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Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Chevy Chase, Tim Allen, John Travolta and Ben Stiller were all offered and declined the role of Dave Seville. Jason Lee states that he was so excited the producers offered him a role they originally offered one of his biggest influences, Bill Murray, that he did back flips.
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Comedian David Cross was criticized by his fanbase as well as fellow comedians, notably Patton Oswalt (who, along with Brian Posehn, had been offered and rejected his role in the film) for acting in this movie. Cross responded on his blog where he admitted to taking the role primarily for the money and that he hadn't seen the movie (as he generally dislikes children's films) although he enjoyed working on the film and had "absolutely no regrets at all."
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The animators made it so that the Chipmunks frequently scratch their ears to make them seem more realistic.
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Justin Long (the voice of Alvin) went hoarse frequently during the recording sessions due to the fact they had to pitch up each sentence of dialogue so that the voice altering methods would sound more natural.
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(at around 40 mins) Dave's house number is 1958, the year Ross Bagdasarian created the Chipmunks and released "Witch Doctor" and the "Chipmunk Song."
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In some areas, release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake names 'Simon' and 'Hairy Beast'.
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David Seville was a stage name of Ross Bagdasarian, and his son was originally supposed to portray the character in the film. He took the name "Seville" from the area in Spain, where he had done military service.
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(at around 24 mins) According to Ross Bagdasarian Jr., the name-sake son of the Chipmunks creator, in an Associated Press interview, the piano seen in the movie where Dave and the Chipmunks sing "The Chipmunk Song" is the actual piano that Ross Bagdasarian Sr. used to write and perform the song (as well as "Witch Doctor") that launched the Chipmunks franchise.
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Ross Bagdasarian named the Chipmunks after executives at Liberty Records, who released Seville's and the Chipmunks' original albums. Alvin was named for company president Alvin Bennett, Simon for company vice-president/record producer Si Waronker, and Theodore for recording engineer Ted Keep.
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Alvin wears the signature red baseball cap twice in the film.
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(at around 9 mins) One of Jason Lee's original professional stereo skateboard decks can be seen leaning up against the wall in Dave's house after he arrives home from his meeting with the music executive.
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Initially, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and his wife Janice Karman portrayed Alvin, Simon and Theodore in the film, but were replaced at the studio's insistence with younger actors Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney respectively. (However, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. does provide Alvin's singing voice.)
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(at around 40 mins) When Dave is looking for the Chipmunks outside of his apartment, the camera shows his apartment number "1958" (to the viewers left) for a long time. In December, 1958, the Chipmunk Song was the number one hit in America.
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The plot where Dave Seville meets Alvin, Simon and Theodore came from an episode of the Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983) TV series.
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(at around 1h 25 mins) The phrase the Japanese Alvin doll says ("Konbanwa. Watashi wa Alvin desu") translates to "Good evening. I am Alvin." The Spanish doll ("¡Hola! ¡Me llamo Alvin y yo quiero un hula hoop!") says "Hello! My name is Alvin and I want a hula hoop!" The phrase the French Simon doll says is "Bonjour! Je m'appelle Simon", it translates to "Hello! My name is Simon".
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Ross Bagdasarian Jr. was originally set to portray David Seville; however, due to his age (58 at the time of filming), the younger Jason Lee was chosen.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Salma Hayek and Drew Barrymore were considered for the role of Claire Wilson.
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(at around 42 mins) Beth Riesgraf appears briefly in the movie. She and Matthew Gray Gubler, who is the voice of Simon, are in the show Criminal Minds (2005) together where Beth Riesgraf plays Matthew Gray Gubler's love interest for his character Spencer Reid.
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(at around 1h 20 mins) When the chipmunks are being chased by security, Alvin jumps to the top of the show lamp and says "Yippie-Ki-Yay, mamasita" which is referring to the catch phase "Yippie-Ki-Yay" John McClane (Bruce Willis) says from the Die Hard series. Justin Long (Voice of Alvin) also co-starred in Live Free or Die Hard (2007).
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When Dave (Jason Lee) drinks his spicy coffee his hair changes styles in each shot.
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Matthew Gray Gubler (voice of Simon) plays the character of Dr. Spencer Reid on the TV show Criminal Minds (2005). Jane Lynch (Gail) plays the mother of Gubler's character (Dr. Spencer Reid) in Criminal Minds.
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The film was originally announced in June 1997 and going to be released by Universal Pictures and directed by Robert Zemeckis. But in September 2000 the estate of Ross Bagdasarian filed a lawsuit against Universal Pictures for which the development of the film was halted. It was until 20th Century Fox picked up the project in 2005.
John Cusack were considered for the role of Dave Seville.
The car Dave drives throughout the movie is a mid 1960's Triumph TR4, British sports car.
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All three of the chipmunks were fake. No real chipmunks were harmed in the making of this movie.
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Guy Pearce were considered for the role of Dave Seville.
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James Caan were considered for the role of Ian Hawke.
Sharon Stone were considered for the role of Claire Wilson.
Nehemiah Persoff were considered for the role of Ian Hawke.
Tony Danza were considered for the role of Dave Seville.
When the Chipmunks' song hits number one on the charts the other fictitious songs at the top are '712 Wheatley' by Iron Quick and Robbing, 'Shallow Foresight' by The Stone Allegory, 'Missing the Swans' by Madder Vauxhall, 'Drinking Irony' by Then Seven More, and 'Crog Divided' by Cougar Striped Gum. The next band on the list is Fallen Leader but the song can't be seen.
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