This sequel to the update of the singing cartoon chipsters picks up right where the first installment left off — with Alvin and the boys (voiced by Justin Long, Matthew Gubler and Jesse McCartney) smart-alecking their way through the new millennium (and apparently into school) until they meet their match: the Beyonce-inspired Chipettes (voiced by Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler and Anna Faris). David Cross returns as the shady manager intent on creating and exploiting the latest and greatest trend: the next generation of helium-voiced singing chipmunks covering Pop tunes like “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”
It’s time to restore some sense of order in the world, which means we need an executive command halting all uses and variations of this song in the media (followed close behind by a similar ban on Jay-Z’s “Empire State”).
I’m sure director Betty Thomas (The Brady Bunch Movie, I Spy) and the studio honchos felt this would generate crossover with young audiences, especially kiddies seeking to ape their older Beyonce-loving sibs and friends. Someone should inform them that this ploy won’t work on today’s more sophisticated audiences raised on the television hijinks of Nickelodeon or Disney — or it wouldn’t if not for being able to capitalize on its counter-programming angle opposite a certain box-office sci-fi juggernaut.
Fortunately, Jason Lee sits out during most of this misadventure, which allows him to squeak by with a modicum of dignity. Grade: D