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Alvin and the Chipmunks is an American animated music group created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., for a novelty record 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. The trio is managed by their human adoptive father, David (Dave) Seville. 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 became a success, and the singing Chipmunks and their manager were given life in several animated cartoon productions, using redrawn, anthropomorphic chipmunks, and eventually films.

The voices of the group were all performed by Bagdasarian, who sped up the playback to create high-pitched voices. This oft-used process was not entirely new to Bagdasarian, who had also used it for two previous novelty songs, including "Witch Doctor", but it was so unusual and well-executed it earned the record two Grammy Awards for engineering. Bagdasarian, performing as the Chipmunks, released a long line of albums and singles, with "The Chipmunk Song" becoming a number-one single in the United States. After the death of Bagdasarian in 1972, the characters' voices were performed by his son Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and the latter's wife Janice Karman in the subsequent incarnations of the 1980s and 1990s.

In the 2007 CGI/live-action movie adaptation and its 2009 sequel, they were voiced in dialogue by Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney. Bagdasarian, Jr. and Karman continue to perform the singing voices for Alvin, Theodore and the Chipettes, but Steve Vining does Simon's singing voice. The project has earned five Grammy awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Reel Award, and three Kids' Choice Awards, and has been nominated for three Emmy awards.

A third movie installment, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, was released in theaters on December 16, 2011. Fox 2000 Pictures and Regency Enterprises announced a fourth installment, titled Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, scheduled to be released on December 11, 2015.

A CGI-animated TV series revival, titled ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks, is currently in production. Scheduled to run for 52 11-minute episodes, it will premiere on Nickelodeon in early 2015. After a 25-year hiatus, the premiere of this series will mark its first television debut since their last TV appearance ended in 1990.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1959 Let's All Sing With the Chipmunks David Seville and The Chipmunks 1
1964 The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits The Chipmunks 1
1965 The Chipmunks Sing With Children The Chipmunks 1
1980 Chipmunk Punk The Chipmunks 2
1980 Christmas With the Chipmunks The Chipmunks 1
1981 A Chipmunk Christmas The Chipmunks 2
1982 Chipmunk Rock The Chipmunks 1
1987 Christmas With the Chipmunks, Volume 2 The Chipmunks 1
1994 A Very Merry Chipmunk The Chipmunks 1
1994 Christmas With the Chipmunks, Volume 1 The Chipmunks 1
1995 When You Wish Upon a Chipmunk The Chipmunks 1
1997 1997 Dillard's Christmas Music Collection The Chipmunks 1
1998 The A Files: Alien Songs The Chipmunks 1
2003 Merry Christmas from the Chipmunks The Chipmunks 1
2008 Undeniable The Chipmunks 1
2008 Christmas with The Chipmunks The Chipmunks 1
35th Birthday Party The Chipmunks 1
A Chipmunk Christmas The Chipmunks 1
Christmas With the Chipmunks, Volume 2 The Chipmunks 1
In Low Places The Chipmunks 1
It's Christmas! The Chipmunks 1
The Chipmunks Show The Chipmunks 1
Urban Chipmunk The Chipmunks 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years The Chipmunks 1
1999 Greatest Christmas Hits The Chipmunks 1
2006 Christmas With the Chipmunks The Chipmunks 2
2010 Christmas with The Chipmunks The Chipmunks 1
2012 Chipmunks Christmas The Chipmunks 1
Here's Looking At Me The Chipmunks 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks The Chipmunks 1
The Chipmunk Adventure Soundtrack The Chipmunks 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 The Chipmunk Song / Almost Good The Chipmunks 1
Achy Breaky Heart The Chipmunks 1

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