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Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

A loveable horror story with life lessons.
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 79 minutes

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
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?


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/Streaming 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

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Kid, 12 years old August 18, 2012

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
Adult Written byNerdyNette August 20, 2013

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 October 27, 2011

really good

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