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Alvin and the Chipmunks - The Alvinnn!!! Edition - animated DVD / children's and family DVD review
Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 2 1/2 stars
Actors: Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karman, Nancy Cartwright, Tress MacNeille, Frank Walker
Producers: Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman   Distributor: Paramount
DVD release: 16 September 2008   Feature runtime: 173 minutes
(2 discs)
Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD Features: Audio tracks (English - 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital English Stereo, Stereo), 14 series episodes

This collection of cartoons from the Alvin and the Chipmunks 1980's cartoon series includes fourteen of Alvin's greatest adventures. I can't say whether this is true, but I can tell you that there are in fact fourteen episodes in this collection. Each is around twelve minutes long and a typical example of the series. When the series aired starting in 1983, my sister watched it, and I managed to catch the show fairly often. I must admit that my memory was a bit kinder to this show than I was expecting.

As with most younger-skewed cartoons of the early '80s, Alvin and the Chipmunks follows a formula most every episode: setup of conflict, musical montage, deeper conflict, and harmless resolution. Apply this formula to Alvin entering a surfing contest, Theodore getting signed up to wrestle Ivan the Terrible (a wrestler, not the 16th-century Russian prince), Theodore getting dressed up as a space alien to appeal to those who love Spielberg's E.T. It's silly formula stuff in which dialogue like "Wait a minute, that's no space creature! It's Alvin and the Chipmunks" can be heard.

If your kids liked the recent Alvin and the Chipmunks live-action film, they may enjoy this, though it's not as well-done as the film. If your interest in the Chipmunks is nostalgic in nature, beware. It may not be quite as you remembered it.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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