Effective period / Period of releases: 1958 - 2007
Members: Theodore, Alvin (3), Simon (24)Alvin and the Chipmunks are a Grammy Award-winning animated music group, created and originally voiced by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in 1958. The group consists of three singing animated chipmunks: Alvin, the mischievous troublemaker; Simon, the tall, bespectacled intellectual; and Theodore, the chubby, impressionable sweetheart. Their human adoptive "father" and manager is David Seville, which was also Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.'s stage name.
The final album of the original incarnation of The Chipmunks was released in 1969. After the creator (David Seville) passed away in 1972, the group was given a reprise in 1980 by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.'s son, Ross Bagdasarian Jr., beginning with the album Chipmunk Punk using new voices and animated characters.