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Encyclopedia > The Chipettes
The Chipettes, as seen in the feature film The Chipmunk Adventure (1987).
The Chipettes, as seen in the feature film The Chipmunk Adventure (1987).

The Chipettes are a fictional group of anthropomorphic chipmunk singers first appearing on the cartoon series Alvin and the Chipmunks in 1983. In this cartoon and related materials, the Chipettes served as female counterparts to the title characters around which the series was based. As the series progressed, the Chipettes became featured characters in their own right, starring in several episodes in which their male counterparts did not appear. The title of the show was changed from Alvin and the Chipmunks to simply The Chipmunks in 1988 to reflect this reality. In the cartoon series and the accompanying feature films, all of the Chipettes were voiced by their creator, Janice Karman, wife of Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., son of Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., originator of The Chipmunks. Karman also wrote and voiced the Chipettes' dialogue on all of their studio albums, while studio singers such as Susan Boyd, Shelby Daniel, and Katherine Coon provided their singing voices. In the Japanese language version of the feature film The Chipmunk Adventure, the voices for the Chipettes are provided by Mayumi Suzuki, Mika Doi and Ikue Ōtani. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Chipmunk Adventure is a 1987 animated film featuring the characters from NBCs Saturday morning cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks. ... This article is about the year 1987. ... 7th millennium BC anthropomorphized rocks, with slits for eyes, found in modern-day Israel. ... This article is about the animal. ... 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). ... Janice Karman is an American film producer, record producer, singer, and voice artist. ... Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. ... Ross Bagdasarian (b. ... This article is about the musical group. ... The Chipmunk Adventure is a 1987 animated film featuring the characters from NBCs Saturday morning cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks. ... Mayumi Suzuki is a japanese actress, probably best known for her role as Ariel & Jane in the japanese versions of Kingdom Hearts. ... Doi Mika (土井 美加, née Itou Mika or 伊藤 美加) is a veteran seiyuu who was born on August 4, 1956 in Sendai. ... Ikue Otani ), born August 18, 1965 in Tokyo) is a seiyÅ« who works for Mausu Promotion. ...


The first character designs for the Chipettes were drafted by Corny Cole for their 1983 debut. These were later revamped by Louise Zingarelli and Sandra Berez for The Chipmunk Adventure. For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... The Chipmunk Adventure is a 1987 animated film featuring the characters from NBCs Saturday morning cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks. ...

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Origins

The origins of the Chipettes can be traced to the 1982 Alvin and the Chipmunks album "The Chipmunks Go Hollywood" (RCA, 1982). On this album, Alvin sings a duet with a female character billed as "Charlene the Chipette". Charlene is featured on the song "You're the One That I Want" from the soundtrack of the motion picture Grease. Charlene was depicted on the album cover as having a long, blonde ponytail, and seems to have been the basis for the later character of Brittany. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... For the original stage musical of the same name, see Grease (musical). ...


Like the Chipmunks, the Chipettes were originally created for the musical medium, and later crossed over into cartoons. According to their creator, Janice Karman, she and Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., "...had been doing the albums at that point... We couldn't do the girl songs. I wanted to do female chipmunks that have counter personalities to the Chipmunks so we could do some girl tunes."


Bagdasarian also added in reference to the Chipettes characters, "It enables you to deal with issues that girls are going through that boys wouldn't necessarily be dealing with... We had a baby girl at the time. We wanted to let her know she can be president, or a soccer champion, or whatever... With the Chipettes we can handle those sorts of things."


It is worth noting, however, that the Chipettes of the cartoon series (Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor) appeared on the small screen before appearing on any albums. Their first appearance on a Chipmunks album was on 1984's "Songs From Our TV Shows" which was released on March 4, 1984, nearly seven months after the Chipettes debuted on the first episode of the Alvin and the Chipmunks television series on September 17, 1983. This article is about the year. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ...


Although the Chipettes featured prominently on many Alvin and the Chipmunks albums, they received equal billing with the Chipmunks only on 1988's "Born to Rock."


Character Profiles

Brittany Miller

Brittany is the official leader of the Chipettes, and her exuberance often serves as the impetus for their adventures. Although she is prone to vanity, selfishness, and materialism, and has a notoriously short fuse, Brittany cares deeply for her siblings and often acts as their defender. Brittany is dynamic, ambitious, fearless, competitive, and possessed of a desire to always have her way (although she stops short of true ruthlessness). Brittany has auburn hair and blue eyes, and her signature color is pink. Woman with auburn hair. ... This article is about the colour. ... This article is about the color. ...


Jeanette Miller

Jeanette can best be described as the "absent-minded professor" of the group. Gifted with extraordinary intelligence, she often is so caught up in contemplating the universe that she forgets the simple matters of life, such as not tripping over her own feet. She can generally be found with her shoelaces untied, one knee sock wrinkled around her ankle, and her buttons askew. Jeanette has very poor vision, and is virtually helpless without her glasses. She has brown hair and green eyes, and her signature colors are navy blue and purple. For other uses, see Brown (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Green (disambiguation). ... Navy blue is an especially dark shade of the color blue. ... This article is about the color. ...


Eleanor Miller

Eleanor is self-assured, confident, and extremely maternal. She is a gifted athlete and a mini-olympiad in any field of sport. Eleanor is quite strong-willed, and is far more likely than the timid Jeanette to stand up to her sister Brittany when she feels that she is wrong. Eleanor is blonde with brown eyes, and her signature color is spring green. One of the worlds most famous blondes Marilyn Monroe, who was in fact a natural brunette Blond (feminine, blonde) is a hair colour found in certain mammals characterised by low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin and higher levels of the pale pigment phæomelanin, in common with red or... For other uses, see Brown (disambiguation). ... Spring Green is a shade of green that resembles the spring. ...


Fictional Character History

Like their counterparts the Chipmunks, the Chipettes seem to have been born in a single litter, or in human terms, as "triplets".


Although there is no proof of it in their decidedly American accents, the Chipettes were apparently born in Australia and orphaned at a very early age. Fortunately for them, their species seems to mature faster than human beings, and the Chipettes were able to walk, talk, and to some extent fend for themselves while they were still in their infancy, and no larger than the size of a human's hand. For other uses, see Orphan (disambiguation). ...


Under unexplained circumstances, the sisters came to be living in the care of a young Australian girl by the name of Olivia. Olivia was herself an orphan, living in an institution run by a mean-spirited and exploitative woman called Ms. Grudge. Unfortunately for the young chipmunks, Grudge noticed their innate singing abilities and attempted to exploit them for her own benefit. Fleeing the orphanage, the Chipettes traveled to New York as stowaways on a freighter dubbed the "American Dreamer". For a time, the girls lived on the city streets, working at a variety of menial jobs, until Brittany saw an advertisement calling for singers to feature at a hotel in California. The sisters managed to scrape together bus fare and set out for Los Angeles, where they eventually landed the gig, taking on the professional name of "The Chipmunks". This article is about the state. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


During an engagement at another hotel, the girls encountered the original Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon, and Theodore) and their manager, David Seville. After a brief conflict over the Chipmunk name, Alvin dubbed the girls the "Chipettes".


The Chipmunks and the Chipettes became fast friends, and the Chipettes eventually settled in the Sevilles' suburban Los Angeles hometown and enrolled in the local school system. At this time, the girls lived on their own in an elaborate and well-furnished tree house. Unfortunately, school officials found out that the totally self-sufficient girls lived alone, and after a disastrous meeting in which Alvin and the Chipmunks posed as the parents of their friends, the girls were once again faced with the threat of life in an orphanage. In order to avoid this undesirable eventuality, the girls were adopted by Miss Beatrice Miller, the former leader of the World War II era dance troupe known as Miss Miller and the Thrillers, and a family friend of the Sevilles. It was at this time that they took on the surname of "Miller". An elaborate, permanently habitable tree house. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Together, the Chipmunks and Chipettes shared a variety of adventures, perhaps the most exciting of which was their balloon race around the world. Over the years, each of the Chipettes engaged in on-again-off-again relationships with their Chipmunk counterparts--Simon with Jeanette, Theodore with Eleanor, and Alvin with Brittany. However, later in the series, Alvin and Brittany's relationship became increasingly antagonistic. Alternatively, they were also shown to date human boys. It is notable that the Chipmunks and the Chipettes inhabit a relatively "realistic" world, in which theirs is the only sapient species aside from human beings, as opposed to a world full of anthropomorphized animals.


The Chipettes apparently lack the body fur of the Chipmunks, and also have more human-like hair on their heads, in what may be a case of sexual dimorphism in the species. Female (left) and male Common Pheasant, illustrating the dramatic difference in both color and size, between the sexes Sexual dimorphism is the systematic difference in form between individuals of different sex in the same species. ...


Discography

With the exception of 1988's "Born to Rock" the discography of the Chipettes consists of featured appearances on Alvin and the Chipmunks recordings.


Albums

Songs From Our TV Shows is an album by The Chipmunks. ... The Chipmunk Adventure is a 1987 animated film featuring the characters from NBCs Saturday morning cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks. ... Alvin & the Chipmunks chronology Born To Rock (1991) Chipmunks In Low Places (1992) Boot Scootin Boogie [non-album single] (1993) Chipmunks in Low Places is a country album written by John Boylan and Andrew Gold and performed by The Chipmunks. ... When You Wish Upon A Chipmunk album cover When You Wish Upon A Chipmunk is a 1995 music album by Alvin and the Chipmunks, released by Sony Wonder, and contains all 10 tracks. ... A Very Merry Chipmunk is a 1994 music album by Alvin and the Chipmunks, released by Sony Wonder. ... The Very Best of The Chipmunks is a 1995 music album by Alvin and the Chipmunks, released by Capitol Records, and contains 9 tracks. ... Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks is a direct-to-video film based on the Chipmunks 1983 television series Alvin and the Chipmunks. ...

Singles

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Filmography

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). ... The Chipmunk Adventure is a 1987 animated film featuring the characters from NBCs Saturday morning cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks. ... Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman is an animated horror-themed direct-to-video film, produced by Bagdasarian Productions and Universal Animation Studios, distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and loosely based on characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks. ... Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks is a direct-to-video film based on the Chipmunks 1983 television series Alvin and the Chipmunks. ...

References

  • Regarding the first and subsequent appearances of the Chipettes on television - http://www.tv.com/alvin-and-the-chipmunks/show/2827/episode.html
  • Regarding Janice Karman as the primary voice actress for the Chipettes - http://www.tv.com/alvin-and-the-chipmunks/show/2827/cast.html?tag=tabs;cast
  • Regarding the history of the Chipettes on The Chipmunks TV series and in the Chipmunk Adventure - http://www.chipmunks.com/history.php
  • Regarding the Chipettes creation for the musical medium and their discography - http://www.roctober.com/roctober/chipmunks.html
  • Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian Jr. on their inspiration for creating the Chipettes - http://www.mediavillage.com/jmentr/2006/09/11/Jacki-09-11-06/

External links

  • http://thechipmunks.com/ - The Official Site
  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BrittanyandtheChipettes/ - An Unofficial Chipettes Fan Club
  • http://www.theravenchild.com/thesevillelibrary/ - Unofficial Artwork and Fanfics featuring the Chipettes
  • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084972/ - The Chipmunks Cartoon at the imdb
  • http://groups.msn.com/TheChipmunkPalace - The Chipmunk Palace, Unofficial Fan Club Featuring the Chipmunks and Chipettes
This article is about the musical group. ... Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. ... Janice Karman is an American film producer, record producer, singer, and voice artist. ... Steve Vining is a drummer, producer and engineer. ... Ross Bagdasarian (b. ... Randy Edelman (born 10 June 1947) is a well known film and TV score composer born in Paterson, New Jersey. ... Witch Doctor is a song written by Ross Bagdasarian (a. ... The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Dont Be Late) is a song written by Ross Bagdasarian (a. ... Alvins Harmonica is a song from the fictional musical group, The Chipmunks, which also features additional vocals by Ross Bagdasarian who plays David Seville in the song. ... The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra is the group name for the pool of Los Angeles Session Musicians that existed in the progressive rock scene in the years between 1959-1988. ... Alvin for President is a song by fictional musical group, The Chipmunks. ... For other uses, see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (disambiguation). ... You May Be Right is a single written and performed rock singer Billy Joel from his 1980 album Glass Houses. ... Call Me is a song performed by Blondie, released in February of 1980. ... 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). ... Beat it redirects here. ... Macarena is a song by Los del Río about a woman of the same name. ... Bad Day is a pop song written by Canadian singer Daniel Powter. ... This article is about the single by Lipps Inc. ... Let’s All Sing With the Chipmunks is the debut album of The Chipmunks. ... Sing Again With the Chipmunks is The Chipmunks second album. ... The Alvin Show is a music album by The Chipmunks. ... All My Loving Do You Want To Know A Secret She Loves You From Me To You Love Me Do Twist And Shout A Hard Days Night P.S. I Love You I Saw Her Standing There Cant Buy Me Love Please Please Me I Want To Hold... Whats New Pussycat? This Diamond Ring Mr. ... The Very Best of The Chipmunks is a 1995 music album by Alvin and the Chipmunks, released by Capitol Records, and contains 9 tracks. ... Chipmunk Punk is a childrens/new wave/progressive rock fusion album by The Chipmunks. ... After the death of Ross Bagdasarian in 1972, the Chipmunks careers stalled until NBC showed interest in the original show and released a new album of contemporary songs performed by the Chipmunks. ... Urban Chipmunk was the first country album by The Chipmunks. ... Chipmunk Rock is a childrens album by The Chipmunks featuring covers of various rock hits, mostly from the late 70s and early 80s. ... The Chipmunk Adventure is a 1987 animated film featuring the characters from NBCs Saturday morning cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks. ... Alvin & the Chipmunks chronology Born To Rock (1991) Chipmunks In Low Places (1992) Boot Scootin Boogie [non-album single] (1993) Chipmunks in Low Places is a country album written by John Boylan and Andrew Gold and performed by The Chipmunks. ... The Chipmunks Greatest Hits album cover Greatest Hits is a 1992 music album by Alvin and the Chipmunks, released by Capitol Records, and contains all 10 tracks. ... When You Wish Upon A Chipmunk album cover When You Wish Upon A Chipmunk is a 1995 music album by Alvin and the Chipmunks, released by Sony Wonder, and contains all 10 tracks. ... A Very Merry Chipmunk is a 1994 music album by Alvin and the Chipmunks, released by Sony Wonder. ... Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks is a direct-to-video film based on the Chipmunks 1983 television series Alvin and the Chipmunks. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... After the death of Ross Bagdasarian in 1972, the Chipmunks careers stalled until NBC showed interest in the original show and released a new album of contemporary songs performed by the Chipmunks. ... 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 is a complete listing of episodes from the 1983 animated television series Alvin and the Chipmunks. ... The Chipmunk Adventure is a 1987 animated film featuring the characters from NBCs Saturday morning cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks. ... Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein is an animated horror-themed direct-to-video film, produced by Bagdasarian Productions and Universal Animation Studios, distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and loosely based on characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks. ... Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman is an animated horror-themed direct-to-video film, produced by Bagdasarian Productions and Universal Animation Studios, distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and loosely based on characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks. ... Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks is a direct-to-video film based on the Chipmunks 1983 television series Alvin and the Chipmunks. ... This article is about the film. ... Alvin and the Chipmunks is a video game based on the film with the same name. ... The characters around Michael Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue is an animated drug prevention television special starring many of the popular cartoon characters from American Saturday morning television, among them Winnie-the-Pooh, Bugs Bunny, ALF, the Muppet Babies, and several others. ... Bagdasarian Productions is a production company which holds the rights to Alvin and the Chipmunks and related intellectual property assets. ... 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. ... Jet Records was a small record label set up by Don Arden with artists like Electric Light Orchestra, Roy Wood, Ozzy Osbourne, Riot and Magnum. ... The Nutty Squirrels were a scat singing imitation of Alvin and the Chipmunks that had a Top 40 hit with the song Uh-Oh. 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