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The Chipmunk Adventure

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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Mild and fun rodent romp 'round the world.
  • G
  • 1987
  • 76 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Bad guys smoke.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 littl... Continue reading
Adult Written byNerdyNette August 20, 2013

The best movie ever made.

When I say that this is the best movie ever made, I'm not exaggerating one bit. It is truly a piece of cinematic history that does not get the recognition... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old March 18, 2011
i watched this twice.
Teen, 15 years old Written bybonnibel December 23, 2018

Stunning, fun, and entertaining!

I saw this movie at the age of 15, and let me tell you, I instantly fell in love. It's visually stunning. The colors and backgrounds are gorgeous and the c... Continue reading

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 story moves along at a decent pace, and, along with the lead chipmunks, a few of the smaller characters like daffy babysitter Miss Miller are well rounded. 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). 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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