The Chipmunks were named after the top executives of Liberty Records, their original label: Al Bennettnote the company president and record executive, Si Waronkernote the company vice-president and record producer and Ted Keepnote the co-founder and recording engineer.
The original issue of the album depicted three realistic looking chipmunks on the cover with Alvin making a pose like the then-recently deceased Al Jolson. Then when the album was reissued two years later, a new cover was substituted with The Alvin Show animation cel setup reenacting the poses the original chipmunks made but now Alvin is shown making a pose like Elvis Presley.
Dave: (irately singing) A-yippie-ti-yi-yo, COME HERE, little Chipmunks! Better CLEAN UP THIS MESS before I count to three. Put the saw horses back now, GET A MOVE, little Chipmunks! Or you'll think ya met up with Simon Legreeeeeeeeeeeee-ee-eeeeeeeee-ee-eeeeee-ee-eeeeee-ee-eeeeeee-eee!
The Chipmunks also cover "While Strolling in the Park One Day" (Ed Haley) and "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" (Harry Dacre).
From Christmas with The Chipmunks, The Chipmunks cover "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)" (Gene Autry & Oakley Haldeman), "Up on the House Top" (Benjamin Hanby), "Silver Bells" (Jay Livingston & Ray Evans), "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Johnny Marks), "Jingle Bells" (James Lord Pierpont), "Over the River and Through the Woods" (Lydia Maria Child), "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie), "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" (Meredith Willson), "Frosty the Snowman" (Walter "Jack" Rollins & Steve Nelson) and "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin).
From Christmas with The Chipmunks: Vol. 2, The Chipmunks sing "Jingle Bell Rock" (Joe Beal & Jim Boothe), "Hang Up Your Stockin'" (Jack Mann), "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane), "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" (Wilf Carter), "All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)" (Donald Yetter Gardner) and "The Night Before Christmas" (Clement Clarke Moore).
The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits tribute album not only have Dave, Alvin, Simon and Theodore wearing Beatle wigs but cover said band's hits.
The Chipmunks Sing With Children:
According to the notes by Rostom "Ross" Bagdasarian, the chorus was the Jimmy Joyce Children's Chorus, all arrangements made by Pete King.
Not only does the album title spoofs 1980 movie Urban Cowboy, but the cover spoofs the movie's cover as well.
The Chipmunks cover "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" (John Denver), "The Gambler", "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" (Robert Emmons & Chips Moman), "I Love a Rainy Night" (Eddie Rabbitt), "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboy Chipmunks" (Bruce Brothers), "Coward of the County" (Edgar Bowling & Bobby Wheeler) and "On the Road Again".
The album features Jerry ReedSONG(S) "Lunchbox", Larry ButlerSONG(S) "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" and Brenda Lee SONG(S) "Made For Each Other" .
The CD bonus track has The Chipmunks covering "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" (The Charlie Daniels Band)" and "Boot Scootin' Boogie".
The abum cover spoofs Deep Purple's fourth studio album In Rock.
Several places are mentioned in "Weekend in France, Italy, England, Amsterdam, Greece...":
[...] Dave: (speaking) We're not in Holland, Alvin. [...] Chipmunks: (singing) And the chime of Big Ben Where the guards stand So straight at the palace [...] Dave: (speaking) We're not in England. [...] Chipmunks: (singing) And the leaning tower Even though it is bent. Dave: (speaking) Not Italy. Chipmunks: (singing) There is nothing as great as Spain [...] Or dancing at Oktoberfest [...] My heart soars in Amsterdam [...] And skiing in San Moritz [...] We crawled over The Great Wall of China And woke up in Budapest. [...] There is nothing as great as Nome Dave: (speaking) Alaska? Chipmunks: (singing) Or sailing down the blue Danube [...] The royalty of Monaco [...] Dave: (speaking) Okay that's it you guys, hold it right there. There's no dancing snakes or kangaroos or lions approaching, we're in Greece! Home of the Parthenon, the Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower! Alvin: (speaking) Dave, the Eiffel Tower is in France. Dave: (speaking) I knew that! You guys have got me all mixed up! London, Switzerland, wherearewe?
The Chipmunks and The Chipettes: Born to Rock:
Both groups cover "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (Kim Wilde, originally The Supremes).
The Chipmunks cover "Faith" (George Michael), "Always on My Mind," "Bad," "La Bamba" (Los Lobos, originally Ritchie Valens), "Mony Mony" (Billy Idol, originally Tommy James & The Shondells) and "Do You Love Me" (The Contours).
Features Billy Ray CyrusSONG(S) "Achy Breaky Heart", Tammy WynetteSONG(S) "Stand by Your Man", Alan JacksonSONG(S) "Don't Rock the Jukebox", Charlie DanielsSONG(S) "Brothers and Old Boots", Waylon JenningsSONG(S) "Outlaws" and Aaron TippinSONG(S) "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio".
The Chipmunks do "I Feel Lucky" (Mary Chapin Carpenter) and "Down at the Twist and Shout" (Mary Chapin Carpenter).
Canned Heat is featured singing "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late" on the Chipmunks' Greatest Christmas Hits' only bonus track).
Featured are Kenny GSONG(S) "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" & "The Chipmunk Song Reprise", Patty LovelessSONG(S) "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (Johnny Marks), The Boys Choir of HarlemSONG(S) "Christmas Time Uptown" (Paul Espel, Karmyn Lott & Malcom Dodds), Gene AutrySONG(S) "Western Animation/Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Johnny Marks), Céline DionSONG(S) "Petit Papa Noël" (Tino Rossi)[[/lablenote]], The UCLA Chamber Singers[[labelnote:SONG(S)]]"The Little Drummer Boy" and Alan JacksonSONG(S) "Santa's Gonna Come in a Pickup Truck".
James Ingram sings "I Don't Want to Be Alone for Christmas (Unless I'm Alone with You)" where none of the Chipmunks participate.
In "'A' Comes Before 'B'", Alvin mentions several characters while signing.
"Macarena" (Los del Río), "Vogue," "Stayin' Alive," "Play That Funky Music" (Wild Cherry), "I'm Too Sexy" (Right said Fred), "Turn the Beat Around" (Vicki Sue Robinson & Gloria Estefan), "Shout" and "Love Shack" are sung in Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes.
The A-Files: Alien Songs:
This 1998 music album title is, of course, inspired by The X-Files.
The Chipmunks cover "Bad Day" (Daniel Powter), "Funkytown" (Lipps Inc.)" and "Only You (And You Alone)" (The Platters).
Featured are Jason GleedSONG(S) "Follow Me Now", Chris ClassicSONG(S) "Witch Doctor" & "Ain't No Party", Rebecca JonesSONG(S) "Come Get It" & "Ain't No Party", DeeTownSONG(S) "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) Rock Mix" and Al DSONG(S) "Get Munk'd".
The Chipettes cover "Whip My Hair" (Willow Smith), "S.O.S." and "Survivor". The three even do an amalgamation of "We No Speak Americano" (Yolanda Be Cool) and "Conga" (Miami Sound Machine)" featuring Barnetta DaFonseca.
BASKOSONG(S) "Vacation", ClassicSONG(S) "We Have Arrived" and NomadikSONG(S) "Say Hey" (Michael Franti & Spearhead) & "Real Wild Child" (:Johnny O'Keefe)" are featured.
When Alvin's looking through his obnoxious neighbor's house while standing on top Theodore's head who's standing on Simon's head who's standing on Dave's in "Good Neighbor," one of the pictures hanging on the neighbor's wall is a parody drawing Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Artist's Mother by James Abbot McNeil Whistler, which coincidentally has a plaque under the picture calling it "Whistler's Mother." There's also a picture of Mother Goose hanging on the wall.
After showing Dave and boys a very long list of names supposedly pledged to encourage radio stations to stop playing Chipmunk music in "Squares" in favor of Classical Music:
When leaving the Seville residence, Ms. Frumpington sings an excerpt from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony before stopping when she hears the sound of dripping water.
The plot of "Alvin's Alter Ego" has Alvin seeing the results of him working alone and not with his brothers via his devil self and angel self just how George Bailey saw what it would be like if he never was born.
Clyde appears on a parody of This is Your Life in "This is Your Life, Clyde Crashcup!"
In "Sam Valiant Real Estate," Sam Valiant points to an old tree with a rope tied to a branch:
Sam Valiant: And here's the favorite of all children, 'The Tarzan Tree!' You there, the talkity one! (Goes over to Theodore and pushes him to said tree) C'mon, don't be bashful! Swing like Tarzan! Ya know, "AaAaAaAaAah!"
The newspaper first reporting about the stolen necklace seen in "Eagle in Love" is Daily Bugle.
The dragon Alvin imagines in "Sir Alvin" resembles Cecil.
Dave's second cousin twice removed on his father's side Chuck Wagon from "Hillbilly Son" wears an equivalent Davy Crockett hat.
The musical interlude of "Yankee Doodle" plays on the recorder when Alvin tries helping Stanley the Eagle make music with a pair of cymbals during "Eagle Music."
How Alvin tricks obnoxious social director Roger Marshall into getting into the lifeboat and sending him into the sea from "Alvin's Curse" is like how Gretel tricked the witch by getting her to climb inside the oven.
Dave and the Chipmunks visit Venice during the "Oh, Gondaliero!" musical segment as well as Paris in "I Wish I Could Speak French."
One of the masks Dave has hanging on his wall in "Witch Doctor" are the tragedy/comedy Greek theatre masks. Among the masks in Dave's collection, he also has a Yaqui Indian mask, a Peruvian mask, an Inroquois Indian mask and a mask from Tibet.
Dave exclaiming "I made that record once!" in regards to the Chipmunks wanting to sing the song is in regards to Ross Bagdasarian doesn't consider "Witch Doctor" not being a Chipmunks song, the first true song by the Chipmunk Trio being "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)."
"The Chipmunks go to the Movies" = title of the last season shares the same name as 1969 album by Dave Seville and The Chipmunks, which is also the final studio album made by Rostom "Ross" Bagdasarian (Sr.) three years before his death, followed by an eleven year gap until the release of the next Chipmunk album Chipmunk Punk by Ross Bagdasarian (Jr.).
"Cinderella? Cinderella!" casts Brittany as Cinderella, Miss Miller as the wicked stepmother, Jeanette and Eleanor as the wicked stepsisters, Simon as the fairy godmunk, Theodore as the palace messenger, godmunk's assistant, and himself, Alvin as the Prince, and Dave as the King.
"Chipmunk Vice" features Dave as a bartender at the Lavender Orchid and Alvin as a detective.
"Dreamlighting" features Brittany and Alvin as Bratty Hayes and David Alvinson, Jeanette as Ms. Dapest, Simon as Simon le Simon, Eleanor as Ms. Snoop, and Theodore as the Nose.
"Elementary, My Dear Simon":
The cast features Simon as Sherlock Holmes, Theodore as Dr. Watson, Alvin as Professor Moriarty, and Dave as Inspector Seville.
Alvin plays Christopher Columbus, a pilgrim and General George Armstrong Custer; Simon plays Queen Isabella's High Councilor, a pilgrim, and Chief Sitting Bull; Brittany plays Queen Isabella and a pilgrim; Jeanette plays a pilgrim and Betty Ross; and Eleanor plays a pilgrim.
"Alvinin Netherland" casts Alvin as Peter Pan, Brittany as Wendy Darling, Simon as John Darling, Theodore as Mr. Smee, Dave as Mr. Darling and Captain Hook, Jeanette as Tinker Bell, and Eleanor as Princess Tiger Lily.
"Bigger!" features the three Chipmunks as "Alvin, Simon, and Theodore Smith", with Dave as "David Smith", while the three Chipettes play the three members of the Babes, Barbie, Annabelle, and Samantha.
"Robomunk" features Alvin as Officer Malone/Robomunk, Simon as Dr. Simonize (likely a takeoff on the name of auto-care manufacturer Simoniz), Brittany as Officer Violet Bronson, Eleanor as The Mayor, and Theodore as Mr. Pinkie.
"Chip Tracy" features Alvin in the title role of Chip Tracy, Jeanette as Bess Blueheart, Theodore as Kiddo, Brittany as Breathmint Baloney/The Glove, Dave as Police Chief Bland, Eleanor as the doorwoman at Grumble's club, and Simon as Professor Laboratory.
"Sploosh" includes Jeanette as Princess Montana, Simon as Trusty, Alvin as Dr. Buford Bubbles, Brittany as Miss Dalia, Eleanor as Montana's Maid, and Theodore as Montana's servant, Godfrey.
Fictional "The Johnny Letterman Show" host JohnnyLetterman from "Teevee or Not Teevee" is an amalgam of Johnny Carson and David Letterman.
The psychologist Alvin sees in "Alvin in Analysis" is Dr. Wiesenhiemer, a parody of sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
In the first stanza of the opening theme song "It's been a while but we're back with style" may refer to the fact there was a decade hiatus of Chipmunk songs since Bagdasarian's untimely death and his son taking the mantle of Dave Seville in 1981. The lyric "coming on stronger than ever before" may refer to their first cartoon show.
Alvin gets a job to buy himself a Trans–Go–Go Bot toy in "Alvin's Summer Job".
Dave's TV message to Alvin in "Grounded Chipmunks" makes a reference to Mission: Impossible by saying "Your mission, should you choose to accept it..." and "This tape will self-destruct in five seconds."
At one point, Alvin houses an alien that not only looks like E.T. but sounds like Kermit the Frog.
Episode plot of "The Gang's All Here" has the Chipmunks as well as the Chipettes rallying up a gang and failing to face against a gang called the Steam Rollers like in gang film Switchblade Sisters, where replacement leader Maggie and a couple of the Dagger Debs (Donut and Bunny) recruits Muff (played by Marlene Clark) and her gang of African-American militants from across town to take on newly arrived gang led by Crabs. Janice Karman, who voices both Theodore and all three Chipettes, played Bunny. Also, how the Chipmunks faced the Steam Rollers at the roller rink with the Chipettes given them support as cheerleaders, is similar to a scene where the Dagger Debs and their male counterparts, Silver Daggers, have a showdown against Crabs' men in a roller rink. Only difference being when Theodore and his brothers need help against the Steam Rollers, do the Chipettes assist them and the Steam Rollers. Both Dagger Debs and Silver Daggers loose when the roller rink scene in Switchblade Sisters proves disastrous when Crabs' men show up armed with rifles and killing the boyfriend of the Dagger Deb's leader, who's brutally assaulted thus causing her to miscarry.
Both Chipmunks and Chipettes attend Thomas Edison Elementary School.
In one attempt to get Dave to remember himself in "Too Hip to be Dave," Alvin plays "Witch Doctor", "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't be Late)" and "We're the Chipmunks" on the piano.
When the Chipmunks' faces are distorted by fear and g-forces in the runaway roller coaster, they are for a brief moment turn to how they appeared in The Alvin Show, then to "realistic" looking chipmunks as on their first album covers before returning to their normal selves.
One of the lines in the song "If A Monster Came Into Our Room" has this lyric:
When the Chipmunks deliberately ruin the concert after realizing they've been tricked by Ian, Alvin shouts "Yippee ki yay, mamacita!" alluding to his voice actor Justin Long appearing in Live Free or Die Hard as Matthew 'Matt' Farrell.
Covers for The A-Files: Alien Songs, Sing Again with The Chipmunks, The Chipmunks Rock the House , The Chipmunk Adventure soundtrack, Christmas with The Chipmunks, Christmas with the Chipmunks: Vol. 2 (album), The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) (single), Chipmunk Rock, Alvin's Harmonica (single), Let's All Sing with The Chipmunks, David Seville and the Chipmunks sing Ragtime Cowboy Joe (single), The Alvin Show soundtrack, Sing Again with the Chipmunks, The Chipmunks and The Chipettes: Born to Rock, David Seville and The Chipmunks presents Alvin's Orchestra (single), Rockin' Through the Decades soundtrack, Chipmunk Punk, Alvin for President by David Seville and The Chipmunks (single), and Chipmunks in Low Places are seen at the end of the credits.
In The Stinger, Ian Hawke tries to get three squirrels to sing, a nod to scat singing virtual band formed in imitation of the Chipmunks known as The Nutty Squirrels that had a Top 40 hit in late 1959 with the song "Uh-Oh."
Upon the Chipettes entering Ian's 'penthouse', Eleanor mentions that it's the best tree house ever, referring to the tree house they lived in during the 80s/90s cartoon show before they moved in with Miss Miller.
Ryan: (he and team are huddled in a circle) All right boys, time to bring out the Big A. Alvin: (Jumps onto Ryan's shoulder) I'm gonna crush them! I'm bringing the pain! The Alvinator is in the house! Xander: A chipmunk? Ryan: Coach said we need to go with a secret weapon. Time to make history boys. Alvin: (to opposing team member, after everybody gets into position) I'm gonna crack you like an acorn and eat you for dinner! With some fava beans and a nice chianti!
When the Chipettes are singing to Ian on the rooftop, a poster advertising 24 can be seen in the background.
She even has individual names for each ball. Rawling, the baseball, is named for baseball equipment maker Rawlings. Spalding, the basketball, shares its name with an American sporting goods manufacturer. Callaway, the golf ball, is named for the Callaway Golf Company. And Nerf, the football, is named for the toy brand best known for foam-based weaponry and similar toys.
When Eleanor grabs a hold of the mango that she, her sisters and the Chipmunks are fighting over: