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Alvin and the Chipmunks were originally David Seville and the Chipmunks or simply the Chipmunks. They are 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 mentor and later 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 and eventually films, using redrawn, anthropomorphic chipmunks.

The voices of the group were all performed by Bagdasarian, who sped up the playback to make them high pitched. 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 that it earned the record two Grammy Awards for engineering. Bagdasarian performed as the Chipmunks to release a long line of albums and singles, with "The Chipmunk Song" becoming a number-one single in the United States. After his death 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.

The characters were voiced in dialogue by Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney in the 2007 CGI/live-action film adaptation and its 2009 sequel. 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; it has also been nominated for three Emmy awards and has pending for three Golden Raspberry Awards.

A third film installment was released in theaters on December 16, 2011 entitled Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Fox 2000 Pictures and Regency Enterprises released a fourth installment titled Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip on December 18, 2015.

A CGI-animated TV series revival premiered on Nickelodeon on August 3, 2015 entitled ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1959 Let's All Sing With the Chipmunks David Seville and The Chipmunks 1
1960 Sing Again with the Chipmunks 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 3
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
Around the World with the Chipmunks 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: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack The Chipmunks 1
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack The Chipmunks & The Chipettes 1
2011 Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music From the Motion Picture The Chipmunks & The Chipettes 2
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack The Chipmunks & The Chipettes 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

Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 The Chipmunks - Rock the House The Chipmunks 1

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