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Alvin and the Chipmunks Go to the Movies - Funny We Shrunk the Adults - animated DVD / children's and family DVD / comedy DVD review
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS GO TO THE MOVIES - FUNNY WE SHRUNK THE ADULTS Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 2 stars
Actors: Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karman, Nancy Cartwright, Dody Goodman
  Distributor: Paramount
DVD release: 01 April 2008   Feature runtime: 66 minutes
(1 disc)
Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD Features: Audio tracks (English), Closed captioned, "Funny We Shrunk the Adults," "Bigger" and "Back to Our Future"

The new animated DVD starring Alvin and the Chipmunks, Funny We Shrunk the Adults, seems to fall a bit short of the mark of comedic musical excellence set by the original cartoon series. It just doesn't have that dose of chipmunk magic. Alvin and the Chipmunks Go to the Movies is a somewhat mediocre showing of the brothers - Hollywood-ish.

This disc features three full-length episodes, spoof-style on big-screen movies. Funny We Shrunk the Adults is the first, and Scientist Simon is king of this one. He creates a shrinking machine, erm, a "matter compactor," that accidentally shrinks Dave and Miss Miller both. (As an odd side note, Miss Miller is Zelda in this episode, babysitter to the new neighbor kids.) In hopes of impressing a girl, Alvin sets up a skateboarding course, go-kart racing, and pony rides - in the house! The teeny adults make friends with a colorful grasshopper, play with fire, and come face to tongue with a real lion.

In Bigger, Alvin makes a wish on a jukebox and gets to be an adult complete with responsibilities and stress. The high flyin' "Fur Balls," the Chipmunks' band, has the enthusiasm any wanna-be garage band shows. When all the letters from music producers come back with negative answers, Alvin takes his band to the county fair to rock out. In his anger at being turned away yet again, he wanders into a jukebox haven where he wishes on a magical one. His wish makes him big and bad, and not so happy to be a grown-up. The Chippettes make a short appearance, his brothers get a little crazy, and Alvin learns a bit of a lesson. It is the best of the three with its music and classic tale.

Back to Our Future sends them, not surprisingly, back thirty years to when they find themselves, back when they were first created. As Teddy puts it, it is "double the chipmunk goodness!" To Alvin's horror, the picture of them in the future on a movie case begins to disappear. The oddball professor explains that the Alvin of 1957 has decided not to be a musician and suggests that they go back and try to convince him to follow the right course. The present Alvin doesn't want to be a dry cleaner, after all! The side-by-side, old-versus-new Chipmunks is fairly amusing, as is their Battle of the Bands.

The new David of these episodes is robotic and a little creepy, as opposed to the quirky and distracted adoptive father of yesterday's cartoons.

Alvin and the Chipmunks Go to the Movies just doesn't offer the fun we've come to expect from the Chipmunks, but it might keep the kids entertained for a little while before they figure that out.
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reviewed by Carolynn Evans
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