Between 1999 and 2005, Bagdasarian Productions released three [[DirectToVideo direct-to-videos]] based on the '80s ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' series.

The third and thus far final direct-to-video film came out called ''Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks''. Janice Karman wrote and created the film, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. produced the film, Jerry Rees directed the film and it was released by [[Creator/{{Paramount}} Paramount Home Entertainment]]. Unlike the first two, the film is [[LiveActionAdaptation live action]] with puppettry used for the Chipmunks, the Chipettes, PC the frog, Gilda the cockatoo and Sam & Lou the two gophers.

Dave drops off the Chipmunks and Chipettes at his friend Lalu's house so he can spend the weekend working on a song. So the Chipmunks and Chipettes spend a magical weekend at Laluís cottage.

'''NOTE:''' ''Tropes under here are '''specifically''' for the 2005 DirectToVideo movie''.
* Tropes exclusive to the [[SeriesFranchise whole franchise]] go in ''Franchise.{{Alvin and the Chipmunks}}'';
* Tropes exclusive to the [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation '60s cartoon]] series go in ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'';
* Tropes exclusive to the [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation '80s cartoon]] series go in ''WesternAnimation.{{Alvin and the Chipmunks}}'';
* Tropes exclusive to the [[AnimatedAdaptation 1987 animated]] film go in ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'';
* Tropes exclusive to the other DirectToVideo[[invoked]] movies go either in:
** ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetFrankenstein'';
** ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman'';
* Tropes exclusive to the [[LiveActionAdaptation live action/CGI]] movies go in ''Film.{{Alvin and the Chipmunks}}'';
* Tropes exclusive to the [[WesternAnimationOfThe2010s 2015 cartoon]] series go in ''WesternAnimation/ALVINNNAndTheChipmunks''.


* AllLowercaseLetters: The "[[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS A]]" on Alvin's shirt.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The two gophers are seen ballroom dancing together.
* AnimateInanimateObject: The toilet... oooh the toilet...
* ArtShift: When the gophers go inside a character's head.
* BabyTalk: Uum... the Chipmunks and Chipettes who are portrayed as preschooler age, except for Eleanor, who for some reason is a baby.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The two gophers, Sam and Lou, do this.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Just about each of the individual characterizations differ significantly from the rest of the franchise; it's justified, considering this movie regresses them to tots, but their personalities and characterizations are noteworthy:
** Alvin, instead of being the mischevious, trouble-making, lovable brat that he always is, is instead a clingy little thing with some apparent emotional abandonment issues. He's initially saddened about Dave leaving for a weekend, and feels like Lalu doesn't love him anymore now that she spends so much time taking care of baby Eleanor.
** Theodore has a repressed streak from Alvin and Simon routinely excluding him from their play activities; Lalu allows him to let this out by having him hit an inflatable punching dummy.
** Jeanette is incredibly articulate in the way she speaks, rarely using contractions, but rather than being soft-spoken and timid, she's quite a brat who often takes Brittany's things without asking, and even fusses about having to right any wrong she has done.
* DoubleTake: Happens when Lalu is reading a story to Brittany and Alvin with Gilda watching when Simon appears all wet:
-->'''Lalu:''' (''she, along with Brittany, Alvin & Gilda looks at Simon'') Simon, why are you all wet?\\
'''Simon:''' The toilet exploded.\\
'''Gilda, Brittany, Alvin & Lalu:''' Oh. \\
(''all four look back at the book, [[{{Beat}} then]] look back at Simon'')\\
'''Lalu:''' The toilet exploded?
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Brittany seems to have a speech impediment like saying "lipick" instead of "lipstick", "Nette" instead "Jeanette" or "Gilla" for "Gilda".
* ExtremeOmnivore: Jeanette eating lipstick.
* {{Fainting}}: Gilda, twice.
* FatAndSkinny: Lou Gopher & Sam Gopher, respectively.
* [[ForgotAboutHisPowers Forgot About Her Flight]]: Gilda, a cockatoo, is scared by the two gophers wrapped in tin foil and falls out instead of flying away.
* FunWithFlushing: Theodore overflowing the toilet.
* [[IWarnedYou I Told You So]]: Said by Gilda when Lalu runs up stairs to check the overflowed toilet, chiding about how children can cause nothing but trouble.
* LiveActionAdaptation: Itís the only movie in which Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian Jr. appeared in live action. The Chipettes, The Chipmunks, PC, Gilda, Lou and Sam are puppets.
* OverlyLongTongue: PC uses his tongue to rock Eleanorís cradle. It helps that heís a frog.
* RandomEventsPlot: The film has Dave put the Chipmunks and the Chipettes under the care of a woman named Lalu for a few days, and the screentime is filled out with things varying from Theodore overflowing the toilet with toys, to Alvin and Simon fighting over a cape, to Jeanette eating Brittany's lipstick and having to make money to buy a new one for her (while wearing a ridiculous costume to help Lalu clean up).
* ShoutOut: See the main [[ShoutOut/AlvinAndTheChipmunks shout out page]] for the franchise.
* SpockSpeak: Jeanette hardly uses any contractions.
* SurferDude: PC sounds like one.
* [[TalkToTheHand Talk to the Wing]]: Gilda says this when PC asks her to kiss him.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Gophers]]: Sam and Lou.
* VoiceActors
** Creator/LexLang
** Creator/MonaMarshall
* [[DroolHello Water Drop Hello]]: A drop of water splattered the page of the book Lalu's reading to Alvin and Brittany with Gilda watching. It's revealed to be Simon, who's all wet from toilet water.