Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein

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Alvin and the Chipmunks
Meet Frankenstein
Alvin and the chipmunks meet frankenstein vhs cover.jpg
VHS cover
Directed by Kathi Castillo
Produced by Kathi Castillo
Screenplay by John Loy
Music by Mark Watters
Edited by Jay Bixsen
Distributed by Universal Studios Home Video
Release dates
  • September 28, 1999 (1999-09-28)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein is a 1999 American direct-to-video animated comedy horror film directed by Kathi Castillo, written by John Loy, produced by Bagdasarian Productions, LLC. and Universal Cartoon Studios, distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment and based on characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks.


The Chipmunks are performing at a theme park called Majestic Movie Studios (a spoof of Universal Studios Hollywood). While taking a break from their concert, the Chipmunks get lost, and eventually get locked inside the park. They find their way to the "Frankenstein's Castle" attraction, where a real Dr. Victor Frankenstein is working on his monster. The monster is brought to life, and the doctor sends it in pursuit of the Chipmunks. In their escape, the monster retrieves Theodore's dropped teddy bear.

The monster follows the Chipmunks home and returns the bear to Theodore, who quickly befriends him. The Chipmunks learn that the monster (whom Theodore has nicknamed "Frankie") is truly good-hearted. Dave goes to the park to book a concert that night to celebrate the premiere of an anticipated film. Dr. Frankenstein tracks Frankie to the Chipmunks' home, and, angered at the monster's benevolence, kidnaps Alvin. Simon, Theodore, and Frankie hurry back to the park to rescue Alvin.

Dr. Frankenstein force feeds Alvin a potion and induces a powerful electrical shock. Alvin is released by Frankie, and after Simon swipes the doctor's potions book, the four of them escape back into the park. Shortly after, the process Alvin underwent takes effect, transforming Alvin into a zany cartoon monster. Alvin escapes to the premiere, causing chaos and havoc in his path. Using the potions book, Simon and Theodore mix an antidote using various food items from a buffet, and feed it to Alvin during his rampage. Alvin returns to normal, and the Chipmunks go to perform their concert.

Before the concert begins, Dr. Frankenstein attempts to transform Alvin back to his monster self, but is thwarted by Frankie. Theodore introduces Frankie to the public, promising that Frankie will bring no harm if treated kindly. Meanwhile, Dr. Frankenstein is revealed to have been given the job of being the studio's mascot, Sammy Squirrel, much to his dissatisfaction, as he is trying to get the mascot's head off in a last ditch effort to kidnap Alvin.




All original songs written by Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom.

  1. "Things Out There"
  2. "If a Monster Came in Our Room"
  3. "If You Wanna Have Friends"
  4. "Dem Bones"
  5. "Sammy the Squirrel"

Home media[edit]

The film was released via VHS on September 28, 1999 and DVD (as a "Monster Bash Fun Pack" with Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman, Monster Mash, and four episodes of Archie's Weird Mysteries) on September 7, 2004 by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.[1]

A DVD called "Scare-riffic Double Feature", featuring only this film and Meet the Wolfman was released on September 4, 2007.[2] The "Scare-riffic Double Feature" DVD was re-released with a different cover on March 11, 2008.

Pop culture references[edit]

  • Majestic Movie Studios is a studio lot/amusement park based on Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • Sammy the Squirrel is possibly likened to Mickey Mouse.
  • The surname of actress Miranda Burstynpfeiffer is a portmanteau of American actresses Ellen Burstyn and Michelle Pfeiffer. Later, another actress named Olivia de Handlotion, is to Olivia de Havilland.
  • When the Chipmunks' faces are distorted by fear and g-forces in the runaway roller coaster, they are for a brief moment returning to their appearances from The Alvin Show, then to "realistic" looking chipmunks as on their first album covers, before returning to their normal selves.
  • The action star, Bud Wiley, is likely made to resemble Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • The name of the street the Chipmunks live on, Castillo Street, is a reference to the film's director, KathI Castillo.
  • Assuming that Frankie's playing charades, Theodore makes guesses of No, No, Nanette and The Hunchback.
  • Theodore's attempt at teaching Frankie how to speak, "the ants in France stay mainly in my pants", is akin to My Fair Lady.
  • During Alvin's transformation in the castle, he becomes the Creature from the Black Lagoon and a dinosaur with a roar like Jurassic Park.
  • After being turned into a wild cartoony character, Alvin makes noises similar to the Road Runner and the MGM lion.
  • Several films mentioned throughout are parodies of real films:


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