Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

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Director: Betty Thomas

Cast: Betty Thomas, Zachary Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee

     
 

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Alvin, Simon, and Theodore meet their musical match after returning to school and entering into a battle of the bands competition in hopes of saving the school's troubled music program. Sent to live with Dave Seville's younger nephew Toby (Zachary Levi), the three lovable marmots decide that getting an education is more important thanSee more details below

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Alvin, Simon, and Theodore meet their musical match after returning to school and entering into a battle of the bands competition in hopes of saving the school's troubled music program. Sent to live with Dave Seville's younger nephew Toby (Zachary Levi), the three lovable marmots decide that getting an education is more important than belting out pop tunes. But the school's music program is about to go belly up, and the only way to save it is to win the 25,000-dollar prize in the upcoming battle of the bands. Though the Chipmunks are confident they have the songwriting skills to steamroll the competition, a newly formed singing trio dubbed the Chippettes promises to give them some stiff competition on-stage. Brittany, Eleanor, and Jeanette are indeed the real deal, and the closer the competition gets, the more Alvin, Simon, and Theodore realize that in order to win, they'll have to give it everything they've got.

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Nowadays, revamping a classic cartoon is as conventional as it is predictable -- making a sequel even more so -- and with Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, there's no lack of the high-pitched raucousness that riddled its predecessor. After a freak accident hospitalizes Dave Seville (Jason Lee), the pop sensations Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) find themselves in the care of Dave's nephew, Toby (Zachary Levi), a layabout gamer with no discernible aspirations. In an attempt to obtain a normal life, the Chipmunks return to the hallowed halls of high school, where they battle jocks, try to fit in, and attempt to balance a home life with a social life. Naturally, this leads to strained relationships, dramatic crises -- well, as dramatic as a lightweight kid flick about singing critters can get -- and, inevitably, the learning of important life lessons. Director Betty Thomas keeps the action zipping along with plenty of wacky high school hijinks, but suspension of disbelief is necessary to tolerate some of the plot points. The meat of the story is pretty simple -- it has to be to capture the attention of a younger audience. The Chipmunks are tasked with saving the school's music program by winning the 25,000-dollar prize in the battle of the bands competition known as Music Mania. This time around the new element is, of course, the introduction of the Chipettes -- Brittany (Christina Applegate), Eleanor (Amy Poehler), and Jeanette (Anna Faris), up-and-coming starlets who channel Beyoncé in their performances. The girls are taken in by Ian Hawke (David Cross), former Chipmunks manager and all-around bad guy, who promises to make them famous and pits them against the Chipmunks in the battle of the bands competition. The computer animation keeps the film interesting, from the detail of the Chipmunks' and Chipettes' facial expressions to their movements, which add a certain amount of realism to the characters. The pint-sized trio are admittedly adorable, which serves as a much-needed reprieve between bouts of inept narrative and dated pop-culture one-liners like, "I'm the king of the world" and "It's on like Donkey Kong," but the "aww" moments grow old quickly and the film drags on, leaving the audience to wonder when it's going to be over. At the end of the day, this movie is really for the kids who saw the first movie, enjoyed it, and want to experience the next chapter in the Chipmunk adventure.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2010
UPC:
0024543666974
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Munk Music Machine; Music Mania; Munking History: 50 Years of Chipmunk Mischief, Mayhem and Music; Meet the Chipettes; Rockin' Rising Stars; Music Mania; The Chipmunks: Behind the Squeaking; A-NUT-omy of a Scene; Meet the Stuffies!; Shake Your Groove Thing! with Rosero; Music Videos

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zachary Levi Toby
David Cross Ian
Jason Lee Dave
Justin Long Alvin
Matthew Gray Gubler Simon
Jesse McCartney Theodore
Amy Poehler Eleanor,Voice Only
Anna Faris Jeanette,Voice Only
Christina Applegate Brittany,Voice Only
Wendie Malick Dr. Rubin
Anjelah Johnson Julie
Kathryn Joosten Aunt Jackie
Kevin Schmidt Ryan
Chris Warren Xander
Bridgit Mendler Becca
Alexandra Shipp Valentina
Gregg Binkley Emcee
Charice Pempengco Herself
Bernard White Doctor
Adele Jacques Nurse
Joy Osmanski Airline Rep
Archie Hahn Agent
Lanny Joon Paramedic
Brando Eaton Jeremy
Ali Mikles Screaming Fan
Eric Bauza Digger
Sean Astin Meerkat Manor Narrator

Technical Credits
Betty Thomas Director
Jonathan Aibel Screenwriter
Ross Bagdasarian Producer
Glenn Berger Screenwriter
Juel Bestrop Casting
Maggie Elliott-Germain Makeup
Matthew Friedman Editor
Richard Graves Asst. Director
Marcia Hinds Production Designer
Bo Johnson Art Director
Julianne Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Janice Karman Producer
Alan E. Lorimer Special Effects Supervisor
Rosero McCoy Choreography
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
David Newman Score Composer
Anthony Richmond Cinematographer
Karen Rosenfelt Executive Producer
Paul Sonski Set Decoration/Design
Michele Imperato Stabile Executive Producer
Jon Vitti Screenwriter
Steve Waterman Executive Producer
Alexandra Welker Costumes/Costume Designer
Seth Yanklewitz Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
1. Main Titles/ Rock On [:23]
2. Be Careful! [1:28]
3. We're Not Leaving [1:19]
4. It Was An Accident [2:01]
5. Dinner Is Served [2:58]
6. Nightmare [3:13]
7. School Fans [2:53]
8. Meet the Chipettes [2:01]
9. Save Our Program [5:20]
10. Penthouse Suite [:19]
11. Simple Awesome [4:25]
12. Mr. Cool [2:02]
13. In Love [2:48]
14. Chipette Audition [3:57]
15. Squabbling [4:22]
16. Straight to the Top [1:40]
17. Litter Monitor [1:29]
18. Sports Hero [2:10]
19. Singing Competition [2:54]
20. No Show [:30]
21. One For All [5:47]
22. Ian's Big Plans [2:23]
23. Alvin to the Rescue [:53]
24. Toby's Love Song [1:35]
25. We Are Family [3:26]
26. Shake It/End Titles [3:58]
27. Not Tired [1:47]
28. End Titles [2:29]

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