Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is a 2009 American live-action/computer animated musical family comedy film directed by Betty Thomas. It is the second installment in the Alvin and the Chipmunks film series, the film stars Zachary Levi, David Cross and Jason Lee with the voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate. It was written by Jon Vitti, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, distributed by 20th Century Fox, and produced by Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises and Bagdasarian Company. The film is a sequel to the 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks and was released in theaters on December 23, 2009 by 20th Century Fox. The film grossed $443,140,005<ref name="BOM">"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-01. </ref> on a $70 million<ref>Fritz, Ben (2009-12-28). "Holiday box-office take is highest in recent history". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 1 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-03. </ref> budget.

Plot

During a benefit concert in Paris, France, A Eskimo family watches the concert in their igloo while Dave Seville is injured from a backstage accident. Having to recuperate there, Dave asks his aunt Jackie to look after the Chipmunks, Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Arrangements are also made for them to go to school at West Eastman High School. After Jackie also has an accident, the Chipmunks are left in the care of Toby, Jackie's grandson.

Meanwhile, Ian Hawke lives in the basement of JETT Records. Three singing female chipmunks, Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor, also known as The Chipettes, emerge from a FedEx package and Ian hires them as plot to get back at the Chipmunks and revive his career.

While at school, the Chipmunks are ridiculed by jocks, who threaten to kill them for drawing their girls' attention away from them. They chase the Chipmunks around the school and give Simon a swirlie in a toilet. They visit the principal's office, only to discover that the principal, Dr. Rubin is a huge fan, and enlists their help to raise money for a music program by participating in a contest. Meanwhile, Ian is shocked to find the Chipmunks on the front page of his newspaper. After he reads a story about them, he quickly sends the Chipettes to school.

When the Chipmunks meet the Chipettes, a rivalry forms after the former group learns that the latter group are with Ian: with both groups wanting to compete in the Battle of the Bands, Dr. Rubin sets up a concert for them to compete in with the winners representing the school. Meanwhile, Alvin becomes popular with the jocks and joins the football team, not realizing that the next game is during the concert. At the concert, Theodore and Simon tell the fans that Alvin did not show up and that they cannot perform, leading to a victory for the Chipettes. When Alvin finally shows up after the concert is over, he finds the auditorium empty, Brittany calls him out for lacking responsibility and is ignored by his brothers at home. It's only after Theodore runs away and Alvin and Simon saving him from an eagle that the brothers make up.

Soon the Chipettes are hired, but learn that the concert at which they are to perform as an opening act for a Britney Spears concert at the Staples Center is on the same night as the school contest. Ian convinces them to blow off the battle and perform at the concert, but refuses to give the same credit to Jeanette and Eleanor that he gives Brittany. She demands that they all perform together or not at all, until Ian threatens to send them to a barbecue restaurant unless they perform.

Before the Battle Of The Bands, Alvin receives a call from the Chipettes who tell him that Ian has locked them in a cage, so Alvin races off to rescue them while Simon tells Jeanette how to open the cage over the cell phone. Simon and Theodore are on the verge of going out to perform until the others arrive just in time to perform at the contest. The Chipmunks and the Chipettes perform together and receive the money for the music program. Dave, who had left the hospital upon learning that Toby was looking after the Chipmunks, returns during the contest happy to see his boys again. Meanwhile, Ian gets into more trouble at the concert of Staples Center he set up for the girls when he attempts to imitate them only to be taken away by the security guards. After the contest, Dave allows the Chipettes to stay with them.

In the mid-credits, Dr. Rubin has the jocks scrape the gum off from under the bleachers in the gymnasium (possibly their punishment for bullying the chipmunks). In the post-credits, Ian is thrown into a dumpster.

Cast

Voices

Cameos

Reception

Critical reception

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 21% of 82 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 3.9 out of 10.<ref>"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-16. </ref> The site's general consensus is that, "This Squeakquel may entertain the kiddies, but it's low on energy and heavily reliant on slapstick humor."<ref>"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2009-12-25. </ref> On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from film critics, has a rating score of 41 based on 20 reviews.<ref>"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 21 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-05. </ref>

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly graded the film a C-.<ref name="et">Gleiberman, Owen (2009-12-24). "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Movie Review". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-24. </ref> Gleiberman wrote in his review with this question: "Will kids eat up this cutely fractious claptrap? Of course they will. They'll eat up whatever you put in front of them. But that doesn't make The Squeakquel good for them."<ref name="et" /> Sue Robinson from Radio Times said that "even if there's little here for older viewers to enjoy, youngsters will love the slapstick action and catchy soundtrack."<ref>Robinson, Sue (2009-12-24). "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel". RadioTimes. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2009-12-24. </ref>

Some reviews were positive, such as Joe Leydon, writing for Variety, calling it "a frenetic but undeniably funny follow-up that offers twice the number of singing-and-dancing rodents in another seamless blend of CGI and live-action elements."<ref>Leydon, Joe (2009-12-20). "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Review". Variety. Archived from the original on 25 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-24. </ref> Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times commented on Betty Thomas' direction, saying that she brings "a light campy touch as she did in 1995's The Brady Bunch Movie."<ref>Sharkey, Betsy (2009-12-23). "Bright-eyed, Bushy-tailed". Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel movie review, Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-12-13. </ref>

After the film had garnered $112 million worldwide at the box office over its first weekend, some critics were disappointed that it was more popular than other movies in wide release aimed at a family audience.<ref>Ryan Michael Painter (2009-12-28). "Weekend Box Office Reaction". </ref><ref name="huffingtonpost">Scott Mendelson (2009-12-27). "HuffPost Weekend Box Office in Review: Avatar Dominates Record-Breaking Weekend". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 30 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-24.  </ref> Richard Corliss of Time wrote that families "could have taken the cherubs to The Princess and the Frog or Disney's A Christmas Carol, worthy efforts that, together, took in only about a fifth of the Chipmunks' revenue in the same period".<ref>Corliss, Richard (2009-12-30). "Alvin 2: The Unspeakable Squeakquel". Time. Retrieved 2010-08-09. </ref>

Box office

On its opening Wednesday, the film opened to #1 with $18,801,277, and finished the weekend at #3 behind Fox's own Avatar and Warner Bros' Sherlock Holmes<ref>"Weekend Box Office Results for December 25–27, 2009". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-09. </ref> with $48,875,415 and a $75,589,048 5-day total, eclipsing its budget in only five days. Domestically, it is the 9th highest-grossing film of 2009, and on March 7, 2010, it outgrossed its predecessor to become the second highest-grossing film to never hit #1 behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding.<ref>"Top Grossing Movies That Never Hit #1 at the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 4 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-09. </ref> Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel ended its run with $219,614,612 domestically and $223,525,393 overseas with a total of $443,140,005 worldwide, which is higher than its predecessor.<ref name="BOM"/>

Awards

  • 2010 Kids' Choice Awards: Favorite Movie (winner)
  • 2010 BAFTA Children's Awards: BAFTA Kids' Vote - Feature Film (winner)

Soundtrack

Alvin and the Chipmunks:
The Squeakquel:
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by The Chipmunks and The Chipettes
Released

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Genre Pop, rock, hip hop, dance
Length 50:15
Label Rhino
Producer Ross Bagdasarian, Janice Karman, Ali Dee Theodore
The Chipmunks and The Chipettes chronology

Undeniable
(2008)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2009)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture
(2011)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack based on the film. It was released on December 1, 2009. Bands Honor Society and Queensberry, along with Filipino singer Charice, were all featured artists for both the movie and soundtrack.

Track listing

Standard
No.TitleWriter(s)Performing Artist(s)Length
1."You Really Got Me" (featuring Honor Society)Ray DaviesThe Chipmunks3:05
2."Hot n Cold"Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max MartinThe Chipettes4:05
3."So What"Alecia B. Moore, Johann Karl Schuster, Max MartinThe Chipettes4:05
4."You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"Pete Burns, Steve Coy, Wayne Hussey Mike Percy, Timothy LeverThe Chipmunks3:36
5."Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash, Thaddis Harrell, Christopher StewartThe Chipettes2:57
6."Bring It On"Ali Dee Theodore, Jason GleedThe Chipmunks3:46
7."Stayin' Alive"Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice GibbThe Chipmunks3:05
8."The Song" (featuring Queensberry)Ali Dee Theodore, Alana Da Fonseca, Mike Klein, John McCurryThe Chipettes3:06
9."It's OK"Ali Dee Theodore, Alana Da Fonseca, Vinny AlfieriThe Chipmunks2:48
10."Shake Your Groove Thing"Dino Fekaris, Frederick PerrenThe Chipmunks and The Chipettes3:52
11."Put Your Records On"Corinne Bailey Rae, John Beck, Steven ChrisanthouThe Chipettes3:35
12."I Want to Know What Love Is"Mick JonesThe Chipmunks2:54
13."We Are Family"Bernard Edwards, Nile RodgersThe Chipmunks and The Chipettes3:03
14."No One" (featuring Charice)Alicia Keys, Kerry Brothers, Jr., George Michael HarryThe Chipettes4:00
Bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Performing Artist(s)Length
15."I Gotta Feeling"The Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Frédéric RiestererThe Chipmunks and The Chipettes4:06

Chart performance

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart<ref>Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Australian chart history</ref> 15
New Zealand Albums Chart[citation needed] 3
UK Albums Chart[citation needed] 6
U.S. Billboard 200[citation needed] 6

Marketing

Video game

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is a video game based on the movie. It was released on December 1, 2009 (the same day as the movie's soundtrack) only for the Wii and Nintendo DS.

Home media

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel was released on DVD/Blu-ray/Digital Copy on March 30, 2010 in North America, on April 12, 2010 in the United Kingdom and on June 2, 2010 in Australia.

Sequels

Shortly after the film's release on DVD and Blu-ray, Fox and Regency had announced that Alvin and the Chipmunks 3D was scheduled to be released on December 16, 2011.<ref>"The Chipmunks are Coming in 3D, Wall Street Bumped". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2010-03-10. </ref> The title was then changed to Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.<ref>"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked at Box Office Mojo". Boxofficemojo.com. 2011-12-16. Retrieved 2011-12-27. </ref> On January 22, 2011, Fox 2000 Pictures started production on the film during a Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Dream ship. Filming took place primarily on the ship's upper, open decks with scenes featuring actor Jason Lee (reprising his role as David Seville) and the antics of The Chipmunks in the Carnival Dream's outdoor recreation areas. Stops on the itinerary included Cozumel, Roatan, Belize and Costa Maya (which provided tropical backdrops for many of the movie's shipboard scenes).<ref>"Alvin and the Chipmunks Movie Filmed on Caribbean Cruise". Travel Agent Central. 2011-02-02. Retrieved 2011-12-27. </ref> A fourth film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, was released on December 18, 2015.<ref>Kit, Borys (December 18, 2014). "'Alvin and the Chipmunks 4' Finds a Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 18, 2014. </ref>

References

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External links

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