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Alvin And The Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)

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Genres:
Animated Comedy, Animated Feature Film, Animated Musical, Animation, Children's / Family, Creature Film
Director:
Kathi Castillo Kathi Castillo
Starring:
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
Janice Karman Janice Karman
Michael Bell Michael Bell
Jim Meskimen Jim Meskimen
Frank Welker Frank Welker

6.2 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Crispy
Added: March 16, 2016
While this year's Werewolf Month was something of a bust, my sole addition, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolf Man was actually part of a two pack. The other feature, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, serves nicely as a segue way back into my long running Frankenstein theme.

At Majestic Movie Studios Theme Park, they've brought in a creepy old man for their Frankenstein attraction with the hopes of increasing the scare factor. After all, the public is paying to be scared and they aren't too impressed with the clumsy doofus that's currently rocking the flattop. However, the park may have bitten off more than they could chew, as they've unknowingly hired the actual Dr. Frankenstein who quickly begins work recreating his famous monster. Meanwhile, the Chipmunks have also earned themselves an hourly musical show. In true Alvin fashion, he gets his brothers so badly lost between sets while searching for a roller coaster that the park closes around them and they're locked in for the night. Looking for help, they notice that the lights are on at the Frankenstein exhibit and head over, getting there just in time to see the classic creation rise. Obviously not wanting witnesses, he sets the monster out to pursue the chipmunks. Now, the three rodents don't only have to deal with this creature, but they also have to hold down their obligations of performing their scheduled gigs.

In my review for Meet the Wolfman, I raved that even though it was unabashedly a kids' movie, it wasn't a complete chore for adults to sit through. Well, Meet Frankenstein is the absolute opposite. We're given a straightforward story that teaches all about sharing and not judging people by their appearances. It's a fantastic lesson to teach the tykes, but it doesn't provide much in the way of entertainment. The little jokes and gags do absolutely nothing to bridge the gap; they're all written for children in mind and earn only exasperated sighs from older ages. Likewise, the songs are cliche, unmemorable and absolutely phoned in. It's all perfect for a five year old, but Mommy and Daddy sitting down with them might find it a little taxing.

Now, maybe it's not fair to judge this too harshly. After all, you can't fault a kids' movie for being a kids' movie, but it is a little disappointing after seeing how well Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman balanced the target age. 5/10.
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