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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

14 January 2010 592 views One Comment
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Starring: Jason Lee, Zachary Levi, Anjelah Johnson, Wendie Malick, Justin Long
Directed by: Betty Thomas
Produced by: Karen Rosenfelt, Ross Bagdasarian Jr, Janice Karman
Genres: Comedy, Kids/Family and Sequel
Release Date: December 23rd, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor

In the final scene of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Alvin and his two brothers bed down for the night just a few feet away from three singing female chipmunks. Chipmunks are not exactly known for their restraint, which leads us to some depressing math.

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The Eastern chipmunk can produce two litters a year, with up to five young each. Thus within a decade, since cartoon chipmunks never die, there will be thousands of talking, singing chipmunks running around the animation universe, far more than the ecosystem can tolerate. They will begin showing up everywhere: stampeding through The Simpsons, mucking up Japanese anime, driving Clifford the Big Red Dog bonkers. Earplug sales will soar as they sing their electronically manipulated heads off.

Anyway, the latest adventures of Alvin, Simon and Theodore find them pursuing the rock-star careers they began in the 2007 Alvin film (which, like this one, mixes live action and computer-generated imagery). Their human handler, Dave, ends up in traction within the first minutes of the movie, which somehow results in the boys™ being enrolled in school, which they inexplicably begin at the high school level. Or something like that.

The school’s music program is about to be cut, so the boys enter a talent contest, planning to use the $25,000 prize to save the music department. Whichever of the writers credited here thinks $25,000 is enough to finance a high school music program needs to go to a few more school budget meetings. In any case, a girl chipmunk group, the Chipettes, is also in the hunt, providing the plot, such as it is.

The earlier Alvin movie made more than $217 million just in the United States. It’s hard to imagine this somewhat confused sequel doing as well.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested) for a small bit of rude humor. (- via magforyou -)

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