The Chipmunk Adventure is a 1987 American animated film featuring the characters from NBC's Saturday morning cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks. It was directed by Janice Karman, one of the very few times women had done so for an animated feature. Produced by Ross Bagdasarian (Jr.), the movie was written by Karman and Ross Bagdasarian (Jr.). The film score was composed by Randy Edelman and performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The film stars the voices of Karman, Bagdasarian, and Dody Goodman.This marked the first appearance of the Chipmunks in a feature film since their 1958 debut. And it also was unsuccessful at the box office earning only over $6 million out of a budget of $6,804,312, which Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and his wife spent on an incredible amount of money on the 1980s show's revenue.While Dave's away on a business trip, Alvin entered himself and Simon and Theodore in a hot-air balloon race around the world against the Chipettes to deliver dolls at certain locations for a group of diamond smugglers. The winners will collect a prize of $100,000.NOTE:Tropes under here are specifically for the 1987 animated film.
The Cover Changes The Gender: "The Girls of Rock and Roll." They changed every other recitation of the chorus to "We are the boys of rock and roll," so that the Chipmunks and Chipettes could have a Battle of the Sexes song.
In the original poster with the Chipmunks and Chipettes in their balloons, Alvin and Simon are in normal clothing, but Theodore was shown wearing his Prince of Plenty outfit, Simon was shown wearing the sombrero that he got during the drop-off at Mexico, and the Chipettes were in their Egyptian clothes. This is also prevalent on the DVD covers.
The 1998 VHS cover. While it depicts Alvin, Simon and Theodore about to be sacrificed to the alligators, on the VHS cover they're wearing their usual outfits, while they were all wearing something different during that scene in the actual film. And the same applies to the Chippettes, who are also wearing different outfits at this particular moment in the film, but are depicted wearing their normal outfits on the VHS cover. Finally, on both the DVD and VHS covers, Brittany's hair is blonde.
Taken to the extreme with the 2008 re-release cover. It shows the main baddies riding another hot-air balloon. They didn't ride one in the movie.
Dedication / In Memoriam: This movie was dedicated to both Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and Janice Karman's dog, Tiger Lily, who was killed by a car.
Foreshadowing: The arcade game that Alvin and Brittany play in the beginning of the movie is full of this, containing elements that they'll encounter when they take the trip for real. Could also double as a Rewatch Bonus.
Missed Him by That Much: During "The Boys and Girls of Rock and Roll" showdown in Athens, the kids come remarkably close to being discovered by both Dave and the two shady-looking men chasing them. Dave even gets a hilarious Look Behind You (the Viewer Stock Phrases version) moment at the very end of the song.
The Mole: Claudia's butler, Mario, is reporting directly to Inspector Jamal, who's been after the two siblings for years.
Obviously Evil: Both played with and played straight with FIVE characters. The viewers know what the 'Munks and 'Ettes don't know about the rich European "couple", but the two men following the kids, along with their shady employer, are actually cops.
Product Placement: Rare for an animated film, but Alvin is clearly eating from a box of Honey-Nut Cheerios in the scene where he and Theodore use the tape recorder to trick Miss Miller.
Quote Mine: In order to cover up their absence to Miss Miller, Alvin records Dave during a phone call, and then quote mines Dave's part of the conversation to convince Miss Miller (via another phone call) that Dave wants the kids to join him on his business trip. Hilarity Ensues when Theodore messes up with the tape recording, prompting Miss Miller to question Dave's sobriety.
Riding into the Sunset: The ending, with all six kids in the back of Miss Miller's car, and Alvin lamenting that he never got the prize money, or even a reward for catching Klaus and Claudia. Brittany comments that THEY were the ones who won the race, and an argument ensues, much to Dave's chagrin.
That Reminds Me of a Song: At one point in the film, the Chipmunks are used as sacrifices for a group of alligators at a volcano on a tropical island. So what do they do? They spontaneously break out into the song "Wooly Bully" to entertain the natives and alligators as the Chipettes arrive for the rescue.
Scenery Porn: Just look for example at the beautiful scenery in "Off to See the World" or the "Girls of Rock and Roll".
Arguably, Eleanor. If she hadn't made the decision to convince her sisters to take the baby penguin back to his family in Antarctica, they wouldn't have run off course and attracted the attention of the villains, and in turn might never have found out about the diamonds and the true motive behind the race.
Miss Miller as well — it's thanks to her running the Vorsteins's car off the road (while on the way to pick up Dave from the airport) that Klaus and Claudia are finally apprehended at the end.
We Have Your Babysitter: At the film's climax, Klaus and Claudia capture the kids by telling them they have Miss Miller hostage. It's a lie, of course — at that very moment she's driving to the airport to pick up Dave.
You Got Spunk: Why the Arabian prince took an interest in Brittany.