By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel introduces the Chipettes to the live-action franchise. They got celebrity voices too. Amy Poehler provides the voice of Eleanor, the female counterpart to Theodore.
Poehler a Chipette
“It was fun because we all got to play somewhat distinctive characters,” Poehler said. “So we talked a little bit with Betty [Thomas], and Ross [Bagdasarian Jr.] and Janice [Karman] about how they were different and in the dynamic of them being in a little group, there were certainly characters that were a little bit more aggressive or shy. Eleonore is so cute.”
It’s more than just a kids’ movie though. It’s a special effects extravaganza with chipmunks that look like real wild animals. “Eleanor’s hair style was so cute, I just couldn’t take it, and I like her little story. She’s the shortest, and she’s told to ‘act taller’ so Eleanor’s story is about just being yourself which, I’m a sucker for that. I’ll take a ‘be yourself’ story any day, so she was so cute when I saw her. I was just so excited to actually see it, because when you record, you just see animatic, almost like a flesh colored weird blob that you are recording to.”
Kids probably won’t recognize Poehler’s voice since it’s sped up to squeak like a chipmunk. The work itself becomes its own reward. “It’s cool to be a part of, and I was really excited to work with Anna [Faris] and Christina [Applegate] whose work I love, and who I think are so funny. It’s a great brand that movie, and animated work is weirdly satisfying because you do stuff that lasts for a really long time and people really enjoy and whose and kids come up to you and when you tell them you’re the voice of something, they have a newfound respect for you.”
Of course, if a kid asks her to do Eleanor’s voice, she won’t be able to do it live. “Yeah, that will be the one thing that will be disappointing. We won’t be able to do it for them. You need the machine.” ”
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel opens Christmas Day.