When you hear the term “chipmunk,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For many, it’s Alvin and his cousins Simon and Theodore. And for a good reason! These three chipmunks have starred in several hit films over the last several decades. In fact, in 2015, their film franchise celebrated its 80th anniversary!
The surprise success of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise resulted from both luck and careful planning. In 1958, Ross Bagdasarian (Alvin), a struggling songwriter, bought an inexpensive four-track tape recorder. This purchase led to his invention and eventual release of the Chipmunk Song in 1958.
However, it wasn’t until twenty years later that Bagdasarian’s unique vocalizations would become part of a successful series of novels and films about three singing chipmunks who live with their adoptive parent Dave Seville (an aspiring musician).
Alvin And The Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks was a popular “cartoon” series from 1958 to 1990 on NBC and later ABC. The animated series ran for nine seasons with over 200 episodes. But what about the music? Well, if you were alive during this time, then you know just how catchy these songs were! And who can forget their theme song?
5 Fun Facts about Alvin and The Chipmunks
1. Alvin and the Chipmunks were created in 1958, but they didn’t appear in a movie until 1983.
2. The first installment of the franchise was called “The Chipmunk Adventure.”
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks have a combined age of 857 years old!
4. The first movie, “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” was released in 2007 and grossed $443 million in theaters.
5. The Beatles were big fans.
The 80s was a decade defined by rebellion. The youth of the world had begun to question the status quo and reject the traditions of their parents, causing society to take notice. But, unfortunately, in this time of upheaval, people weren’t always receptive to messages of peace and love. Enter Alvin and the Chipmunks.
When music was all about sex-appeal and high-energy dance routines, Alvin and the Chipmunks offered something different. Their songs were catchy but lighthearted, featuring silly lyrics that appealed to kids. They also had an endearing charm that made them hard not to like!
The Chipmunks are only three characters, so it was easy for children to identify with them. In addition, it was very entertaining to see them interact with each other and sing together in a band.
Alvin and the Chipmunks were popular because they appealed to multiple generations. People who watched the original movies as kids watched their favorite characters come back as adults. As we all know, it has been over a decade since the last Chipmunk movie was released, and we are hopeful there is still more to come.
5 Things People Loved About Alvin And The Chipmunks
1. The show had great music.
2. The characters were likable, especially the Chipettes (Brittany, Jeanette, Eleanor).
3. The plot was engaging and interesting.
4. The show was funny.
5. The reboot of this beloved ’90s cartoon was a massive hit with audiences!
It may seem as if the Chipmunks are no longer relevant to today’s kids, but they still have a huge fanbase.
People of all ages loved the 80s cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks. The show had catchy songs, relatable characters, and a fun storyline. Alvin and the Chipmunks will always have a special place in the heart of all of us who grew up watching them in the 1980s.