Pop sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore end up in the care of Dave Seville's twenty-something nephew Toby. The boys must put aside music super stardom to return to school, and are tasked with saving the school's music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands. But the Chipmunks unexpectedly meet their match in three singing chipmunks known as The Chipettes - Brittany, Eleanor and Jeanette. Romantic and musical sparks are ignited when the Chipmunks and Chipettes square off.
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Sure there were a few cute moments in there. The critters are back, and they're not alone. They meet a group of female chipmunks called the chipettes. If you're familiar with the 80's animated series, you know they were made to cater to the female demo-graph but they'll always be overshadowed by their male counterparts who have been around longer. Dave no longer plays a large role in the film.
There are a few funny moments and jokes in there, and the silliness of the characters is nice, their mayhem and destruction is part of the fun, like the scenes in the doctor's room with Dave. It feels no one ever put any work into a script. Not once do I feel that there was anything there besides a green-screen, and human actors. I felt a lot could've been worked into the one dimensional characters.
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Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakqual (G) * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Strike when the iron’s hot. 20th Century Fox must have known they were onto a good thing when they brought cartoon characters The Chipmunks to the big screen last year. Kids everywhere will be cheering their return in Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakqual, free spirited fun drawing children of all ages to Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking), Empire Oakridge Cinemas, , Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites all over B.C.
You did not need to see the first big screen Chipmunks film to appreciate the zaniness of this second installment. Back for more merry mayhem are Alvin, Seymour and Theodore. Under the watchful eye of their human “caregiver” Dave the trio have been given their walking papers – straight off to school. On screen for far too little time is Jason Lee ( A Guy Thing) who continues to have problems with Alvin, the rag tag leader of this pack of rodents. Unfortunately for the boys Dave has relinquished day to day control over the lads to one of his relatives, Toby, who has more than his hands full as their legal guardian. Sad sacks and nerds everywhere will be able to relate to the plight of Zachary Levi whose a perfect foil for the wild and crazy shenanigans of Alvin and co.
Use of school property and that whole academic peer pressure thing seems tailor made for comedy and director Betty Thomas (I Spy) milks those scenes dry. Competition with jealous suitors for the fetching babes at the high school are right up Alvin’s alley and some new animals with an equally unique ability to sing make life even more eventful for the chipmunks.
Kids will howl at the jokes and those high-pitched voices of these critters. Adults will buy into the love story and the corny romance as children everywhere should get chuckles over the stupidity of the entire exercise. Sly references to a host of popular film characters and movie genres further ups the ante in this fun-fest outing that just whizzes by. Parents who value decency will surely appreciate there is no bathroom humour at all on display though I did find the film makers’ use of a handicapped person a touch on the tasteless side and tacky at best.
Being in the public eye and the whole paparazzi phenomena and fan worshipping of that oh so elusive thing we all call stardom is also well tackled here as are the usual jocks and rock and rollers that figure prominently in this whimsical comedy. Sophistication goes out the window in these Chipmunk stories and the novelty has in no way lessened or gone out of style. Look for a big box office return for this sequel and a third movie not to be too far in the offing.
No scary scenes, hidden images or great morals arise from this film making it harmless if not meaningless fun that children below ten will surely embrace. Even teens will get a hoot out of the zesty musical numbers and the romantic interludes thrown in to ensure a nice ride for whole families and a swell Christmas treat for the little ones.
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