Later this week TrekMovie will be reviewing the new CBS and Paramount Star Trek releases on Blu-ray and DVD (TNG movies and TOS Season 2), but to get the Trek ball rolling Paramount has already released a Trek related DVD, "Alvin and the Chipmunks Go To The Movies: Star Wreck". TrekMovie reviews this Trek parody below.
"Alvin and the Chipmunks Go To the Movies: Star Wreck" is promoted as promoted as a a "high-flying spoof of the box office smash" and even comes complete with a cover that is a play one of the posters for the new Star Trek movie. One might think that this is a new product playing off the 2009 JJ Abrams film, but in actuality is is just the latest release from the Chipmunks catalog. "Alvin and the Chipmunks Go To the Movies" was actually the title for the 8th and final season of the animated series "Alvin and the Chipmunks", which aired from 1982-1990. Each episode that season spoofed a different Hollywood movie, and "Star Wreck" took a crack at Star Trek, which is just one of three episodes on the new DVD.
The episode itself is more of a spoof of the original Trek in general, with specific elements of "The Doomsday Machine," "Star Trek V" and "Star Trek The Motion Picture". The plot has the crew of the USS Boobyprize investigating trouble on a planet on to discover a huge space-vacuum cleaner has been sucking up everything. The lovable squeeky-voiced Chipmunks have been recast for the big roles with Alvin as Captain James T. Dirk, Simon as Mr. Speck, Theodore as Dr. Moamz McRoy, Jeanette as Lt. Uhaha. You also can hear Mr. Slop the engineer, but never see him. They encounter a family called "The Craniums" who eventually kidnap Moamz and take him to their home planet, where they are obsessed with everything being the same.
As it turns out, the episode is pretty good and pretty true to Trek. All the terminology is correct, from warp to phasers to tractor beams. They even use authentic Star Trek sounds throughout. The episode even concludes with a typical Star Trek theme of IDIC, and Captain Dirk teaching the Craniums "we are all different, that is what makes us special." This may be due to some Trek love from the writer, Ralph Sanchez, who co-wrote the story for the story TNG episode "Home Soil."
As for the transfer of the episodes, this is clearly not a digitally remastered release. The video is flickery and seems to recreate the experience of watching on an older TV set. The other two episodes on the DVD, which are also mildly amusing, are "Elementary, My Dear Simon" (a Sherlock Holmes parody), and Chip Tracy (spoof of Dick Tracy). Although reasonable Chipmunks episodes, Paramount would have been better off picking some of the more sci-fi/genre spoofs from the "Go to the Movies" season, like the E.T. or Gremlins spoofs. The set is also devoid of any special features.
All in all "Alvin and the Chipmunks Go To the Movies: Star Wreck" is an amusing episode and worth a rental for fun, but unless you are a hard-core Chimunk fan, or have kids who are, it is not really worth the $11.
Alvin and the Chipmunks Go To The Movies: Star Wreck is available now at Amazon and other retailers.