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The Chipmunk Adventure is a 1987 animated film (released in 1987 on VHS, in 2006 and 2008 on DVD, and in 2014 on both DVD/Blu-ray) featuring the characters from NBC's Saturday morning TV cartoon series Alvin and the Chipmunks. This marked the first appearance of The Chipmunks in a feature film since their 1958 debut. The Chipmunk Adventure was directed by Janice Karman (one of the very few times that a woman had done so for an animated feature film) and features the voices of Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karman, and Dody Goodman.

The film was unsuccessful at the box office, earning short of $7 million dollars, though it was soon rushed to home video, where it has managed to sell well over its many releases, appearing on the Billboard Top Kid Video chart multiple times.[2]

Cquote1 If you need to get something done, give it to a pregnant woman who's directing her first animated feature while producing a weekly series and building a large home out of town. Cquote2
— Ross Bagdasrian, Jr.[3]


The Chipmunk Adventure VHS Cover

VHS cover

The Chipmunk Adventure 2006 DVD Cover

2006 DVD cover

The Chipmunk Adventure 2008 DVD Cover

2008 DVD cover

The Chipmunk Adventure 2014 DVD Cover

2014 DVD cover

When Dave Seville goes off to Europe on a business trip, Alvin Seville, Simon Seville, and Theodore Seville are left at home with their rather absent-minded babysitter, Miss Miller - much to the chagrin of Alvin, who dreams of world travel. While the Chipmunks are playing an arcade game named Around the World in Thirty Days with the Chipettes (and which they lose), Alvin and Brittany begin to argue over which one of them would really win an actual race around the world. Their conversation, meanwhile, is being eavesdropped on by siblings Klaus and Claudia Furschtein, two German diamond smugglers who are running out of ideas of getting their wares to their customers without government interference. With Claudia suddenly seeing an opportunity, the Furschsteins approach the children, telling them that they will provide them with the means for a real race around the world by hot-air balloon, with the winner receiving $100,000.

After the boys trick Miss Miller with a recorded and edited-together telephone call made with the "help" of an unwitting Dave (the whole thing being done while it is 3:00 in the morning where Dave happens to be at that time), the Chipmunks and the Chipettes finally meet up at the Furschteins' mansion, where they are told the rules of the race: each team is given a separate route to follow, along with a chest full of dolls made in their own likenesses, which they are required to drop off to verify that they have visited all of the checkpoints. Upon dropping off one of their own dolls, they will receive a doll made in the likeness of a member of the opposing team. In reality, the dolls being dropped off are filled with diamonds, and the dolls received are filled with cash given to them by the buyers.

Before they take off, Simon warns Jeanette not to take the easterly route because of a hurricane in that area he heard about via the news. However, Brittany overhears him and ignores his advice, incorrectly believing it to be only a trick to slow them down.

And so, after a "masterly" takeoff, both teams begin their travels; while the Chipmunks go to Mexico City, the Chipettes are caught in a hurricane (just as Simon had predicted) before reaching Bermuda. Unknown to both teams, however, they are being trailed by two rather intimidating-looking Interpol agents named Cisvan and Cuomo, sent by the French Inspector Jamal, who was informed by Klaus and Claudia's Italian butler, Mario, of the Furschsteins' operation. The agents silently follow behind as the Chipmunks and the Chipettes travel through South America and Africa, visiting Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro, Angel Falls, Morocco, and Venice. More time is given in the film to the countries and locations the Chipettes see, including the White Cliffs of Dover, the Netherlands, Switzerland, London, Rome (where they visit the Colosseum), Paris, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Germany.

Both teams meet up in Athens, where Alvin and Brittany begin arguing again, each claiming that they can "out-rock and roll" the other. This results in the battle-of-the-bands performance of the song "The Girls of Rock 'n' Roll" amongst the ancient Grecian ruins, with Cisvan and Cuomo nearly catching them and Dave nearly spotting them.

Jamal then angrily chastises his agents in his office for their failure, immediately taking them off the case and claiming that he will need "bigger, tougher men" to get the job done. Meanwhile, Dave contacts Miss Miller by telephone in Athens and asks if the boys are available. This begins an extremely confused conversation between the two of them, with Dave finally giving up and ending the call, leaving Miss Miller even more confused than she had already been before, if that was possible.

The Chipettes then travel on to Egypt, passing by the Great Sphinx. There, they are chased by a group of men on camelback. Despite their attempts to fight them off, the girls are captured, which later reveals that they are actually being rescued from Klaus and Claudia's tricks by the men and brought before their young Arabian prince, who is only 6 years old. The prince falls in love with Brittany and, oblivious to the diamond smuggling, agrees to return the valuable dolls to Jamal, but declares that he is keeping the girls as payment, and in 12 years making Brittany one of his wives.

Despite being showered with gifts, including a male baby penguin, the Chipettes are desperate to make an escape, Brittany, more so as she first yanks the veils off her and her sisters' faces. Still unaware of the contents of their dolls, Brittany and Jeanette secretly try to retrieve them (Eleanor excuses herself and says that she will right back) - only to find them guarded by a swarm of cobras. Brittany and Jeanette "charm" the cobras by singing "Getting Lucky," then grab the dolls and escape out a window, just as Eleanor arrives carrying a small cooler.

The film cuts back to the Chipmunks, who are camping out for the night in a jungle in Fiji while taking a shortcut (using a move from the video game). Theodore senses that something is wrong, and he also knows that something is out there in the jungle. Simon and Alvin just think his imagination is running wild, with Alvin saying, "He's still afraid of the boogeyman." Upon waking up the next morning, they find Theodore missing. While trying to find him and tracking him down to a native village, Alvin and Simon are taken captive by some local natives. They soon learn that Theodore is being worshiped as the natives' "Prince of Plenty". Alvin and Simon are each forced to wear nothing but Alvin's cap, Simon's glasses, a string necklace with three sharks' teeth and a brown loincloth and are made into Theodore's personal slaves in order for them to live.

Meanwhile, the Chipettes learn that Eleanor's cooler contains not only cold drinks and sandwiches, but the baby penguin as well, whom Eleanor feels needs to be returned to his parents in Antarctica or else he will die. At first, Brittany is confused ("You were going to eat this penguin?"), then objects to doing so because it will make them lose the race. After Brittany sees that the baby penguin does indeed look ill, she is deeply touched and the girls all soon agree to head off-course to Antarctica. After the girls sing the song "My Mother", however, Claudia is alerted to their actions by her henchmen in a helicopter (unbeknownst to the Chipettes) and incorrectly concludes that they must have discovered the diamonds and are trying to make off with them. Furiously, she orders her henchmen to both get the dolls back and not to return without them.

After the Chipettes return the baby penguin to his family, they are attacked by Claudia's henchmen. The Chipettes wrestle with the men as they attempt to steal the dolls, and a Brittany doll tears as the henchmen fall from the balloon. Grateful to the Chipettes for their help, the penguins snowball the henchmen into submission as the girls escape. They then notice the torn Brittany doll lying on the floor of the balloon; Jeanette picks it up and diamonds fall out of it. Opening an Alvin doll, they find it full of dollar bills. The girls realize that they and the Chipmunks were both duped into being part of a diamond smuggling operation that the Furschteins are in charge of and that the whole race was just a setup to get them to deliver the diamonds to whomever in exchange for money. Realizing that the boys are likely in danger as well, they head off to find them and tell them the truth.

Alvin and Simon, meanwhile, are forced to search a nearby cave for mushrooms for "Prince Theodore," when Alvin growing increasingly fed up with the whole situation ("Three o'clock in the morning and Prince Theodore has a craving for MUSHROOMS! I hope he chokes on 'em!"). Inside the cave, they find a series of ideograms on the walls, which Simon translates as "Sacrifice the Prince of Plenty on the full moon." They look up and see a full moon overhead. Simon says in horror, "They're going to sacrifice Theodore tonight!" Alvin looks at Simon and exclaims with an angry look, "Over my dead body!", but immediately in the next scene, all three Chipmunks are tied to stakes by the natives to be sacrificed, hanging precariously by several ropes tied around a circular platform suspended above a deep pit with water and crocodiles at the bottom of it, much to Simon's annoyance ("You mean, over OUR dead bodies."). In a desperate attempt to delay their own deaths, they sing the song "Wooly Bully", which placates the natives to dance along to the performance and lasts just long enough for the Chipettes to rescue them.

Together in the Chipettes' balloon, the boys and the girls all return to the U.S. They are met at the airport by Klaus and Claudia, where Alvin and Brittany angrily reveal to them that they know all about the diamonds, and after a short chase through the airport that is accompanied by the song "Diamond Dolls," they are forced into a 1935 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I under the false threat of Miss Miller having being held hostage. Dave is arriving home at the airport at the same time when he sees Alvin's cap land at his feet after being blown off by a gust of wind and hears Alvin's cries for help from the car. Inspector Jamal runs up, identifying himself, and he and Dave begin to make chase in a nearby 1987 Chevrolet Caprice police car, but two other cars crash into each other and block them off at an intersection. While at first it appears that Klaus and Claudia will escape on a private jet to Costa Rica with the boys and the girls in tow, they are suddenly and accidentally run off the road by none other than Miss Miller, who was heading to the airport to pick up Dave, but driving the wrong way on one of the airport's roads (the Furschteins end up having being tossed all around the car with Theodore telling them, "You really should've been wearing your seat belt."). Klaus and Claudia are then taken away by the police, and Alvin and Brittany begin arguing yet again over who really won both the race and the $100,000. An exasperated Dave breaks up the argument and guides them to Miss Miller's 1959 Lincoln Continental, where the others are waiting. On the way home, Alvin blathers on and on about the race and getting a reward for thwarting the Furschteins' scheme, frustrating both of the adults.


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  • At the beginning of the film, when Theodore tells Dave not to forget his mittens, he hands him his sandwich, which then turns into a piece of clothing.
  • When Simon is trying to warn Jeanette about the hurricane, the folds on the Chipettes' map change from vertical ones to horizontal ones.
    • Also in the same scene, if the video is paused at the right moment, Brittany's shirt is not fully painted.
  • When the Chipettes come out of the Flying Surprise with scuba gear on, Eleanor's eyes change from brown to green and then back to brown as she blinks.
    • Also in the same scene, the words that Mr. Anton wrote on the note that he left them are written on separate lines, but during a close-up shot, they can be seen written on the same line.
  • There are multiple instances during the song "Off to See the World" where the Chipmunks and the Chipettes are seen collecting and dropping off dolls of the wrong team.
    • When the Chipettes are at the ski lifts in Switzerland, Brittany can be seen collecting a Chipette doll of herself when the girls were supposed to be collecting Chipmunk dolls.
    • When the Chipettes are at the lighthouse, Jeanette is seen placing an Alvin doll when it should have been a Chipette doll.
    • When Jeanette climbs onto the windmill in the Netherlands, she tries to retrieve a Jeanette doll.
    • In Venice, Italy, Simon is seen preparing to put an Alvin doll into a pole. In the next shot, however, he is then seen putting a Simon doll into it.
  • Also, during "Off to See the World," Theodore gets his apple stolen by a bald eagle, a bird only native to North America, despite the Chipmunks having already left the continent by that point during the trip.
  • During the sequence of "The Girls of Rock 'n' Roll," when the Chipmunks come up the temple steps, Theodore is standing across from Jeanette and Simon from Eleanor. But, when they reach the top of the steps, Simon and Theodore have switched places.
  • When the Chipettes discover that the dolls are full of diamonds, the Brittany doll that was damaged turns into an Eleanor doll that is damaged in a different spot. In the next scene, however, it has turned back into the original damaged Brittany doll, only to then turn into an undamaged Eleanor doll.
    • During the same scene, the Alvin doll they open up is closed up again a few shots later.
  • When the Chipettes are close to the Chipmunks in the song “Wooly Bully”, they are in their normal outfits.
    • During the same performance, the number of dolls tied to the posts that the Chipmunks are tied to is inconsistent each time that they are seen.
  • During the sequence of "Diamond Dolls", Theodore is seen wearing a loincloth like Simon and Alvin are. He was actually wearing a prince outfit for the rest of the film.
  • After the Chipmunks and the Chipettes are kidnapped, Alvin is briefly missing his cap upon entering Klaus and Claudia's car. Later, Alvin's hat is back on his head not long before it flies off, getting Dave's attention. Also, after Klaus and Claudia's arrest, Alvin's cap is back on his head despite him losing it at the airport earlier.
  • Near the end of the film after the car crash, just before they get out of the limousine, Alvin and Simon can be seen in their normal outfits.


Deleted Scene from The Chipmunk Adventure

One of the film's deleted scenes

  • This film was dedicated to Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman's dog, Tiger Lilly.
  • The film's VHS release was the last one to feature the MCA/Universal Home Video logo.
  • Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and his wife financed the film themselves by using the 1980s TV series' revenue.[3]
  • This film was the first one Janice Karman had ever directed.[3]
    • The first director of the film quit after two months of working on the project.[3]
  • Animation for the film was carried out in Los Angeles, New York, Utah, Canada, Spain, and Asia and would travel to more countries in its production than the Chipmunks and the Chipettes did in the film itself.[3]
  • Two and a half years were spent on producing the film; large pieces of the original script were cut to make its April 20 deadline. Disappointing overseas production returns early on and an unmovable deadline were the causes of all of these cuts.[3]
  • "The Brave Chipmunks" musical segment from The Alvin Show was released as a special feature in the 2014 DVD release.
  • The destinations shown in this film were Mexico City, Bermuda, Rome, Venice, Machu Picchu, the White Cliffs of Dover, Switzerland, Morocco, Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon River, Paris, the Alps, the Netherlands, London, Germany, Athens, Egypt, Antarctica, and Fiji.
  • The theatrical and Lorimar video releases have The Samuel Goldwyn Company logo at the opening, and below the copyright notice at the closing, the Universal and Paramount releases obscure the SGC logo and keep the closing logo, and current releases have no SGC logos at all to the point of removing it from the credits entirely, and only displaying the Bagdasarian Productions credit and logo, so do not expect to see the same version of the film on home video twice.
  • The name of the arcade game Around the World in Thirty Days in the diner scene is a reference to the Jules Verne adventure novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Subsequent adaptations of the novel also spawned the idea of circumnavigating the globe by hot air balloon, much like the Chipmunks and the Chipettes would later do in the film.
  • Several Greek god/goddess statues can be seen in the Grecian ruins during the song "The Girls of Rock 'n' Roll": the one that Alvin and Brittany pose next to is Poseidon, the one that Alvin steals the harp off of is Terpsichore, the one that Alvin dances on is Laocoon and Atlas, and the one that one of the agents hides behind is the Gorgon Medusa, the only statue there that is not of a god or a goddess, but of a monster.
  • The scene in Peru where Alvin swaps a Brittany doll with an Alvin doll is a reference to the film Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • The book The Chipmunk Adventure is based on this film.
  • Audio from the film was used in the 2017 How I Built This interview.
  • The film was released in theaters between the end of Season 4 and the beginning of Season 5 of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
  • Brittany is flanderized in this film, being more rude, selfish, and egotistical compared to how she was first portrayed in the TV series; however, she does start to become nicer again in Seasons 5 and 6. Beginning in Season 7 and going on to Season 8 of said TV series, Brittany can come off as how she was from the film.


The Chipmunk Adventure Model Sheet
Main article: The Chipmunk Adventure: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Main article: The Chipmunk Adventure/Gallery


  1. The Chipmunk Adventure,, Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  2. Billboard Apr. 18, 1998,, Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5, The Making of The Chipmunk Adventure, Retrieved 2013-08-16.

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