Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983–1990)
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This gets a perfect 10!
This cartoon is up there with Captain Planet, Thundercats and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Most of the episodes are about the Seville brothers Alvin, Simon and Theodore, who often get themselves into a jam, and needing to get out of it, without causing too much more trouble (and without getting Dave too angry). The three chipmunks kept their old personalities from "The Alvin Show" (1961), but they now have different voices. Sometimes they also involve the Chipettes, known as Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor.
They also did some spoofs on TV shows of the '80's era. They included "The A-Team", "Miami Vice", "Charlie's Angels", "Moonlighting", (that episode is a favorite of mine) etc. The Chipmunks also occasionally go into a song number, but it's not stupid Disney-like garbage. They performed "Surfin' USA", "Uptown Girl", "Do you Love me", "Monster Mash", and even classic '80's hits like "Beat It". Makes you feel all nostalgic inside...
"The Chipmunks Go To the Movies" offered parodies of late '80's/early '90s movies, like "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids", "King Kong", "A Christmas Carol", and "Batman".
This cartoon is currently running in syndication on Cartoon Network. If you can, I suggest to try it. You'll love it. And if anyone hates the boys just because they're chipmunks who appear to be living in a human world...well, Bugs Bunny is taller than Elmer Fudd, but no one gripes about it. "Anyting's possible inna cartoon!" -Bugs Bunny
Ross Bagdasarian's son, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., did this cartoon in 1983, and had a movie, "The Chipmunk Adventure", in 1987. Pick it up today!
The 1980s had some of the coolest cartoons. It's, like, the stuff of legend, dude. Alvin and the Chipmunks forever....
Since then I've wished to have them at home. The songs are catchy all the movies and series are GREAT if your a real Chipmunks fan you'll appreciate all the series and their cuteness and the fact that they and the Chipette's are so cute.
The series I would particularly like is "The Chimunks" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks".
Alvin is cute and a lead singer. He's a babe and a star, Simon is smart back up singer and helps Alvins stay in line, Theodore is little babyish plays the drums loves his brothers and food.
Brittany is a perfect match for Alvin she's also cute lead singer and very conceited she and Alvin are constantly challenging each other as they are both stubborn. Jeanette isn't so much naturally smart but more so clumsy and a gorgeous dweeb she's interested in the same things as Simon only that she must study to be half his equal. Eleanor and Theodore are a very good match because they share the same interests they both like food and are both chubby and proud except little blonde Eleanor is maternal and not so innocent.
P.S. Does anyone know where it's possible to buy the series?!! Thanx
Ah the memories!
The animation is very good, bright, colourful and lively and it should be. The music is another strong asset, the theme song is among the catchiest theme songs I have ever heard on an animated show. The story lines are simple, but engrossing and well constructed, and the writing is superb, hilarious and touching, and it is one of those instances where every joke that occurs works. The characters are really likable, Alvin, Simon, Theodore, David, Miss Miller et al. just wonderful characters with unique personalities. And the voice acting is top-notch, very expressive and dynamic.
Overall, wonderful underrated show from my childhood. 10/10 Bethany Cox
A different cartoon that shows the hipness and a little bit of young-adult fun that attracts an audience of all ages. A catching opening tune and some unique stories.
But I must admit it took a few episodes to get the grip of things. Like: What are these very peculiar-looking little boys supposed to be? "Chipmunks"???!!!... They doesn't look the slightest like chipmunks to me. Why are they goofing around in those ridiculous nightshirts all the time? Why are they living with that human guy in a realistically drawn human world? All other talking cartoon animals live among other cartoon animals, not among humans. Weird, weird...
For many years I assumed The Chipmunks was something new, that David Seville was just a cartoon character, and Alvin, Simon and Theodore had always looked like their 1980-90s versions. I didn't knew there had been something before! So it was rather confusing to come across songs written by "David Seville", plush animals from 1959 resembling an ugly rat or distorted guinea-pig but supposed to be "Alvin from the Chipmunks", gramophone records from 1960 showing the boys as "real" chipmunks on the cover, and so on! But the Internet soon made all clear to me. Anyway, a great cartoon, so unlike the mass produced cheap crap of today (but the "Chipmunks goes to the Movies" series were rather poor -the movie spoofs were often not even funny).
The stories were great, the characters were extremely likable and cute plus, the music was your standard pop and rock fare. Of course music was an important part of the 80s decade and from there onwards, it has become a cultural phenomenon. But very rarely were there cartoons where popular music was used as a theme within the narratives- and yet Alvin and The Chipmunks was the only animated programme that I know of, which successfully combined animation and great story lines with renditions of contemporary Popular and Rock anthems. These anthems included Michael Jackson's 'Beat It', Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 'I Love Rock'n'roll' performed by The Chippettes and The Beatles 'A Hard Day's Night'. The personalities of the three chipmunks brothers couldn't be any more different: Alvin was the so-called hell-raiser/trouble maker and lead vocalist of the band, whose antics often upset Dave, their adoptive father; Simon was the geek and intellectual who was on keyboards and/or the piano whilst Theodor was the slightly overweight,but innocent and sweet looking one, of whom played the drums.
This show was shown a lot on TV during the 80s and I used to tune in from school to watch these guys. As I mentioned, the opening sequence was excellent, the theme song is one of the most instantly recognisable, not to mention sing-a-long TV anthems, ever and the stories were varied but wonderful. And whilst this was originally a 60s creation on the part of Ross Bagdasarian, he and his son and wife Janice Karman have rightfully carried the touch for this show and thus their efforts have, in the process, gained a new generation of fans alongside the older generation throughout the 80s, 90s and today.
Watching these episodes brings back so many great memories. As an 80s child, it was a great decade for cartoons and Alvin and The Chipmunks was entertaining,great nostalgic fun that people of all ages can enjoy. And this was a great show.
Now you may be wondering, what's to like about 3 singing Chipmunks? The answer is, everything! The stories, the songs, the characters and most of all, the innocence of it all. Unlike the swarm of Japanese shows that were starting to invade Cartoon Network like Digimon, Pokemon and Beyblade, where start to finish was non stop cartoon barbarism, Alvin and the Chipmunks was almost a last shred to that time of the 1980s where kids shows were made to be unintentionally innocent but still have their fair share of innuendos, almost like an earlier Animaniacs except for the Cartoon Barbarism. Also, the show wasn't like modern equivalents in the sense that it didn't go out of its way to be deliberately disgusting. Most shows that took AATC's place on the Saturday morning show had prolonged scenes of disgust and toilet humour that really should have been run during the middle of the day during school time, I saw no real enjoyment in it and sometimes felt physically sick.
AATC on the other hand managed to blend humour with innocence without having to resort to the lowest common denominator of toilet humour and disgusting, overly violent stereotypes. All this innocence and humour would always be wrapped up in a song, and you have to hand it to Ross Bagdasarian, his ability to write really good songs of continuing originality must make him one of the great songwriters, up there with Jeff Lynne or Freddie Mercury. It could also be said that AATC got me into my Rock n' Roll choice of music as they would often use existing songs from bands of the 70s and 80s, songs which were actually worth a listen and weren't fully laden with swear words and descriptions of one's sexual fantasies.
Of course the most important things were the stories. Each story had a moral and each story was unique in itself. I can't say I've watched every episode, but I don't seem to remember any episodes that didn't have at least some originality in them from the previous episodes. Most of the episodes had the tale of Alvin getting into trouble and it was up to him to get out of it before Dave found out, but each and every situation he was put it was unique and what happened between start and finish was always different and always had you wondering whether he would be able to fix his messes in time.
Overall, this has to be one of my favourite TV shows from my childhood, bringing back some of the best memories of my holidays as well as my youthful years of innocence. When and if I ever have children, I wish to introduce them to this show as well so they can get a true idea of what kids programming in the 80s and 90s was really like.