Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
What parents need to know
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?
|Theatrical release date:||April 11, 2000|
|DVD release date:||August 28, 2001|
|Cast:||Janice Karman, Maurice LaMarche, Ross Bagdasarian Jr.|
|Genre:||Family and Kids|
|Topics:||Book characters, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires|
|Run time:||79 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||all audiences|