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Jason Lee on Parenting, His Kids & Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked!

Jason Lee

Jason Lee has returned to his pint sized, furry family. The My Name is Earl actor has starred in his third Chipmunks movie! The film (which was released nationwide on December 16th) has been a family favorite with fans  including moms Kourtney Kardashian, Jenna Elfman and Taylor Armstrong.

Jason recently sat down with a group on Moms to discuss his real life family, the art of parenting, and – of course – Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Check out what he said right here:

How did you feel about this one [Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked]?  Was it different?
This one, I think it’s the best one personally.  I think it’s very focused.  It’s sharp.  It’s tight.  I think Mike Mitchell did a great job as a director. Certainly I had the most fun.  The second one [Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel] I could only do a little bit in the movie.  The first one [Alvin and the Chipmunks] was great.  Now, the relationships are solid with the boys and Dave and everything’s just kind of tight and in.  And it’s been years of doing this now, so everything just worked for this third one, I think, in a slightly elevated way.

Have your kids seen it?
No.  We’re going to a screening soon of it, yes.

Are they fans of the first two [movies]?
Totally, yes.  My daughter is only three, but she’s catching on to the whole thing now from the first one on DVD.

Do they ever ask you where the chipmunks are, or do they have any issue with that illusion?
When I was filming the first one [Alvin and the Chipmunks], my son very much thought they were real and so I tried to keep him away from the set.  But, the couple of times that he did come to the set, I would have to say, “Oh, the chipmunks are on a break,” or “They’ve gone back to the hotel or something to get massages.”

As a parent, do you have any moments where you relate to Dave Seville’s screaming at Alvin?
Oh, boy.  Are you kidding?  Yes, my daughter of three.  “Mama, mama, mama, dada, dada,” of course all that.  “Okay, what is it?  Uh-huh.  Okay, totally.  Okay, cool.  All right.”  “Dada, one more thing, one more thing.”  “Oh, but it’s two hours past your bedtime.  We really have to go to sleep now.”  “Okay, just one more thing.”  It’s so Alvin.  But, then there’s that sweetness of Theodore in there, too, where you can’t not let them say one more thing because she’s so adorable.

I think the greatest success I’ve had as a parent is treating my kids like they’re my friends, in that I kind of look at it like they’re just like us but smaller, and they have points of view, feelings, opinions.  They have things to say.  They get upset and frustrated just like we do when things don’t go our way.

My son is very mature for his age and he’s very much his own little dude.  And he comes to me and says, “Dad, I’m having a hard time with this.”  And I say, “Okay.  Well, let’s talk about it.”  I think if you open up dialog with your kids it does enormous things versus sort of just treating them as kids.

And all of those weird things that have trickled over from generation to generation from my mom’s era, which was kids are to be seen and not heard, all that weird stuff that still has trickled over into this generation even.  I try to do everything but that.

And as a result, we feel like we’re a part of a family, a group.  And it’s not like we’re up here and the kids are down here.  And it’s done a lot for their character, absolutely.

About  Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipcrecked
The vacationing Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground, until they become ‘chipwrecked’ on a remote island.  As the ‘Munks and Chipettes scheme to find their way home, they accidentally discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.

Images: PR Photos and Twentieth Century Fox

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