Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)


The mythical Doctor Frankenstein spent years perfecting his monster which was tragically chased in to the maniacal doctor’s castle for all eternity. Hoping to escape the hatred from the villagers, the doctor travels to Hollywood in hopes of finding a way to perfect a formula. They accidentally cross paths with Alvin and the Chipmunks who are performing at a theme park very similar to Universal and Disney. While there they accidentally interrupt the Doctor who is performing experiments on his monster.

Oddly enough though the monster is intended to hurt the Chipmunks, but he follows them home and learns to actually love them. The Chipmunks also learn the Frankenstein monster is really a harmless overgrown child, and soon the bond begins to strengthen. Meanwhile the Doctor continues his mad plans to create a new serum that he wants to test on the chipmunks. That is if he can get the monster to play along with him, which becomes tougher as he gains a conscience and fondness for the trio. The franchise is as fun as ever with the Chipmunks being able to plug in to just about any situation. I really liked how they bonded with the Frankenstein monster (voiced by the immortal Frank Welker), and taught him how to be human.

There are some fun montages of the chipmunks teaching the monster how to share and learning to exist with other humans, and this sets the stage for a pretty sweet narrative. The moral of the story eventually progresses in to learning about not judging a book by its cover, as Frankenstein’s monster is a tame and well intentioned beast that grows to love the chipmunks. Along the way there is some fun pokes at Universal Studios and Disney, as well as some catchy musical numbers. I’ve yet to grow sick of the Chipmunks so I found most of the film to be very entertaining, and helped only by the above average animation, and great voice work. It’s tough to hate Frank Welker, who delivers on every role no matter how miniscule. “Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein” might be strictly for fans like me and younger audiences, and is a fun Halloween treat.