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Alvin & The Chipmunks (Children's)

Possibly the most popular TV and musical cartoon of all time, the Chipmunks enjoyed several periods of prosperity -- beginning with the '60s era of adolescent Baby Boomers, cresting in the '80s, when the Boomers' children were growing up, and riding the wave clear into the new millennium.

The man who brought the Chipmunks to life, Ross Bagdasarian, was born on January 27, 1919, in Fresno, California. He came to Los Angeles in 1950, and appeared in the films Viva Zapata, Stalag 17, and Rear Window. Bagdasarian also worked as a songwriter, reaching the charts first in 1956, as his production of Alfi & Harry's "The Trouble with Harry" hit number 44. He later charted two solo singles (recorded as David Seville), "Armen's Theme" and "Gotta Get to Your House." In 1958, Bagdasarian began experimenting with a novel technique -- recording normal vocals but then speeding up the playback on a tape machine. The process yielded the number one hit "Witch Doctor" in early 1958, and the phenomenon mushroomed later that year when his Christmas gimmick single "The Chipmunk Song" spent four weeks at the top of the charts. "Alvin's Harmonica" reached number three just two months later, and Christmas reissues of "The Chipmunk Song" charted in the Top 40 over the next four years. The Alvin Show premiered on prime-time television in 1961, with all voices supplied by Bagdasarian. It only ran for one year, but was a success in a Saturday-morning slot. Five more Chipmunks singles charted in the early '60s, and five LPs also did well, including a Beatles cover album in 1964.

Although Bagdasarian died in 1972, his son Ross Jr. revived Alvin, Simon, and Theodore in 1979 on Saturday mornings and on the 1980 album Chipmunk Punk. The series became more popular than in the '60s, and albums of the Chipmunks singing country, Christmas, rock, and Hollywood favorites were big sellers, though they didn't enjoy chart success. Although the cartoon was no longer in production by the '90s, new Chipmunks records continued appearing, among them 1998's A-Files: Alien Files.

In 2007, a film series debuted with Alvin and the Chipmunks -- the first being so successful that it spawned three sequels: 2009's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, and 2015's Alvin and the Chipmunks 4. A revival of the TV series was also planned to premiere on Nickelodeon in early 2015. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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pnarinke
Alvin is the best
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sflorez40
Alvin is the most awesomely cool
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cookie.or41
They are so good and CUTE
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Not so good but kind of
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I Love the The Chipmunks there so cute
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Love your music chipets
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I am so agree
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I'm yelling timber
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This song makes me feel like there is chipmunks in my pants
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Amazing just terrific
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Say iPhone 5 times
pick a color
post it.On other songs
look under ur pillow.
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r8cwife
I love the song and the movie
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I love Alvin and the chipmunks chipwrecked
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cgt.goducks
This literally used to be my favorite movie of all time (other than spiderman). They used to be really good, but I just don't really like their newest movie. The second was so-so, but Chipwrecked was just bad.
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Thanks but I all ready heard this song nah I still like this song
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My favorite DVD ever
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I miss having the cartoon of Alvin & The Chipmunks on toon Disney
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I love this song
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I miss Alvin and The Chipmunks meet Wolf man
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I miss Alvin and The Chipmunks meet Frankenstein
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I miss the cartoon of Alvin & The Chipmunks
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Like Alvin and the chipmunks
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Alex
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jwilson780
Miss the show and the songs and the high pitch voices
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sonsalvation
First they made Alvin & The Chipmunks 1 then they made Alvin & The chipmunks 2 the squeal then Alvin & The Chipmunks 3 and they are making Alvin & The Chipmunks 4 I guess that might be a good or a cool Movie I miss Alvin & The Chipmunks in Cartoon & on Toon Disney Channel
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I love this song
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I didn't know they were going to have a 4th movie that's so cool! ��
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crush's name
Say your name
Close your hand
Say a day of the week
Your crush will ask you out or say they like you
Post this on 5 different songs to make this happen
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I love you and the rest
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Hayride
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Grffdgd
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Alvin
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I love Alvin & the chimps ����������❤�
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otherme80
Best song EVEEEEEEEEEE E R ! ! !
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I love this song
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I miss having Alvin & The Chipmunks on Toon Disney
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I miss Alvin & The Chipmunks meet The Wolf Man
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I miss Alvin & The Chipmunks meet Frankenstein
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Cool song by Alvin and The Chipmunks
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Go chippets
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You'll be kised on the merest friday
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#1#AWESOME like toats
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Epic
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Ccinamclan sisters.
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