Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein is an animated horror themed direct-to-video film based on characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks. It was released on VHS in 1999, on DVD (included in the Monster Bash Fun Pack) in 2004, and again on DVD (included in the Scare-Riffic Double Feature) in 2007.
The Chipmunks are performing at a theme park called Majestic Movie Studios, a spoof of Universal Studios Hollywood "Things Out There." After one of their shows, in which Alvin accidentally scares a small boy, they go off for a break. Meanwhile, Doctor Frankenstein has come and is inhabiting a new attraction called "Frankenstein's Castle" as he makes another monster. The Chipmunks get lost, and eventually get locked inside the park (not to mention, they missed their show, so it was canceled). They find that one light is still on, in the castle, where Dr. Frankenstein is working on the monster. The Chipmunks witness the monster being resurrected. But Theodore drops his teddy bear, and when Alvin gets it, Dr. Frankenstein steps on his cap (Alvin hates when people touch his cap). He sends the monster after them on a wild goose chase through the park. Eventually, they end up on a roller-coaster with the monster on their tail. They lose him when he gets scared and stops the car, then when he finally lets go, the car lurches forward going faster than the ride was engineered. This causes the roller coaster to go off its tracks into the park sidewalks. They climb out and run out of the park. In the ruckus, Theodore drops his teddy bear, and the monster finds it.
When the boys get home, they try to tell Dave what happened but he doesn't believe them. They then go up to their room, get ready for bed "If a Monster Comes in Our Room," and go to sleep, and the monster finds their house and returns the teddy bear to Theodore. It starts to rain, and Theodore feels bad for him, so he lets him sleep in his bed that night. The next morning, Dave goes to the park to consult with the manager to book them for the premier that night of the new Bud Wiley movie. Meanwhile at home, the Chipmunks take the monster (Theodore refers to him as "Frankie") to the park and teach him about being kind and making friends "If You Wanna Have Friends." When the sun is setting, the four are heading home to cook dinner for Dave. They make lasagna, but Frankie accidentally takes it out of the oven without gloves and burns his hands. In the process, he throws the lasagna out the window. Alvin goes out to retrieve it, but is kidnapped by the Doctor and taken to his lab in the theme park. Dave comes home, and Simon and Theodore, are told by him they are playing at the premiere. They then run off to the park with the monster to rescue Alvin.
At the park, Dr. Frankenstein makes Alvin drink a purple concoction. Then the doctor electrocutes him with 50,000 volts to "complete the process" as he says. The Chipmunks then burst through the door and knock over a few bottles of brains to distract Dr. Frankenstein as they rescue him. When they get out, Simon steals the book Frankenstein was using. He reads that the doctor fed him "Cartoon Monster Maker" which instructs to serve cold with 50,000 volts of electricity, then to wait three minutes. Simon checks his watch. The three minutes are up. Just then, Alvin grows to an enormous size, then shrinks down to his normal size. But he is not his normal self, and now resembles a cartoon character. He has a spiral for one eye, and his nose has grown and it is shiny. He runs away in a cloud of smoke.
At the premiere, he causes chaos, like a crazy cartoon character. He destroys a table with a chainsaw, defaces the movie's poster, and pops inside peoples wardrobe and messes up their hair. Simon and Theodore make an antidote from food on the buffet and go to feed it to him. But he must be upside down for it to work. When Bud Wiley arrives, Alvin closes his autograph book around his face. Bud begins chasing him, and they end up on top of a cut out of Wiley 100 feet in the air. Alvin is upside down when it begins to collapse, so Simon and Theodore throw it at him, and he drinks it. When he becomes normal immediately, he helps Bud by holding on to him when he almost falls. Dave and the boys make a trampoline out of a tablecloth and rescue them both.
In the theater, Dr. Frankenstein manages to sneak in dressed up in a costume of Sammy Squirrel (the park's mascot, whom he despises) after being denied entrance to the party. He sees that Alvin is cured, but realizes if he shocks Alvin, he can turn him back. He turns the mic to a high revere so when Alvin touches it, he would be shocked. But then the Monster turns up, and grabs the doctor. As he is carrying him, he slips and Dr. Frankenstein grabs the microphone to steady himself and gets shocked. The people see the monster and start to run away from him, but Theodore tells everyone if they are kind to him, he will be kind to them. Dr. Frankenstein awakens and tries to get the costume off, but can't.
In the end, Dr. Frankenstein is now the new entertainer, still stuck in the Sammy Squirrel costume, the Monster gets a job as a bus driver for tourists around the sets (though since Alvin taught him how to drive, he is a rather reckless driver, not to mention he has a chipmunk voice). At night, the sounds are still heard in Frankenstein's Castle.
- Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. as Alvin, Simon, and Dave Seville
- Janice Karman as Theodore
- Frank Welker as "Frankie" (the Monster) / Man dressed up as Frankenstein / Sammy Squirrel / Movie Director
- Michael Bell as Doctor Frankenstein
- Mary Kay Bergman as Miss Miller / Mother
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Bud Wiley / Bodyguard
- Jim Meskimen as Mr. Ted Yesman
- Dee Bradley Baker as Phil
- Susan Boyd as Additional Voices
- Randy Crenshaw (lead & background)
- Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. (background)
- Jon Joyce (background)
- Janice Karman (background)
- Gene Merlino (background)
- "Things Out There" - The Chipmunks
- "If A Monster Came In" - The Chipmunks
- "If You Wanna Have Friends" - The Chipmunks
- "Dry Bones" - The Chipmunks
- Simon wears black glasses instead of blue-framed.
- Dave's hairstyle is quite different in this film.
- Dave and the Chipmunks' eyes are black in this film.
- The Chipmunks' shoes are different; Alvin's shoes are dark blue rather than light blue, Simon's shoes are dark red rather than bright red, and Theodore's shoes are orange rather than light blue. Those shoes will remain in Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman.
- When the roller coaster goes faster than normal and the Chipmunks' faces are distorted by the g-forces, they suddenly transform to how they looked in The Alvin Show, then to "real" chipmunks as they where depicted on their first album covers, before returning to their normal selves.
- When the boys and the monster return home from the playground they pass a street sign saying "Castillo Avenue," and during the premiere party at the amusement park you see a restaurant called "Selma's." Kathi Castillo is the movie producer, and Selma Edelman is the assistant producer.
- In one of the scenes where Alvin is in his crazy cartoon character form, he is seen standing in front of a standee that reads "A Midsummer Night's Car Crash" which is a parody of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
- The title is very similar to the 1948 film Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, one of the first purposefully comical horror movies from Universal Studios. Both comedies have a main character address the Frankenstein monster as Frankie.
- In the closing credits, the boys sing a Frankenstein version of the popular spiritual "Dem Dry Bones (Ankle Bone Connected to the Knee Bone)." A similar version of this song was sung by Herman Munster, aka the Frankenstein Monster, in the 1965 The Munsters series episode Will Success Spoil Herman Munster?