Western Animation: Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
Between 1999 and 2005, Bagdasarian Productions released three direct-to-videos
based on the '80s Alvin and the Chipmunks
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
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman provides examples of the following tropes:
- 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.
- Bare Your Midriff / Dangerously Short Skirt: Eleanor and Jeanette, of all characters. During the Jekyll-Hyde wrap party, Eleanor wears a skimpy little outfit that exposes her navel, while Jeanette wears an incredibly short dress that comes down to her upper thighs... it's a wonder they weren't reprimanded for possibly violating any school dresscodes.
- 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.
- Damsel in Distress: Eleanor near the end of the film.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: The Chipmunks' new neighbor, Mr. Talbot.
- 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 Janet acting out a scene where Jekyll has apparently split into three people, include a girl copy. 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."
- Took a Level in Jerkass: It may be because she gets limited scenes, therefore not much of her character traits are shown, but Brittany is noticeably brattier than usual.
- 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.
- Wolf Man
- Younger Than They Look: Principal Milliken is only 31, but looks 50, due to the stress of dealing with Alvin for so long.