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Paris-based brand manager Pgs Entertainment has clinched worldwide media rights, excluding the U.S. and France, for the upcoming Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks TV series -- the three critters' first small screen foray in 20 years. The 52-episodes show from husband-wife producing team of Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman will be presented for the first time in CGI and feature the Chipettes with all new, original songs. The Bagdasarians -- one of the few remaining independent families of children's program creators -- will voice the characters; Karman will even sing some of the songs. She told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday
- Elizabeth Guider
The family that owns rights to Alvin and the Chipmunks has defeated a Fox motion that would have trimmed its lawsuit over the enormously successful Squeakquel. Instead of contracting the claims, a judicial referee is allowing the plaintiff to expand the scope of the lawsuit. Bagdasarian Productions, run by Ross Bagdasarian Jr. (whose father created the franchise in 1958), has been fighting with Fox for years over the hit film which grossed more than $443 million at the box office. The lawsuit covers a lot of ground. Story: Fox Takes Exclusive 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' Merchandise to Walmart Tied to DVD Release For instance,
- Eriq Gardner
Hoping for an Alvin and the Chipmunks-free 2015? Well, tough. In accordance with ancient prophecy (and Cartoon Brew), 2015 will see the debut of a brand new CG TV show featuring the brothers Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, currently known by the working title Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks.
Seeing a gap in the market where more Chipmunk hi-jinks could be implausibly squeezed, show-creators Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and his wife Janice Karman have been working on the TV show since 2010, when it was known as The Chipmunks and Chipettes. If Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks follows the same lines as predecessor The Chipmunks and Chipettes, it would seem that there will be a much-needed expansion of the cast, leading to interesting love triangles, botched drug deals, and maybe a murder or two.
Will 2015 be the year of the TV’s first gay chipmunk?
Given that the movies proved incredibly popular with the public-at-large, if not the critics necessarily, »
- Rob Batchelor
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