Welcome to the Munkapedia community review series in which you are the critic! This review forum series is for the new ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks episodes that have aired at least in English four per forum thread. The series seeks to focus on your thoughts so avoid going too much into the plot details here.
Mystic Mountain is all about an online computer game. This by itself isn't really interesting to me. What interests me more is that it becomes real life and emphasizes the addictive ability of games. What I enjoyed most was when Dave became addicted to the game (the moment were he ran off with his computer was my favorite). Loved Simon's wizard costume. We seen another animation error (Simon's backpack disappearing) in this episode, but nothing major. I have two main criticisms of this episode. The first is the fact that every shot of the game is the same shot. There's no variation of scene or action happening on their screens, even when they are actively playing. Big disappointment for me, even not being a game junky. The other was the fact that The Chipettes were in the episode for nearly a third of the episode yet didn't speak a single line.
Candy Confessions is primarily a highlight on Theodore. Theodore could resist only until candy was involved. I enjoyed the use of the candy stands and figures Theodore would get stuck there. I wouldn't really say Theodore would be the one to lie but as I'm writing I remember the song "Sometimes I Lie" and the line "Cause I hate to see that disappointment in your eye." I think that was what happened here. I just wanted to point out that "Ridin'" is yet another of the new songs to have Spanish intertwined in the lyrics (one of the others was "You Gotta Be Cool"). I wonder what's up with this. The ending was very smart on Theodore and Simon's part.
Mojo Missing reminded me of Hat Today Gone Tomorrow, but this time he gave away his hat (and what looked like a harmonica - A Chipmunk Christmas reminder). I never thought though that Alvin would even consider giving away his hat. That seemed quite unlike him. His "scientific" spoon juggling test was interesting. Overall, I think he just jinxed himself when he attributed his hat to his mojo. "Where Did It Go?" is one of my two favorite songs of these four episodes. Alvin's little bit of singing on stage at the end seemed completely off.
Who's The Animal was probably my favorite of this group. This episode was a loose remake of Alvin... and the Chipmunk. This episode was my favorite due to how consistently I was laughing. The dinner scene was great ("Don't growl at me."), plus, once again, scenes with Miss Smith. Alvin's silence, but presence, was appreciable as well. I also liked Simon looking over the side effects of the medication which reminded me of the scene he was bite in Chipwrecked by the spider. The song, "Got To Be Free," tied with the previous song for my number one. Now, despite the episode being my "favorite," I have one huge criticism: Simon's voice. The voice for Simon changed a few times within the episode. His voice started (and ended I believe) how it has throughout the series with Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. speaking. In the middle portion, his voice almost sounded exactly like it did in the CGI/live-action films with Matthew Gray Gubler. The reasoning for this phenomenon is unknown, but made the episode a little creepy and made it less than perfect for me.
mystic mountain is my absoloute FAVOURITE in this series (so far!) :33 - i could go on and on with many reasons on why i love this episode, but i'll only stick with the one so i'm not writing a essay! ^-^
i love the world of warcraft (never played it, but i've seen youtubers playing it!) style/vibe the episode has, and the song too. i've taken a shining to this episode a whole lot!! :33 fists of shining gold is my absolute favourite, also! ^-^
ooh, in mojo missing, i think alvin was actually signing a notepad, not a harmonica oo:
Good job. Here are my thoughts about the episodes:
Mystic Mountain- This was a good episode. It really showed how addictive video games can be. However, I think a more important lesson for this episode is how people need to be careful what they say or use as their username online. Since you interact with other people online, you always need to be careful not to upset them; because you don't know them in person. That is why I am always careful whenever I talk with other users online. I think we all need to learn that lesson.
Candy Confession- This was a great Theodore episode. I liked how Theodore chose the candy and as a consequence, couldn't get the skateboard. I also really liked how Theodore lied, and you could see him getting more and more upset with himself, while at the same time, not wanting to upset his brothers and the Chipettes. This episode reminded me of the song "Sometimes I Lie". This was a great episode example of how more and more lies ended up getting Theodore disappointed with himself and getting into trouble with his friends. The ending was great too. Overall, a good episode.
Mojo Missing- This was a nice episode. The whole idea of Alvin loosing his Mojo just because he doesn't have his hat was funny. Especially Alvin "Spoon test". Overall, this was a great episode. And the argument that Alvin and Simon had at the end was hilarious. This was a nice episode.
Who's The Animal- This episode was by far one of my favorites. Being an animal lover, this episode title caught my attention right away. I like the fact that Alvin couldn't talk and how it helped play an important part in the episode plot. All of the Chipmunks animal costumes were great! I noticed that Simon's Alligator costume had tin cans used for the tail. I wonder if those were recycled cans or not? The Tasmanian Devil animals looked great. Good job animating a different animal species! One thing I did notice was that the baby Tasmanian devil was slightly smaller in size and darker colored than Alvin. That makes sense since Alvin is bigger and he was wearing a costume, which was a lighter black color. I felt so sorry for Alvin and the baby Tasmanian devil in this episode. The interaction between Simon and Theodore was great. I liked the song at the end too. It really fit with the theme of the episode. There are few criticisms I have for the episode however; when the mom Tasmanian devil was put into the same enclosure as Alvin, would she be able to smell Alvin's scent through the costume and know it was not her baby with her? I think she would have been able to recognize a Chipmunk from her own young baby. If that had happened, she would have been confused, and angry! Who knows what she would have done to Alvin! Another criticism I have is that when the Zookeeper gave Alvin the shot, the needle looked so hard to see. How do we even know it went into Alvin? Wouldn't the costume have provided an extra layer for the needle to go through and make it more difficult? Lastly, my third criticism is how did they know that they were going to do surgery on a Chipmunk? Would they have had to take the costume off to realize it was Alvin? And once they found out, why didn't Alvin write down his phone number or something? Plus, wouldn't the Zookeepers get concerned and have to go find the baby Tasmanian devil? That whole situation wasn't really explained well after the Seville family brought the Tasmanian devil back to the zoo. Apart from those criticisms however, this was still a good episode. Well done.
...when the mom Tasmanian devil was put into the same enclosure as Alvin, would she be able to smell Alvin's scent through the costume and know it was not her baby with her? I think she would have been able to recognize a Chipmunk from her own young baby. If that had happened, she would have been confused, and angry! Who knows what she would have done to Alvin! ... Lastly, my third criticism is how did they know that they were going to do surgery on a Chipmunk? Would they have had to take the costume off to realize it was Alvin? And once they found out, why didn't Alvin write down his phone number or something? Plus, wouldn't the Zookeepers get concerned and have to go find the baby Tasmanian devil? That whole situation wasn't really explained well after the Seville family brought the Tasmanian devil back to the zoo.
That was one of my thoughts. Alvin and the Tasmanian baby did have a little contact so she could have smelled that, but this isn't very convincing. She embraced Alvin a little too easily.
This part of the plot felt rushed and full of holes/assumptions. My thought was that they might have spotted the zipper of the costume, determining that the patient wasn't the correct animal. The zookeepers might not have know long enough to be too worried (the one at the gate clearly didn't know Alvin wasn't the real baby them Dave and his brothers arrived).