Alvin & the Chipmunks began their association with NBC in 1981, two years before they landed a berth on the network's Saturday morning lineup.
A Chipmunk Christmas was the first Chipmunk special, and the first project without creator Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., as Ross, Jr. took over voicing Alvin and Dave Seville. He also enlisted the aid of toon legend Chuck Jones to put this one together, which is why it looks miles better than the series produced by Ruby-Spears and later DIC with Bagdasarian Productions, first for NBC, then Fox.
Alvin gives up his harmonica in order to cheer up a young, ailing boy, but has to scramble for a new one when he & his brothers land an important gig. This was a rerun shown around 1986 (Alf's 1st year), while Kidd Video was still on the air.
Merry Christmas, everyone. We'll be back tomorrow.