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The Alvin Show

Alvin and the Chipmunks with David Seville, as seen on the show's opening sequence.
Genre Animated series
Created by Ross Bagdasarian
Starring Ross Bagdasarian
Shepard Menken
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
No. of episodes 26 Alvin & the Chipmunks episodes, 26 Clyde Crashcup episodes, and 52 musical segments
Production
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run October 4, 1961September 12, 1962
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

The Alvin Show, the first American animated television series to feature the singing characters The Chipmunks, lasted for just one season in prime time (October 4, 1961 - September 12, 1962), but has become something of a cult favourite over the years. The original rode the momentum of creator Ross Bagdasarian's original hit musical gimmick and developed the singing Chipmunk trio as rambunctious kids---particularly the namesake brat and harmonica-playing star of the show himself, whose mischief contrasted to (and usually exasperated) his tall, brainy brother Simon and his chubby, gluttonous brother Theodore, to say nothing of their long-suffering, perpetually put-upon manager-father figure, Dave Seville. Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and Dave Seville. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ross Bagdasarian (January 27, 1919 – January 16, 1972), American pianist, songwriter, actor, and record producer was born in Fresno, California and was of Armenian ethnic descent. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Ross Bagdasarian (January 27, 1919 – January 16, 1972) was an American pianist, songwriter, actor, and record producer of Armenian ethnic descent, born in Fresno, California. ... Ross Bagdasarian (January 27, 1919 – January 16, 1972) was an American pianist, songwriter, actor, and record producer of Armenian ethnic descent, born in Fresno, California. ... Shepard Menken (born November 2, 1921 in New York City, New York – died January 2, 1999 in Woodland Hills, California of natural causes) is an American voice actor and character actor who voiced the Clyde Crashcup character in The Alvin Show. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Clyde Crashcup (voiced by Shepard Menken) is a fictional character from the early-1960s animated television series The Alvin Show, a scientist in a white coat whose experiments invariably failed. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1960 in television, other events of 1961, 1962 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1961-62 American network television schedule. ... September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1961 in television, other events of 1962, 1963 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1962-63 American network television schedule. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ross Bagdasarian (January 27, 1919 – January 16, 1972) was an American pianist, songwriter, actor, and record producer of Armenian ethnic descent, born in Fresno, California. ...

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The Hit That Might Have Been

An almost accidental parody of the family situation comedy, the Alvin cartoons are not masterpieces of animation sophistication---but as understated satire they stand up surprisingly well four decades after failing to find a prime time niche. They were up against NBC's formidable hit western Wagon Train as it was, but the real culprit may have been the production delays. The idea was to keep Alvin and company from reaching the air long enough to allow an obvious imitation, The Nutty Squirrels, (which had been created explicitly in response to Bagdasarian's musical success with the Chipmunk concept) to beat The Chipmunks to television by a full year. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... For the TV show, see Wagon Train. ...


Since Bagdasarian's key to success had been happening upon a clever gimmick and getting it up and forward first, that delay (caused mostly by disagreements among Format Films and Bagdasarian Film Corporation on acceptable character designs for The Chipmunks) probably helped doom The Alvin Show before its first installments even went on the air. One of a small number of animated series to be shown in prime time on CBS, The Alvin Show was originally broadcast in black and white, even though it was produced and later re-run in color (CBS did not switch to full, across-the-board color television until 1964). Format Films was a television animation studio, most active during the 1960s, when they produced shows such as The Alvin Show and Underdog. ... Bagdasarian Productions in its present form is a successor business entity to the Bagdasarian Film Corporation, owned and operated by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. ... Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ...


In addition, Bagdasarian insisted that The Alvin Show skip the addition of a laugh track, much to the chagrin of CBS brass. And in hindsight, had there not been the delays which fractured much-needed momentum, The Alvin Show might have survived longer than a year. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ...


The Great Inventor

Aside from the seven-minute Chipmunk cartoons, in which Bagdasarian's David Seville was portrayed as a hapless bachelor who managed and mentored the three singing rodents (and Alvin in particular), one of the show's most endearing features was the satirical Clyde Crashcup. Voiced by Shepard Menken (who lent the character his classic Edwin Carp-like liquid voice), Clyde was an inventor who essentially re-invented the wheel (and practically everything else) and took credit for dreaming it up in the first place. If anything, his "creations" often backfired on him (classically: when he invented the wife, who turned on him like a shrewish mutant), until his silent, level-headed lab assistant, Leonardo (diminutive, balding, and perpetually whispering in Crashcup's ear) saved him from any further self-immolation. Clyde Crashcup (voiced by Shepard Menken) is a fictional character from the early-1960s animated television series The Alvin Show, a scientist in a white coat whose experiments invariably failed. ... Shepard Menken (born November 2, 1921 in New York City, New York – died January 2, 1999 in Woodland Hills, California of natural causes) is an American voice actor and character actor who voiced the Clyde Crashcup character in The Alvin Show. ... Richard Haydn (March 10, 1905 – April 25, 1985) was a comic actor in radio, movies, and television. ...


But Clyde's physical life proved even shorter than those of Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and David Seville. The cartoon was not brought back when Alvin and the Chipmunks were revived in the 1980s. Except for a single cameo, Clyde Crashcup and levelheaded Leonardo were left to the land of trivia contests. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Afterlife

NBC picked up the original Alvin Show cartoons and re-ran them on Saturday mornings for a few years after the show's prime time failure, and the show popped up similarly over the next two decades. Ross Bagdasarian died of a heart attack on January 16, 1972 at age 52, 11 days before his 53rd birthday, precluding any future Chipmunk activity. But when Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. picked up on a disc jockey's joke and produced the hit Chipmunk Punk (1980) album, new interest was spurred for a brand new animation series with an updated look to The Chipmunks and David Seville (now voiced by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.). As a result, both the new Ruby-Spears-produced Alvin and The Chipmunks (1983-1991) as well as the original Alvin Show could be seen at any given time throughout the 1980s. The Alvin Show was last seen in the United States on Nickelodeon around 1994, and aired there until 1995. It is not currently airing on United States television, but 20th Century Fox announced that The Alvin Show will be released on DVD in the United States around 2007. Music rights are not expected to be an issue since each episode features either Chipmunk originals (including the pre-Chipmunk novelty song Witch Doctor), or public domain songs (mostly traditional children's songs). The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Ross Bagdasarian (January 27, 1919 – January 16, 1972) was an American pianist, songwriter, actor, and record producer of Armenian ethnic descent, born in Fresno, California. ... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. ... Chipmunk Punk is a childrens/new wave/progressive rock fusion album by The Chipmunks. ... Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. ... Ruby-Spears Productions is a California based entertainment production company that specializes in animation. ... Alvin and the Chipmunks was the second American animated television series to feature the singing characters The Chipmunks, produced by Bagdasarian Productions, Ruby-Spears Productions, and Lorimar-Telepictures (which became Lorimar Television in 1988). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nickelodeon (Nick for short) is an American cable TV network for children. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... 20th Century Fox logo Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Witch Doctor is a song written by Ross Bagdasarian (a. ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... Childrens music provides an important and entertaining means of teaching children about their culture, other cultures, good behavior, facts and skills. ...


The Alvin Show broadcast history

United States

After The Alvin Show stopped airing in prime time, it re-ran on the following channels: Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ...

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Voice cast

Ross Bagdasarian (January 27, 1919 – January 16, 1972) was an American pianist, songwriter, actor, and record producer of Armenian ethnic descent, born in Fresno, California. ... Shepard Menken (born November 2, 1921 in New York City, New York – died January 2, 1999 in Woodland Hills, California of natural causes) is an American voice actor and character actor who voiced the Clyde Crashcup character in The Alvin Show. ...

Episodes

26 episodes each were produced for the Alvin & the Chipmunks and Clyde Crashcup segments, along with 52 musical segments. Created by Ross Bagdasarian in 1958, Alvin and the Chipmunks is a fictional musical group consisting of three singing chipmunks — Alvin, Simon, and Theodore — who are managed by their human dad and leader, David Dave Seville. ... Clyde Crashcup (voiced by Shepard Menken) is a fictional character from the early-1960s animated television series The Alvin Show, a scientist in a white coat whose experiments invariably failed. ...

The Chipmunks and David Seville during the "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" musical sequence.
# Alvin & the Chipmunks Musical Segment 1 Clyde Crashcup Musical Segment 2
1 Good Neighbor Buffalo Gals Invents Jokes America the Beautiful
2 Ostrich Mexico-the Brave Chipmunks Invents Self-Presentation Yankee Doodle
3 Squares Italy-Oh, Gondaliero! Invents Glass I Wish I Could Speak French
4 Sam Valiant, Private Nose August Dear Invents the Chair Working on the Railroad
5 Overworked Alvin When Johnny Comes Marching Home Invents the West Swanee River
6 Alvin's Curse Old MacDonald-Cha, Cha, Cha Invents the Baseball Switzerland-the Magic Mountain
7 Alvin's Alter-Ego Japanese Banana Invents the Bathtub The Pidgin English Hula
8 Stanley the Eagle Stuck in Arabia Invents the Wife I Wish I Had A Horse
9 Fancy Chipmunk Fun Invents Flight Good Morning Song
10 Sam Valiant: Real Estate Alvin for President Invents the Baby Home on the Range
11 Dude Ranch Witch Doctor Invents the Stove Lilly of Laguna
12 Camping Trip Spain Invents Music Row, Row, Row Your Boat
13 Bentley Van Rolls Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Invents First Aid Comin' Thru' The Rye
14 The Whistler Coming Around the Mountain Invents Electricity Pop Goes the Weasel
15 Love Sick Dave If You Love Me Invents Egypt Maria from Madrid
16 Jungle Rhythm Alvin's Orchestra Invents the Bed The Little Dog
17 Theodore's Dog The Chipmunk Song Invents the Telephone Alvin's Harmonica
18 Hillbilly Son Three Blind Mice Invents Do-it-Yourself Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
19 Little League Clementine Invents the Time Machine Sing A Goofy Song
20 Eagle in Love Daisy Invents the Time Machine On Top of Old Smokey
21 Alvin's Studio Whistle While You Work Invents the Shoe Ragtime Cowboy Joe
22 Haunted House My Wild Irish Rose Invents Physical Fitness The Band Played On
23 Sir Alvin Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair This is Your Life, Clyde Crashcup! Funicula-Funicula
24 Good Manners Git Along, Little Doggies Invents the Birthday Party The Man on the Flying Trapeze
25 Eagle Music Polly Wolly Doodle Invents Self Defense Down in the Valley
26 Disc Jockey The Alvin Twist Invents Crashcupland While Strolling Through the Park?

General Foods was the show's main sponsor; as such, Dave Seville and The Chipmunks appeared in several humorous half-minute commercials for Jell-O and Post Cereals. Image File history File links Alvinshow04. ... Image File history File links Alvinshow04. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ross Bagdasarian (January 27, 1919 – January 16, 1972), American pianist, songwriter, actor, and record producer was born in Fresno, California and was of Armenian ethnic descent. ... The Chipmunk Song The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Dont Be Late) is a song written by Ross Bagdasarian (a. ... General Foods, formerly shorthand for the General Foods Corporation, is now a brand of Kraft Foods. ... JELL-O is a brand name belonging to USA-based Kraft Foods for a number of gelatin desserts, including fruit gels, puddings and no-bake cream pies. ... Post Cereals, formerly Postum Cereals was founded by C. W. Post. ...


Trivia

  • 11 of the 52 musical segments (the songs) appear on the album Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years.

See also

Alvin and the Chipmunks was the second American animated television series to feature the singing characters The Chipmunks, produced by Bagdasarian Productions, Ruby-Spears Productions, and Lorimar-Telepictures (which became Lorimar Television in 1988). ...

External links

Formerly Broadcast Animated Nickelodeon Shows of the 1980s
Channels on the Nickelodeon Network: TV Land | Nick Too | Nick GAS | Nicktoons Network | Noggin / The N
Premiered between 1983-1989:

Bananaman | DangerMouse | Belle and Sebastian | Star Trek: The Animated Series | The Adventures of The Little Prince | The Smurfs | Mysterious Cities of Gold | Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea | Adventures of the Little Koala | Heathcliff | Jim Henson's Muppet Babies | Inspector Gadget | Maple Town | Count Duckula | The Alvin Show on Nickelodeon | Beetlejuice | Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics | Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon | Noozles | The World of David the Gnome This is a list of television programs formerly and currently broadcast by the childrens cable television channel Nickelodeon. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Nick Too is a three hour delay of the popular kids network Nickeloeon for people in the west coast. ... Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids (commonly referred to as Nick GAS), is a U.S. cable television network which was launched on March 1, 1999 as part of MTV Networks suite of digital cable channels. ... Nicktoons Network, once known as Nicktoons TV and simply Nicktoons, is a digital cable and satellite television network. ... Noggin is a slang term that means head. In U.S. television, Noggin is a television network for preschoolers; see Noggin (television). ... The-N is the nighttime block on Noggin for teens. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... DangerMouse is a British animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films. ... Belle et Sébastien, is a series of French novels by Cécile Aubry and is about the mountain-based adventures of a young boy and his dog, a Great Pyrenees in a small village in the Pyrenees, a mountain range in France. ... Star Trek: The Animated Series is an animated science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ... The Little Prince, drawn by Saint-Exupéry himself, chapter II The Little Prince (French Le Petit Prince), published in 1943, is French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupérys most famous novel, which he wrote while staying at a hotel in New York. ... The Smurfs (originally Les Schtroumpfs in French) are a fictional group of small sky blue creatures who live somewhere in the forests of medieval Europe. ... The Mysterious Cities of Gold (often abbreviated as MCoG) (Japanese: 太陽の子エステバン; Taiyō no Ko Esuteban , French: Les Mystérieuses Cités dOr, also released as Esteban and the Seven Cities of Gold) is an animated television series produced by Studio Pierrot. ... Spartakus and friends Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea is the English title of the French animated series Les Mondes Engloutis (The Engulfed Worlds), also known as Shagma and Arkadia in other languages. ... Adventures of the Little Koala was a Korean cartoon show that aired on Nickelodeon dubbed in English from 1987 to 1993. ... The cast of Heathcliff Heathcliff is a comic strip created by George Gately in 1973 featuring an eponymous cat. ... Jim Hensons Muppet Babies is an American animated television series that aired from 1984 to 1991 on CBS. It was loosely based on a sequence in the Muppet film The Muppets Take Manhattan, in which Miss Piggy imagined what it would be like if she and Kermit the Frog... Inspector Gadget is an animated television series about a clumsy, absent-minded, and oblivious detective, Inspector Gadget, who is a cyborg with various gadgets built into his anatomy. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Count Duckula is a fictional character, an anthropomorphic vegetarian vampire duck in the animated television series of the same name created by British studio Cosgrove Hall, and a spin-off from DangerMouse, a show in which an evil version of the Count Duckula character was a recurring villain. ... Beetlejuice is an animated television series loosely based on the Beetlejuice film, and ran from September 9, 1989 to December 6, 1991. ... Grimms Fairy Tale Classics , Grimm Masterpiece Theatre) is an anime series produced by Nippon Animation. ... Looney Tunes opening title Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969. ... Noozles ), also known as The Wonderous Koala Blinky, was a 26-episode anime that was originally released in Japan in 1984, under the title Fushigi na Koara Burinkī or Blinky and Printy. ... The World of David the Gnome (Spanish: David el Gnomo) is an animated television series based on the childrens books The Gnomes and The Secret Book of Gnomes, by the Dutch author Wil Huygen and illustrator Rien Poortvliet. ...


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The Alvin Show - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1046 words)
The Alvin Show, the first American animated television series to feature the singing characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks, lasted for just one season in prime time (1961 1962) but has become something of a cult favourite over the years.
One of a small number of animated series to be shown in prime time on CBS, The Alvin Show was broadcast in fl and white, even though it was produced and later re-run in color (CBS did not switch to full, across-the-board color television until 1964).
As a result, both the new Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983-1991) as well as the original Alvin Show could be seen at any given time throughout the 1980s.
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