Western Animation / Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

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Between 1999 and 2005, Bagdasarian Productions released three direct-to-videos based on the '80s Alvin and the Chipmunks series.

The second one came out in 2000, an animated horror-themed film entitled Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman. Like the previous direct-to-video, it was produced by Universal Animation Studios, animated by Tama Productions, and distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Alvin thinks of himself as an expert on spooky stuff such as vampires and werewolfs, so when a mysterious stranger moves in next door, Alvin's convinced he's a werewolf. Then, when Theodore gets bitten by a "dog", he starts chewing socks, eating meaty stuff, and is a lot faster, even Simon thinks something's not right. But at the moment, he's more like a werepuppy. They now have to find a way to cure him before the next full moon, during the school play, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or else Theodore will become a werewolf forever!

NOTE: Tropes under here are specifically for the 2000 Direct-to-Video movie.


Tropes:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted with Eleanor. She start to dislike the new Theodore because too smug and arrogant.
  • Anti-Hero: The Wolfe-fied version of Theodore plays as a Type V.
  • Ascended Extra: Eleanor is a variation of this. She was often overshadowed and underused throughout the franchise, particularly the '80s cartoon series, though in this movie, considering that much of the plot focuses on Theodore, being his counterpart, she gets quite a bit of exposure.
  • Aside Glance: Alvin gives a quick one after Simon explains the Deus ex Machina way Theodore is cured.
  • Attention Whore: Brittany. She not take well when find that, in the school play, her role is the tree. Indeed she take advantage of the play when the kids are forced to improvise.
  • Bare Your Midriff: During the Jekyll-Hyde wrap party, Eleanor wears a skimpy little outfit that exposes her navel... it's a wonder she weren't reprimanded for possibly violating any school dresscodes. Britney also wears something similar midway through the movie
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Early on, Alvin pulls a prank on the main bully for harassing Theodore. It's the only positive thing that Principal Milliken can say about him.
    • A brief moment with Brittany when Theodore insult Jeanette.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Despite Theodore's transformation, he manages to retain enough of his senses to fight off Talbot!Wolfman in order to protect Eleanor from the older Wolfman.
  • Big "NO!": By Alvin after Dave confiscates his monster stuff and fires him from the play. Later transitions to Mr. Rochelle who says the same thing. Both accompanied by a Skyward Scream.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Dave witnesses Talbot transform into a werewolf and rushes to warn the school, but bumps into a pole and falls to the ground unconscious. Then after the climax, when comes to, and arrives at the school, everything's already back to normal.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: Everyone, Simon especially, thinks Alvin's theories about a monster in their midsts are insane, and to be fair he has a track record for such accusations, but the very person he suspected of being a werewolf turned out to be one.
  • Credits Gag: Mr. Talbot is listed in the credits as "Mr. Talbot, the Wolfman".
  • Damsel in Distress: Eleanor near the end of the film when she is attacked by Talbot.
  • Dance Party Ending: The Chipmunks and Chipettes end the wrap party by performing "Everything's Gonna Be Alright", and soon everyone else follow the rhythm.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: Dave finds out the hard way...
  • I've Got an X, and I'm Not Afraid to Use It!: "I've got a lemon zester and I'm not afraid to use it!" Said by the Chipmunks' neighbor when Simon and Alvin accidentally wake him up, while they go after werewolf-transformed Theodore as he escapes the house and they try to get him back.
  • Magic Pants: Both Theodore and Mr. Talbot.
  • Not Himself: After gets bitten by the "dog", Theodore became very strong and cool during the day, but also arrogant and aggressive. To point that Brittany ask if he and Alvin have a "Freaky Friday" Flip.
  • Legacy Character: It's implied that Mr. Talbot is a descendant of Lawrence Stewart "Larry" Talbot, the main character of Universal's original series of Wolf Man films.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Theodore is a vegetarian. So when Dave hears that he wants to eat meat, he points it out.
  • Ominous Fog: Brittany even comments on how much she dislikes the particular kind of weather at one point.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Theodore as a weremunk and Mr. Talbot. At the end, Theodore cures them both by biting Mr. Talbot, which caused the effect to reverse on both of them.
  • Playing a Tree: The school is putting on a play about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Brittany thinks she's playing "a girl who cries a lot". She's a weeping willow.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: The Chipmunks' new neighbor, Mr. Talbot.
  • Ship Tease: Theodore shows a lot of affection for Eleanor in the movie.
  • Shout-Out: See the main shout out page for the franchise.
  • Throw It In: In-universe, the play goes off the rails when Theodore transforms and the kids are forced to improvise, such as Simon and Jeanette acting out a scene where Jekyll has apparently split into two people, a set of twin sisters, and some of the potion splashes onto a tree, bringing it to life. During the after party, the director takes credit for everything the kids made up, though Principal Milliken just responds to everything he says with a dismissive "Uh-huh."
  • Transformation Sequence: Simon has the honor being front-row center for Theodore's transformation.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Also counts as a Covers Always Spoil as well since both show Theodore as a werewolf.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Not a big deal, but in the Mexican Spanish dub of the movie, the Chippettes are given voices that would be more befitting for a teenage woman.
  • Wolf Man: Not only Lawrence Talbot, but Theodore becomes a weremunk as well.
  • Younger Than They Look: Principal Milliken is only 31, but looks 50, due to the stress of dealing with Alvin for so long that she retires at the end of the movie.

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