David Seville

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David Seville
Alvin and the Chipmunks character
First appearance1958
Created byRoss Bagdasarian Sr.
Portrayed byJason Lee (Live action/CGI films)
Voiced byRoss Bagdasarian Sr. (1958–72)
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. (1979–present)
YearsThe Alvin Show (1961–1962)
Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983–90)
Alvin and the Chipmunks in film (1987–2015)
ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks (2015–present)
HomeThe Seville Household with Alvin and the Chipmunks
ClassificationPresent Role, 2015 Series, The Road Chip
Information
GenderMale
OccupationProducer
Manager
Father of Alvin and the Chipmunks
ChildrenAlvin, Simon, Theodore, Brittany, Jeanette, Eleanor
NationalityAmerican
Other namesDave Seville
Official websitehttp://www.chipmunks.com

David "Dave" Seville is a fictional character, the producer and manager of the fictional singing group Alvin and the Chipmunks. The character was created by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. Bagdasarian had used the name "David Seville" as his stage name prior to the creation of the Chipmunks, while writing and recording novelty records in the 1950s.[1] One of the records, recorded under the David Seville stage name, was "Witch Doctor", featuring a sped-up high-pitched vocal technique that Bagdasarian would later use in "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)", which would introduce both Alvin and the Chipmunks as a singing group and Bagdasarian's music producer "Dave". Bagdasarian would go on to create The Alvin Show, based on the Alvin and the Chipmunks group, where he voiced the fictional character David Seville.[2]

Bagdasarian Sr. died in 1972, and his son Ross Bagdasarian Jr. took over ownership of Bagdasarian Productions. He reprised the David Seville character, first in a series of novelty albums beginning with 1980's Chipmunk Punk.[3] Bagdasarian Jr. subsequently assumed the role on the TV series Alvin and the Chipmunks, which ran in original episodes from 1983–1990. Bagdasarian Jr. has voiced David Seville in all official animated and recorded incarnations of David Seville since taking over for his father in the 1970s, including TV series, animated specials, and direct-to-video productions. He most recently voiced the character in the 2015 reboot of the Alvin and the Chipmunks television show.

Actor Jason Lee also portrays David Seville in a live action/CGI films starring Alvin and the Chipmunks which uses a combination of live-action acting and computer animation.[4] While Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. does not do any voices for the film series, the films are all produced in association with Bagdasarian Productions, which owns the rights to all of the characters.

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Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Portrayed By Production Producer
1987 The Chipmunk Adventure Voice Ross Bagdasarian Bagdasarian Productions Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.
1999 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein Bagdasarian Company
Universal Cartoon Studios
Kathi Castillo
2000 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
2003 Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks Main Role Bagdasarian Company
Paramount Pictures
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Jason Lee Fox 2000 Pictures
Regency Enterprises
Bagdasarian Company
Janice Karman
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Voice by Notes
1961–62 The Alvin Show Main Role Ross Bagdasarian Sr. October 1961
1983–90 Alvin and the Chipmunks Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
2015–present ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks Started August 2015

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Blevins, Joe (November 10, 2015). "The Dark, Angry Father of 'Alvin and the Chipmunks'". Splitsider. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry (January 14, 2015). ""The Alvin Show" Coming to Blu-Ray". IndieWire. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Rayl, Salley; Bell, Bonnie (October 20, 1980). "Chipmunk Punk? Yep, Those Amazing Animals—Alvin, Simon & Theodore—have Chirped Back Onto the Charts". People. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Radish, Christina (December 13, 2011). "Jason Lee ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED Interview". Collider. Retrieved October 3, 2018.