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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Alvin, Simon and Theodore have been living the rocker lifestyle performing in from of thousands of screaming fans. Everything is going swell until an accident, caused by Alvin of course, leaves Dave in the hospital in Paris. Now the chipmunks are forced to attend school while under the care of their new guardian, Toby. Things are starting to change and the chipmunks do not like it one bit.

At school, the chipmunks must adjust to classes, books, and fellow students. Alvin gets in deep with the jocks while Simon and Theodore are left behind to fend for themselves. Things aren't all bad though as a new singing group is in town, the Chipettes. This eventually leads to a sing off between guys and gals. It's the ultimate contest for who's the best singing chipmunk group in town.

Justin Long, Jesse McCartney, Christina Applegate, Anna Faris, and Amy Phoeler all star as the cute and furry chipmunks. While that may sound like a decent cast, it actually has no effect whatsoever. Their voices have been so digitalized, anyone could have played them and it wouldn't have made a difference. Jason Lee only gets a small cameo appearance because he is in the hospital for the majority of the film.

The film itself is your typical tween film filled with charismatic high schoolers and pop songs. Sounds a lot like High School Musical, doesn’t it? Only this film has high pitched singing chipmunks; not the most enjoyable thing to listen to. Each chipmunk and chipette has a different singing actor which makes you wonder why Jesse McCartney, a singer, couldn’t do Theodore’s voice at least.

Alvin and the Chipmunks banks on the popular songs it covers. Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and even Pink all have their songs appear in squeakable form. Personally I’ll just take the originals thank you very much. While the first film was commercially successful, it’s difficult to see this making it to the same level. It’s more of a tech demo showing off how good they can make digital chipmunks with a quick story rather than a feature film.

Matt Rodriguez
Review by Matt Rodriguez
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