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Trivia: Alvin and the Chipmunks

General

  • Talking to Himself
    • Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and David Seville are all voiced by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in "The Chipmunk Song".
    • Since the '80s, Alvin, Simon, and Dave have been voiced by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., while Theodore and all three Chipettes are voiced by his wife, Janice Karman.
    • Later still, when the series switched to DiC for animation, almost all of the additional one-shot characters were voiced by their associate producer Thom Watkins, with Ross occasionally stepping in for other additional male characters, while Janice voiced most additional female characters.
    • Averted in the Live-Action Adaptation, where each chipmunk is voiced by a different actor.
    • On the second-draft Concept Album Chipmunk Punk, each chipmunk is sung by a different singer as well: Ross Bagdasarian Jr. was Alvin, Steve Vining was Simon and Dave Adams of Glass Moon was Theodore.
  • The Wiki Rule: Munkapedia

For The Alvin Show:

For A Chipmunk Christmas:

For Alvin and the Chipmunks/The Chipmunks:

For The Chipmunk Adventure:

  • Cross Dressing Voice
    • Janice Karman as Theodore.
    • Nancy Cartwright as the Arabian Prince.
    • Frank Welker as Sophie, the Yorkshire Terrier puppy.
    • In the Italian dub, Alvin.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!
  • In the Italian dub:

  • Talking to Himself
    • Alvin, Simon and Dave.
    • Brittany, Jeanette, Eleanor and Theodore.
  • What Could Have Been
    • Production of the movie became too time consuming, and with the deadline for the completed project fast approaching, several scenes in the original script had to be re-written to make them simpler for the animators to animate (including the sacrificing scene), or cut from the script completely, thus resulting in a much shorter movie with fewer locations The Chipmunks and Chipettes actually visit.
    • Early concept art also reveals that the producers originally intended to have a scene where the boys drop off a doll in a church confessional and that the sacrifice scene was originally set on top of a Mayan pyramid instead of a crocodile pit. Another sketch shows the boys in some sort of sewer or prison with two men prying open bars at an opening at the top.

For Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein:

For Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman:

For Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks:

For the 2007 Live-Action/CGI film:

  • Executive Meddling: Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman were set to voice the characters for the first film, (they had already done some of the voices in the trailers), and Ross was even going to play Dave, however, Twentieth Century Fox rejected this, and insisted that younger people do the voices and a younger actor for the role of Dave... though, there is speculation that Fox made this move because they wanted more marketable names attached to the movie.
  • Franchise Killer: Inverted. It managed to increase Chipmunk popularity and spawned two sequels without sequelitis, fortunately).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!
  • Hey, It's That Voice!
  • For the Japan dub:
  • For the Brazilian dub:
  • For the European French dub:
  • For the Danish dub:
  • For the Canadian-French dub:
  • Money, Dear Boy: David Cross makes it especially clear that he's in the movies for the money, noting that being in the first paid for a new house (he seems to have had enough with Chipwrecked though, which he called "literally, without question, the most unpleasant experience I've ever had in my professional life").
  • The Other Darrin
    • Initially, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and Janice Karman portrayed Alvin, Simon and Theodore in the film, but were replaced at the studio's insistence with younger actors Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney respectively.
    • It's not the first time Steve Vining provided the singing voice for Simon.
  • The Other Marty: Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman recorded all the lines for Alvin, Simon and Theodore.
  • What Could Have Been
  • Word of God
    • According to Ross Bagdasarian Jr. (and Zachary Levi) the piano seen in the movie is the actual piano Ross Bagdasarian Sr. used to write and perform “The Chipmunk Song” as well as “The Witch Doctor” that launched the Chipmunks franchise.
    • Dave's house number is 1958, the year Ross Bagdasarian created the Chipmunks and released "Witch Doctor" and the "Chipmunk Song."

For the 2009 Live-Action/CGI film with Jason Lee:

For the 2011 Live-Action/CGI film:


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