A while ago, I did this post, where I tweaked “Everything is Awesome!!!” from the LEGO movie to sound like the Chipmunks were singing it. Despite it being one of my least popular posts of all time, I got the idea to create a video to go with the song. For that, I went back to one of my favorite childhood movies of all time, The Chipmunk Adventure (1987). This movie has it all, awesome songs (some original, some not), a fantastic plot involving a diamond smuggling ring, a balloon ride around the world, and lots of healthy competition between the Chipmunks and the Chipettes. Honestly, it’s a solid movie. I haven’t seen any of the new live-action Chipmunks movies they’ve been putting out, but I can say with 100% certainty (and extreme bias) that they’re crap compared to The Chipmunk Adventure.
Anyway, the song I first hoped to use was “The Girls of Rock and Roll”, which has both the Chipmunks and the Chipettes and some really awesome dancing. As a proof of concept, I found a video online, muted the sound, and played my version of “Everything is Chipmunks!!!” on top of it. Not only were they at the same bpm (or so close that it didn’t even matter), there were parts of the song that synced up so perfectly (like the stomping up the stairs) that I HAD to do it.
Here’s the final product: https://youtu.be/kMjiEFSEbzI
The shots I used are in a (mostly) chronological fashion from the original scene, so the casual viewer won’t really notice that I did any edits at all. However, there was a lot of clipping of shots to make them sync up to the words or start of a verse/chorus. There are some things that got moved around because Alvin was on screen by himself and yet there were multiple voices singing, or multiple people singing on screen while there was only one voice to be heard. Wherever possible, I tried to sync up the voices so people weren’t seeming to be singing during an instrumental break, but due to the length of the song, the amount of available footage, I couldn’t always do it.
Everything is CHIPMUNKS!!!
Obligatory Copyright notice: I did not create Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Chipettes, Everything is Awesome!, or The LEGO movie. The edits are done by me and are a work of fan art. No copyright infringement is intended.