|From the director of "SpongeBob, The Movie" is "Garfield 2", Tim Hill, and directly from the" pens "of Jon Vitti (author of the screenplay of"The Simpsons"), Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi will be released on January 18, 2008 ALVIN SUPERSTAR the film, distributed by Twentieth Century Fox and based on the legendary cartoon created by the mind of Ross Bagdasarian Sr. The production of the film is handled by Ross Bagdasarian Jr . (son of the author of the original cartoon), together with his wife Janice Karman: the two have led Bagdasarian Priductions since the late 70s and have worked hard, after the death of Ross's father, for the diffusion of the "Chipmunk " in the world.
THREE INDISCIPLINED SQUIRRELS
At the beginning of the story we meet the three squirrels Alvin, Simon and Theodore as their house is torn down to make a Christmas tree. With the three still inside the trunk, the tree is sent to its destination, in the lobby of the prestigious Jett Records, led by the wicked and cunning Ian Hawk (David Cross) in downtown Los Angeles. Ian was the college roommate of Dave Seville (Jason Lee), an unfortunate musician and songwriter who never gave up hope of achieving professional success through his whimsical musical sensibility.
When Dave goes to Jett Records to propose a new song to Ian, he is crudely knocked out. Grabbing a basket of muffins to console himself, Dave walks past the Christmas tree being arranged in the lobby. The squirrels, smelling the scent of tasty treats, jump into the basket without Dave's knowledge, who unwittingly takes them with him to his apartment, where the new guests settle down rather comfortably and in great secrecy.
Before even saying a single word, the squirrels turn the house upside down, turning it into a disaster area. Their ridiculous and devastating habits are numerous, from storing waffles under the carpet (stocks for the winter, squirrels explain) to leaving some mysterious dark spherical objects (which Simon insists on calling .. raisins) lying around the house. Shocked by what the three squirrels have done to his apartment, Dave is even more amazed when he discovers that the three rodents not only talk, but even sing.
Despite his doubts about the new tenants, Dave takes the opportunity to combine his artistic prowess with the unique talents of the three Chipmunks. Their first collaboration, The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late), immediately becomes a smash hit, propelling the squirrels to the pinnacle of stardom. The three enjoy all the ensuing corollary: album launch parties, limousines, photographers' flashes, fans and interviews.
At the same time, Alvin, Simon and Theodore decide to take on the role of Cupid, frantically trying to create a romantic setting for a meeting between Dave and his ex Claire (Cameron Richardson). Amidst Dave's embarrassment and consternation, the three prove to be much better as singers than as organizers of love conventions.
But Dave's problems extend far beyond missed romantic opportunities. Ian's greed and Dave's struggles to keep commitments create a rift between him and his lovely rodent friends. Alvin, Simon and Theodore once again venture out into the world and land directly into Ian's corrupt contemporary pop music environment. As the latter pushes them towards the breaking point, the three begin to understand the real meaning of loyalty, family and friendship. But is it too late to escape Ian's clutches and find their way back to Dave?
ALVIN SUPERSTAR, a global phenomenon that has delighted generations of fans, becomes a film made partly in animation and partly in live action, with a very original comic note. Musician Dave Seville transforms song squirrels Alvin, Simon and Theodore into sensational pop stars, as the runaway trio ravages his home, destroys his career and completely disrupts his once orderly life.
The film stars Jason Lee ("My Name is Earl") as Dave Seville, David Cross ("Arrested Development") and rising star Cameron Richardson, while voicing Alvin, Simon and Theodore Justin Long (" Leaping Balls "- Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," Die Hard - Live Free or Die Hard "), Matthew Gray Gubler (" Criminal Minds "," RV) and the actor- pop artist Jesse McCartney. "Garfield 2" (Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties) director Tim Hill is directing the film, the screenplay for which is the work of "The Simpsons" veteran Jon Vitti and Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi ("The Tale of Despereaux "). Producers are Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., son of the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Janice Karman.
Alvin and his friends have wreaked havoc in Dave Seville's life and have entertained spectators around the world for nearly fifty years and under various incarnations. From the moment they were born from the creative mind of Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., the squirrels and their music have taken hold of young and old, becoming a milestone of popular culture.
According to producer Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., transposing Alvin to the screen was a long-standing goal. "Janice [Karman] and I had been planning to bring these characters to the big screen for at least ten years, and the thing we really cared about was being able to make a movie that appealed to all three generations of fans Chipmunk have had. over time. Whatever we did with squirrels, we always strived to be original. We thought it would be fun to transpose the squirrels into the real world and reinvent their look to make it look believable in that environment, "explains the producer.
"We wanted to make sure that the squirrels retained the essence of the characters that the various generations of fans grew up with," adds Karman, "so that, even in the new three-dimensional guise, the spirit of the original creation was intact."
Under the watchful eyes of the two producers, the hearts of the beloved characters - the naughty but well-meaning Alvin, the intellectual Simon and the lovable Theodore - has remained intact.
Adds Karman: "Ross and I have never seen these characters as just cartoons, because they have real emotions. While Alvin is cheeky, he is also vulnerable. Simon is the eldest, and because squirrels have no parents, it's the adult who takes care of little Theodore and tries to moderate Alvin's excesses ".
As director Tim Hill points out, the Chipmunks have been greatly enhanced stylistically and behaviorally for their big screen debut. "These aren't our parents' squirrels," laughs Hill. "They have a contemporary air and attitude, they appear and move very differently than previous versions of the characters. They are exuberant and funny, they sing and dance. They are pop superstars… in fur."
Additionally, the filmmakers raise the emotional stakes for Alvin, Simon, Theodore and Dave. “We wanted to tell a comforting story about the birth of a new family,” explains Hill. "Dave, despite the doubts he has about himself and the creatures he cares about, eventually learns to love them."
THE CHIPMUNKS IN ACTION: THE SCRIPT
The producers and the production house asked screenwriter Jon Vitti to come up with a story for ALVIN SUPERSTAR. Bagdasarian and Karman wanted a brilliant script, and being fans of Vitti's work, they waited eight months until Jon was available. Vitti, who has long been engaged as the author-producer of "The Simpsons" (The Simpsons) and was one of the brilliant authors of the tape hit "The Simpsons Movie", was delighted opportunity to give birth to a new incarnation of squirrels. "I knew that I would enjoy writing the story and that the film had the potential to appeal to all age groups," he notes. "It's a timeless and a bit extravagant story, but full of feeling: a father figure with three singing squirrels who actually become his children."
Vitti remembers people's reactions when they learned that he was writing the story and co-writing the film version of ALVIN SUPERSTASR. "It was fun to watch people excited about a new movie with the three squirrels. The characters are fondly remembered and everyone loves their songs."
The pair formed by Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi made a notable contribution to the final script, which includes a concert sequence in which the squirrels perform in front of thousands of fans, while Dave tries to free them from the clutches of ruthless music producer Ian . “It's a great scene, at the height of the movie, and it was a lot of fun writing it,” recalls McRobb. "But he didn't find a truly appropriate location until the location was established."
The location it refers to is the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, one of the most prestigious and respected institutions in the city. From young Judy Garland to recent stacks of American Idol attendees, everyone has performed on the celebrated stage, which can now add Alvin, Simon and Theodore to the list of prestigious hosted personalities.
McRobb & Viscardi have conscientiously taken on the responsibility of updating the ALVIN SUPERSTAR story to a new generation of fans. "Almost everyone on our planet knows The Chipmunk Song," says Viscardi. "Characters and music are an integral part of our popular culture and we have been particularly attentive to this aspect."
However, the responsibility for the task they had to complete was full of fun in the company of the three squirrels. "While we were busy with the script, we often had the feeling that we were involved in something really nice: for example, when I had to transcribe the word 'Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah', trying to figure out how to spell it," he explains. laughing McRobb.
ACTING WITH A CAST OF SQUIRRELS
The old adage so popular in show business, which goes: "Never work with children and animals", took on new meaning for the cast of the film, who found themselves working with baby animals! Fortunately for everyone involved, the collaboration between the bipedal cast and quadrupedal (CG) counterparts was simple and fruitful.
But the casting process wasn't easy. Director Tim Hill notes that Dave Seville's character required a rare combination of brilliance, charisma and sympathy, "all of which Jason Lee brought with him." Adds Ross Bagdasarian: "It was important to find an actor with a certain kind of appeal, who would keep the audience sympathetic even when he yells his 'ALVIN !!!' (typical exclamation for Dave). We were lucky to find Jason who has that kind of charm and appeal. "
In addition to his brilliant skills, Lee had an idea of what it means to interact with characters who aren't really there. “It takes a lot of skill to make Alvin, Simon and Theodore believe they are there with Jason; what makes them real are Jason's actions and attention,” Bagdasarian continues. "The task was three times more complicated for him, however, since he had to deal with three characters who rarely stand next to each other. He always had to keep in mind which squirrel was talking and from where."
"Jason seemed surprisingly comfortable acting with no one around," agrees Tim Hill. "And David Cross had a fantastic command of the scene, being able to shoot one sequence after another."
"Having to remind myself where the squirrels were hopping and in which order was the greatest difficulty," adds Lee. "Alvin goes to one side, Simon to the other, Theodore is here ... no, he is there ... and now even further!", Laughs the actor, gesturing to underline his explanation.
"Acting alongside anyone is sometimes difficult because of the technical aspects involved," says David Cross. "Sometimes it only takes a single speck of dust to catch your eyes to force you to take another shot."
Lee and Cross were chosen by longtime writing duo McRobb & Viscardi, much to the delight of the writers. "We took off some of the pressure when we learned Jason Lee and David Cross were going to voice our lines," says McRobb. The writing duo also notes that Cross's casting of Ian, the treacherous record artist, has given the character a new depth. Viscardi explains: "David doesn't look like the classic villain and that was a lot of fun. In the early drafts of the script, Ian looked more like the prototype of the crafty record company. David brought out the more awkward and intimate sides of the character, so his Ian he's a guy who tries to be different from what he is, assuming the attitudes of a powerful and brilliant man. But inside ... he's still a clumsy guy. "
The character of Dave's ex and possibly future girlfriend, Claire, adds another dimension to the beleaguered musician. "Dave has a comically difficult history with women; it's another aspect of his inability to put his life in order," says Cameron Richardson. "I think their relationship is more attractive to the adult audience. Dave has to learn to grow and his relationship with Claire is part of the process."
Three of the hottest young actors of the moment - Justin Long from "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story", Matthew Gray Gubler from "Criminal Minds" and sensational pop artist / actor Jesse McCartney - joined the project in post-production phase to give voice to Alvin, Simon and Theodore respectively. Producers Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman were thrilled with the work all three did - no small job, considering Ross Bagdasarian's father had initially given voice to all the squirrels, and then Bagdasarian Jr. and Karman had been playing their voices for the past thirty years. "Justin, Matthew and Jesse were good and funny, while still managing to convey the deepest hearts of the characters," says a flattering Bagdasarian.
ANIMATION OF THE SQUIRRELS
In ALVIN SUPERSTAR the protagonists have been completely redefined for the digital age. It took the right fusion of the real world and cutting-edge digital animation to make the squirrels compelling in a live-action film. While this new look definitely has some advantages over the cartoon Chipmunks we've known and loved for over 45 years, the characters retain their essential traits, their signature chipmunk. "The challenge was to make them believable in a live action environment, but still be identifiable with the Chipmunks we know and love," explains producer Janice Karman.
The new look comes many years after Alvin, Simon and Theodore debuted on The Ed Sullivan Show alongside Bagdasarian Sr.'s Dave Seville. At first, the Chipmunks looked more like real squirrels than the colorful characters they've become. afterwards.
The animated series "The Alvin Show" debuted on television in the fall of 1961 and coincided with a new look for the three Chipmunks. The marked features and the purely animalistic aspect are replaced by a more friendly, colorful and lively appearance. Later, although Karman oversaw a revamped design for the second cartoon series, launched in 1983, the squirrel look has remained virtually unchanged… until now.
The renewed look of the Chipmunk was the result of a long and complex process, which went on during production and even in post-production. Working closely with Bagdasarian and Karman, some of the leading character designers on the market have contributed to the squirrels' new look: among them, HB "Buck" Lewis, whose prestigious curriculum includes "Ratatouille" and "Ice Age. "(Ice Age), and Chris Consani, who worked on" Night at the Museum "and" The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe "(The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe).
As the characters were being finalized, animation supervisor Chris Bailey and the team at Rhythm & Hues Studios, whose skills in character animation were most prominently displayed in "Night at the Museum," Happy Feet "and" The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe ", have begun producing their own animated spells, virtually creating the performances of Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Taking classic characters that have been loved by generations of fans and transforming their look, while maintaining a sense of familiarity with the past, was a major challenge, but one that Bailey was totally able to take on. Bailey has been in the digital world for many years and has lent his talents to the likes of "X2", "Garfield" and "My Big Fat Friend Albert" (Fat Albert).
The keepers of the Alvin phenomenon, Bagdasarian and Karman, were impressed by the work done by the animators. "Chipmunks can only be attractive and interesting to the extent that animators make them so," Bagdasarian points out. "The animation team managed to arouse feelings for the Chipmunks, people identify with the creatures. Alvin couldn't just be someone who knows everything about everything and a daredevil, he also had to be vulnerable. Theodore is tender and greedy as ever. , but the animators gave him a very engaging touch of naivety. Simon is as smart as he should be, but he also has a great sense of humor and is able to stand up to Alvin when needed. Chris Bailey and Rhythm & Hues they gave the characters these fundamental facets. "
But before starting work, the animators at Rhythm and Hues videotaped Karman and Bagdasarian talking about the Chipmunks, describing the idiosyncrasies of each of them and the reactions each would have in a certain situation. "Alvin and Simon could fight each other, Alvin and Theodore could fight too, but Simon and Theodore would never do that," says Karman.
To create the Chipmunk performances, Bailey worked hand in hand with director Tim Hill, with the actors and with the main technical managers. Early in pre-production, Bailey and Hill storyboarded the script and effects shots, always looking for fun actions for the characters to perform in a given scene.
During the main filming, the squirrel scenes were tried with soft toys, which the artistic and technical cast called the 'stuffed', instead of the characters in CG. In the meantime, new scenes and situations were being developed in which the singing trio fell.
During post-production, Bailey verified the work of the Rhythm & Hues animators responsible for the individual Chipmunks. "I was a concentrate of Alvin, Simon and Theodore," Bailey explains. "My job was to make sure everyone understood the characters and kept their performances consistent."
Bailey mixed character traits with fast-paced, high-tension action. "I was always looking for things the squirrels could interact with," explains the head of animators. "For example, when they jump from one place to another, could they spill a glass of water or drop a book? Does it matter to them when, for example, they are in front of a plant and have to pass it? I suppose Alvin would jump through the plant? , knowing he won't get hurt. Simon would be more careful, he wouldn't want to ruin anything of Dave's property, so he'd walk past the plant. Theo would crash into the plant instead. "
Bailey cites a very satisfying sequence in which the Chipmunks perform a new version of their classic hit Witch Doctor in front of legions of fans, then attend a backstage party. "In this situation they are real stars," he explains enthusiastically. "The scene is massive, opulent, beautifully designed and choreographed. And the song is gorgeous and fun."
"When the animation was added, everyone - the cast, the director, the producers - loved the scene so much, to the point that, according to them, it should have lasted longer. This was a very welcome compliment to the team. entertainers ".
Rhythm & Hues animation supervisor Lyndon Barrois directed the Chipmunk performances through seventy-three animators in Los Angeles and another ten located in India. For Barrois, the biggest challenge was the scale of the characters. "Alvin, Simon and Theodore are small and have to interact with humans while maintaining their squirrel characteristics," explains the animation supervisor. "We wanted to make these singing and dancing squirrels credible to the public, but still squirrels!".
To learn about the phenomenal trio's past, the animation staff met with Bagdasarian and Karman, watched episodes of the original television series "Alvin and the Chipmunks" (Alvin and the Chipmunks) and filmed some real squirrels to capture their movements and 'anatomy. "We really wanted to understand how squirrels move," explains Barrois. "We observed their hasty and stealthy actions, the way they fill their mouths, the way they transition from four-legged to two-legged and back again."
For Barrois, his research was important in delineating digital chipmunks. "I think the three are more attractive when they act like squirrels, lifting up on their hind legs and coming back down to observe something. We had to struggle to resist the temptation to make them too anthropomorphic."
Another key Rhythm & Hues character is CG supervisor Todd Shifflet - the 'How To?' Wizard, who established the lighting patterns and how to integrate the squirrels into the set and with the human actors. It was he and his team who, among other things, verified that the Chipmunks' fur was in order, that it moved correctly and that the eyes were glowing.
CHIPMUNK-MANIA: ALVIN, SIMON AND THEODORE
They sing and dance!
Everyone sings! Everyone is dancing! With Alvin you do everything! In ALVIN SUPERSTAR, Alvin, Simon and Theodore present new sounds that incorporate their celebrated music with contemporary forays into rock, pop, reggae and hip hop. In the film's soundtrack, distributed by Razor & Tie, there are new versions of classic pieces such as Funkytown, Witch Doctor and The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late). The new songs include Get Munk'd, Follow Me Now, as well as a cover of the top 40 hit Bad Day.
Overseeing it all is music executive producer Ali Dee Theodore. Theodore's ability to make accessible and entertaining pop music, long recognized in the world of cinema, earned him the prestigious assignment of giving a new patina to the Chipmunk band.
Theodore's goal was to create a real band, coming up with music that could be broadcast on MTV today and that would appeal to children, teenagers and adults. "I wanted each song to be a hit single and I worked with that goal on each song," he explains. "The classic Chipmunk music theme is featured in this film as well. Their bluster is appropriate for a band of up-and-coming superstars," says Theodore. "Private jets and tacky hotel rooms ... it's all part of their lifestyle."
"In fact, one of the songs, Ain't No Party, really says that ... there are no parties like Chipmunk parties. The music is rooted in hip-hop and is typically street music."
For Ali Dee Theodore, one of the highlights during the production of new sound for Chipmunk was the completion of the soundtrack. "We did the mix in the studio and everyone started rocking their heads and singing backing vocals. Meanwhile, the three furry creatures sang songs about love, friendship, being together - and it all worked. Every song had its own theme, but each elicited the same reaction: 'What fantastic music!' Everyone was surprised by this experience and the immersive rhythm of the Chipmunk.
The soundtrack was completed by composer Christopher Lennertz, author of the musical theme that underlines the comedy and the evolution of the relationship between the squirrels and Dave.
Dancing is another key element of the sparks the Chipmunks unleash on the stage. Choreographer Rosero McCoy devised a series of steps for Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Like music, dance mixes contemporary steps with typical movements of the past. "The idea was to create a way of dancing that would stay current for a year or more," McCoy explains.
Some of the newer moves are based on snap dance, a sub-category of hip-hop invented in Atlanta; on krumping, a new dance form typical of Los Angeles characterized by free, expressive and extremely energetic movements (perfect for Chipmunks); and on a typical street dance born in Oakland. But, ultimately, the movements belong to the squirrels who, in the film, give the movements names like 'Paws up' and 'Chip Hop'.
The task for the animators was to visually render the excitement and rhythm of the Chipmunk dancers. But before the Rhythm & Hues wizards began working on squirrel movements, McCoy re-examined the steps with human stunts, who took on the characteristics of Alvin, Simon and Theodore. This test helped the animators to understand the shape and movements of the various dances and to transfer the human movements to the little creatures, and it was a formidable challenge. As animator supervisor Chris Bailey explains: "The animators not only had to transfer the weight and energy of an adult person into the body of a little squirrel, but they also had to accentuate the typical expressions and movements of each of the characters. thus generating a new level of energy ".
"Alvin: he is really proud, his time has come and he thinks it was destined to become a star. Theo: his attitude is more incredulous, as if he couldn't believe he was there and that people love him! Simon: the reflective gods trio, which we see with surprise going wild together with the other two ".
According to Lyndon Barrois of Rhythm & Hues, the animators got completely into the spirit of things… coming up with some moves on their own. "While they worked, the boys listened to music and danced, captured by the rhythm".
High-tech dancing is paired in the scenes with some nostalgic décor, personal touches that Bagdasarian asked the production designer to include here and there. For example, the piano on which Jason Lee's Dave Seville composes The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) is the same on which Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. composed the great musical success at the time. The house number in the film is also significant: 1958, the year the Chipmunks were born.
"I love having these details in the film," says Bagdasarian, Jr. "They give a touch of authenticity that would otherwise be missing."
Ultimately, however, what makes ALVIN SUPERSTAR work is history. "I remember when we talked to Janice about the fact that there was not an episode in the 60s series that told how the squirrels got to Dave Seville's house. That was one of the first episodes that Janice and I wrote. for the 1983 television series debut, and we're delighted that that story was the starting point for this film, ”says Bagdasarian.
"Relationships are also important in history," adds Karman. "The characters have to be loved by the audience, and if we do our job well, the audience will cheer them on and want everything to end well, despite the difficulties the three face."
"This film is an exciting contribution to the many projects we've done with Chipmunk in the past," Bagdasarian concludes. "It's a dream come true, a testament to what my father created almost 50 years ago."
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNK: BIOGRAPHY OF THE BAND
Alvin and his brothers are nothing less than a multi-media and multi-generational phenomenon. Discovered by author / manager Dave Seville, the Grammy-winning trio are loved around the world for their hits The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) and Witch Doctor, as well as their Emmy®-nominated television series and for the much appreciated television specials.
Never happy to rest on their laurels, the three squirrels have decided to conquer the world of cinema and to create an album for their fans that combines classic sounds and avant-garde music. The project that raised so many expectations is now a reality: ALVIN SUPERSTAR, from Twentieth Century Fox, will be released in theaters on December 14th. On November 20, however, Razor & Tie Entertainment released the film's original soundtrack, which includes classic Chipmunk music and some modern forays into rock, pop, reggae and hip hop.
And after that, what else do Alvin, Simon and Theodore reserve for us? The trio is not yet pronounced, but the new album and the film will make them three pop icons with a glorious past ... and a future without limits.
ALVIN - Biography
Leader of the band. Scavezzacollo. Amazing at video games. Alvin is all of this… and more (just ask). The letter 'A' that stands out on her dress, a red sweater made by Dave Seville… starting from a sock, distinguishes the artist from his brothers / bandmates. The superstar squirrel is impulsive, attractive, musical and full of animal magnetism. For Alvin, everything becomes a challenge, even what is of little consequence to others.
Height: approx. 22 cm
Eye color: golden
SIMON - Biography
Simon, with a biting sense of humor coupled with prodigious musical talent, never fails to delight the band's legions of fans. His razor-sharp mind is the complement of Alvin's sudden and reckless bluster. While Alvin sports the band's only monogrammed sweater, Simon's signature accessory, a pair of glasses borrowed from a toy, gives him a distinctive allure, which has inspired shortsighted fans around the world to show off. proudly their glasses.
Height: approx. 25 cm
Eye color: blue
Fur: dark brown
THEODORE - Biography
Known to his fans as the 'cuddly', Theodore is cute, sensitive, a confident and naive gullible, always ready to lend a hand (in short, he's everything Alvin isn't). She has a big heart and an insatiable appetite, and is capable of cramming a whole box of candy into her chubby cheeks. The youngest of the three squirrels often mediates between Simon and Alvin when they are in a disagreement (which happens frequently).
Height: 15 cm
Eye color: green
Fur: blond / reddish
SHORT HISTORY OF THE THREE SQUIRRELS
In 1958 Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. was an unfortunate musician / music writer with a family to support. He had a deal with Liberty Records, a shaky label desperate for a hit to roll. Having the spirit of a true artist, Bagdasarian, Sr. liked to take risks. So, taking advantage of the family savings, he bought a recorder model at the time of the cutting-edge and, sitting at his desk with the device in front of him, began to wonder what he could do with it. Looking around, he saw a copy of the book Duel with the Witch Doctor on the table. That was the inspiration for the song Witch Doctor, an instant hit and that everyone knows for the meaningless chorus: "Oo ee oo ha ha ting tang wal-la wal-la bing bang".
For the voice of Witch Doctor, Bagdasarian adopted a very simple technique: he slowed down the recording speed and recorded the lyrics in a low, singsong voice, and then played the tape at normal speed. The unique voices of Alvin, Simon and Theodore were created with this technique.
When Witch Doctor sold over three million copies, Liberty Records found themselves swollen with money, but the money wasn't enough to save the label, which soon needed another hit… and so Bagdasarian was called again.
Meditating in search of inspiration, the author found himself listening to the insistent chant of his four-year-old son who asked to know when Christmas would arrive - it was then in the middle of the summer of 1958 - and from there arose the timeless Christmas song The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)… but Bagdasarian didn't give it this title because squirrels didn't exist yet.
Bagdasarian loved the voice he had created for the Witch Doctor and wanted to take it to a different level, infuse it with a new personality, but he didn't know how. One day, while driving through Yosemite Park, a squirrel crossed the road in front of the car, stopped in the middle of the road standing on its hind legs to observe Bagdasarian. The rest is history… that little squirrel was Alvin.
Alongside the naughty Alvin, Bagdasarian created two other companions: Simon, the practical intellectual, and Theodore, tender and malleable. Together they became Alvin and the Chipmunks, named after three Liberty executives: Al Bennett, Si Waronker and Theodore Keep. It was then that Bagdasarian took the stage name of David Seville.
At first it was quite difficult to get The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) on the radio, but Liberty found a small station in Minneapolis willing to air it before the official start of the Christmas season. Switchboards began ringing incessantly and word of mouth sent the song to a growing number of radio stations, until the song became the fastest-selling number one single ever recorded at the time: over four million copies in seven weeks (record then surpassed by the Beatles with I Want to Hold Your Hand in 1964), winner of three Grammy Awards and nominated for a fourth prize.
The Chipmunks made their television debut - as puppets accompanied by Dave Seville (Bagdasarian) - on The Ed Sullivan Show. Once again, success was immediate. People were clamoring for more squirrel performances, for which a very different look was devised from the one they later assumed. In the beginning, the Chipmunks were real squirrels ... not very realistic, more like real animals than plushies. A small family-run company was then created for the marketing of all kinds of toys and objects, as well as records, of course.
The Chipmunks were very strong, people just couldn't get enough. After the 1960 single Alvin for President was released, Bagdasarian even received a letter from Senator John F. Kennedy. There seemed to be no limit to the popularity of the characters. Within three years, the Chipmunk sold sixteen million records, winning a few Grammys, garnering numerous nominations and riding the wave of an unprecedented merchandising campaign. It was time to bring them to life through a dynamic visual medium.
Concurrent with the television debut of "The Alvin Show" in the fall of 1961, a new look was given to Alvin, Simon and Theodore, not forgetting Bagdasarian, whose Dave Seville character now had an animated counterpart.
CHIPMUNK-OGRAFIA: CHRONOLOGY AND MAIN EVENTS
1958 - "Witch Doctor" is released.
"The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" is released.
1959 - "The Chipmunk Song" is nominated for four Grammys and wins three.
Chipmunk released their first album, Let's All Sing with the Chipmunks.
Chipmunks appear for the first time as puppets on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Launch of the Chipmunk merchandising campaign.
1960 - "Alvin's Harmonica" wins a Grammy®.
"Alvin for President" is released; JFK writes to Bagdasarian, Sr.
1961 - "The Alvin Show" debuts on CBS in prime time.
"Let's Sing with the Chipmunks" wins a Grammy.
"Alvin for President" nominated for two Grammys.
1962 - Grammy nominated album "The Alvin Show".
1963 - "The Chipmunk Songbook" nominated for two Grammys.
1964 - "The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles", multiple platinum winner, is released.
1966 - "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is nominated for a Grammy.
1969 - "The Chipmunks Go to the Movies" is released.
1972 - Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. is struck down by a heart attack.
1978 - Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman plan the revival of the Chipmunks.
1980 - "Chipmunk Punk" is released which wins the platinum disc and the NARM award for the bestselling album intended for children.
1981 - The animation special "A Chipmunk Christmas" airs on NBC. Its soundtrack wins platinum status.
"Urban Chipmunk" is released which wins platinum and the NARM award for the bestselling album intended for children.
1982 - "Chipmunk Rock" and "Chipmunks Go Hollywood" released.
1983 - The animated television show "Alvin and the Chipmunks" debuts on NBC.
Chipettes are introduced.
1984 - "Songs from Our TV Shows" is released.
1985 - "Alvin and the Chipmunks" is nominated for an Emmy.
1987 - The animated film "The Chipmunk Adventure" is released.
"Alvin and the Chipmunks" is nominated for a second Emmy.
"Alvin and the Chipmunks" is nominated for a Young Artist Award.
1988 - "Alvin and the Chipmunks" is nominated for a third Emmy.
"The Chipmunk Adventure" is nominated for a Young Artist Award.
1990 - Special "Rockin 'with the Chipmunks" for NBC with Will Smith.
1992 - "Chipmunks In Low Places" is released which wins platinum. Alan Jackson, Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Aaron Tippin and Billy Ray Cyrus participate.
1994 - "A Very Merry Chipmunk" is released. Celine Dion, Alan Jackson, Kenny G, Gene Autry and Patty Loveless participate.
1995 - "When You Wish Upon A Chipmunk" is released.
1996 - "Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes" is released.
1998 - "The A-Files: Alien Songs" is released.
1999 - "Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years" is released.
The video "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein" is released.
2000 - "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein" wins the Golden Reel Award.
The video "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman" is released.
2007 - ALVIN SUPERSTAR is released, which combines live-action and CGI.
2008 - 50th anniversary of the Chipmunk.
JASON LEE (Dave Seville),
with a promising career of unforgettable roles with directors of the caliber of Kevin Smith, Cameron Crowe and Lawrence Kasdan, and studded with an Independent Spirit Award for "In Search of Amy" (Chasing Amy) by author / director Kevin Smith, he is affirming with determination among critics, directors and fellow actors.
Lee stars and produces the brilliant NBC series "My Name is Earl," which is about Earl, a clumsy con man who, after winning a small lottery fortune, decides to change his destiny by righting all the wrongs he has inflicted. to people. Lee was nominated for a Golden Globe® and a SAG Award ™ for his role as Earl Hickey.
Most recently, he voiced the title character of the film "Underdog," a live-action adaptation of Spyglass Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures of the classic 60s cartoon.
Lee is scheduled to star in and co-produce the film "Krater". Warner Bros. has submitted a preliminary bid for the project, written by JD Ryznar and based on a story by Scott M. Martin ("Almost Famous"). Lee will take on the role of singer-songwriter / guitarist Martin 'Mutty' Stevens, leader of the rock band Krater, which has been striving to achieve fame for years. When a beautiful woman, who works for a major record company, offers them a contract, as long as the four take a real singer into the band, Mutty and the others reluctantly accept, but the results are disastrous.
Lee voiced Syndrome in Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar's award-winning animated film "The Incredibles". The film follows a group of superheroes called into action to save the world from a nemesis from the past. He also lent his vocal talents to Sony's "Monster House," about three teenagers who discover their neighbor is a monster.
Born and raised in Huntington Beach, California, Lee turned his teenage passion for skateboarding into a profession. After moving to Los Angeles, when she was in her twenties, she expressed an interest in acting. “Some of my friends were actors, so I thought maybe I should try too,” explains Lee, who performed in commercials and music videos. "After seeing Steve Buscemi as the delivery boy in 'Barton Fink - It Happened in Hollywood', I knew I wanted to make movies."
Success came for Lee in 1995 with the lead role in the play "Generation X" (Mallrats), by author / director Kevin Smith, in which he skillfully portrays time wasters Brodie. Lee then starred in "Chasing Amy," also for Smith, which earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Banky, Ben Affleck's insecure roommate. Later, Lee proved his skills as the demonic Azrael in Smith's supernatural comedy "Dogma". He rejoined Smith in Dimension Films' comedy "Jay and Silent Bob… Stop Hollywood!" (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) and in "Clerks II".
Lee also starred in author-director Cameron Crowe's ensemble film "Almost Famous," as Jeff Bebe, lead singer of 70s rock band Stillwater. The film won the Golden Globe for Best Picture. He later re-worked with author-director Crowe on "Vanilla Sky" for Paramount Pictures. Lee played the character of Tom Cruise's best friend.
After working with director Lawrence Kasdan on the ensemble comedy "Mumford", Lee has again teamed up with the director on the thriller "Dreamcatcher".
Her filmography includes "The Ballad of Jack and Rose" by author-director Rebecca Miller, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Catherine Keener, Barry Sonnenfeld's ensemble comedy "Big Trouble," "Public Enemy" (Enemy of the State) and "Love between the lines" (Kissing a Fool).
The actor wrote and directed the silent love story "The White Door", with Giovanni Ribisi and Beth Riesgraf.
Lee is a photographer, as well as being an avid collector of art objects. He is currently curating some photographic projects for publications of the caliber of Anthem and Flaunt. Finally, he is busy with his skateboard company, the Stereo Sound Agency.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, writing and recording music, and listening to classic jazz.
DAVID CROSS (Ian Hawk)An Atlanta native moved to Boston to study film at Emerson College, but soon dropped out to devote himself full-time to stand-up comedy. He moved to Los Angeles to write "The Ben Stiller Show," which he shared the belated Emmy (awarded after the show's cancellation) with the other writers.
Still following a sketch-based style, he created (along with Bob Odenkirk) the smash hit HBO show "Mr. Show with Bob & David". The show, which ran for four years, garnered numerous Emmy nominations. He has released two comedy CDs under the Subpop label: Shut Up You F ** king Baby and It's Not Funny. Shut Up…, the latter nominated for a Grammy Award. Both continue to sell exceptionally well and have garnered rave reviews.
Cross has appeared in the films "Men in Black", "Men in Black II", "Dreaming Broadway" (Waiting for Guffman), "Scary Movie 2", "Ghost World" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Most recently, we saw him in "She's the Man" for Dreamworks, in "School for Scoundrels" for the Weinstein Company and in "Curious Gorge" for Universal. Current projects include Todd Haynes' meditations on Bob Dylan's life in "I'm Not There" and Zack Penn's farce "The Grand".
Cross appeared on television in the Emmy-winning comedy "Arrested Development" as Fünke. Most recently, he wrote, produced and starred in the Comedy Central animated series "Freak Show," which Cross co-created with Jon Benjamin.
CAMERON RICHARDSON (Claire)
stars in the upcoming HBO series "12 Miles of Bad Road," opposite Lily Tomlin and Mary Kay Place.
In the past year, Richardson has completed production of three films: "Rise" with Lucy Liu, Hans Horn's independent thriller "Adrift - Adrift" with Eric Dane and the independent film "Pretzels & Pills" with Nikki Reed, DJ Qualls and Shawn Hatosy.
Previously, the actress appeared in producer Jerry Bruckheimer's television series "Skin". Following the series, Fox offered Richardson an exclusive deal, which resulted in the cult hit "Point Pleasant" and the pilot comedy "If You Lived Here You'd be Home Now".
The actress made her show business debut with the US original series "Cover Me: The True Story of an FBI Family". Originally from Louisiana, she moved to New York to start a promising modeling career. It didn't take long for her agents to offer her to try her hand at acting, getting her a role at the first audition.
JUSTIN LONG (voice of Alvin), a member of Laughingstock, the Vassar College theater group, and an actor in school-staged productions, he has demonstrated his natural talents in film and television in a number of prominent roles.
He starred in the hit comedy "Galaxy Quest" with Sigourney Weaver and Tim Allen, and in the chilling films "Jeepers Creepers". He later appeared on the bizarre NBC series "Ed," playing the extravagant high-school student Warren Chesnick.
Long starred in Twentieth Century Fox's smash hit "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story". In the wake of the film's popularity, she starred in "Waiting", after which she starred in the comedies "Accepted" produced by Tom Shadyac, and "The Break-Up" alongside by Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. Earlier this year, Long starred as a tech wizard alongside Bruce Willis in Twentieth Century Fox's blockbuster "Die Hard 4. Live Free or Die Hard."
With a long line of proposals for animated films for the future, Long continues to experiment with various genres. Voices Snoot Entertainment's animated tale "Earth" about a human invasion of an alien planet. Most recently, he completed the animated feature "The Tale of Despereaux," in which he voiced the lead character alongside Dustin Hoffman and William H. Macy, directed by Gary Ross on a screenplay written by co-authors of ALVIN SUPERSTAR. Chris Viscardi & Will McRobb.
Long stars in the comedy "Strange Wilderness", produced by Adam Sandler. He plays himself in "Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland", a documentary produced by Vince Vaughn, due out in theaters in February 2008. Coming soon we also find the romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You ", with Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kevin Connolly.
Millions of TV viewers also know Long for his portrayal of Mac Guy in the Mac vs. PC from Apple, Inc.
MATTHEW GRAY GUBLER (voice of Simon) he appeared in the hit comedy "RV" and Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou". Earlier this year, he starred in the independent film "How to be A Serial Killer" directed by Luke Ricci.
Gubler stars in the popular CBS series "Criminal Minds" as Dr. Reid.
Graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2002, Gubler is an established short filmmaker: he made "The Cactus That Looked Just Like a Man", "Claude: A Symphony of Horror" and "Tippi's Picnic". In addition, he directed a series of mock documentaries on the set of "Criminal Minds", which were broadcast on YouTube.
JESSE McCARTNEY (voice of Theodore), 20, began performing at the theater for free when she was seven. He has since excelled in a number of creative projects: he earned two Emmy nominations for the soap "All My Children," in which he played JR Chandler for three years, recorded two albums that went platinum and participated in the popular "Summerland" series.
McCartney, who travels the world with his band, has reached the top of the charts in America, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, the Philippines and Taiwan, and has made the name 'Jesse Mac' familiar both at home and abroad. The songwriter and actor's numerous accolades include an American Music Award nomination for Best New Artist, an MTV Award nomination for Best Pop Video for his hit Beautiful Soul from the album of the same name, and three Teen Choice Awards ( male artist, first time artist and crossover artist). He starred in the independent film "Keith", which won the Golden Griffin for Best Film at the 2007 Giffoni Film Festival in the 'Y Gen' section.
TIM HILL (director)
she began her career in New York, writing and performing in musicals on Off-Broadway, and participating in some sketch comedies with the Chucklehead group. Later, he moved on to television animation, writing and developing shows for Nickelodeon and Disney. He contributed to the staging of the hit series "SpongeBob SquarePants" created by Steve Hillenberg, later becoming the lead author of the series. Subsequently, he was the author and story editor of "SpongeBob - The Movie" (SpongeBob SquarePants).
Hill has worked as an author, story editor, producer and director on a number of projects for Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon Movies, Disney, Comedy Central, Nick at Nite, USA Network and Discovery Kids. He also wrote, directed and produced the stop-motion series for Nickelodeon "Action League Now!".
He made his big screen debut with Sony's "Muppets from Space". His second film was the Disney comedy "Max Keeble's Big Move". After that, it was the turn of "Garfield 2" (Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties) for Twentieth Century Fox. He has directed several television series, including "Skeeter" and "Welcome Freshmen" for Nickelodeon, and "Exit 57" for Comedy Central, starring Amy Sedaris and Stephen Colbert.
Hill grew up in Oakland, California. He graduated in French Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, with complementary studies in film.
JON VITTI (subject, screenplay) he was the author-producer of "The Simpsons" for many years, and one of the stellar team of writers on the blockbuster "The Simpsons Movie" (The Simpsons Movie).
Vitti has been a consultant for the animated films "Ice Age", "Ice Age 2 - The Meltdown" and "Robots", all of Twentieth Century Fox and Blue. Sky Studios. He was co-executive producer and author of "The Larry Sanders Show", writer-producer-consultant on "King of the Hill" and one of the writers of "Saturday Night Live".
WILL McROBB & CHRIS VISCARDI (screenwriters) they collaborated on several films for the big and small screen. For the cinema, they were the authors or co-authors of the animated film "The Tales of Despereaux", due out in December 2008, the hit "Snow Day", "We're Having a Baby" and "Artemis Fowl".
They conceived, wrote and executive produced the "Interns" series, currently in production, the Nickelodeon series "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" and "Kablam!" (again for Nickelodeon). They wrote some episodes of the series "Ed", "Brutally Normal" and "The Naked Brothers Band". Additionally, they have developed some TV pilots for ABC, WB, UPN, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Spike TV and The N.
Separately, McRobb was author and story editor of the animated series "The Ren and Stimpy Show", author and story editor of "Doug" and creator-author-executive producer of "Radio Free Roscoe". Viscardi was the producer of the REM Shiny Happy People music video for Warner Bros. Records.
ROSS BAGDASARIAN, JR. (producer) and his wife, Janice Karman, are the creators of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise in his current capacity. Taking over the helm in the late 70s as CEO of Bagdasarian Productions, Ross, together with his wife Janice, built a multifaceted company, producing animation for television, films and commercials, as well as records, home videos and merchandising.
Their most famous characters, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, collectively the Chipmunks, were created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in 1958. Following the sudden disappearance of their father in 1972, Bagdasarian Jr. decided that the Chipmunks would not die prematurely together. to their creator. Ross took over the reins of the family business in 1977 and, together with Janice Karman, dedicated himself to the thriving business with renewed commitment. Together they created new products for Alvin and the Chipmunks, including platinum-winning music albums, magnificent TV shows, prime-time specials and the animated film "The Chipmunk Adventure".
Close to their 50th anniversary, Chipmunk have sold more than 43 million records, won five Grammys, twelve gold and platinum albums, and saw merchandise sales reach $ 750 million.
Ross graduated from Stanford University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English, then studied law at Southwestern, and eventually passed the California Bar Exam. He joined the family winery but was much more fascinated by the wealth of opportunities that lay ahead with the Chipmunks. No one shared his enthusiasm until he met his wife and future business partner Janice Karman.
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. follows the day-to-day activities of Bagdasarian Productions, which include writing, producing and voicing the characters of Alvin, Simon and David Seville.
Ross and his wife have two children and live in Santa Barbara, California, in a house built by the Chipmunks.
JANICE KARMAN (producer), president of Bagdasarian Productions, works with her husband Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. at their Santa Barbara company, curating the phenomenal success of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Karman met Bagdasarian shortly after the disappearance of her father, the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks. In the beginning, the couple released the million-selling albums Chipmunk Punk (1980), Urban Chipmunk (1981) and A Chipmunk Christmas (1981). Karman and Bagdasarian garnered numerous Grammy nominations for these works and, soon after, in 1981, they started turning to the small screen, with their first special, titled "A Chipmunk Christmas". The special, which Karman co-authored and co-produced with Bagdasarian, became a favorite of the holiday season and was seen by more than a million viewers.
The success of the special was the starting point for the next successful TV series. "Alvin and the Chipmunks" (Alvin and the Chipmunks) debuted in 1983 by clashing with the likes of Charlie Brown and Bugs Bunny and has instantly become the most successful program. Over the course of its eight seasons of programming, the series was nominated for five Emmys and received more than ten million viewers a week. In addition to voicing the character of Theodore (and the Chipettes, the squirrels Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor) and writing many of the episodes of the series between 1983 and 1991, Karman is also the author of the lyrics for the musical theme of the TV series. , "We're The Chipmunks".
In 1986, Karman was not only in charge of a family-owned company that made a hit TV series, hundreds of licensed products, albums sold by the millions and successful touring live shows, but she was also the first female director of the Chipmunk's first feature film, "A Chipmunk Adventure". As if that weren't enough, Karman was also designing a new home for her and her husband in Santa Barbara.
To further complicate the situation, Karman was pregnant with her first child. She had read in an article that, in primitive societies, expectant women were treated with all the comforts and regards and that this luxury produced more precocious children. This was exactly what Karman wanted for her pregnancy. Unfortunately, the television series, the family business, the cinema and the construction of the new house did not propitiate his wishes. The day after giving birth, with the baby in tow, the woman returned to work to direct the animated film. Since then, the couple have had another magnificent baby, Michael, born in 1990, and have released other Chipmunk albums that have gone platinum.
This year will perhaps be the richest for Karman, in a life already overflowing with creativity, having completed the first five episodes of a new project, "Little Alvin", which sees the Chipmunks and the Chipettes in pre-school versions. This new show, with its didactic imprint, focuses on the emotional life of children and aims to teach them that emotions are not only normal, but healthy. The series focuses on a wide range of family issues, including sibling rivalry, exclusion, separation, lies, theft, sharing and accountability. In addition to playing the main character of La Lu, Karman also conceived and scripted the show, writing or participating in song writing, voiced Theodore and the Chipettes, and is the production designer on the show. This show stems from Karman's extraordinary mix of talents and has received enthusiastic acclaim from psychologists, educators, parents and children.
Janice Karman lives with her family in the house that Alvin and the Chipmunks built in Santa Barbara, California.
KAREN ROSENFELT (executive producer), after fifteen years as a Paramount Pictures executive, signed an exclusive two-year contract with Fox 2000 Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox.
At Fox, Rosenfelt develops and supervises films for teenage and family audiences, as she did at Paramount, where she oversees such films as "Save the Last Dance", "Coach Carter", "Mean Girls" and " Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events ".
Crucial was his role in fine-tuning Paramount's partnership with Nickelodeon Movies, where he oversaw some adaptations of Nickelodeon's television rights, including "Rugrats" and "SpongeBob - The Movie" (SpongeBob SquarePants). . Other Nickelodeon films she has covered include "Jimmy Neutron - Boy Wonder", "Snow Day" and "Harriet the Spy".
Rosenfelt began working at ICM as an assistant to talent agent Sue Mengers. She later landed a creative role at Jerry Weintraub Productions and went on to become Senior Vice President at MGM. During her time at Paramount, Rosenfelt covered the films The First Wives Club, Indecent Proposal, Runaway Bride, and Runaway Bride. daughter of the general "(The General's Daughter).
Among her most recent assignments, Rosenfelt executive produced the Fox cassette hit "The Devil Wears Prada".
ARNON MILCHAN (executive producer) is known as one of the most prolific and successful independent film producers of the past twenty-five years, with over one hundred films to his credit. Born in Israel, Milchan studied at the University of Geneva. His first business venture was the transformation of his father's modest company into one of the largest agri-food groups in the country. This first success was just a foretaste of the now legendary reputation as a skilled businessman that Milchan has earned on the international stage.
Milchan soon started working on projects in an area that had always aroused his keenest interest: the world of cinema, TV and theater. His early projects include the theatrical production of "Amadeus", "Dizengoff 99", "La Menace", "The Medusa Touch" and the mini-series "Masada". In the late 80s, Milchan produced films including Martin Scorsese's The King Of Comedy, Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America and Terry Gilliam's Brazil.
After the huge success of "Pretty Woman" and "The War Of The Roses", Milchan founded New Regency Productions and has strung up a string of hits, including "JFK - An Open Case" , "Sommersby", "A Time To Kill", "Free Willy", "The Client", "Tin Cup", "Under Siege", "LA Confidential "," The Devil's Advocate "," The Negotiator "," City Of Angels "," Entrapment "," Fight Club "," Big mama "( Big Momma's House), "Don't Say A Word", "Daredevil", "Man on Fire", "Guess Who", "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", "FBI Operation nanny "(Big Momma's House 2)," Hot Movie "and" Firehouse Dog ".
Among the upcoming films are "Jumper," a science fiction adventure film starring Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell and Samuel L. Jackson, directed by Doug Liman; "Starship Dave", a bizarre comedy starring Eddie Murphy; "What Happens in Vegas", a romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher; "Mirrors", a thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland; "Shutter", a horror thriller directed by Masayuki Ochiai; finally, "Bride Wars", a comedy with Kate Hudson (also in the role of producer) and Anne Hathaway.
Over time, Milchan has teamed up with two major investors who share his vision: Australian businessman Kerry Packer's Nine Network and Twentieth Century Fox. Fox distributes Regency films in all media worldwide (except for a special deal Regency has with Germany), including US pay TV and international pay and free TV.
Milchan has also diversified its activities in the entertainment world, especially in the television sector, through Regency Television ("Malcolm" - Malcolm in the Middle, "The Bernie Mac Show"). Regency recently acquired a television stake in Channel 10 and BabyFirstTV, as well as an Israeli television network. Finally, she owns the television rights to the Sony Ericsson Women's Tennis Association events.
MICHELE IMPERATO STABILE (executive producer) began her film career as a production assistant in 1988, when she moved to Los Angeles from New York. She became a member of the DGA in 1991 and worked as a production manager, associate producer and co-producer. Throughout her career, Stabile has worked with many celebrated filmmakers, including Mike Nichols, Ridley Scott and Brian De Palma.
Her filmography includes, as executive producer, "Garfield 2" (Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties), as co-producer "Garfield" and "Primary Colors" and, as associate producer, "Feathers of ostrich "(The Birdcage). Additionally, Stabile has worked on "IQ", "Soldier Jane" (GI Jane), "Honeymoon in Vegas", "Postcards From the Edge". , "A ticket in two" (Planes, Trains & Automobiles) "and" The Untouchables "(The Untouchables).
STEVE WATERMAN (executive producer) he executive produced the live action / animated blockbusters "Stuart Little, A Little Mouse" and "Stuart Little 2". With the same function he participated in the making of "Jungle Book: Lost Treasure" and "Kull the Conqueror". Waterman was co-producer on the film "Casper". Finally, for television he executive produced "Mike Hammer" in the 1997-98 season.
PETER LYONS COLLISTER, ASC (director of photography) he took care of the photography of the films "Garfield 2" (Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties), "Amityville Horror", "Surviving Christmas", "A Dream Appointment" (Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!), "The Master of Disguise", "Mr. Deeds", "Home of the Brave", "The Animal", "Gigolo by mistake" (Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo), "Forced to kill" ( The Replacement Killers), "Love is a Trick" (The Beautician and the Beast), "License to Laugh" (Dunston Checks In), "Higher Learning", "Poetic Justice", "Livin 'Large!" and "Little Plague" (Problem Child).
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Collister attended USC Film School. He began working as second unit cinematographer on the films "The Blue Lagoon", "Summer Lovers" and "That Day in Rio" (Blame it on Rio).
RICHARD HOLLAND (scenography)
he is a highly regarded professional in the world of cinema, television and commercials. Over the past twenty years, the work has taken him around the globe, from Russia to Antarctica. Holland is at its best when the imagination is combined with everyday life - from science fiction visions to images of the past to the present. His notable filmography includes "Sound of Thunder", "Batman & Robin", "Last of the Mohicans", "The Russia House", "Agent 007 Private Vendetta" (License to Kill), "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), "The Princess Bride", "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", "Agent 007 Never Say Never Again" "and" Superman III ".
PETER E. BERGER, ACE (editor) was nominated for an Academy Award® (along with Michael Kahn) for his work on "Fatal Attraction". Among the many films in which he has served are "Star Trek - Insurrection" (Star Trek: Insurrection), "Surprise Husband" (Holy Matrimony), "Star Trek V - The Last Frontier" (Star Trek : The Final Frontier), "The Good Mother", "A Night with Your Honor" (First Monday in October) and "Oh God! Book Two".
CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ (music) was born in a small town north of Boston, in the same area that gave birth to one of his heroes, the famous American composer Leonard Bernstein. He then moved to Easton, Pennsylvania, where he began studying music at the age of nine. After devoting himself to composition, jazz arrangement and theory in high school, Lennertz went to live in California to study at USC's Thornton School of Music, under the guidance of music luminaries such as Elmer Bernstein, Buddy Baker, Christopher Young and David Raksin.
Upon graduation, Lennertz began working writing a series of music themes for independent films, experimenting with all musical and film styles. His films have screened and / or won awards at film festivals such as Sundance, Slamdance, HBO's Comedy Arts Festival, Toronto and Cannes Film Festivals.
Simultaneously with his activities in the independent film industry, he ventured into the world of film majors and stratospheric budget films, contributing to the orchestration, arrangements and musical direction of such hits as "Frailty - No one is safe", Disney's "Free Willy 2", "The Jungle Book" and "101 Dalmatians". Most recently, he began working for television, curating the soundtracks for the cult Fox TV series "Brimstone", "The Strip" for WB (produced by Joel Silver) and is currently busy with the series of CW hit "Supernatural" (executive producer McG).
The score composed by Lennertz for Clive Barker's "Saint Sinner" was one of the 15 Cinescape's top 15 of 2002 and was ranked in the top ten of the year by Film Music Review. His wind instrument musical theme composed for the sensationally successful video game Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, created by Steven Spielberg, won the Interactive Academy Award for Best Original Music in 2003. His arrangements with the orchestra of the City of Prague on Ozomatli's Street Signs album won the album a Grammy in the 'Latin rock' category.
Lennertz went to Abbey Road Studios in London to record the James Bond video game 007 From Russia with Love with Sean Connery, who reprized the role of 007 after twenty years. Recent films he has collaborated on include "The Deal" for Myriad Pictures, with Selma Blair and Christian Slater, "Soul Plane" for MGM (co-composer with RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan group) and "Il Dottor Dolittle 3 "(Dr. Dolittle 3) for Twentieth Century Fox.
His recent musical themes include "The Comebacks" (for Fox Atomic), "Meet the Spartans" (for Regency Enterprises and Twentieth Century Fox), "The Perfect Christmas", and the animated film "Sharkbait" .
Lennertz studied with some of the masters in film music history, and has worked with a few Emmy and Academy Award winners. Most recently, he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on "Supernatural".
ALI DEE THEODORE (music producer) at the beginning of his career he joined the team of the legendary producer Bomb Squad, participating in the creation of the soundtrack for the movie "Juice", collaborating on Don't Be Afraid which reached the top of the Billboard's R&B chart, and remixes for i Public Enemy. Additionally, Theodore has written music for Big Daddy Kane, Eric B and Rakim, YBT and Juvenile Committee.
In 1993 Theodore became an independent author / producer and has since collaborated with some of the major international artists, including Mary J. Blige, Natalie Imbruglia, Shakira, MOP, Rev Run (by RUN DMC), Fabolous, Jadakiss, Kool G Rap, Silkk The Shocker, Busta Rhymes, Natasha Bedingfield, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Keke Palmer, Baby Cham and Mya.
Most recently, Theodore produced and wrote songs for the hit films "Transformers", "Night at the Museum", "Epic Movie", "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", "Hot Movie" (Date Movie), "Ghost Rider", "Fantastic Four" (Fantastic Four) and "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer).
JULIANNE JORDAN (music supervision) he oversaw the music for the big blockbusters "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", "The Italian Job" and "The Bourne Identity". His prolific filmography also includes "Go", "Eve's Bayou", "Rollerball" (2002), "Agent Cody Banks" and "TMNT".
Finally, Jordan oversaw the music for the hit series "The OC".
Alvin and the Chipmunksr
3D animation, Comedy
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January 18, 2008
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