The Chipmunk Adventure



Mild and fun rodent romp 'round the world.
  • Review Date: February 29, 2008
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1987
  • Running Time: 76 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Friends trick a babysitter but eventually show remorse for it; motivation of greed and competition eventually yields to better impulses. There are negative stereotypes of Arab thugs, a sheik is infantile and spoiled, and some Africans they meet are cannibals.

Violence & scariness

Mild scenes of cartoonish peril.

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

Bad guys smoke.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a mildly entertaining adventure set against a backdrop of international wonders, with little suspense to worry younger viewers. Greed and competition get the action rolling, but teamwork and friendship rise to the top by the end. There are negative stereotypes of Arab thugs, a sheik is infantile and spoiled, and some Africans they meet are cannibals.

What's the story?

In a case of video game competitiveness gone haywire, helium-voiced Alvin (voiced by Ross Bagdasarian Jr.) and his two sidekicks race around the world in a bid to beat their female counterparts in THE CHIPMUNK ADVENTURE. The dastardly Claudia (Susan Tyrell) and her oily brother Klaus (Anthony de Longis) embroil the unsuspecting woodland creatures in a diamond smuggling operation, putting them into the sights of the mysterious Jamal (Ken Sansom). Taking breaks from eluding hatchet-faced thugs to break into rock 'n' roll song, the Chipmunks and Chipettes must find a way to work together as they travel through spectacular international sites like Machu Pichu, Rio de Janiero, London, and Egypt.

Is it any good?


The filmmakers did a service by introducing the Chipettes, tough and brave girl chipmunks who provide some balance for Alvin, Theodore (director Janice Karman), and Simon (Ross Bagdasarian Jr again). The story moves along at a decent pace and a few of the smaller characters, like daffy babysitter Miss Miller (Dody Goodman), are well rounded. Animated scenes of locations like London, Holland, and Mexico City are a nice touch, and the rock concert amidst Greek statuary is memorable. The soundtrack includes some lovely original melodies and old favorites like "Wooly Bully."

But if you're not a fan of the Chipmunks the plot alone will not be enough to hook you. The dialog is dumbed down to make character motivation superfluous, as when Klaus observes "We're quite wealthy and very bored." The plot may be a bit confusing for kids younger than 5, and too predictable for those older than 10.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the call that Alvin and the Chipmunks place to the babysitter to convince her they are going to see Dave. Do you think that could ever work? Of all the destinations the chipmunk friends visit, which would you most like to see?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1987
DVD release date:May 23, 2006
Cast:Anthony De Longis, Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Susan Tyrell
Director:Janice Karman
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Music and sing-along
Run time:76 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:General Audiences

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Parent of a 8 and 10 year old Written byminivanmaster March 25, 2010

Awesome movie, great and funny story, more kid friendly than the 2007 and 2009 Chipmunks

I really like this movie. saw it back in the '80s when it was new and the kids really like it. Cute little Chipmunks with a good story. it might be a little scary and they do smoke a lot. it is a good movie if the children like Alvin and the Chipmunks.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 9 years old March 18, 2011
i watched this twice.
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byFigment95 February 8, 2010

Classic Chipmunks

The Chipmunk Adventure is, in my opinion, better than the recent CGI Chipmunk movies. There's no dumb pop culture references, no bizarre helium-filled song covers-- just good, old-fashioned chipmunks. Areas of concern for parents include: lots of smoking, mild peril, and mild suggestive lyrics/movements. Most of this stuff will fly right over kids' heads, though. The chipmunks also deceive their babysitter by recording a fake phone message. As far as story quality goes, it's basically the Chipmunks and Chipettes flying around the world in hot air balloons. The settings are hardly remarkable, but there are some negative stereotypes. Compared to the recent movies, however, the Chipmunks and Chipettes are much sweeter and less cheeky. One of my favorite movies!
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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