YMMV / Alvin and the Chipmunks

For the whole franchise:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: This Flash animation portrays the Chipmunks as gangsta rappers who rant about how Dave treated them like garbage behind the scenes. The funny thing about this is that, minus the gangsta rapping, some people see Dave and the Chipmunks as a Dysfunctional Family long before it was even made.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Dave Seville is either a kind hearted man who loves his family but gives them tough love or an annoying father who treats them like garbage.
  • Broken Base: The Chipmunks' transition from human-sized furries to realistic actual-size chipmunks fits here too, despite the overrated box office results.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Many people consider cover songs better than the original songs. Most YouTube videos of them will have people stating that or how their cover of it made people like the original song in the comments.
  • Epileptic Tree: The Chipmunks and Chipettes grew to human size after coming in contact with the same chemical that mutated the Ninja Turtles (which makes sense, as both series' 80s incarnations were produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, although they only did this series for a few Eps).
  • Face of the Band: Sort of subverted. Alvin gets a lot of attention, is the lead vocal on 99.9% of the songs they have (for good reason, it's not undeserving), is the star of the show, and was #44 on TV Guide's list of top 50 best cartoon characters of all time. Yet Simon and Theodore are anything but forgotten or put in the background. Each of them have their special and memorable moments in the spotlight, and each have their own fanbases. Theodore's the only one who gets less focused on however, and Simon is second only to Alvin due to their dynamic as brothers. Alvin may be the most publicly recognized, but in-universe (shows, films) there hasn't been an implication of the sort.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Some fans call themselves "Chipaholics," though there really isn't (so far) an actual community nickname for the fandom.
  • Fanon: Dear lord, they go through so many phases:
    • Crack Pairing / Broken Base: There is a serious divide among the fandom with canon shippers and mixed shippers, it occasionally even grows to a point where the two groups of shippers practically go to war over why their respective shipping is better, and why the opposing shipping sucks.
      • Speaking of phases, the crack pairings go through many different phases among the fandom, which almost always ensures a string of fluff fanfics from different authors. Popular phases over the years have included pairing Alvin with Eleanor, Simon with Brittany, Dave with Vinny, and even Alvin with Simon, however, none of them have quite put the "crack" in "crack pairing" as much as Dave and Brittany, with even a few fanfics involving Dave impregnanting Brittany.
    • Self-Fanservice: This is also very evident in fandom, if one were to ever browse through Fan Fiction.Net or deviantART. This is especially true of The Chipettes, moreso than The Chipmunks (though, that's not to say the boys don't have their own fair share). In the case of fan art, many fans age up The Chipettes considerably, giving them an excuse to be drawn with boobs and Hartman Hips. Eleanor, in particular, is drawn much slimmer than she's usually depicted in the franchise, and also has a tendancy to be glammed up as well, especially when she's paired with Alvin in the fan work. Brittany also gets glammed a lot, though it's usually more because of how she's already quite a fashionista, and in the case of fanfics, Brittany Really Gets Around, with just about everybody (even her own sisters). Jeanette's fan art usually tends to be just a tad more tasteful, for the most part, but however, fanfiction is an entirely different story: either she's a depraved horndog dying to have one of the boys (mostly Simon) inside her (or even play with Brittany), or a constant rape victim. It also doesn't help that often in fanfiction, the girls' physical appearances and maturity are almost-always explained in very detailed descriptions.
    • Charlene was the first Chipette. She appeared in only one song before being replaced with Brittany and her sisters the following year. She has never officially appeared in anything besides her sole song, however fans noticed that an unnamed chipmunk girl in a red dress looked a lot like Charlene. Thus, she's considered Charlene and Charlene is never drawn in anything but a rather skimpy red dress. When she appears in fanworks she's usually a long-lost sister or cousin to the Chipettes.
  • Memetic Mutation: Chipmunking songs is very popular on the internet. Bonus points if it's a song full of curse words or sexual references.
  • Moe:
    • Eleanor might qualify. It helps that she's Theodore's counterpart.
    • Jeanette definitely qualifies. Take a look at the fandom, fans quite often put her on a pedestal.
  • Most Annoying Sound: AAAAAALVIIIIIIN!!!
  • Popular with Furries: Most versions of The Chipmunks and The Chipettes are popular with furries. Their 80s-early 2000s and movie designs are the most popular.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Each of them, but there are also some disputes...
    • Alvin and Brittany = Alvany and Alvittany are two common ones, though the former seems to be prefered by more fans over the latter.
    • Simon and Jeanette = Simonette. The common accepted spelling is Simonette, though the fan who is said to have coined the name said it's supposed to be spelled Simanette; this is still being disputed.
    • Theodore and Eleanor = Theonor
      • And of course, all of the various different mixed and Crack Pairings have them too:
      • Alvin and Jeanette = Alvinette
      • Alvin and Eleanor = Alvinor
      • Alvin and Simon = Alvon
      • Brittany and Simon = Brimon
      • Theodore and Jeanette = Theonette
  • Signature Song: "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)", though some fans also argue it to be "We're the Chipmunks" (the title song for the 80s and 2010 cartoon series).
  • Toy Ship: The Chipmunks and The Chipettes, who are all about 8-9 years old (though you wouldn't normally tell with the way they act).
  • Values Dissonance:
    • "ALLLVIIIIN!!!!" In the 60s, it was a harmless gag. In the new millennium, it sounds indicative of parental abuse. It's remained a staple of each installment regardless.
    • The break in "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" had Alvin playing around with a gun. Unthinkable if the song came out in The New '10s.
  • The Woobie:
    • Theodore qualifies a lot.
    • On The Chipette spectrum, sometimes Jeanette.

For The Alvin Show:

For Alvin and the Chipmunks/The Chipmunks:

  • Broken Base: This has increased among much of the Chipmunk fandom in recent years. A large majority of the fan base grew up with this particular series and love it, especially for nostalgia. On the other hand, some fans hate for one of either two reasons, because it focused less on the music (unlike The Alvin Show), or they're sick of Bagdasarian Productions releasing the same handful of episodes on DVD over and over again.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song, for some...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Both Vinny and Uncle Harry seem to get quite a bit of attention from the fandom; the latter seems to stem from the similarities between Harry and "Uncle" Ian from the live-action/CGI films.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In "Thinking Cap Trap", the Chipmunks and Dave appear on a game show. When asked to identify the Bronx Bombers, one of their opponents said they were a New York terrorist group instead of the New York Yankees. This lost its hilarity for obvious reasons after 9/11.
  • Growing the Beard: Many credit the 80s series as the height of the franchise, largely for introducing the Chipettes, developing the contemporary designs of the Chipmunks as well as Simon and Theodore's individual personalities. Their stilted speech was also gradually fazed out during the run of the 80s series, making them much better at delivering gags.
  • Seasonal Rot: During the DiC era of the series, the stories, as well as the overall production, slowly, yet steadily, grew weaker and weaker, compared to the quality of the earlier, Ruby-Spears era.

For The Chipmunk Adventure:

For AATC Meet Frankenstein:

For AATC Meet the Wolfman:

For Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks:

The Live Action/CGI movies:

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Digger the Gopher (as voiced by Eric Bauza) cameo in the second movie. There's no build-up to him he just appears as a Deus Ex Machina during the climax. Most people don't even know who he is (he's a mascot for NASCAR Racing).
  • Critical Research Failure: Alvin doesn't know the difference between a honey badger and a meerkat in Chipwrecked. Strange, since he and Simon watched Meerkat Manor in a few scenes in The Squeakquel.
  • Critical Dissonance:
    • Seriously, people had nicer things to say about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. For the first movie, it didn't do very well with the critics in the first place, but at least some of them liked it. The reaction was the same for the sequel.
    • By the time the third one came out, it became almost unanimous that the series had outstayed its welcome, and this hit a tipping point in 2015. To clarify, the third movie did horribly with critics, but was among the highest-grossing films at the time. The critics were quick to make insinuations on what kind of person would actually like such a movie, as reflected in the Rotten Tomatoes consensus:
    "Lazy, rote and grating, Chipwrecked is lowest-common-denominator family entertainment that is strictly for the very, very, very young at heart."
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "Chipwrecked" becomes this after the Costa Concordia disaster.
  • Memetic Mutation: Dismissively calling sequels "The Squeakquel".
  • Narm Charm: Surprisingly, "The Road Chip" manages to pull this off. Andre the Black Nerd perfectly describes it in this video
  • Never Live It Down: The scene where Simon eats Theodore's droppings is unfortunately one of the first film's better remembered moments.
  • Sequelitis:
    • Chipwrecked, which received mostly negative reviews and even David Cross went on the record of saying that just the making of the movie was the most unpleasant experience he'd ever had.
    • The fourth movie fell into Sequelitis since when Fox found themselves without the Star Wars franchise after 35 years and attempted to compete with the now-rival series by releasing the fourth movie the same day The Force Awakens came out, and Road Chip was blasted by critics.
  • Signature Scene: The "Uptown Munk" is this for the fourth film.
  • Squick:
    • Simon eating Theodore's poop. At least he didn't swallow it. Double squick.
    • Alvin flirts with some human girls. High school girls. Think about it, then take a long shower.
      • Not only that, but the human girls actually reciprocate his advances.
    • The Chipettes having more feminine bodies in the movies. Their first appearance has them naked. The dance scene that follows is kinda creepy.
    • The Chipmunks attempting to cover up what's happened to Dave's aunt by stating that she's taken up pole-dancing. This is made even worse by how it's in a movie for kids.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Some fans who grew up on the 80's cartoon did not gravitate towards the eponymous Chipmunks looking more chipmunk than humanoid, and fans in general were not amused by the poop-eating gag shown in the trailer. Much to the latter's relief, the movie only really had two instances of Toilet Humor.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: The second movie saw the Chipmunks attending high school (and behaving as such), singing mostly modern pop tunes, and spouting lines from such films as The Silence of the Lambs.
  • What an Idiot!: Had Ian played his cards right and learned from the mistakes he made in the first movie, not only would the Chipettes have remained on his side, but he would have most likely won out in the end.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Some felt this way about Justin Long getting cast as the voice of Alvin, since the inevitable voice modulation would make his voice unrecognizable.
    • Just Justin? What about all the chipmunks?
    • Doubles as Executive Meddling, as Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman were originally going to voice the Chipmunks (just like in the cartoons) but the studio insisted celebrity actors do the rolls. At least the original duo provide the singing voices. In fact, only Simon has a new singing voice compared to the cartoons.