Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel

Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel

Betty Thomas (2009)

84min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Chipmunk pop sensation Alvin and his brothers Simon and Theodore are back in this second big-screen adventure, but this time they have competition. As the boys start school without the support of their mentor Dave (Jason Lee), who's laid up in hospital, they have to face bullying, threats to their friendship and the popularity of upcoming girl band the Chipettes before coming to terms with their new responsibilities. The most successful element of this part-animated tale is the banter between the rival chipmunks - with Justin Long (Alvin) and Christina Applegate (Brittany) providing lively lead voices. It's a pity equal attention was not paid to the inane and rather irritating live-action characters. Still, even if there's little here for older viewers to enjoy, youngsters will love the slapstick action and catchy soundtrack. Be warned, though: some of the themes may cause sleepless nights for any children about to start a new school.

Summary

The singing trio are left in the care of their manager's nephew and try to save a school's music programme by winning a battle-of-the-bands competition. However, they encounter fierce rivalry from another group of musical rodents. Comedy, starring Zachary Levi, Jason Lee and David Cross, with the voices of Justin Long and Christina Applegate.

Cast & Crew

Toby Seville Zachary Levi
Ian Hawke David Cross (2)
Dave Seville Jason Lee
Alvin Seville Justin Long
Simon Seville Matthew Gray Gubler
Theodore Seville Jesse McCartney
Eleanor Amy Poehler
Jeanette Miller Anna Faris
Brittany Miller Christina Applegate
Aunt Jackie Kathryn Joosten
Ryan Kevin G Schmidt
Xander Chris Warren Jr
Becca Bridgit Mendler
Director Betty Thomas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Dec 2009
Comedy Drama Children's