Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is a 2009 American live action/animated musical comedy film and a sequel to the 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks, directed by Betty Thomas and it was distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Now in the care of Dave Seville's nephew (Zachary Levi), chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore take a break from pop-music stardom and return to school. Almost immediately, the tiny tunesmiths get the giant task of saving their school's music program by winning a battle-of-the-bands contest. Though the boys think winning it will be easy, romantic and musical sparks fly when they meet Brittany, Eleanor and Jeannette -- also known as The Chipettes.
Why It Sucks
- Like the first film, this film still has toilet humor, adult humor and fart jokes despite being a family film. There are also some inappropriate moments such as the Chipmunks lying to an injured Dave on the phone that Toby's grandma (who is also injured) is practicing her pole dancing (another word for a stripper) and the scene in the climax where Ian Hawk gets hit right in the balls by....a toy motocycle.
- The redesigns of the Chipettes are even more unnecessary and poor than the redesigns of the Chipmunks. Not only do they also look smaller, but they also look more like real chipmunks, small and not like mutant kids with chipmunk faces, fur, voices and tails.
- It is never explained where Jeanette got her glasses from, unlike Simon who got his glasses from a toy Santa in the first film.
- It not only once again, wastes the original talents of Jason Lee, David Cross, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney but also new talents like Zachary Levi, Christina Applegate, Anna Faris and Amy Poehler.
- While David Cross still puts on a fun performance as Ian Hawk, he isn't quite as funny as he was in the first film.
- Dave Seville, (played by Jason Lee) due to being injured and in the hospital, barely gets any screen time while the film mostly focuses on his friend Toby (played by Zachary Levi). And especially in the final scene of the film where Dave finally gets out of the hospital to put the Chipmunks and Chipettes to bed...only to get injured once again by a skateboard lying on the floor.
- Like the first film, the three actresses (Christina Applegate, Anna Faris and Amy Poehler) who voice the Chipettes are adult aged but the producers thought that their normal voices didn't fit, so they just sped up the recordings to make them sound like chipmunks, making it really hard to tell who is even voicing them. They could have used any other actresses and speed up their recordings and it will still be the same result.
- It has so much pop culture references that even includes references to R rated movies to like Taxi Driver and The Silence of the Lambs, none of which would be understood by kids.
- It has even more product placement than the first movie such as the Nintendo Wii and FedEx.
- While the CGI for the Chipmunks and the Chipettes still look pretty ok, the other uses of special effects are basically just the same from the first film with no improvements what so ever.
- The scene were Alvin and Simon attack the bullies in high school when they are tormenting Theodore is terrifying. Not only that, but when Simon lunges, he flies right into the camera and on a freeze frame, his screaming face is so horrifying it actually looks like a poster to a horror movie.
- It has an even more poor grasp of the source material: The Chipettes did not come from a Fed Ex package, nor from a small town that had a population of 300 in the original sources. Also for some reason the Chipettes don't seem to have a rivalry between the Chipmunks and are both more lovey dovey at each other unlike in the original sources.
- The musical score is even more lackluster than the first movie.
- Like the first film, they took whatever popular songs that were known at the time (e.x. "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé and "Hot n Cold" by Katy Perry) and butched them with chipmunk singing.
- Like with the first movie, Jason Lee pulls off Dave Seville's popular catchphrase "ALVIIIIIIIIIIIN!!!" poorly, as it sounds very watered down and not angry enough which sounds normally as a normal loud scream. He also sounds like his voice box is still shredded and hoarse.
- The climax of the film screeches to a halt so it can shove in a forced Digger cameo (do kids even know who Digger is?).
- Cringeworthy moments, like Ian Hawk dressing up like Brittney having Jeanette and Eleanor puppets and performing terribly on the Staples Center stage.
- Some mean spirited moments, like Ian threating to barbecue the Chipettes at a Korean restaurant and in the airport scene when Toby accidentally makes his grandma in a wheelchair fall down the stairs and break her neck, that probably explains why he only cares about video games.
- False advertising: Some scenes in the trailers didn't even make it into the final film, such as the Chipettes being cheerleaders.
- Some good jokes.
- "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner is surprisingly not butched by chipmunk singing.
- Zachary Levi is fine as Toby, but even at that, it’s clear that this isn’t his best performance.
- David Cross still does a fun performance as Ian Hawk, although it aren't quite as funny as the first film.
- As mentioned, the CGI for the Chipmunks and the Chipettes is pretty decent.
- It was at least the first film in the franchise to debut the Chipettes.
- A few cute moments.