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Alvin and the Chipmunks

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This article is about the 1983 TV series. For the 2015 series with a similar name, see Alvinn and the Chipmunks (2015).

Alvin and the Chipmunks


We're the Chipmunks!
Genre: Animated sitcom
Running Time: 22 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 17, 1983–October 31, 1987 (Alvin and the Chipmunks)
September 10, 1988-December 16, 1989 (The Chipmunks)
September 8, 1990-December 1, 1990 (The Chipmunks Go to the Movies)
Network(s): NBC
Created by: Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
Janice Karman
Distributed by: Ruby-Spears Enterprises (1983-1987)
Murakami-Swenson-Wolf (1988)
DiC Enterprises (1988-1990)
Starring: Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
Janice Karman
Episodes: 100 (Alvin and the Chipmunks)
55 (The Chipmunks)
13 (The Chipmunks Go To The Movies)
Previous show: The Alvin Show
Next show: Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks is an American animated television series featuring The Chipmunks, produced by Bagdasarian Productions in association with Ruby-Spears Enterprises from 1983 to 1987, Murakami-Wolf-Swenson in 1988 and DIC Animation City from 1988 to 1990.

Why It Makes You Feel Like A Chipmunk

  1. The show had catchy theme songs. Specifically, the 1988-1990 end credits where Alvin played the guitar in the first half. Take a look for yourself.
  2. There are some great character designs. Even the animation improved when Murakami-Wolf-Swenson (season 6a only) and DiC (season 6b-8) took over production of the show for the remainder of the series.
  3. Almost all six chipmunks (Alvin, Simon, Theodore, Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor) and David Seville himself was likable.
  4. The show had a lot of energy, imagination, and charm that appealed to a lot of viewers.
    • Many children during the time grew up with this cartoon.
  5. Some heartwarming moments in certain episodes
  6. Solid voice acting
  7. It spawned a Great 1987 feature film, The Chipmunks Adventure.
  8. It spawned a not one or two but THREE direct-to-video films, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman and Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks.
  9. Even after the show was over, it also produced three Holiday specials from 1994-1995 entitled Trick or Treason (Halloween 1994), A Chipmunk Celebration (Thanksgiving 1994), and The Easter Chipmunk (Easter 1995).
  10. In Spring 1990, the Chipmunks were involved with the anti-drug special entitled Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.
  11. Season 8 (The Chipmunks Go To The Movies) was interesting in a way that its episodes consist of the characters starring in spoofs of famous movies.
  12. Depending on how you view the final episode, "Funny, We Shrunk the Adults", it was a decent way to send off the series.

Bad Qualities

  1. One of the biggest problems with the cartoon is that while inspired by the chipmunk species, the Chipmunks' character designs look hardly anything like chipmunks.
  2. Preceding entries in the franchise weren't as good.
    • Little Alvin and the mini-munks, while decent, made a very weird decision to make the characters puppets.
    • the 2007-2015 film series was met with negative reception.
    • It's 2015 CGI animated reboot wasn't that good.
  3. Regardless of the incarnation (Ruby-Spears, Murakami-Swenson-Wolf, DiC), there are one-off plots that are never mentioned again. Specifically, in "My Pharaoh Lady", Brittany made a bet with Missy Snootson that if King Ruttin' Tootin' was not real by midnight, Brittany would resign from running for Carnival Queen. The carnival plot was never mentioned again.
  4. Some unlikable characters like Brittany Miller (depending on the episode).
  5. While not bad, "Funny, We Shrunk the Adults" wasn't that great. But as stated before, it depends on your view.


  • Ross Bagdasarian Jr. was not very fond of the Ruby-Spears episodes, which were the first five seasons of the show.