Craig Harris writes:
"Alvin and the Chipmunks is a running joke that's lasted fifty years. It began as a novelty record featuring witch doctors in the 1950s (speeding up vocals to chipmunk squeakiness) and branched out from there. The song spawned more songs, and then a 1960s cartoon, and then a 1980s cartoon, and then a 1990s cartoon. It's a kid's favorite but a parent's nightmare. After all, we've been hearing those squeaky voices for decades, but to kids, the helium-tainted voice tracks are new and hilarious. So clearly Alvin and the Chipmunks for the Nintendo DS, a rhythm-based game set in the universe created for this year's theatrical release, is aimed at the younger crowd that still digs those whiny lyrics set to contemporary music. But that still doesn't excuse some of the shoddy development – the DS version's a better rhythm game than the console editions of the design, but it's definitely no Elite Beat Agents and the soundtrack will drive the parental units bonkers."