ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS MEET THE WOLFMAN *** USA 2000 Dir: Kathi Castillo. 77 mins
Those squeaky voiced critters known as The Chipmunks return for another direct-to-video film and this time they will meet another classic monster…the wolfman. After watching monster movie marathons Alvin begins to have trouble sleeping and becomes very jumpy over the smallest noise. When their new neighbour Mr Talbot moves in, Alvin suspects that there is something not quite right about him and thinks that he may even be a werewolf.
Alvin’s family think he has watched far too many horror movies and doesn’t pay any attention to his stories. It isn’t until Theodore gets bitten by what he thinks is a dog and starts acting odd that they start to think that Alvin’s stories might have some truth in them. As the schools production of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde starts to take shape, Theodore’s actions get stranger. Now with the help of the Chipettes (Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor) Alvin and Simon must find a way to cure Theodore before he becomes a fully-fledged werewolf. Slightly shorter then the previous direct-to-video film ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS MEET FRANKENSTEIN, this is another fun adventure that children will enjoy though parents may want to be nearby to give cuddles when things get scary. Much like the previous direct-to-video film this one is also colourful but a little darker adding atmosphere to the story. If you think you are going to escape The Chipmunks singing, I have bad news as they are joined by the Chipettes for more tunes but there isn’t as many this time around. Surprisingly considering this was a Universal Studios project we didn’t get further animations with The Chipmunks meeting other classic monsters, but the two monsters that they did meet in their adventures will (possibly) want you to see more.
Review by Peter ‘Witchfinder‘ Hopkins