Believe it or not, "Alvin & the Chipmunks" is about to cross the $200 million box-office mark, could become the most successful family film released in 2007, and is already the highest-grossing talking animal/live-action cartoon adaptation ever. All this can only mean one thing: Chipettes.
"There has been a lot of talk about it," revealed Janice Karman, one of the film's producers. "A lot of people have been asking about the little girls."
For those unfamiliar with the various incarnations of Dave Seville and his squeaky-voiced sidekicks, the Chipettes are a group of female chipmunks named Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor, who were first introduced to audiences in the early Eighties. Now, as the team behind "Alvin" begin planning the sequel, their thoughts keep returning to the little girlfriends that were voiced by Karman.
"We're hoping that there are all sorts of new things going on; we loved doing this movie, and we love the new look of it," agreed Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., son of the legendary Chipmunk creator and producer on the movies. "We just want to take the chipmunks where no other chipmunk has ever gone before."
To some, the Chipettes' appearances on Alvin's Eighties TV show represented equality for little girls; to others, they were the lame equivalent of Star Wars' Ewoks or Cousin Oliver from "The Brady Bunch." The stars of the new film, however, insisted that they're eager to get their characters some chipmunk lovin'.
"I have a big crush on all of them," insisted "Simon" voice Matthew Gray Gubler. "I want to see them naked...I'd pay to see that."
"I would very much like to see that," laughed Justin "Alvin" Long. "They're hot. What are you going to do?"
While a sequel to one of the biggest family hits of the year seems like a no-brainer, however, Bagdasarian and Karman might want to keep Justin Long away from their marketing team. "I've got a great tagline, by the way, for the Chipettes movie if they do come out in the sequel," he grinned. "It's 'This spring, the Chipmunks get vaginas.'"