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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Although the chipmunks squabble, it's clear that the brothers really do care about each other. At one point, Theodore tries to understand the motivations of a bully who's tormenting him. At the same time, Alvin has an unhealthy obsession with horror and monsters. When Theodore develops wolf tendencies, the formerly sweet character becomes a nasty, egotistical brat. Alvin's carelessness with chemistry equipment causes an explosion.
Violence & Scariness
Our heroes have some scary nighttime encounters on dark city streets. A werewolf bites Theodore (offscreen). Mild slapstick violence of the tripping, or getting bonked on the head variety. Alvin and Simon have an offscreen scuffle, sporting scratches and bruises in the next scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know this includes themes that may scare the very young. One of the characters must deal with a bully and is bitten by a werewolf. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman is a polished direct-to-video production. The animation is quite good, and the characters are cute and appealing without ever being cloying. Its greatest virtue, however, is that there's more emphasis on characters than one would expect in a story involving singing chipmunks and werewolves.
The writers create a believable sibling relationship among the three brothers. While they quarrel, it's obvious that they really care about each other. Adults get a sympathetic treatment as well. Dave Seville, the chipmunk's "father," takes an active interest in their affairs, as does the school principal, who places Theodore in the school play specifically to boost his self-confidence.
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