I very nearly got all the way through this past Christmas season without hearing "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late.)" I was at a gathering late on Christmas day when I heard that perennial classic on the radio, and Alvin was proclaiming in no uncertain terms that he still wants a hula hoop. Oh well, maybe next year will bring a chipmunk-free holiday. Or perhaps not, because the Alvin and the Chipmunks appear to be on the verge of a big screen come back. The project has been around for some time, although back in October Cinematical's own Kevin Kelly described it as "swirling on the edge of the whirlpool that is 'development hell.'" According to Variety, there is still some life in this project, and Fox 2000 and Fox Animation are in negotiations with Tim Hill to direct a computer animation/live action hybrid film based on the property.
Hill has had plenty of experience mixing real actors with not so real ones, having directed Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, as well as Muppets From Space. The movie will be produced by Ross Bagdasarian Jr. (son of The Chipmunks' creator) and his wife Janice Karman, both of whom head up Bagdasarian Productions. The Chipmunks' first appearance was on the aforementioned Christmas song released in 1958. My misgivings about the song aside, it was a huge hit, earning three Grammies along the way, and paving the way for the first of several animated TV incarnations in 1961, as well as several more records.