Treatment 244 – Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein/The Wolfman

alvin-and-the-chipmunks-meet-the-wolfman-291598lMatt-and-Doug-tober, nee Schlocktober, nee Cool Sandwichtober, rumbles forward, showing no signs of slowing! We throw back to some old cartoon favorites this week as…

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein and the Wolfman!

Doug howls a very important trick or treat safety tip!

Matt groans about Chipmunks continuity and Sexy Dave!

Next week: We return to spooky TV shows, in the forms of Kolchak: the Night Stalker’sThe Devil’s Platform,” and Gotham’sThe Balloonman!”

9 thoughts on “Treatment 244 – Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein/The Wolfman”

  1. I tried to watch the Alvin and the Chipmunks spooky specials but got bored. I have a problem with anything Alvin and the Chipmunks. No one in that universe is reacting appropriately to talking, evolved chipmunks. These are miracles of nature but they act like that it’s normal. Someone at same point should go, “HOLY FUCK, WHY ARE THEY WALKING AND TALKING LIKE HUMANS!” I have the same problem with Mr. Peanut. Mr. Peanut is an Uncle Tom selling out his race, endorsing the death of fellow peanuts.

  2. I think the deal with the cane is a reference to the 1941 Universal Wolfman movie. Lawrence Talbot’s father bashes his son’s skull in (while he’s a werewolf) with a silver-handled cane. It’s shown from the other side of a bush to avoid the gruesome graphic violence of the scene.

    I don’t recall ever watching Alvin and the Chipmunks, but I have had a disdain for them for as long as I can remember. If I did see them as a kid, I probably thought they were annoying.

    It’s going to be interesting to hear what new stuff you guys bring to covering “The Balloonman,” seeing as you’ve already talked about it in great depth over the past year.

    1. Matt’s Gill Man looking too human thing isn’t far off. I haven’t watched it yet (evem though I have the Universal Monsters 30 folm DVD collection) but from what I understand, the third Creature From the Black Lagoon movie has Gill Man being experimented on. The scientists attempt to “evolve” him into a human since he’s an evolutionary link between fish and humans (50’s sci-fi logic, give it a break). Whereas the first film features some great stunt work and one of the most iconic movie monsters, The Creature Walks Among Us features a goofy looking scene of a semi-evolved fish man wearing human clothes while he chases people around.

  3. I remember the Chipmunks when I was a kid and I agree that Alvin was horrible! They have a new cartoon on Nickelodeon now and it’s more of a pixar type animation and I watch it with my kids. Alvin, of course, is still horrible. BUT in one episode he actually admits that he is awful so at least he is aware

  4. I watched the Chipmunks every day after school for probably seven years because that was what Nickelodeon put on every day at 3:30 or so, and I can only remember these four things about them:

    1. The Chipettes version of ‘Material Girl’.
    2. Theodore didn’t want to eat manicotti once (which was weird because as Dave stated “it was his favorite food”) and broke out in hives later in the episode due to stress.
    3. That Patton Oswalt joke about playing their Christmas record at half speed as a kid.
    4. Alvin ate Theodore’s shit in the trailer to one of their new movies to convince Dave that it was a raisin, and not Theodore’s shit on his kitchen counters.

    Needless to say, they haven’t left much of an impression on me.

    1. My experience was similar. Except I have three memories:

      1. Alvin saying “it’s 1989!”

      2. George Washington traveling forward in time, probably in the same episode.

      3. The episode where they form a metal band, “The Metalmonks,” whose one song seemed to have the lyrics “Rock Me!” Over and over.

      Dave is aghast at this development and Simon cites various contemporaneous criticisms of the Beatles add evidence that he is our of touch. Hypocritically, during this time Dave is secretly performing solo shows under a Bowie/hair metal altar ego.

  5. After watching Balloonman for the second time (I watched Gotham when it first debuted on TV…live, not On Demand, until Episode 5), it’s dumber than I remembered but it was funnier than I remembered.

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