Monday, December 25, 2017

Toons After Dark: A Chipmunk Christmas (1981)

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.

Rating: A.

Merry Christmas, everyone. We'll be back tomorrow.


Silverstar said...

This special also boasts an appearance by The Alvin Show's Clyde Crashcup, who didn't make it to any of the series revivals.

hobbyfan said...

How Ruby-Spears & DIC didn't bother to bring him back, I'll never know.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Though you linked to a random copy on YT, I would like to point out there's an official copy now up there as well (sans the end credits)!

hobbyfan said...

I wouldn't take that because it's missing the end credits. That may be the Chipmunks' official YouTube channel, but attention to detail is lacking.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Seems like a lot of so-called "Official" YouTube pages for different IP's seem to like going this route of stripping the end credits and sticking in these bits just so they'd have clickable links to other vids on their channels.

hobbyfan said...

Certainly seems to be the trend du jour, and one we can do without.