Christopher Lennertz scores Alvin And The Chipmunks
Sixties Superstars Return in Time for the Holidays
Award-winning composer Christopher Lennertz is helping Alvin And The Chipmunks make a serious comeback. The film by producers Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karmen, Steve Waterman stars Jason Lee ("The Incredibles," "My Names is Earl") as David Seville, the role originally created by Chipmunks' creator Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. 20th Century Fox unleashes "Alvin & The Chipmunks" on an unsuspecting world Dec. 14th.
A global phenomenon to generations of fans since they first appeared on record in 1958, Alvin And The Chipmunks become a live action/CGI motion picture event with a contemporary comic sensibility. Songwriter Dave Seville transforms mischievous singing chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore into pop sensations while Lennertz adds a lush orchestral score including French horns, piano, strings, and flute solos to back them up. Elements of the score will bring you back to your youth with the sounds reminiscent of cartoon scores from the Golden Age by Carl Stalling. Lennertz is able to creatively incorporate subtle, technical elements, such as backwards percussion and mallets that sound like acorns falling, without compromising the organic sound of his original score performed by a 94 piece orchestra.
Emmy nominated for his score for the hit WB series Supernatural, Lennertz has himself made a global impact. He most recently received three nominations at the Film & TV Music Awards for his work on Supernatural and Tortilla Heaven. The USC grad was also nominated for The Don B. Ray Educational Achievement Award.
Lennertz began his musical education at the early age of nine and quickly developed what director Joshua Butler ("Saint Sinner") calls "an incredible gift for melody." After learning to play the trumpet and guitar, he ventured out of performance to study composition, jazz arranging, and theory in high school. Soon, he made his way to the University of Southern California to continue his musical education and begin scoring films.
Lennertz has since expanded his repertoire as a composer for all types of media, from film to television and even to videogames. Among his film scores are several notable independent films, including the jazz-based gangster drama Baby Face Nelson featuring Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, the seductive thriller Lured Innocence starring Dennis Hopper, and the film festival favorite, Art House. His television credits include the WB's Supernatural, Fox's Brimstone, the WB's The Strip, and the theme song for the MTV series Tough Enough, which appeared on the album for the show and put him on the Billboard top 100 charts for weeks. His powerful, full orchestral score for the Stephen Spielberg-created videogame Medal of Honor: Rising Sun earned an award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and led him to score two more "Medal of Honor" games.
Besides the Latin themed Tortilla Heaven, Lennertz recently scored the sports comedy The Comebacks. He is currently working on Perfect Christmas, a family romance starring Terrence Howard, Queen Latifah and Gabrielle Union.
The soundtrack for Alvin And The Chipmunks is available from Amazon.com.