Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000)
It's the Chipmunks' third and final full-length feature! Alvin is struggling with nightmares of werewolves. Alvin believes that the new next-door neighbor Mr. Talbot is a werewolf. Of course, no one believes him. Meanwhile, the boys are working on the school production of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. When Alvin blows up the school auditorium, he is expelled from the production. Theodore is put in to rise his lack of confidence. Alvin and Simon are trying to discover the secret of Mr. Talbot. Will the play go as planned or will the Chipmunks mess it up?!
Simple and well acted, it has tension enough to knot the stomach.
I wanted to like it more than I actually did... But much of the humor totally escaped me and I walked out only mildly impressed.
There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.
An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
Basically, the story revolves around Alvin having nightmares about Werewolves and he's convinced that their neighbour secretly is one. Unconvinced and annoyed with his obsession, Dave removes all of Alvin's Monster related toys and books, but this does not hinder Alvin's demand to know the truth. Essentially press-ganging Simon into assisting him Alvin and Simon set about trying to find traces and evidence to prove the werewolf's existence whilst also trying to rehearse for a Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde pantomime at their school. Meanwhile, Theodore is bitten by a large dog whilst returning from the Chippette's house to give Elenor a gift, the next day it is found that he is incredibly athletic and substantially more mentally able.It's not often that a Direct-to-Video film grabs my attention, but the fact that it was Alvin and the Chipmunks, one of my favourite Cartoon memories, is the main reason I had to watch this. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much as I'd had a run in with various other films of this type which had either been blandly predictable or just downright boring. But this however was something totally different.Unlike most DTV films, this film manages to keep the zest and entertainment of the original 80s show and weave it into a story that is just as much enjoyable for adults as it is for kids. The usual array of Chipmunk musical numbers never cease either and to be honest, they never seem to lose their originality either, which was always why I preferred the animated features to the beaten down live action films of the past 5 years. Also, this movie was able to keep the characters to their usual behavioural standards unlike the newer films which seem to have just replaced them with one stereotype and no individual character separating either of them. Alvin is still his usual mischievous and egotistical self, Simon is the voice of reason and logic and Theodore is the child of innocence, even though this film will reveal that he can be far more than that. It also has a good bit of humour as well, especially the part where Simon and Alvin are stood in front of the whole crowd with their trousers at half mast when the curtain goes up for their pantomime. It was so unexpectedly hilarious I spat my tea back out!Basically, its a delight and really is a brilliant way for the Chipmunks of the 1980s TV Series to end, on a really high note. It almost makes me sad that the Chipmunks of my childhood ended at that point and were to be replaced by something a lot less enjoyable, but never the less, it is still a great film and I recommend it to anyone young or old! :D
This is a great movie if you are a fan on the Chipmunks or if you want to introduce your kids to the Chipmunks.I usually watch this around Halloween time, it's not scary really at all except maybe for the very young.The Chipmunks are always lighthearted. Alvin's antics are great and this movie is full of great songs.The animation is bright and colorful, the story is cute. I'd recommend this for young kids who want to get into the mood of Halloween but don't want to be frightened by the usual films played on television.If you enjoy this I'm sure you'll enjoy their other videos and episodes released on DVD.The Chipmunk Adventure and Alvin and the Chupmunks Meets Frankenstein
To start off, this is a children's film, and that being said, I was probably already getting too old for it the first time I saw it. Of course as a longtime fan of the Chipmunks, I still enjoyed it for the lighthearted script, clever dialogue and cute, dynamic characters that always made the Chipmunks a great cartoon series. My major complaint, however, is that this movie feels exactly like what it is: a lowish-budget direct-to-video deal.To elaborate: The whole monster-movie parody idea was, in my opinion, a strange and unnatural direction to take this series, and it feels more like a gimmick than anything else. Plot-wise, the film's weakest point is probably its climax, which is obviously a shame. Last but not least, the music. You just can't have a decent Chipmunk movie without great, memorable songs, and on that point this film doesn't quite pass the test, as I found the songs generic, uninspired and repetitive... exactly what you'd expect in a cheaply made derivative work that tries (but never quite succeeds) to recapture the spirit of something older and better.Overall, if I had to compare this movie to something, I'd say it's about equal to an episode of the '80s Chipmunks TV series stretched to movie-length with updated animation... in other words it's okay, but not great. If you're looking to see the classic cartoon Chipmunks (and Chipettes) in their prime, I recommend giving this a miss and watching 1987's The Chipmunk Adventure, which was a full theatrical release with excellent production values and a great original story.
The summary says it all. This movie is something that I can watch over and over again and still laugh, not to mention let out a thousand "Aww!"s at how completely adorable all of the Chipmunks are. I've been a fan of the show for quite a long time, and I think it's great to see them bringing back the timeless characters in these fresh and invigorating new movies. I even hesitate to say any more, for fear of reducing anyone's enjoyment so please watch! Every person I've recommended this to has gone out and purchased a copy of their own, so we can only hope for soundtrack or DVD release in the future (and hopefully, another movie).