Summary of GroupAlvin and the Chipmunks is an American animated music group created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in 1958. The group consists of three singing animated anthropomorphic chipmunks: Alvin, the mischievous troublemaker, who quickly became the star of the group; Simon, the tall, bespectacled intellectual; and Theodore, the chubby, impressionable one. Their human father David Seville manages the trio. In reality, David Seville was Bagdasarian's stage name, and the Chipmunks themselves are named after the executives of their original record label. The characters were an unprecedented success, and the singing Chipmunks and their manager were given life in several animated cartoon productions, using redrawn, anthropomorphic chipmunks, and eventually films.
Bagdasarian, who sped up the playback to create higher pitched voices, performed all the voices of the group. This oft-used process was also not entirely new to Bagdasarian, who had also used it for two previous novelty song projects, including "The Witch Doctor", but it was so unusual and well executed it earned the trio two Grammy Awards for engineering. Although the characters were fictional, they did release a long line of actual albums and singles, with "The Chipmunk Song" becoming a number-one hit single in the United States. After Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.'s death in 1972, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman performed their voices in the subsequent incarnations of the 1980s and 1990s.
In the 2007 CGI/live-action movie adaptation and its 2009 sequel, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney voiced them in dialogue, respectively. Bagdasarian, Jr. and Karman continue to perform the singing voices for Alvin, Theodore and the Chipettes, but Steve Vining now does Simon's singing voice. They are one of the most successful music groups of all time, earning five Grammy awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Reel Award, two Kids' Choice Awards, and have been nominated for three Emmy awards.
A third installment, titled Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, has been released on December 16, 2011.
Appearances in MAD
- Episode 1 (27) A Snake has two lumps inside him while Alvin looks for Simon and Theodore: Alvin looks for Simon and Theodore, though both are inside the snake.
- Episode 20 (46) Al Pacino and the Chipmunks: The third movie gets spoofed alongside with Al Pacino.