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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 first one is Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, a horror-themed animated film that came out in 1999 produced by Universal Animation Studios, animated by Tama Productions, and distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

While the Chipmunks are working in a famous movie studio park called Majestic Studios in a singing attraction, the real Dr. Frankenstein comes to work in the studio's most famous attraction, Frankenstein's Castle. After Alvin drives a crazy bus chase, they miss their next performance and get locked in the studio after closing time. Dr. Frankenstein figures the castle is not scary enough so he re-builds the real Frankenstein. IT COMES ALIVE! So it finds the boys and starts a wild and scary adventure!

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NOTE: Tropes under here are specifically for the 1999 Direct to Video movie.

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  • Actor Allusion: This is the second time Michael Bell has played a character who built a humanoid being: The first one was Clockwork Smurf as Handy Smurf.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Victor Frankenstein is portrayed as a Card-Carrying Villain who abducts Alvin to change him into a monster when he is upset by the original monster's Gentle Giant nature, and at one point threatens to eat people.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Alvin has little-to-no recollection of his actions as a mutant Toon.
  • Big "NO!": Alvin screams this as Dr. Frankenstein feeds him the frappe.
  • Curse Escape Clause: The Cartoon Monster Maker Frappe can be undone by a special antidote made out of the buffet food from the premiere; however, the victim must be upside down for it to work.
  • Denser and Wackier: There's more slapstick, and goofy humor in this movie than in previous Alvin and the Chipmunk incarnations.
  • Ear Worm: The Sammy Squirrel theme song. Even Dr. Frankenstein, who hates the character and song, can't stop humming it to himself at one point, exclaiming "I can't get that song out of my head!"
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The movie is set over a period of three days.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The Chipmunks bury an imaginary Frankenstein's Monster alive while singing "Will make this place his tomb!" during their "What If a Monster Came into Our Room" song. This is before they realized the Frankenstein's Monster that was chasing them happened to be a gentle giant.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Obviously, the Frankenstein monster appears in the film.
  • Gentle Giant: Frankenstein's monster proves to actually be good-natured and not a bad person.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Victor plans to shock Alvin back into his cartoon monster form onstage at the Chipmunks show by bombarding his microphone with a large amount of electricity; however, Frankie hears of his plans and tricks Victor into touching the mic instead.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Early on, Victor threatens to eat the park visitors in his lab unless they scram.
  • Inflating Body Gag: Alvin undergoes this as the "Cartoon Monster Maker Frappe" starts to take its full effect on him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Dr. Frankenstein hates Sammy Squirrel. His comeuppance is getting stuck in a Sammy Squirrel suit and being forced to play the character at the park.
  • This Is No Time for Knitting: Simon finds the recipe for an antidote to cure Alvin in Dr. Frankenstein's book, but the instructions are in Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness. Theodore then goes to load a plate at the buffet table and reveals that the ingredients can be found among the buffet spread.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: Dr. Frankenstein has a lab in a castle... at an amusement park no less!
  • Mocky Mouse: Being a cartoon rodent with an Alliterative Name and a Species Surname in addition to being a theme park mascot (albeit one for a theme park based more on Universal Studios Hollywood than Disneyland), Sammy Squirrel is a clear stand-in for Mickey Mouse.
  • Musical World Hypothesis: The three songs in the film follow this order: Diegetic, Alternate Universe, All In Their Heads.
  • Mythology Gag: When the Chipmunks' faces are distorted by fear and g-forces in the runaway roller coaster, they are for a brief moment turn to how they appeared in The Alvin Show, then to "realistic" looking chipmunks as on their first album covers before returning to their normal selves.
  • Oh, Crap!: Simon when he realizes three minutes have passed since Alvin was given Cartoon Monster Maker Frappe, causing it to take its full effect.
  • Papa Wolf: When Mr. Yesman threatens to blacklist the boys after learning they haven't showed up to the premiere, Dave calmly, yet defiantly defends the boys, saying that "they're not monsters".
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Don't. Touch. The cap."
  • Roundabout Shot: One of these occurs during the "If You Wanna Have Friends" montage as the Chipmunks and the children dance around Frankie.
  • Shock and Awe:
    • The Cartoon Monster Maker Frappe that the doctor gives Alvin includes shocking him with 50,000 volt chaser following the ingestion, which will cause it to take its full effect within three minutes after the shocking.
    • The doctor tries to get this to happen to Alvin again by rigging his microphone with high voltage, given that the frappe hasn't completely been digested yet. However, Frankie finds out and tricks the doctor into getting shocked himself instead.
  • Shout-Out: See the main shout out page for the franchise.
  • Toon: What Dr. Frankenstein managed to turn Alvin into when trying to turn him into a monster, a little cartoon troublemaker.
  • Vocal Dissonance: At first, Frankie's only able to utter deep, moaning noises. By the time he learns to speak properly, he talks in a high-pitched, squeaky voice just like the Chipmunks. Must have something to do with the fact the Chipmunks themselves taught him how to speak.

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