The Alvin Show

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The Alvin Show
The Alvin Show Title Card.JPG
Title card from The Alvin Show.
Created by Ross Bagdasarian
Voices of Ross Bagdasarian
Shepard Menken
June Foray
Lee Patrick
Bill Lee
Johnny Mann
Don Messick
Theme music composer Ross Bagdasarian
Neil Hefti
Carl Stalling
Composer(s) Ross Bagdasarian
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26 Alvin and the Chipmunks episodes,
26 Clyde Crashcup episodes,
and 52 musical segments
Executive producer(s) Herbert Klynn
Running time 30 minutes per episode (7½ per segment)
Production company(s) Bagdasarian Film Corporation
Format Films
Original channel CBS (1961-1962)
Picture format Color (originally telecast in Black-and-white)
Original run October 4, 1961 (1961-10-04) – September 12, 1962 (1962-09-12)
Followed by ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks (2015–)
Related shows Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983–1990)

The Alvin Show is an American animated television series. It was the first to feature the singing characters Alvin and the Chipmunks, although a series with a similar concept The Nutty Squirrels Present had aired a year earlier. It lasted for one season in prime time (October 4, 1961 – September 12, 1962) on CBS (Wednesdays, 7:30-8pm Eastern), originally sponsored by General Foods (Jell-O, Post cereals), and initially telecast in black and white (color prints of the episodes were not seen until the series entered syndication in the fall of 1965).

The series rode the momentum of creator Ross Bagdasarian's original hit musical gimmick and developed the singing Chipmunk trio as rambunctious kids–particularly the show's namesake star–whose mischief contrasted to his tall, brainy brother Simon and his chubby, gluttonous brother Theodore, as well as their long-suffering, perpetually put-upon manager-father figure, David Seville. The animation was produced by Herbert Klynn's Format Films.


  • The Chipmunks: The main characters of the series
    • Alvin: The youngest brother and leader of the Chipmunks, Alvin is the talented troublemaker of the group.
    • Simon: The oldest brother (also the tallest), Simon is the intelligent realist and the most responsible of the group.
    • Theodore: The middle brother, Theodore is the cute innocent butterball of the group.
  • David "Dave" Seville: The Chipmunks' adoptive father, songwriter and manager, Dave's patience is tested nearly every day by Alvin, usually to the point where he yells his trademark yell "ALVIN!!!". Despite all this, he loves all of his boys equally.

Clyde Crashcup[edit]

Aside from the seven-minute Chipmunk segments, in which Bagdasarian's David Seville was portrayed as a hapless bachelor who managed and mentored the three singing rodents, the show also had segments featuring a character called Clyde Crashcup (voiced by Shepard Menken impersonating Richard Haydn's Edwin Carp character).

Clyde was an inventor who essentially re-invented various items and took credit for dreaming it up in the first place. His "creations" often backfired on him until his silent, level-headed lab assistant, Leonardo (diminutive, balding, and perpetually whispering in Crashcup's ear) saved him from any further self-destruction.


CBS reran the series on Saturday mornings for a few years after the show's prime time run ended, and segments from the show were syndicated in the mid and late 1960s under the package title Alvin and the Chipmunks (this first syndicated package consisted of the individual show segments only, including the Alvin and Clyde Crashcup cartoons, and Chipmunk musical segments, not in the form of half-hour shows). The series later was revived on NBC-TV, again promoted under the title Alvin and the Chipmunks (with the introductory Alvin Show title card cut off the beginning of the show opening) Saturday mornings between March 10, 1979 and September 1, 1979. TBS also reran the show sometime in the 1980s as well.

Ross Bagdasarian had died of a heart attack in January 1972, precluding any future Chipmunk activity. Years later, his son Ross, Jr. picked up on a disc jockey's joke and produced the hit Chipmunk Punk album in 1980. The success of Chipmunk Punk spurred renewed interest a brand new animated series, which launched in fall 1983 on NBC and was titled Alvin and the Chipmunks, with Ross, Jr. taking over for his father as the voice of the Chipmunks and Dave Seville. To coincide with the new series, Viacom Enterprises distributed reruns of The Alvin Show to local stations.

In 1981 Clyde Crashcup made an appearance during a dream sequence in A Chipmunk Christmas. During recent network airings of the special, the sequence has been cut out, due to network time constraints concerning commercial ad time.

In 1990, The Alvin Show versions of the Chipmunks and Clyde Crashcup reappeared in an episode of The Chipmunks Go To the Movies entitled "Back to Our Future" (a spoof of the 1985 movie, Back to the Future).

Nickelodeon picked up US broadcast rights to The Alvin Show sometime in 1994 and ran the episodes daily until early 1995. During this time, as well as for sometime after the full episodes stopped airing, the individual cartoons and musical segments were inserted into episodes of Weinerville. In 1996, Nickelodeon stopped showing The Alvin Show segments altogether, and no television station has aired them since then.

Voice cast[edit]


26 episodes each were produced for the Alvin and the Chipmunks and Clyde Crashcup segments, along with 52 musical segments.

# 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-Preservation 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 (Alouette) 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 Bicycle Built For Two Invents the Shoe On Top of Old Smokey
21 Alvin's Studio Whistle While You Work Invents Physical Fitness Ragtime Cowboy Joe
22 Haunted House My Wild Irish Rose Invents the Ship The Band Played On
23 Sir Alvin Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair This is Your Life, Clyde Crashcup! Funiculi-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 in 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.

Home Media Releases[edit]

Other than the two VHS releases from Buena Vista Home Video, both of which featured 11 songs from The Alvin Show, up until recently, the show has never been released on DVD. However, on September 8, 2009, Paramount Home Entertainment released the "first" episode of the show (actually the Chipmunks short from episode 8, the Crashcup short from episode 6, and both musical segments from episode 3), along with two "modern" specials. Future "Complete Series" DVD sets of the series are not yet planned. In 2014, "The Brave Chipmunks" musical sequence was released as a bonus feature on The Chipmunk Adventure Blu-ray and DVD combo pack. In 2015, three complete episodes were released together as The Alvin Show on Blu-ray and DVD.

International Broadcast[edit]

  • Chile Chile
    • TVN (1969-1973)

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