We all have those movies we saw as children that leave an impact on us, the ones we keep coming back to even as adults. For me, “Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman” is one of those movies. I’ve been watching it every year, on or around Halloween, since I was a little girl and I still do. So I thought reviewing it would make the perfect Halloween post.
The school that Alvin, Simon, and Theodore attend is doing “Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde” as their fall play, and Alvin has been cast in the lead role, but when his obsession with all things monster movie causes an accident and puts the Sevilles on bad terms with their new neighbor (who Alvin accuses of being a werewolf) he is grounded from all of it, including the play.
Meanwhile, shy, non-confrontational Theodore is being bullied by another student. After Alvin is grounded from acting in the play, his principal and Dave hatch a plan to boost Theodore’s confidence by having him take Alvin’s place.
A few days later, Theodore is bitten by a “dog” on his way home from the Chipetts’ house. Soon after, he starts acting like a puppy at night. During the day, Theodor’s personality changes. His confidence increases but he becomes selfish and rude.
The movie culminates on the night of the school play when the werewolf who bit Theodor is discovered and it’s the very last night to change Theodor back before he becomes a fully-fledged werewolf and the curse is permanent. Can Alvin and Simon find a way to change him back in time?
I absolutely adore this movie. For a movie that’s over 20 years old, the animation holds up really, really well. The backgrounds, the line art, it’s great for when it was made and it’s still great now.
On top of that, framing this whole thing against Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde, using that to illustrate the change in Theodore, is just brilliant.