Fox to Make Chipmunks Feature

Three more Saturday morning cartoon stars will get 3D makeovers for the big screen when Fox 2000 Pictures, 20th Century Fox Animation and Bagdasarian Prods. produce a live-action/CG version of Alvin and the Chipmunks. The project was announced today by 20th Century Fox Animation president Chris Meledandri, Fox 2000 Pictures president Elizabeth Gabler and Ross Bagdasarian Jr., son of the late Chipmunks creator, Ross Bagdasarian Sr.

Fox says it has begun searching for a top comedy writer and director, and expects to attract an A-list comic actor for the role of Dave Seville, the Chipmunks’ adoptive dad and manager. Chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore will be computer generated.

Bagdasarian conceived Alvin and the Chipmunks in 1958. The squeaky-voiced trio sold 43 million albums and won several Grammys before going on to star in their own animated primetime series and specials and Saturday Morning shows seen in more 100 countries in 40 languages.

"The movie will merge the celebrated history and tradition of our beloved characters with a new comic sensibility and edge," says the junior Bagdasarian, who will produce the upcoming film with Bagdasarian Prods. president Janice Karman.