Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

  • Review Date: April 13, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 79 minutes

Common Sense Media says

A loveable horror story with life lessons.
  • Review Date: April 13, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 79 minutes

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS MEET THE WOLFMAN revolves around Theodore and his struggles with his shaky self-image. Unpleasant encounters with a school bully undermine his self-confidence, but his role in a school play allows him to begin to believe in himself. Meanwhile, a horror movie-obsessed Alvin becomes convinced that the chipmunk's new neighbor is a werewolf.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Theodore's challenges in school. How have you reacted when you were bullied in school? Did you want to turn around, like Theodore, and become a bully, too? What did Alvin and Simon do to help prevent that from happening to Theodore?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 11, 2000
DVD release date:August 28, 2001
Cast:Janice Karman, Maurice LaMarche, Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
Director:Kathi Castillo
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Run time:79 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

This review of Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written byNerdyNette August 20, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

One of the best movies ever.

This is the second best movie ever made. The Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman is an amazing movie. From the plot, the storyline, to the messages it sends. The characters are the best characters ever created in history, and when placed into such an entrancing movie, they make magic.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old August 18, 2012
AGE
4
QUALITY
 

Alvin And The Chipmunks Meet The Wolfman

This film sends out a great message that you should try to beat the bulllies, not become one yourself.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old October 27, 2011
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

really good

its amazing kids will luv it only if there 5 or +
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Common Sense Kids Action