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DVD Review: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

March 31, 2010

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel – A 20th Century Fox Release

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DVD Release Date: March 30th, 2010

Rated G

Running time: 88 minutes

 

Betty Thomas (dir.)

 

Jon Vitti (writer)

Jonathan Aibel (writer)

Glenn Berger (writer)

Ross Bagdasarian (characters Alvin and the Chipmunks)

 

David Newman (music)

 

Zachary Levi as Toby

David Cross as Ian

Jason Lee as Dave

Justin Long as Alvin (voice)

Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon (voice)

Jesse McCartney as Theodore (voice)

Amy Poehler as Eleanor (voice)

Anna Faris as Jeanette (voice)

Christina Applegate as Brittany (voice)

 

Our reviews below:

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel DVD Review By John C.

** (out of 4)

I liked the first Alvin and the Chipmunks.  It had Jason Lee playing it straight to a group of singing chipmunks, and it actually made for a sweet and amusing family film.  Well Jason Lee is barely in The Squeakquel.  The chipmunks are still cute here, as are their female counterparts the Chipettes, but Zachary Levi is obnoxious as the new introduction to the human cast.  It’s almost worth seeing just for the chipmunks, but even they can’t save their own movie.

 

The first one had a story, this one not so much.  Following the chipmunks going to high school, where they encounter sadistic bullies, compete in a singing competition and meet the chipettes, it’s just too frantic and all over the place.  It will keep younger kids entertained on DVD as it did in theatres – and that’s not a bad thing – but adults needn’t worry if they miss it.

 

The DVD includes two featurettes.  The Blu-Ray includes numerous featurettes, and music videos.  It is available to buy as a 3-format combo-pack.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel DVD Review By Erin V.

**1/4 (out of 4)

In this ‘squeakquel’ to the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks, it’s off to school for the furry, singing animals.  I’m not sure precisely what they are doing at school, other than singing, and running all over the place.  In the first one, they could write and draw about as well as a grade 1 student, never seemed to go to elementary school, yet are now placed in highschool?  Genius chipmunks I guess…

 

Anyway, at the human highschool they attend, they meet their counterparts in the Chipettes – three female chipmunks.  This is nowhere near as good as the first one, with the human characters here really not all that great – Jason Lee is hardly in the film at all, and when he is, it’s not for much more than sight gags.  There isn’t much of a linear storyline here either – it plays out more like just a series of events surrounding the Chipmunks/Chipettes.

 

Kids are going to like it, but for those much over 10 or 11, it’s not going to hold their attention.  If you have kids that are interested, rent it for them, otherwise, you can skip seeing this one, and watch the original again.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel DVD Review By Nicole

** (**1/2 for it’s intended audience – out of 4)

The Chipmunks are back in this new adventure.  When Dave (Jason Lee) gets injured, he asks his aunt to take care of the chipmunks and send them to high school.  But when she gets injured too, her obnoxious, 20-something slacker grandson (Zachary Levi) takes over their care.  To make matters worse, the chipmunks are being bullied.  A musical competition is coming up, and the chipmunks have met their match with the Chipettes, a trio of female counterparts.

 

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is a pretty mediocre film.  The human characters are annoying, (except for Dave, who is barely seen in the film).  However, the chipmunks are cute, and young children will like it.  This one is worth a rental.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel DVD Review By Maureen

** (out of 4)

I’ve always had a fondness for Alvin and the Chipmunks.  The original movie when Dave (Jason Lee) discovers the Chipmunks was fun and sweet.  The Squeakquel has Dave out of the main storyline for most of the movie and has the chipmunks attending high school for the first time.  It’s at high school they meet the Chipettes, their girl equivalents.

 

The Squeakquel just doesn’t have the same charm as the first one.  I found the high school bullies a little mean.  No matter what, little kids are going to find The Squeakquel amusing.  So if your kids like to watch a movie again and again, then buy it.  If not, a rental will be fine.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel DVD Review By Tony

** (out of 4)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel puts Dave’s slacker cousin Toby (Zachary Levi) in charge while Dave (Jason Lee) is in the hospital.  Now at high school they are liked by the girls but bullied by the jocks.  Meanwhile a new trio of female counterpart “Chipettes” comes into town and are discovered by the chipmunks’ disgraced former manager Ian (David Cross) now squatting in a penthouse.  He pits them up against the others in a competition to represent the school in a battle of the bands.

 

Not as good as the first installment, The Squeakquel will at least appeal to single-digit aged kids.  The story was weak, with most human characters just annoying when they were not being obnoxious.  In fact, I much preferred the chipmunks to the humans, and the music, particularly by the Chipettes, was surprisingly good.

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Consensus: Although the chipmunks are still appealing, The Squeakquel does not have the same charm as the first one, mainly due to the fact that Jason Lee is mostly absent.  Although it is an alright film for little kids. ** (Out of 4)

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