Earlier this month, 20th Century Fox announced that Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip will be moving up a few days, from December 23 to December 18. This new release date puts the animated sequel squarely up against perhaps the most anticipated movie of the year, Disney and LucasFilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with Universal Pictures' Sisters. While we'll have to wait a few more weeks to see how these chipmunks fare against the beloved characters from a galaxy far, far away, the studio has released a new trailer for Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip.
Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City...And dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. Will they be able to pull off such a feat and bring the world's most unique pop group back to international stardom?
Jason Lee returns as Dave, with Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney all returning to voice the iconic Chipmunks. This latest sequel also introduces newcomer Bella Thorne in a live action role, alongside Tony Hale, Anna Faris, Kaley Cuoco, Christina Applegate, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Josh Green. Based on the beloved characters created by Ross Bagdasarian, Walt Becker directs from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel.
The Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise has certainly been a lucrative one for 20th Century Fox. The first entry, 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks, earned $361.3 million domestic from a $60 million budget, paving the way for 2009's Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel, which took in $443.1 million at the box office from a $75 million. The last entry, 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, dropped a bit from its predecessor, but still proved the franchise had staying power, bringing in $342.6 million worldwide from a $75 million budget
The introduction of beloved young actress Bella Thorne could propel the franchise to new heights, bringing in a whole new fan base for the animated movie, but it certainly will have a tough road ahead, going up against Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Do you think Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip will continue the franchise's streak of box office success? Or will this "road chip" end in a disaster that brings this movie series to a screeching halt? While we ponder that question, take a look at the latest footage.