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!
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.
- Big "NO!": Alvin screams this as Dr. Frankenstein feeds him the frappe.
- 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.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Early on, Victor threatens to eat the park visitors in his lab unless they scram.
- 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 listing off things they need to save Alvin, Buffy Speak style. Theodore goes to the snack table, to get the items Simon was asking for.
- 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.
- 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.
|English name:||Chipmunk (Bangzoom)|
|Date of birth:||unknown|
|Relatives:||Fumimaro Ayanokoji (master)|
|First appearance:||Anime: Movie 7|
Manga: File 1001
|Keyhole number:||Volume 95|
Chipmunk (シマリス ,Shimarisu?) is a character in the anime and later manga franchise Detective Conan.
Chipmunk is a young and small striped rodent from the family Sciuridae. He is a Siberian pet chipmunk, that is mainly found in Asia. He is the best friend of Fumimaro Ayanokoji, who always carries him on his left shoulder, even changed his phone background from a chipmunk for him.
He is a fearful little animal that always stays on Ayanokoji's shoulder and doesn't like other strangers to touch him, such as Kogoro, except children like the Detective Boys.
|Picture||Name||What they call Chipmunk||What Chipmunk calls them|
|Fumimaro Ayanokoji||This little guy||-|
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Storyboard Artist Accuses ‘Chipmunks’ Maker Bagdasarian Productions Of Unethical Behavior (Updated)
In the comments of Taylor’s post, other artists who have recently worked for Bagdasarian Productions claim similar experiences in which they were paid less than initially contracted for. One artist, Nora Johnson, wrote:
He did the same thing to me. Held off paying me the full amount till I ‘finished the fixes’ then once I was done, suddenly the board wasn’t good enough and he wouldn’t pay me the balance. It was a nasty insulting email, the first and only time he even bothered to contact me directly.
Johnson said that she’d brought the issue to the attention of the Animation Guild Local 839, but because Bagdasarian Productions is not a signatory facility, the union is powerless to pursue the issue.
Another artist, Christian Lignan, who reportedly had a run-in with Bagdasarian over related issues, wrote in the comments of Taylor’s Facebook post, “May God give him hemorrhoids and very short arms so he cannot scratch for the rest of his life.”
The Facebook post, which has now been deleted, became a gathering place for former Bagdasarian employees, who cited negative interactions with Ross Bagdasarian Jr. (the son of the Chipmunks’ original creator Ross Bagdasarian Sr. who died in 1972). Some of the comments, such as the ones below, dated back to employees who had worked on The Chipmunk Adventure, which was released in 1987:
Cartoon Brew has requested comment from Bagdasarian Productions about these allegations. The company has not responded as of this writing, but we will update with their comments if they do.
UPDATE: Maddie Taylor deleted her post from Facebook. In a Cartoon Brew comment, she wrote, “For what it’s worth, I have every board, every email, every revision from my short time there. Nothing I said is untrue.” In a subsequent comment on this site, she recanted her entire criticism of Bagdasarian, writing:
I am retracting my statement. I now have information that I didn’t have before. I apologize wholeheartedly to Bagdasarian Productions. My post was out of anger and I did not have full possession of all the facts surrounding my work for Ross Bagdasarian. I truly apologize to him and for any damage he may have suffered as a result of my ill thought out post.
None of the other artists who posted of similar experiences have recanted their statements at this time. Bagdasarian Productions has not responded to Cartoon Brew’s request for comment.
|Alvin and the Chipmunks (anime style)|
|Created by||Ross Badgasarian, Janice Karman, S. Martin|
|Run time||30 Minutes|
|English Network||The Viz|
The plot is similar to the original show, but may be more modernized, especially in the anime-exclusive episodes, The series focuses on platinum recording artists the Chipmunks, who are three brothers, Alvin, Simon and Theodore. The trio are watched over and defended by their manager David Seville, a humanized higher being who finds himself worshipped by other chipmunks of the world. There's also The Chipettes: the Chipmunks' female counterparts and on-and-off girlfriends, who fend for themselves in their treehouse, under the condition that Dave's crush, Claire Wilson, poses as the girls' legal guardians.
- The Chipmunks: The main characters of the series
- Alvin Seville: The leader of the Chipmunks, Alvin is the talented troublemaker of the group.
- Simon Seville: The tallest brother. Simon is the intelligent realist and the most responsible of the group.
- Theodore Seville: The youngest brother. Theodore is the cute innocent butterball of the group.
- The Chipettes: The Chipmunks' female counterparts and on-and-off girlfriends
- Brittany Miller: Brittany, the leader of the Chipettes, is Alvin's counterpart. She is as equally vain and self-centered as Alvin. But like him, she really does care about others.
- Jeanette Miller: Jeanette is Simon's counterpart. However, unlike Simon, who stands up to Alvin easily, she does not stand up to Brittany as easily. She is also very smart, which is what she does have in common with Simon. However, she is very shy and clumsy.
- Eleanor Miller: Eleanor is Theodore's counterpart. She shares his love for food and cooking. But she is more athletic, more caring, and more likely to stand up to Brittany than Theodore is to Alvin.
- David "Dave" Seville: A high level being who is The Chipmunks' adoptive father, songwriter and manager. Dave's patience is tested nearly everyday by Alvin, usually to the point where he goes into an unexplained phase. Despite this, he is the defender of the entire chipmunks species.
- Claire Wilson: A guidance fairy who fills in as the legal guardian of the Chipettes. She occasionally brings wisdom the Chipmunks and has a crush on Dave, regardless of rumors that she has considered dumping him.
- Lilly: The Chipmunks' Rossini puppy who they adopted from the shelter following the death of their original pet, Cookie Chomper III, a kitten.
- Vinny: The Chipmunks' birth mother. The Chipmunks find their long-lost mother after days of searching. Alvin gets upset because he doesn't understand why she abandoned them. Their mother explains that the year she abandoned them there was a horrible winter and all of the animals in the forest were forced to leave their homes. She realized that they wouldn't survive the journey if she brought them with her, so she and her mate Jason had no other choice but to abandon them, the brothers' tree was then cut down for a Christmas tree, The Chipmunks hop into a basket of muffins that Dave stole, and follow Dave home. She told them that when spring came and she and Jason could finally return to get them, she saw how happy they were with Dave, and thought they would be better off with him. Eventually, Alvin forgives his mother. They return to Dave, but the brothers agree to keep in touch with their mother. In a later episode she and Dave clash on how to bring the boys up. Eventually they make up.
- Jason: The Chipmunks' birth father.
List of Alvin and the Chipmunks episodes
Episodes Exclusive to the anime version
|Character||Japanese Voice Actor||English Voice Actor|
|Alvin||Miyu Irino||Maile Flanagan (speaking), Ross Badgasarian Jr. (singing)|
|Simon||Mamoru Miyano||Yuri Lowenthal (speaking), Ross Badgasarian Jr. (singing)|
|Theodore||Kōki Uchiyama||Brian Donovan (speaking), Janice Karman (singing)|
|Brittany||Mayumi Suzuki||Kate Higgins (speaking), Janice Karman (singing)|
|Jeanette||Mika Doi||Stephanie Sheh (speaking), Janice Karman (singing)|
|Eleanor||Ikue Ōtani||Tara Platt (speaking), Janice Karman (singing)|
|Dave Seville||Souichirou Tanaka||Quinton Flynn (normal), Dan Aykroyd (beast mode)|
|Claire Wilson||Ami Onuki||Sarah Michelle Gellar|
Enchanted Journey (film)
For the French television series marketed under this title in the U.S., see Clémentine.
1981 Japanese film
Enchanted Journey, released in Japan as Gurikku no Bōken (グリックの冒険, lit. The Adventures of Glikko), is a 1981 Japanese anime film directed by Hideo Nishimaki and based on the book of the same name by Atsuo Saitō.
Glikko is a domestically raised chipmunk who lives in an apartment with his sister, Fluff. However, all that changed when a carrier pigeon named Pippo tells Glikko about the chipmunks living in the vast North Forest. Glikko is convinced that the Forest is his true home, but Fluff refuses to believe it. The next morning, Pippo returns and warns Glikko about the dangers on his journey, such as foxes and hawks. The two are stalked by the neighbor's cat and it attacks them, but it misses and flees. Pippo thinks it's impossible for Glikko to make it on his own, but Glikko insists on going. Fluff makes an escape for Glikko and he escapes by flying through the city with their owner's hat.
The following night, he encounters a sewer rat named Gamba and saves him from an approaching car. Gamba offers Glikko to help him fight a gang of house rats with his friends. Glikko and the sewer rats win the battle and they throw a party. The next morning, Gamba wakes up Glikko and leads him to his destination, only to discover a zoo instead.
Glikko meets up with a chipmunk named Zipzip and he tells him the tales of the vast North Forest. He also meets up with a female chipmunk named Nono, who is also eager to go to the North Forest. Glikko leaves the zoo and Nono follows. Glikko refuses to let her come at first, but Nono tells him that she was taken to the zoo and he reluctantly agrees to have her along. The next morning, they feast upon an persimmon tree and are attacked by a black cat guarding the tree. Nono hurts her leg badly and Glikko manages to escape. Glikko goes out looking for her and eventually manages to find her.
The next morning, the two chipmunks plan to cross the fields to reach the mountains, but Nono suddenly catches a fever. Glikko tries to help her, but Nono admonishes him and orders him to leave. However, Glikko returns with a stack of acorns and he reminds her that he'll still be with her no matter what. The next morning, they encounter a hibernating squirrel, who flirts with Nono before getting snatched by a hawk. The two try to escape, but they notice the hawk patrolling the area. Glikko distracts the hawk by leading it into a thicket and celebrates their victory, but Nono knows that the hawk may return someday.
Eventually, they notice the mountains and find a boat during a storm. The boat starts to drift away in a river and Glikko sings "We're on our way, Nono" before eventually reaching the oceans the next morning. They play around in the shore and notice the mountains. They make it to the mountains, but they notice that winter is coming. The hawk comes and attacks the two chipmunks, but a fox intervenes and battles with the hawk, allowing the chipmunks to escape. The fox kills the hawk and looks ominously in the chipmunks' direction. The following night, the chipmunks notice the forest and head out. The next day, during a snowstorm, Nono tells Glikko her story about how she and her mother were captured by humans and brought to a zoo, which resulted in her mother's death. Nono starts to become weak and complains about how they aren't gonna reach the forest, but Glikko heads out and finds some tree bark, unaware that the fox is stalking them.
The next morning, the two chipmunks continue their journey and Pippo arrives and tells them that they've finally reached the North Forest. They arrive at the Forest and meet the other chipmunks living there. Pippo then notices the fox approaching them, having followed Glikko and Nono. The other chipmunks flee in terror from the beast while Glikko tries to fend him off. Nono and Pippo intervene, but are vicious battled aside. Both of them survive and the fox pursues Glikko to the edge of a cliff. Across the gulf was Glikko's only salvation; the other side of the ravine. The other chipmunks, looking on, called for their friend to jump. Glikko finally leaped, just as the fox did too, snapping the branch. The fox's claws raked across Glikko's back in midair, but only succeeded in tearing Glikko's bandanna. Glikko made it safely across while the chipmunks' most dreaded enemy fell victim to gravity. Glikko survives and the chipmunks cheer as they prepare a feast. Pippo decides to return to the city and Glikko requests him to tell Fluff about the Forest. Pippo then flies off as the chipmunks wave goodbye to him. The camera then cuts to the forest now empty and covered with snow before Spring returns.
Production and release
The Enchanted Journey is based on the book by Atsuo Saitō, originally published in 1970. The film was produced by Studio Korumi, and released in Japanese theaters on July 21, 1981. In the United States, an English-dubbed version with the voices of Jim Backus and Orson Welles aired on the HBO network (in July 1986), and on the Family Channel (in March 1996). This version was released on VHS by Hi-Tops Video several months after the HBO airing.
|1981-07-01||Studio Korumi||Japan||(premier)||Ja|
|1986-07||HBO||United States||TV broadcast||En|
|1986||Hi-Tops Video||United States||VHS||En|
|1996-03||The Family Channel||United States||TV broadcast||En|
|2003||Blast Films||United States||DVD||En|
|2004-01-06||Vintage Home Entertainment||DVD|
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- ^Catalogue information for "Enchanted Journey (Blast Films, DVD, 2003)". WorldCat. Online Computer Library Center. 2003-01-01. OCLC 56139042.
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