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
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS MEET FRANKENSTEIN *** USA 1999 Dir: Kathi Castillo 78 mins
Surprisingly (to some) the chipmunks have been around since the late 1950s when Ross Bagdasarian Sr. created a chipmunks novelty record, and from that was born a billion dollar franchise. In the 1960’s the chipmunks got a TV series called The Alvin Show, but it was arguably the 1980’s to early 1990’s animated show Alvin and the Chipmunks that really captured the imagination of children. After the success of the live-action CGI theatrical movies the chipmunks returned to the small screen in ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks. Before these new movies though was one of a few direct to video movies, one which was ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS MEET FRANKENSTEIN.
Whilst performing a concert at the Majestic Movie Studios, Alvin and his brothers Simon and Theodore have a small break so decide to venture through the park but get lost and locked in overnight. Seeing a light on at the Frankenstein’s Castle attraction they go in and end up disturbing Dr. Victor Frankenstein bringing life to his monster. What follows is the monster chasing the chipmunks out of the park. Theodore ends up dropping his favourite teddy bear and Frankenstein’s monster goes in search of the chipmunks. Though the monster is scary to look at he is clearly misunderstood as is revealed by him giving Theodore back his teddy bear and the chipmunks befriending the monster. Of course Dr. Victor Frankenstein doesn’t take kindly to the chipmunks making his fearsome monster a lovable cuddly monster, so he now seeks revenge on them. Nicely animated and with beautiful colouring throughout, this animated movie will appeal to children of a young age but it also will have an appeal to some adults, especially the nice homage to the early Universal Studios Frankenstein movies opening the animation. As with any chipmunk animation they do end up singing some songs which may have you humming the tunes throughout the day whether you want to or not. It also has a nice message which is: not to judge a book by its cover. The chipmunks squeaky little voices may end up driving adults insane but little monsters will find this colourful animation a joy to watch.
Review by Peter ‘Witchfinder‘ Hopkins