Alvin and the Chipmunks

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Alvin and the Chipmunks
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Premiere December 14, 1981 (pilot)
September 17, 1983 (series)
Finale December 1, 1990
Creator Ross Bagdasarian
Network NBC
Style 30-minute animated comedy
Company Bagdasarian Productions
Chuck Jones Productions (pilot),
Ruby-Spears Enterprises (season 1-5),
Murakami-Wolf-Swenson (season 6),
DiC Entertainment (season 7-9)
Seasons 9
Episodes 102 + 1 theatrical film + 6 specials + 2 direct-to-video features
Origin USA

Alvin and the Chipmunks is a animated comedy that aired on NBC. It was an all-new edition of Ross Bagdasarian's novelty act which previously appeared in cartoon form as The Alvin Show.

Contents

Overview

Dave Seville is still the harried manager, composer and surrogate father to Alvin, Theodore and Simon, only now they have counterparts--The Chipettes. Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor are three singing girl chipmunks under the management and care of elderly Miss Miller (introduced in season 4). Brittany is the vainglorious diva, Jeanette is shy and rather smart, and Eleanor is the chubby Chipette.

Alvin and the Chipmunks was produced by Bagdasarian Productions, produced in association with Ruby-Spears Enterprises for the first five seasons. The pilot (co-produced with Chuck Jones Productions) aired in 1981, and the first season began airing on NBC's Saturday morning schedule two years later. After five seasons, Ruby-Spears left the co-operation. Bagdasarian then produced another 11 episodes together with animation studio Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, which, alongside the five first seasons, and two primetime specials originally aired in 1984 and 1985, went into syndication as a package of 65 episodes.

Simultaneously the show continued on NBC: new episodes of the show, now renamed The Chipmunks was made by Bagdasarian in association with DiC_Entertainment. Two seasons later, it became The Chipmunks Go to the Movies.

In the mid-1990's, Bagdasarian, this time in association with animation studio A-1 Production, returned with another 3 specials, and in 1999 and 2000, two DVD movies, produced by Bagdasarian and Universal Cartoon Studios, were released.

Warner Bros. Television now owns and distributes the series due to parent Time Warner's ownership of the Ruby-Spears catalogue.

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. Dave Seville 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Alvin 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Simon 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Janice Karman Theodore 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Brittany 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Jeanette 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Eleanor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Frank Welker Additional voices 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Tress MacNeille Additional voices 1 2 3 4 5
Alan Young Additional voices 1 2 3 4 5
Johnny Haymer Additional voices 1 2 3
Julie McWhirter Additional voices 1 2 3
Walker Edmiston Additional voices 1 2
June Foray Additional voices 1 2
Derek Barton Additional voices 2 3 4 5
Kerrigan Mahan Additional voices 2 3 4
Nancy Cartwright Additional voices 2 3
Peter Cullen Additional voices 2 3
Dody Goodman Beatrice Miller 4 5 6 7 8 9
Philip L. Clarke Additional voices 4 5
Ken Sansom Additional voices 4 5
Thom Watkins Additional voices 6 7 8 9

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NBC - Alvin and the Chipmunks
Season One September 17, 1983 December 10, 1983 13
Season Two September 8, 1984 December 1, 1984 13
Season Three September 14, 1985 November 16, 1985 10
Season Four September 13, 1986 November 1, 1986 8
Season Five September 12, 1987 October 31, 1987 8
NBC/Syndication - Alvin and the Chipmunks
Season Six September 10, 1988 December 9, 1988 11
NBC - The Chipmunks
Season Seven September 24, 1988 January 28, 1989 13
Season Eight September 23, 1989 December 16, 1989 13
NBC - The Chipmunks Go to the Movies
Season Nine September 8, 1990 December 1, 1990 13

Specials

Title Network Airdate
A Chipmunk Christmas NBC December 14, 1981
I Love the Chipmunks Valentine Special NBC February 12, 1984
A Chipmunk Reunion NBC April 13, 1985
Trick or Treason USA October 28, 1994
A Chipmunk Celebration USA November 20, 1994
The Easter Chipmunk USA April 14, 1995

Theatrical Films

Title Release Date
The Chipmunk Adventure May 22, 1987

Direct-to-Video Features

Title Release Date
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein September 28, 1999
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman August 29, 2000

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Episode Collections
A Chipmunk Christmas November 1, 2005 1
Chipmunks Go To The Movies: Funny, We Shrunk The Adults April 1, 2008 1
Daytona Jones and the Pearl Of Wisdom September 9, 2008 1
The Alvinnn! Edition September 16, 2008 2
Holiday Gift Set September 23, 2008 3
Alvin's Thanksgiving Celebration September 23, 2008 1
The Chipettes January 13, 2009 1
Mystery of the Easter Chipmunk February 10, 2009 1
Chipmunks Go To The Movies: Star Wreck September 8, 2009 1
Alvin and the Chipettes in Cinderella Cinderella March 30, 2010 1 purchase

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