Alvin and the Chipmunks - A Chipmunk Christmas

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Several years after the death of novelty album recording artist Ross Bagdasarian, his son Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. brought his father's most popular creation, Alvin and the Chipmunks, back to life with a record album called Chipmunk Punk 1980. The resurgence in popularity of the high-pitched, squeaky-voiced, animated chipmunks Alvin the mischievous one, Theodore the giggly, shy, fat one and Simon the brainy one allowed Bagdasarian, Jr. to follow that project with Alvin & the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Christmas 1981,...
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Several years after the death of novelty album recording artist Ross Bagdasarian, his son Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. brought his father's most popular creation, Alvin and the Chipmunks, back to life with a record album called Chipmunk Punk 1980. The resurgence in popularity of the high-pitched, squeaky-voiced, animated chipmunks Alvin the mischievous one, Theodore the giggly, shy, fat one and Simon the brainy one allowed Bagdasarian, Jr. to follow that project with Alvin & the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Christmas 1981, a half-hour television special and accompanying record album. Voicing the same character Bagdasarian had, that of the chipmunks' "father" Dave Seville, Bagdasarian, Jr. created the story of the chipmunks preparing a Carnegie Hall appearance, only to realize that Alvin has given away his harmonica, an instrument with which he's scheduled to perform a solo. On the play list for their big show was "The Chipmunk Song Christmas, Don't Be Late," the single that launched the chipmunks' decades-spanning career in 1958. So popular was Alvin & the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Christmas, that in 1983, NBC produced a second chipmunks TV series, Alvin and the Chipmunks 1983-1990, which ran as a Saturday morning children's program, spawning a variety of videos and further record albums.
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The giving spirit of Christmas inspires a change of heart in greedy, present-grubbing Alvin when he learns about Tommy, a very sick little boy whose spirits can only be lifted a harmonica -- a gift, alas, that his family cannot afford. Alvin gives Tommy his own precious instrument, just as Dave books the Chipmunks for a Christmas Eve concert (at Carnegie Hall, no less) at which Alvin is expected to perform a harmonica solo. The boys desperately try to raise money to buy Alvin a replacement. This 1981 special will be a nostalgic kick for older Chipmunk fans who will appreciate the cameo by Clyde Crashcup (a crackpot character from the original Alvin Show) and a rendition of the Chipmunks' holiday classic, "The Chipmunk Song." Queen of Cartoons June Foray has a dual role as the maternal voice of Tommy's worried mother and a mysterious stranger who rewards Alvin's altruism. Legendary Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones is credited as creative consultant, and you can see his influence in some of the characters' priceless deadpan reaction shots. A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life inspire two more holiday themed episodes from the late 1980s' DIC incarnation of Alvin and the Chipmunks, also included on this release. In "Merry Christmas, Mr. Carroll," Alvin yet again learns the true meaning of Christmas from three nocturnal spirits who open his heart. In "Dave's Wonderful Life," a distressed, money-strapped Dave thinks the Chipmunks would have been better off if he never existed until he sees the positive influence he has had on their lives. Less patient parents might wish to hide the accompanying soundtrack CD featuring the helium-voiced trio singing traditional and original Christmas songs. Hearing "The Chipmunk Song" for the 20th time might make them nuttier than a fruitcake.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • UPC: 097368011649
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition / Bonus CD / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:06:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. Voice Only
Janice Karman Voice Only
Shepard Menken Voice Only
June Foray
Frank Welker Voice Only
R.J. Williams Voice Only
Technical Credits
Chuck Jones Director
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