This was one of my absolute favorite films to watch as a kid. This is evidenced by the fact that last week when I decided to watch it again for the first time in a dog's age, my poor old VHS tape was worn out like you wouldn't believe. What's worse, my mom's cheap VCR mangled the tape when I ejected it... and that very evening I came straight on here and bought the DVD. So now I probably don't have to tell you that I think this is a wonderful film. But it really is! No matter how old I get, my appreciation for it is never shaken. I'd say it has aged better than just about any other movie from my childhood. The charm of the story and characters hasn't faded, nor do they seem out of date after 20 years.
One thing I really admire this film for is how it succeeds so well at (to use a tired cliche) having something for everyone. As a kid I was happy just to listen to the music (which is also top-notch) and watch the adorable cast members travel the world while avoiding baddies, and not caring about anything else. But when I watch it now, I'm like, "Wow, it's about diamond smugglers?? That's pretty sophisticated for a kid's movie!" There's a whole dark side of the film that I didn't have access to as an 8-year-old. And the brilliant thing is they managed to pull that off without constantly going over kids' heads and making it seem like the film is actually being marketed to the parents, which so many so-called children's movies do nowadays.
So anyhow, wonderful movie, children of any age will love it to death and want to watch it again and again (so DVD is a wise investment ;) I really hope films like this continue to be appreciated by future generations, because I'm afraid they'll be a lost art soon. The Chipmunk Adventure is for me a reminder of a time when animated films really had heart and a timeless quality. Please do someone you love a favor and watch it with them!