'Alvin and the Chipmunks' (the fuzzy ...

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There are 18 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 13, 2007, titled 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' (the fuzzy little guys are back) -- 2.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

How to explain the appeal of Alvin and the Chipmunks--the old ones, the ones who hit it big in 1958 with "Witch Doctor" and, more indelibly, "The Chipmunk Song "? Very simple: Helium voices.

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MARIAH

New Albany, IN

#1 Dec 13, 2007
LOVE ALVIN & THE CHIPMONKS
Patrick

United States

#2 Dec 14, 2007
Close, but no guitar. "Witch Doctor" was not the Chipmunks -- it was by Ross Bagdasarian (as Arthur Seville) but predated his Chipmunks releases.
USA

United States

#3 Dec 14, 2007
Mike Vick also had chipmunk fighting!
Patrick

United States

#4 Dec 14, 2007
Michael Vick should be mauled by rabid pit bulls.
Anonymous

Cedarburg, WI

#5 Dec 14, 2007
Yeah mike vick now only gets 3 months in jail, b/c he asked for a second chance; if i was the judge i wouldn't let him off that easy.
John

Bethpage, NY

#6 Dec 14, 2007
I will go see the Chipmunks for the pure nostalgia of Alvin still wanting that hula hoop. I expect it to be bad, but I can't resist.
HENRY

Wheelock, TX

#8 Dec 14, 2007
XCVT
HENRY

Wheelock, TX

#9 Dec 14, 2007
JHHFVV3454
Anonymous

Brampton, Canada

#10 Dec 14, 2007
amazing movie....it was so hilarious and it was good for laughs...it was also very adorable...and the music was good to...it can't beat the original...but its still awesome..if your a Critique who hates EVERY MOVIE MADE...then yes this is a horrible movie...but if you go to the movie for the fun of it.. you will LOVE this movie...:)
gabriel

Katy, TX

#11 Dec 15, 2007
it's going to be funny x-mas movie
gabriel

Katy, TX

#12 Dec 15, 2007
alvin & the chipmunks was a great hit in 1958, my grandma was 18 when it came out. my mom wasn't even born yet 'till eight years later.big big big big big big big big big hit. 34 yaers running on the air with helium voices the song they sang was great.[high pitched] now christmas time is near, was awsome for the chipmunks.alvin,simon,alexande r,those were the chipmunks the classic chipmunks were simon wore big glasses like the size of toematoes. alexander was skinner.alvin was taller.
gabriel

Katy, TX

#13 Dec 15, 2007
34 years ago was the first episode of alvin & the chipmunks long time no see
JOE MAMA

United States

#14 Dec 15, 2007
WELL MY OPINION FOR THIS MOVIE IS THAT THIS MOVIE SHOULDN'T COME OUT TO THE THETERERS BECAUSE IT DOSENS'T MEAN NOTHING ABOUT CHRISTMAS!
JOE MAMA

United States

#15 Dec 15, 2007
SORRY I DIDN'T MEAN WHAT I JUST SAID I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE MOVIE CALLED THE SNOW QUEEN!
Lyles Mom

Cleburne, TX

#16 Dec 15, 2007
All I have to say is BULLSH**. I just got home from taking my newly 4yr old son to see this movie, and he sat through the whole movie. My son is very active, and most things keep his attention for maybe 5 minutes at the most. He laughed and really enjoyed this movie. Its amazing how people tend to rate movies so low. Most couldn't come up with a decent idea for a movie. So keep YOUR day job.
JBK

United States

#17 Dec 15, 2007
Helium voices? Have you done any research? Those voices are a result of recording at half speed and then replaying at faster speeds. No helium involved, doesn't even sound like the effect gotten by inhaling helium!
Lou

Bloomingdale, IL

#18 Dec 16, 2007
Maybe I'm just not a sensitive prson but I've always found them annoying.
Stella Jo

Tyler, TX

#19 Dec 18, 2007
To set the record straight on "Witch Doctor" being a "Chipmunks" song. It isn't.

From Wikipedia:
In early 1958, Bagdasarian released a novelty song, as David Seville, about being unlucky at love until he found a Witch Doctor who told him the "magic words" to woo his woman. The entire song was done by Bagdasarian in his normal voice, except for the "magic" words, done first in Bagdasarian's sped-up, pre-Chipmunk voice, then in a duet between his sped-up voice and his normal voice. The words, of course, are nonsense: "Oo-ee, oo-ah-ah, ting-tang, walla-walla, bing-bang". The song was a major hit, sitting at Number 1 in the Billboard Top 100, a predecessor to the Billboard Hot 100 chart which would be introduced that August, for three weeks during the spring, and the Witch Doctor's "magic words" were being sung by kids everywhere.[citation needed] Although nothing in the song makes any reference to chipmunks, the song is now sometimes included on Chipmunk compilations,[citation needed] as if the Chipmunks themselves had provided the voice of the Witch Doctor...which, technically speaking, is true.(Bagdasarian did record a "Chipmunks" version of "Witch Doctor," which appeared on the second Chipmunks album, Sing Again With The Chipmunks, in 1960). In 1999, the song was covered by a band called The Cartoons.

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