|“||Dave, we go way back. We both come a long way since college. You, not so much. I wanted to like that song, but, you heard it... not that good. If I wasn't your friend, I'd say, "Dave, you go right back out of this office and you keep writing music, you'll get there someday." But I am your friend, so I'm going to tell you that there is no sense in writing songs that no one is ever, ever, going to sing.||„|
|~ Ian criticizing Dave's song|
Ian Hawke is the main antagonist of Alvin and the Chipmunks, and its sequel Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, and a major character in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. He is Dave Seville's best friend and Alvin Seville's former arch-nemesis.
He is portrayed by David Cross.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Alvin and Ian convince Zoe to help save Dave. They then run towards the raft and escape the eruption. The Chipmunks and Chipettes perform at the International Music Awards. Ian also starts a new career as a screenwriter by selling a screenplay about Zoe's story to Hollywood, earning him his wealth back.
- Tom Cruise, Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Steve Buscemi, Harry Shearer, James Caan, Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor, and Alec Baldwin were all considered for the role of Ian Hawke before David Cross was cast.
- Ian was going to become a major protagonist in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, where he helps Dave propose to Samantha and with David Cross reprising his role in the film. However, all of his scenes were deleted.