the Chipmunk character voices annoy you.

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