Poehler, Applegate squeak for laughs in "Chipmunks"

Mon Dec 21, 2009 6:09pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two years ago, a big screen adaptation of "Alvin and Chipmunks" became a surprise hit at box offices grossing $360 million worldwide. The movie was based on the animated music group created in 1958 about three singing chipmunks and their exasperated manager/father.

This week, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" hits theaters with a new, all-female singing group, The Chipettes, who give Alvin, Simon and Theodore a run for their money.

Comediennes Amy Poehler and Christina Applegate, who play chubby Chipette Eleanor and lead singer Brittany, respectively, sat down with Reuters to talk about their roles, parallels to pop diva Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Bundy's future.

Q: Were you asked to play the specific Chipettes?

Christina: The studio must have had their own reasons because they came to us with those characters already in mind.

Amy: The reason why I was excited about doing this was because I heard Anna (Faris, who rounds out the trio) and Christina would be doing it and I love their work so much.

Christina: I just watched (Poehler's 2008 movie) 'Baby Mama' the other day again, and it's so funny.

Amy: Oh thanks. I was so skinny then.   Continued...