On January 22 during a Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Dream, Fox 2000 Pictures started production on Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked!, the third installment of the film series. Filming took place primarily on the ship’s upper, open decks with scenes featuring actor Jason Lee (reprising his role as Dave Seville) and the antics of the chipmunks in the Carnival Dream’s outdoor recreation areas.
Stops on the itinerary included Cozumel, Roatan, Belize and Costa Maya, which provided tropical backdrops for many of the movie’s shipboard scenes. Twentieth Century Fox will release Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked! in theaters everywhere on December 16, 2011. The first two films grossed more than $804 million worldwide. Alvin and the Chipmunks was the number-one grossing family live-action DVD of 2008, while Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel has been the best-selling family DVD since its release in March 2010.
The 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream operates year-round, alternating seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral, Fla.