History WesternAnimation / AlvinAndThechipmunks

23rd Jan '17 11:42:29 AM harotype
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** In a Valentine's-themed episode, Alvin starts listening to motivational tapes at night to get his courage up to ask Brittany to a dance. He ends up courting her in his sleep as the dashing Captain Romance. When he finally realizes what is going on, he [[DerailingLoveInterests portrays "Captain Romance" as an insensitive jerk]] and finally gets the girl as his real self (though she's not too happy when he tells her the truth).

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** In a Valentine's-themed episode, Alvin starts listening to motivational tapes at night to get his courage up to ask Brittany to a dance. He ends up courting her in his sleep as the dashing Captain Romance. Chipmunk. When he finally realizes what is going on, he [[DerailingLoveInterests portrays "Captain Romance" Chipmunk" as an insensitive jerk]] and finally gets the girl as his real self (though she's not too happy when he tells her the truth).
19th Jan '17 10:23:55 AM harotype
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In the last couple of years however, a [[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks live-action adaptation]] with computer-generated (and realistically sized) chipmunks and Creator/JasonLee as the new David Seville, has revived the characters somewhat. So much so, in fact, that it has spawned two sequels, at least one of which averts {{Sequelitis}}.

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In the last couple of years however, a [[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks live-action adaptation]] with computer-generated (and realistically sized) chipmunks and Creator/JasonLee as the new David Seville, has revived the characters somewhat. So much so, in fact, that it has spawned two three sequels, at least one of which averts {{Sequelitis}}.
4th Dec '16 3:38:26 AM rafi
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* PlayingATree: In one episode the boys are participating in a school play. Theodore plays a rock, Alvin plays an angel and everyone else plays a shepherd.
3rd Dec '16 8:39:21 AM rafi
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* EvolvingCredits / EvolvingMusic: The show introduced a [[AutobotsRockOut harder rocking]] version of the theme in season 6. On NBC, the episodes produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson (MWS) used this version with a montage of clips from TheMovie, while syndication prints of these episodes dubbed it over the original opening. The [[DiCEntertainment DiC]]-produced episodes played this theme over a newly animated sequence (with the Chipmunks coming out of a limo and getting their makeup done), though at least one of these episodes used the movie montage.


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* FiveStagesOfGrief: The infamous {{Tearjerker}} episode "Cookie Chomper III" has all three chipmunks going through various stages after their newly adopted kitten is killed by a car. Theodore goes through denial, actively searching for their kitten and thinking that a different one was killed. Alvin goes through anger, [[ItMakesSenseInContext putting all the houseplants outside because they'll eventually die too]]. Simon goes through depression, just sad over the kitten's death.
* FlippantForgiveness: In the episode "Funny, We Shrunk the Adults", Simon accuses Alvin of shrinking his lab coat. When it turns out that the coat belongs to one of Theodore's dolls, Simon snobbishly "accepts" Alvin's "apology", instead of apologizing for falsely accusing his brother.


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* GilliganCut: In the episode "Carsick" Dave and the Chipmunks are coming home from a long car ride. Simon and Theodore are starting to feel ill, but Alvin arrogantly says, "I never get sick!" Then it cuts to show Alvin in bed with a thermometer in his mouth.


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* HandcarPursuit: The show has a bit of deconstruction thrown in. Of course the handcar has to flee from a train sooner or later, but in the end everything, train, handcar, railway, keels over as it was just cardboard backdrop.


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* IBrokeANail: The modern "you broke my nail -- shit just got ''real''" version happens in an episode. A gang of bullies dominating the local roller rink has challenged the Seville rodents to a roller-derby race for rink use rights. Brittany scoffs at the immaturity the boys are all showing... until guess what one of the bullies accidentally does.


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* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: The episode "Nightmare on Seville Street" where Alvin, Simon, and Theodore see a scary movie and are all scared out of their wits, which causes them to think that a creature called Hideous Harold is chasing them. Was Dave blocked out of home.


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* LostFoodGrievance: An episode has the trio visiting Dave's parents, who live on a farm, and ends up saving their farm. The cartoon concludes with everyone having breakfast and a chicken eating Theodore's breakfast. The chicken eating up all of Theodore's food leads to an EverybodyLaughsEnding...for everyone except poor Theodore.
3rd Dec '16 7:58:43 AM rafi
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* AttractiveBentGender: An episode did a Franchise/SherlockHolmes spoof where Simon played Sherlock, Theodore played Dr. Watson and Alvin played Moriarty. In one scene Holmes disguises himself as a Cockney barwench and was able to fool Watson enough that he came on to him.


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* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The opening credits for "Chipmunks go to the Movies" contains footage from different episodes, each parodying a different movie, but also a brief clip parodying ''Franchise/StarWars'', starring Alvin as Luke Skywalker], Simon and Theodore as C-3PO and R2-D2 respectively, and David Seville as Darth Vader. Unfortunately, the ''Star Wars'' parody was ''never'' made into an actual episode of that series.
** The opening also shows Eleanor swimming away from a shark and being saved by Jeanette in a ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' parody that was never made either.
* BalletEpisode: One episode has a boy who's a ballet dancer stay with the Chipmunks. The story ends with the boy and Alvin (the latter wearing a pink tutu) performing a spectacular pas de deux.


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* BedsheetGhost: One episode has the chipmunks do this to a person claiming to be their uncle but was really using them to make money and pay off a debt.


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* BrokenAce: An episode has a boy who is good at ''everything'', which pushes all of Alvin's competitive buttons. But the episode also shows that the case full of trophies and his [[spoiler:''working spaceship'' built as a]] science project don't keep his parents from leaving him with the butler and travelling around the world, sometimes remembering to drop him a postcard, maybe. The boy deeply envies Alvin and his brothers for their loving father. [[spoiler: Admitting this and his loneliness allowed him and Alvin to become friends]].
3rd Dec '16 6:33:20 AM rafi
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* FanservicePack: Brittany in some parody episodes where the main characters have alternate identities. When she play the role of the FemmeFatale or TheVamp, her body is more mature and curvy than normal.


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* WholePlotReference: ''The Chipmunks Go to the Movies'', the last season, consisted only of these, the targets being relatively recent movies such as ''Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', and whatnot.
13th Oct '16 8:23:51 AM rafi
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Actually, it's more like ''Later'' Installment Weirdess. Since the [=DiC=] episodes (including ''The Chipmunks Go to the Movies'') were not seen in reruns for a long period of time, and have had limited episodes released on DVD, it can be a rather disorienting experience for those who are most accustomed to the Ruby-Spears, and the Murakumi-Wolf-Swenson episodes. Also considering the storylines by the [=DiC=] era were becoming far more over-the-top cartoony and less believable ("Dear Diary" is a good example). ''The Chipmunks Go to the Movies'' especially are just ''Plain Weird'' Installment Weirdness.
13th Oct '16 8:21:25 AM rafi
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* SecretDiary: The Chipettes in the episode "Dear Diary" learn from their Nanny what a diary is, and each start keeping their own. Wanting to know who is asking who to the dance, the girls start secretly reading each other's diaries and tensions rise when they find unflattering comments written about each other. As revenge, each girl tries to one-up the other by asking their date to the dance, but find the wrong person. Realizing they were all at fault for violating each otherís privacy and jumping to conclusions, they make up and decide to spend the night together.
24th Sep '16 9:11:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* EvilOrphanageLady: The Chipettes' backstory details their lives as young babies living in an Australian orphanage as the pets of a human girl named Olivia; the headmistress of the orphanage, [[ThemeNaming Miss Grudge]] discovers they can sing, so she kidnaps them before Olivia is adopted, holds them hostage, and plans to exploit their singing talents for her own benefit. Luckily, they manage to escape.
7th Aug '16 1:02:51 AM rafi
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* BeautifulAllAlong: Jeanette -- SheCleansUpNicely. Confirmed and done in the episode "My Fair Chipette", to the point that even Brittany was threatened.

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* BeautifulAllAlong: Jeanette -- SheCleansUpNicely.BeautifulAllAlong / SheCleansUpNicely: Jeanette. Confirmed and done in the episode "My Fair Chipette", to the point that even Brittany was threatened.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Averted with Theodore, who (surprisingly to some) is a big fan of soap operas and crime dramas.
* BeYourself: The Aesop for aforementioned episode "My Fair Chipette".

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Averted with Theodore, who (surprisingly to some) is a big fan of soap operas and crime dramas.
* BeYourself: The Aesop for aforementioned episode "My Fair Chipette".Chipette" where Alvin tries to make nerdy Jeanette into a beauty queen to compete against Brittany in a pageant.



* BruceWayneHeldHostage: In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' parody episode.

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* BruceWayneHeldHostage: In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' parody episode. The Jokester (Alvin) kidnaps Brice Wayne (Simon) and Nicki Nale (Brittany) and threatens to kill them unless Batmunk brings him the toy he's been trying to steal. Fortunately, loyal butler Happy (Theodore) takes on the role himself for this.



* {{Fanboy}}: Theodore, who (surprisingly to some) is a big fan of soap operas and crime dramas.



* FieryRedhead: Brittany Miller qualifies.



* PomPomGirl:
** The Chipettes in the episode "The Gang's All Here" where thay come as cheerleaders initially to help The Chipmunk in their battle against a gang called the Steam Rollers. However, when the boys need help, they are quick to enter the ring.
** The episode "Quarterback in Curlers" has Alvin take this role when Brittany, the head cheerleader in the school, join in the football team and quits cheerleading. They don't fit well in their new positions as Alvin makes selfish cheers and Brittany uses overly complicated plays.



* SwappedRole: An episode has Alvin and Dave swapped roles, allowing Alvin to understand how hard parenting is.

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** "Quarterback in Curlers" has Brittany join in the football team and quits cheerleading showing to be better than Alvin. So, Alvin joins her former cheerleading squad to prove he can be better than her. They don't fit well in their new positions as Alvin makes selfish cheers and Brittany uses overly complicated plays. In order to end the conflict, their siblings fool them by making both think they want each other's help and they get good advices that lead the team to victory.
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