Those three mischievous CG chipmunks are back in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel though their “parent” and guardian Dave (Jason Lee) is surprisingly absent from this sequel, getting a total of about ten minutes of screen time. The boys guardian is supposed to be Aunt Jackie (Kathryn Joosten) but she has even less screen time, just enough to have a pratfall and then remain offscreen (and out of mind) in the hospital recovering for the rest of the film. Instead, her slacker video-game-addict grandson Toby (Zachary Levi) moves into Dave’s house to theoretically take care of the chipmunks, Alvin (voice of Justin Long), Theodore (voice of Jesse McCartney) and Simon (voice of Matthew Gray Gubler) while actually ignoring them completely.
I was surprised more than once at the lack of what I’ll call thread tying in the story. For example, school principle Dr. Rubin (Wendie Malick) seems to have some attraction to Dave, but while they do have a few minutes of standing next to each other during the final concert scene, they never do actually connect, yet it’d be a nice lead-in to a potential third film.