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From left to right: Simon, Theodore, Alvin, Jeanette, Eleanor, and Brittany.

ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks is an Alvin and the Chipmunks television series that was announced by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman in the spring of 2010. The series' first premiere was March 30, 2015 on M6 in France with the US premiere August 3, 2015 on Nickelodeon and ended on March 4, 2023.

NOTE: Tropes under here are specifically for the 2015 CGI series.

ALVINNN!!! And The Chipmunks provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: The Chipettes become this to Kevin in "Secret Admirer" because a mistake make them think that he has a crush on one of them. So Eleanor comes up with the idea that they should act unappealing to Kevin and he'll stop liking them.
  • Accidental Kiss: Alvin and Brittany in the episode "Kiss Conspiracy".
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • While Alvin, Simon and Brittany retain their eye colors from the 80s series, Jeanette and Dave retain those from the live-action films, whereas Theodore and Eleanor's are switched.
    • Brittany's hair color has always been inconsistent, though it is almost always darker than Eleanor's (though whether it's brown, dark blonde, or red varies). Here, Brittany's hair is a lighter blonde.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Apply mostly to the Chipettes.
    • Although Brittany still retains an egotistical diva streak, she's also become a lot more mature and responsible compared to previous incarnations of the franchise; she takes her job as the Principal's Assistant very seriously and even went to great lengths to avoid hurting her sisters' feelings.
    • Jeanette has become considerably more outgoing and social, with only occasional traces of her once shy and withdrawn tendencies (such as "My Sister the Weirdo"); she also has more broadened interests beyond literature and academic pursuits, such as magic and fantasy, and even preserving the environment.
    • Eleanor is a lot more sassy and feisty than she's ever been before. Her athletic interests have been played up, while her cooking interests have been downplayed, and she has also become something of a cinemaphile - particularly a horror buff.
  • Aesop Amnesia:
    • Alvin never learns his lesson, no matter how many episodes he messes up.
    • Theodore still struggles to stand up to Alvin when necessary and never keeps a secret from him.
  • All Just a Dream: Exaggerated on this show, so much, in fact, that almost any time we see Alvin in bed, we can expect to be treated to some sort of a nightmare sequence.
    • The whole episode of "Theozilla" turns out to be this from Miss Smith.
    • Again, the entire episode "Double Trouble" where Alvin dream about Simon creating an Alvin clone.
  • Alternate Continuity: The film ties in more with Alvin and the Chipmunks in that Dave met the Chipmunks seven years ago, whereas in the original canon it was a lot earlier than that. Also, there are major personality differences with the Chipettes, and the school setting is a lot different, introducing new characters such as Miss Smith and Officer Dangus who never appeared in the original as Canon Foreigner characters.
  • Animals Not to Scale: In "Dog Days," the Chipmunks take in a puppy that's even smaller than they are. Also the Chipmunks themselves.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Simon doesn't believe in time travel or dragons despite being a talking chipmunk and having made inventions straight out of sci-fi films.
  • Artistic License – History: In "Doggone It," Miss Smith gives a history lesson on Sherlock Holmes as if he was a real person and claims he caught Jack the Ripper, when in Real Life Jack the Ripper was never caught.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Due to Alvin making and spraying a potion onto Theodore, he turns into a giant and begins to rampage around town. Being Theodore, he doesn't full understand what he's doing.
  • Ballet Episode: In "Ballet Boys," Sergeant Dopkins, who is also the soccer coach, is disappointed with the players' gameplay, and is convinced to enroll them in ballet class when he learns more and more professional athletes also practice ballet to improve their flexibility on the playing field. Alvin, naturally, resists initially, but soon learns to appreciate ballet when he sees that it's not as easy as it looks.
  • Big Brother Instinct: In "Bully For You", when Simon starts getting picked on, Alvin wants to get back at them.
    Alvin: Those bullies want trouble? They've come to the right place!
  • Birthday Episode:
    • "Jeanette Enchanted" for Jeanette.
    • "It's My Party" for Kevin.
    • "The Gift" for Dave.
    • "Crystal Ball Birthday" for Brittney.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In addition to the Chipettes (as per usual), in this version, Alvin's hair is red, Simon's chestnut brown, and Theodore has dirty blond/light brown hair.
  • Bold Inflation: Specifically the "Alvin" part of the series title is written the way Dave would scream it angrily.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Practically everyone has had a moment where they angrily shout "ALVINNN!!!" at the end of the episode like Dave would.
    • Alvin screams out Dave's name in frustration at the end of "Mystic Mountain", in the manner of his "ALVINNN!" catchphrase.
  • Call-Back: "Viral" starts with the Chippettes making a viral video composed of them lipsyncing to various songs from previous episodes.
  • Chain of Deals: "Let's Make a Deal" has Alvin wants to recreate a toothpick airplane Dave has made as a kid. He needs to go out and buy more toothpicks, but is supposed to be cleaning the basement and nothing else. Alvin talks Theodore into cleaning basement for him, but he only agrees for tickets to Talking Teddy on Ice in return; Alvin attempts to get the tickets, but ends up with a flat tire, and asks Simon to fix it, who agrees if he'll take over helping Eleanor find a perfect set of new pom-poms; Alvin helps Eleanor pick out her pom-poms, and learns Brittany can help him get the tickets if he'll be her scene partner for a movie audition; Alvin agrees and helps Brittany land the role, but the production is canceled when a plane breaks down; Alvin and Brittany attempt to borrow Biggie Large's private jet, but he's too distraught over his girlfriend leaving him; Alvin gets Jeanette to give Biggie and his girlfriend couple's therapy, resulting in all of the previous favors to be fulfilled (though Simon ends up completely forgotten in the process).
  • Character Exaggeration:
    • Alvin, so much so that his mischief-making has become routine for almost everybody in his life, and he almost never learns his lessons in the end (and if he does, the lessons don't stick with him for long). Some fans argue that he's also been "dumbed down" to the point that even basic principles of logic seem to escape him in any given situation; not to mention his gullibility and paranoia has increased.
    • Theodore is perhaps hit with this the worst, as his naivete and babyish qualities have been cranked way up to eleven; given that the characters are supposed to be aged up as teenagers compared to previous incarnations, some fans are theorizing that Theodore may have maturity and developmental issues compared to his brothers.
  • Characterization Marches On: Dave seems to have become almost totally desensitized to Alvin's mischief - usually only reserving "ALVINNN!!!" for end of episode buttons - and hardly ever reacts to whatever he or his brothers get themselves into; in fact, even Simon of all characters got himself suspended from school in "Back to Basics," Dave's reaction was to simply allow him to take a break and clear his mind. However, we have seen that he still has a breaking point when things get too out of hand, such as "Alvin's Wild Weekend."
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Almost every character has been subjected to this at one point or another, but Alvin, Theodore, Jeanette, Ms. Croner, Officer Dangus, Kevin, and Cheesy are perhaps the only ones who consistently fit the bill.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Simon as usual, especially to Alvin; Eleanor to Brittany
    • Almost any interaction between Alvin and Brittany ends in a Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Dean Bitterman: Miss Smith, who is rarely in a happy mood, and has little to no tolerance for Alvin's mischief.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ms. Miller compared to preceding animation. She only makes a couple of appearances, mainly as The Cameo (because the Chipettes live in their home on the tree).
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • Ms. Croner goes back and forth between being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk, depending on whatever the plot calls for. As far as the former goes, she's shown to go along with Dave in setting up surprises for the kids, or even helping the boys win a supermarket cart roundup; the latter shows her scaring the kids into thinking they'll be cursed if they don't find her missing cat, and blaming Theodore and the "Boogie Knights" for destroying her washing machine (that had already gone haywire before they got to it).
    • Some of the other kids in school are inconsistent with their characterizations as well. Annie is either one of Brittany's good friends, or one of her rivals; Kevin, likewise, is either a good friend to everyone, or can be kind of a jerk sometimes.
  • Disney Acid Sequence:
    • "Awesometown" in "Clowning Around".
    • "Run The Runway" in "Going Green".
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Sergeant Dopkins is an aversion of this; while he can be strict like you would expect a Drill Sergeant to be, he utilizes odd methods of disciplining students for getting out of hand, such as forcing them to do ballet moves like pliés.
  • Economy Cast: The Bagdasarians provide all of the voices for the series exclusivelynote , with Janice and Vanessa doing almost all of the female voices, and Michael doing all of the male voices. note 
  • Election Day Episode: "Simon for President" has Simon running against Bocarter Humphrie for school president.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Principal's real name has yet to be revealed, though it can be assumed her last name is Perkins, given that she's married to a professor whose name is Perkins.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: The Principal also speaks with a French accent, as does Marina Rodenchia.
  • Evil Brit: Bocarter Humphrey comes across as this, with his posh British accent, and often challenging the Chipmunks in some way to show them up (and will even do what he has to to sabotage them in the process).
  • Expy:
    • Bocarter Humphrey is a Jerkass version of Richie Rich.
    • Officer Dangus seems an awful lot like a modern day Barney Fife.
    • Miss Smith even seems really similar to the principal in the episode "The Brunch Club" from the 80s series.
    • Biggie Large may very well remind you of the Notorious B.I.G. (who also once went by the name Biggie Smalls).
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Happens to Alvin and Jeanette in "Wacky Wednesday," after a mishap with Simon's latest invention causes them to swap bodies. As Simon works feverishly to fix his invention to switch them back, Alvin causes problems between Brittany and Jeanette by telling Brittany (as Jeanette) that Alvin is the one who is right in their latest argument and that he's right about everything, meanwhile Jeanette (as Alvin) tries to call off an impending fight between Alvin and Derek.
    • In the same episode, Simon accidentally swaps bodies with a cat while fixing said invention.
  • Fun with Acronyms: In "For Whom the Bell Tolls", Simon is a contestent in the Bellview Ultimate Trivia Tournament (B.U.T.T.).
  • Girl Posse: Annie and Amber are this for Brittany part of the time; otherwise, they can also be rivals of hers sometimes.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Each of the Chipettes have their moments, but the most surprising is Jeanette, who will actually stop at nothing when stands up for when her beliefs and ideals are being compromised.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: In "The Chipmunk and the Catfish," when Cheesy is bragging about his new internet relationship with Candy note , Kevin doesn't believe him and tells him, "I'm calling bullpoop on this one."
  • Halloween Episode: "The Switch Witch".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Kevin and Cheesy veer into this territory quite often, including partnering up to care for a robotic baby in "Baby Mama Drama."
    • Annie and Amber to a lesser extent; they're often seen hanging out together in the background quite often.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Alvin becomes attached to an injured and seemingly abandoned baby bird named Warbie, so much so that he even begins to worry about the possibility of Warbie one day having to fly off and leave him.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • In "Don Juan Theodoro", Jenny has a crush on Simon.
    • Mixed with Precocious Crush, Alvin develops a crush with the new Principal in "Principal Interest".
      • Alvin, being the Casanova Wannabe that he is, has tried charming almost every other girl in school.
    • In "He Said, She Said," Brittany develops a crush on new boy Jake, drummer and lead vocalist for teen band Loud Noise. In her own version of the story, Brittany plays up the romantic interest between them as being mutual, whereas in Alvin's version of the story, he makes him out to be a loser and that Brittany is boy-crazy ditz who Desperately Craves Affection.
  • Jerk Jock: Derek.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Alvin may do some insensitive or selfish things, but him trying to make up for his mistakes shows he's got a heart indeed.
  • Karma Houdini: This is a BIG problem with Alvin. And with Theodore who is mean to Alvin for lying in the episode "Blabber Mouth", only to carry on with a lie that Alvin is cursed and can only tell the truth. AND Theodore is the only one who can take the curse off him. The thing is everyone is angry with ALVIN for lying but they let Theodore off scot-free.
  • Kid Has a Point: In "The Chipmunk and the Catfish," Theodore pretends to be a girl online named Candy so Cheesy can have a girlfriend for Valentine's Day; not only does Kevin not believe it, but even points out to Cheesy that Candy could very well be some creepy old man pretending to be a teenage girl online. Definite Truth in Television, as Dating Service Disaster is an all too real problem.
  • Magic Feather: Alvin's hat becomes this in "Mojo Missing".
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Alvin is retconned as being the middle child in this series, and it shows, especially with Simon's older brother maturity and Theodore's younger brother innocence being played up. Alvin is by far the most flawed of the brothers and Dave more or less always guesses Alvin is behind anything unfortunate that happens no thanks to already being used to his infamous troublemaking attitude, even in cases where it is not warranted. Some episodes even deal with Alvin demanding Dave to treat him better (or at least treat his brothers "worse"), usually due to jealously towards Simon.
  • Mistaken for Romance: In "Don Juan Theodoro", Theodore is trying to talk to a girl named Jenny, and Alvin sees this as he has a crush on her and tries to teach him how to be cool enough to confess his feelings with Simon and the Chipettes' help, to his confusion. In the end however, it turns out Theodore was actually going to ask Jenny to be his baking partner for the school fair, and didn't have any romantic interest in each other at all, but Jenny is starting to have some feelings for Simon.
  • Musical World Hypothesis: Similar to the past series, the All In Their Heads and Diegetic versions are commonly used, with the former being the most common.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When Dave is laying out the boys' clothes for school, one of the shirts he puts in is the same hoodie Alvin wears every day. (Not, in fact, his classic long sweater.) Still, Alvin's response?
      Alvin: I never wear that one! It's so 80s!
    • The fact that the Chipmunks and Chipettes are smaller than their 1983 counterparts, like the live-action/CGI movie. Plus, before moving to their treehouse, the Chipettes appear to have lived with the Sevilles.
    • Ms. Miller from the 1983 series appears in "Who's Your Daddy", "Bromance", and "Dave's Pavilion".
    • In "Principal Interest", Alvin, to himself, sings a bit of "I Wish I Could Speak French".
    • In the beginning of "A is for Alien", Alvin suggests painting a "cheerful yellow 'A'" on a classroom wall, a likely reference to the song "I Ain't No Dang Cartoon" from the 1992 album Chipmunks in Low Places.
    • In "Slippin Thru My Fingers", Dave dreams of the Chipmunks as babies, wearing bonnets and diapers like in the 1983 episode "The Chipmunk Story". This also implies their origin is similar to that episode.
    • In "Switch Witch," the Halloween episode, Alvin turns on a movie about werewolves, only to be forced to turn it off because it scares Theodore.
  • Oblivious to Love: Alvin in "Brittany the Body Snatcher". Brittany becomes more smitten with Alvin after he defends her from some bitches. But Alvin, after having talked with his nerd schoolmates Kevin, mistakes it for her being possessed by an alien.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Back to Basics," Simon fails a test, gets himself suspended from school, and decided to hermatize himself in the backyard tree for a while, much to the horror of his brothers and the Chipettes, all of whom are convinced that he's on the verge of losing his mind completely, and work to try to snap him out of it.
  • Once per Episode: The montage songs by the Chipmunks and Chipettes, like the original show.
  • Only Sane Man: Simon usually plays this role within the Chipmunks and Eleanor within the Chipettes.
  • "Pan from the Sky" Beginning: The opening for Season 3 begins with the Bagdasarian Productions Logo in the sky, which is wiped away by a plane before we go into Dave and the Chipmunks jumping out of said plane.
  • Police Are Useless: Officer Dangus is shown to be a less than reasonable authority figure, usually bungling things up even moreso whenever he tries to diffuse certain situations. In "Ride Along," Alvin learns he's on the verge of being terminated from the force for being such a lousy cop; the fact that he hadn't had any leads in a recent string of bike thefts didn't help his case much either.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: "He Said, She Said" has Alvin and Brittany given wildly differing versions in why the fire alarm was pulled. In Brittany's version, Alvin pulled the fire alarm in a fit of jealousy over Theodore being a big fan of the band Loud Noise, whose drummer and lead vocalist, Jake, is not only the new kid at school, but also Theodore's hero; Alvin has no answer for the fire alarm, but his version makes Jake out to be a smelly, pimply loser, and that nobody even likes Loud Noise - including Theodore. note 
  • Recycled Soundtrack: The series uses a remastered (and quite truncated) version of the original 1983 theme to Alvin and the Chipmunks.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: In "Tattle Tail":
    Alvin: And then, and then she said, "I need the weekend to think about it." What kind of answer is that?
    Simon: Well just, you know, a crazy guess, but I would say, hers.
  • Robot Me: Calvin and the Hipmunks in We're The Chipmunks, robotic doppelgangers of Alvin and the Chipmunks who were created by a duo of executives who sought to replace the real singing trio in order to gain more money and fame.
  • Running Gag: Alvin has been cracking the passwords to enter Simon’s lab and getting past his security systems. Simon frequently mentions he needs to change his passwords because of this.
  • Say My Name:
    • The usual "ALLLVIIINNN!!!"
    • A role reversal occurs at the end of "Mystic Mountain", when Alvin screams "DAAAAAVIIIIID!!!"
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Alvin's the manly man, Theodore's the sensitive guy, and Simon's the sensitive guy to Alvin and the manly man to Theodore.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story:
    • Throughout "Saving Simon", Alvin thinks Simon is going away to a boarding school he likes for good so he gets the others to sabotage his interview so he can't go. The plan works, but it turns out he wasn't going away forever - just for the summer.
    • "Don Juan Theodoro" focuses on Theodore wanting to talk to a girl he likes. Thinking he wants to ask her out, Alvin, Simon and the Chipettes give him advice, but that goes wrong. When all else fails, Theodore does take their advice to heart and tells Jenny what he was really going to tell her: he was going to ask her to be his baking partner for the school fair. However, it turns out she has a crush on Simon, to his discomfort.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Referenced with Alvin and Brittany in "Albrittina". Brittany takes a well-accepted personality test to discover her soul-mate when Alvin decides to do the same just to prove how ridiculous the test really is. The results match Alvin and Brittany, who try to change their personality to invalidate the result.
    • Simon and Jeanette in "Saving Simon". She even kisses him on the cheek at one point.
    • In "Secret Admirer", the boys are really worried about the possibility that Kevin has a crush on one of the Chipettes. Especially because the three girls seems to like him. Fortunately, it was all a mistake.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Within a Show: "Talkin' Teddy TV Fun Time" in "Talkin' Teddy".
  • Stalking Is Funny if It Is Female After Male: In "Secret Admirer", the Chipettes stalking Kevin under the belief that he has a crush on one of them is portrayed as bad and Kevin is clearly disturbed by it, but it's still Played for Laughs.
  • Superhero Episode:
    • "Super Heroes" where Theodore wishes to be a super hero and convinces Alvin to teach him. Alvin forces Simon to be a villain who throws pies at the heroes. Theodore enjoys the experience, but his brothers insist that none of them are super heroes. Theodore refuses to give up and sets out alone to find some real crime. He accidentally caught a robber.
    • "Supergirls" where Alvin and Brittany create a bet that Jeanette can/can't turn The Chipettes into super heroes. Jeanette expresses her disapproval only to be roped in by Brittany's vision of them stopping crime and saving others. Simon help Jeanette and they reach a compromise in which both of their siblings lose the bet.
    • "Boogie Knights" to a lesser extent, in that Kevin and Cheesy form a knighthood with their friends (and Theodore) in an attempt to earn extra credit for a school project in which Miss Smith wants the students to perform acts of chivalry.
  • Status Quo Is God: This series seems to take status quo to the extremes.
    • One infamous example is the anti-bullying episode, "Bully for You." In it, Derek and his goons bully Simon for having to wear an outlandish pair of old glasses while he waits for his new pair to arrive - they go so far as to do things such as stick him under desks with chewing gum, or even tying him to the flag on their bicycles and ride around really fast and recklessly. By the end of the episode, his brothers, the Chipettes, and other kids rally behind him in his attempts to stand up to them, prompting them to just give up - Derek even apologizes to Simon for bullying him, and even offers him a normal ride on his bike when they're invited to a party. The message of this episode would be very, very effective if it wasn't for Derek going right back to being a bully (even to Simon) in ensuing episodes where he plays a part in the plot.
    • Most other episodes seem to revolve around Alvin's mischief getting himself and/or his brothers or other friends into so much trouble that he ends up learning a lesson by the end of the story on why he shouldn't have done what he had. But then, he's always back to his old tricks in the following episodes.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: In "Clowning Around":
    Simon: "Unless you have a better idea, just sing."
  • Totally Radical: Invoked by the Chipettes in "Wax Dave" when trying to act like the Chipmunks.
  • Tranquil Fury: Dave in "Driving Dave Crazy" after the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally ruin his song.
  • Truncated Theme Tune: From The '80s revival, with the middle missing.
  • Unexplained Accent: Officer Dangus has a very pronounced southern drawl for seemingly no reason.
  • The Un Favourite: In "Playing Favorites," Alvin is convinced that he and Theodore are this because Dave is always bragging about all of Simon's accomplishments (and has all kinds of scrapbooks for him), prompting him and Theodore to try and undo Simon at something to get special recognition for themselves for a change.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: While this is hardly the Chipmunks' first day at the school, no one really bats an eye at 6 students who are only around a foot tall.
  • Valley Girl:
    • Annie and Amber talk this way.
    • Alvin exaggerates Brittany talking like this in his side of a story in "He Said, She Said."
  • Verbal Tic: Cheesy has a stereotypical nerdy lateral lisp.
  • Voices Are Mental: When Simon accidentally swaps bodies with a cat, he keeps his voice, and so does the cat. Unlike usual examples, though, Alvin and Jeanette can understand him.
  • Voices Are Not Mental: When Alvin and Jeanette swap bodies in "Wacky Wednesday", their voices stay with their bodies, though they do keep their vocal inflections. The same happens with Derek and Alvin near the end of the episode.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back!:
    • In "Albrittina", Alvin decides to act like a well-mannered, English boy with higher level vocabulary. His brothers can no longer stand Alvin's new personality and plot to make him return normal. Subverted with Brittany who decides to act like a gothic/punk bad-girl, so its more understandable that her sisters prefer the normal Brittany.
    • In "Missing Miss Smith," Alvin finally causes Miss Smith to snap and have a nervous breakdown, prompting her to retire from teaching altogether. When Sergeant Dopkins becomes their new teacher and begins disciplining the entire class for even the smallest of infractions, the other students pressure Alvin into doing what he can to convince Miss Smith to come back.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: As mentioned above, Jeanette will stop at nothing to see that something is carried out that she believes is beneficial to her friends or something that she deeply cares about, such as the environment.
  • With Friends Like These...: A majority of the other kids in school, but Kevin perhaps seems to be the biggest example of this, as it's not uncommon for him to tease any of his friends, such as when Cheesy believes he has got an online girlfriend, or even get them into some kind of trouble, like when he and Cheesy begin prank-calling people in the neighborhood and it comes back to bite them in the butt.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Cheesy. Seriously? Cheesy? He even confirms that this IS his name in one episode, one he's not proud of either.
  • Your Size May Vary:
    • In "Theozilla" Theodore is supposedly 30 feet tall but states that the houses are crunchy beneath his feet, making him seem much larger, but when we see him it looks like he's only 20 to 30 feet and shouldn't cause that much damage.
    • In "Mojo Missing", Alvin's cap is suddenly human size when Misty has it.



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