Genres: Comedy, Kids/Family and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. 29 min.
Release Date: December 23rd, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.
Distributors: 20th Century Fox Distribution
Directed by: Betty Thomas
JJ Rating: B+
Dave (Jason Lee) becomes injured by the antics of Alvin (voiced by Justin Long). The Chipmunks eventually fall under the watch of Toby (Zachary Levi). They had to go to school and deal with the pressures there. Eventually they meet the Chipettes and the evil return of Ian (David Cross). Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
Those Chipmunks are adorable. They are even adorable after seeing Avatar’s aliens. It could be because I could hold a Chipmunk in my hand, while I couldn’t do that with anyone from Avatar’s world. Let alone none of them are as adorable and cute as the Chipmunks. But of course that doesn’t make a great movie.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel was not a great film. That is obvious. It was a fun movie that I enjoyed the first time two years ago and still enjoy now. It’s interesting to see who does the Chipmunks and the Chipettes. Alvin is voiced by Justin Long, Simon voiced by Matthew Gray Gubler, Theodore voiced by Jesse McCartney, Brittany voiced by Christina Applegate, Jeanette voiced by Anna Faris and Eleanor voiced by Amy Poehler.
Simple story about brothers and how they should stick together closer than a friend. We all know who decides to defect for cooler friends: Alvin. It is a story that has been done over and over again. How was it done with Chipmunks? For me it was fun. I enjoyed the Chipmunks’ singing and dancing and high pitched chirping. I find the entire film oddly charming no matter how childish the entire premise might be.
I do not find, however, David Cross charming. He’s very creepy in a not so good kind of way. Don’t think he’s children like story actor and shouldn’t have been asked back. He was the most uncomfortable part of the entire film. He didn’t fit.
It would have been awesome if it had taken a page out of Glee’s notebook. Because they know how to work songs into a storyline. These songs worked for the fun value, but did not work so well as a story enhancer. They didn’t use the songs to tell a story. It would appear that they used what was popular.
Overall I enjoyed Alvin and the Chipmunks 2. I enjoyed the signing and the silly things that happened. I enjoyed Theodore and is insistent sharing of his name, his adorable need to be comforted and his insatiable want of a great brotherhood; Simon’s glasses, his care for both Theodore and Alvin and his want to keep the earth clean; Alvin’s need for adventure, his need for cool and his over powering need to be his brothers’ brother.
I hope that the next one, if there is a next one, has to do with the The Chipmunk Adventure. The one where they and the Chipettes travel around the world collecting dolls for the bad guys. The Chipmunks and the Chipettes were being diamond mules. I think that would make for a great film to remake. OH NO another remake…ha. They would not only get new children to LOVE them more, they’d get old children to rekindle their love and go and see it. Maybe this time they’ll be able to do all that they creators wanted to do when The Chipmunk Adventure was first released. According to the IMDB Trivia page several scenes had to be changed or deleted due to time constraints. I look forward to the third one, if it’s as I say it should be.