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How Nickelodeon’s ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ Honors Ross Bagdasarian’s Original Vision, Sees New Global Success

  • Variety
Decades after the Chipmunks made their small-screen debut on CBS in 1961, Alvin, Simon and Theodore are still leaving an indelible mark on the television landscape and adhering to creator Ross Bagdasarian Sr.’s original vision.

“It was important to my dad that there be a show that was, hopefully, entertaining, but he wanted it to be non-violent,” says Bagdasarian’s son Ross Jr., co-owner of Bagdasarian Prods.

Designed to be a gentler alternative to the Looney Tunes, “The Alvin Show” set the basic look and personas of the Chipmunks, as well as a tone that would prove to be timeless. But over the years, the design of the characters and types of stories told have been modernized to better speak to the current audience.

Today’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” which launched on Nickelodeon in 2015, tells tales of bullying, technology and not getting along with siblings. It also relies heavily on the Chipettes,
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Reflecting on the Road to Alvin and the Chimpunks’ Hollywood Star

  • Variety
Reflecting on the Road to Alvin and the Chimpunks’ Hollywood Star
After 60 years, Alvin and the Chipmunks are, as their catchy TV theme song perpetually promises, coming on stronger than ever before.

Late last year, the harmonizing rodents with a penchant for hula hoops and harmonicas celebrated their sixth decade since their breakout hit “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” — a novelty tune crafted by the inventive music producer Ross Bagdasarian Sr. — put them on the pop culture map in 1958. Over the years the Chipmunks, as with the greatest pop artists, would successfully reinvent themselves — as animated TV characters, movie stars and masters of virtually every musical genre.

That enviable track record has finally earned a star on the Walk of Fame for Alvin, Simon and Theodore, something that resonates deeply for Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and his wife, Janice Karman, the keepers of the Chipmunks’ creative flame since Bagdasarian Sr.’s death in 1972.

“Knowing that we are going to
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Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney Hit the Road in ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ Trailer (Video)

Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney Hit the Road in ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ Trailer (Video)
The trio of chipmunks are back and squeakier than ever in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.” In the new trailer released by 20th Century Fox, the chipmunks come to believe that their best friend Dave (Jason Lee) will propose to his girlfriend in New York City and leave them behind. Alvin, Simon and Theodore — voiced by Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney, respectively — have three days to go on an epic road trip and stop the proposal. Walt Becker directed the screenplay by Adam Sztkiel. Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian produced. Bella Thorne and Kimberly Williams-Paisley also star.
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Ridley Scott’s The Martian Highlight of 20th Century Fox’s CinemaCon 2015 Event

Following the exciting presentation at CinemaCon last week, 20th Century Fox released some new details for their upcoming releases. Check out the official synopses along with some photos for all their 2015 and 2016 films.

The highlight of the event was the must-see film of 2015 – Ridley Scott’s The Martian.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold,
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Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks: Nickelodeon Picks Up New Animated Series

Alvin and his musical rodent brothers are back. Nickelodeon has picked up two seasons of Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks with a commitment for 104 episodes. It will roll it out across the world in early 2015.

Created by Janice Karman, the annimated series is produced by Bagdasarian Productions and OuiDO! Productions.

Jules Borkent, Nickelodeon’s senior VP of global acquisitions and international programming, said, “The new franchise will feature the fun-filled adventures of the Chipmunks and complement Nickelodeon’s existing line-up of funny, smart and entertaining kids’ content airing internationally.”

The new show marks the return of Alvin and the Chipmunks to series television after 20 years away. It will follow the mis-adventures of Alvin, Theodore, Simon and the female Chipettes. Each episode will feature an original song, produced by Bagdasarian.

What do you think? Do you like
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Alvinnn!!! And The Chipmunks To Air In 2015, So Maybe Sell Your TV

Hoping for an Alvin and the Chipmunks-free 2015? Well, tough. In accordance with ancient prophecy (and Cartoon Brew), 2015 will see the debut of a brand new CG TV show featuring the brothers Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, currently known by the working title Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks.

Seeing a gap in the market where more Chipmunk hi-jinks could be implausibly squeezed, show-creators Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and his wife Janice Karman have been working on the TV show since 2010, when it was known as The Chipmunks and Chipettes. If Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks follows the same lines as predecessor The Chipmunks and Chipettes, it would seem that there will be a much-needed expansion of the cast, leading to interesting love triangles, botched drug deals, and maybe a murder or two.

Will 2015 be the year of the TV’s first gay chipmunk?

Given that the movies proved incredibly popular with the public-at-large, if not the critics necessarily,
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Contest: Win Chipmunks Christmas Holiday CD

Contest: Win Chipmunks Christmas Holiday CD
Since there is no Alvin and the Chipmunks movie coming out this Christmas, we know there are families who still need a fix of these lovable characters this holiday season. To help fill the void, Bagdasarian Productions has released Chipmunks Christmas, an 18-song CD featuring the Chipmunks singing holiday classics such as Here Comes Santa Claus, Jingle Bells, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We have a contest running where fans can take home this CD filled to the brim with Christmas cheer, in a way only the Chipmunks can provide. Take a look at how you can win.

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Chipmunks Christmas holiday CD

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David Cross Clarifies 'Chipmunks' Slam

Two days after David Cross's casual "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" smackdown, he took to his Facebook page to apologize.

The star appeared on "Conan" Monday night and explained that filming the third "Chipmunk" movie was "the most miserable experience I've ever had in my professional life." Cross then made an anti-semitic jab at one of the film's producers, describing her as "the personification of what people think about when they think negatively about Jews." (Talk about a banger in the mouth!)

Tail between his legs, Cross issued an apology to "Chipwrecked" producers Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. -- who, incidentally, is the son of the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" creator.

"To any and all who are aware of my 'Conan' appearance in which I disparaged a particular producer on the movie 'Alvin and the Chipmunks - Chipwrecked,' I would like to clarify the following; the
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Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked movie clips and interviews

Interviews, clips from Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. This franchise just keeps winning for families, pulling in both young and old fans alike, eager to see what the group's up to next. This time, while on vacation, the Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground. That is until they end up being "Chipwrecked" on a remote island. Trying to find their way home in any way they can, they soon learn that the island is not as deserted as it would seem. Check out clips in high definition, and get feedback from director Mike Mitchell, producers Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman, as well as cast Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate. Catch the Chipmunks back on the big screen from December 16th!...
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Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked movie clips and interviews

Interviews, clips from Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. This franchise just keeps winning for families, pulling in both young and old fans alike, eager to see what the group's up to next. This time, while on vacation, the Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground. That is until they end up being "Chipwrecked" on a remote island. Trying to find their way home in any way they can, they soon learn that the island is not as deserted as it would seem. Check out clips in high definition, and get feedback from director Mike Mitchell, producers Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman, as well as cast Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate. Catch the Chipmunks back on the big screen from December 16th!...

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked movie clips and interviews

Interviews, clips from Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. This franchise just keeps winning for families, pulling in both young and old fans alike, eager to see what the group's up to next. This time, while on vacation, the Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground. That is until they end up being "Chipwrecked" on a remote island. Trying to find their way home in any way they can, they soon learn that the island is not as deserted as it would seem. Check out clips in high definition, and get feedback from director Mike Mitchell, producers Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman, as well as cast Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate. Catch the Chipmunks back on the big screen from December 16th!...
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Alvin Goes Missing after Chipmunks Pawprint Ceremony

  • kidspickflicks
by Monkey Riley, Age 10

This morning at the Grauman's Chinese Theater, Alvin, Theodore and Simon from Alvin and the Chipmunks got their paws and feet put in the cement to mark their place in Hollywood history. Jason Lee, who plays Dave Seville in the Alvin & the Chipmunks, talked to KidsPickFlicks and told me that Alvin and the Chipmunks is his movie family, since he's been working with them for five years.

I also spoke with Janice Bagdasarian Karman and Ross Bagdasarian who, with their dad, have been working on Alvin and the Chipmunks for 50 years and were excited for them to be recognized with other great stars.

Three hundred kids wearing "A" shirts screamed all they could for Alvin and the Chipmunks. Alvin, Theodore and Simon got cement all over their belly fur during the ceremony and they went to go clean off their paws.

When Simon and Theodore came back on stage,
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Alvin and the Chipmunks family sue 20th Century Fox

Janice Karman, writer and daughter-in-law of the characters' late creator, claims 20th Century Fox failed to pay her for work on the screenplay for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Last year's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel may have had critics chirping with horror, but it was one of the biggest blockbusters of 2009, with a haul of $442m (£291m) worldwide. Now, a firm that represents the family of the series' creator is suing 20th Century Fox for half of all profits from the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In a lawsuit filed at the Us district court in Los Angeles, Bagdasarian Productions says Fox failed to recompense its writer Janice Karman, daughter-in-law of Chipmunks' late creator Ross Bagdasarian, for substantial work she carried out on the screenplay of the second film in the series. Lawyers also claim that the studio breached an agreement to fully exploit commercial tie-ins for the brand.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Fox Sued Over Alvin & The Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel

20th Century Fox is being sued over Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel. The company run by the chipmunks' creator is suing the studio over numerous issues, in the hope of nabbing half the profits from the film. Bagdasrian Prods have launched a lawsuit that claims Janice Karman (conveniently, the daughter-in-law of the creator) wrote a script for the movie, which was then rewritten and eventually refined by Karman upon a request from Fox.
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Fox Sued Over The Squeakquel

Fox Sued Over The Squeakquel
Hard as it may be to believe, someone really wants credit for writing Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Oh, and half of all profits from the hugely successful film.Bagdasarian Prods, run by the family of the critters’ creator, Ross Bagdasarian, is suing 20th Century Fox over multiple issues, most pointedly that of screenplay work by Janice Karman (who happens to be married to Ross Bagdasarian Jr) and the question of merchandising.The family’s lawsuit claims that Karman wrote a script for the movie, which was then re-written, before Fox brought her in to polish the final version. She’s pointing to several scenes that prove she’s co-owner of the final script and therefore entitled to half of all the profits (not sure quite how they figure that given the usual treatment of writers in Hollywood, but then she is part of the family that owns the rights).Plus,
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Fox Bosses Sued Over Chipmunks Profits

  • WENN
Fox Bosses Sued Over Chipmunks Profits
Alvin And The Chipmunks follow-up The Squeakquel is at the centre of a legal battle - the family which owns the rights to the franchise is demanding bosses at 20th Century Fox hand over half the profits from the film.

Executives at Bagdasarian Productions, along with writer Janice Karman, allege "substantial copyrighted" portions of a screenplay Karman wrote were used in last year's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel without permission.

The lawsuit claims Karman, who is married to the son of late Chipmunks creator Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., penned a screenplay for the film and was offered a compensation fee from the studio, which she turned down as insufficient.

The family's complaint reads: "Karman's provision of her screenplay writings to Fox was conditioned upon the payment of adequate compensation for those writings and her attendant services, which Karman never received."

But Fox studio executives are planning to battle the suit, calling it "completely without merit".

A statement from Fox adds, "We look forward to resolving our differences and, in the meantime, we are continuing to move forward with this franchise."

The plaintiffs want Karman to be made a co-owner of the script, and argue she should receive half of all profits "attributable to The Squeakquel's screenplay". The animated movie raked in more than $442 million (£295 million) at the worldwide box office, reports Reuters.

Exclusive Interview: Alvin and the Chipmunks Producers Talk About Third Movie, Possible New TV Series

Since they were created in 1958 by actor/songwriter Ross Bagdasarian, Sr, Alvin and the Chipmunks have endured as a beloved mainstay of pop culture. And even after decades of record sales and a hit Saturday morning cartoon in the '80s, the anthropomorphic trio of Alvin, Simon, and Theodore show no signs of slowing down. 50 years after their inception, the characters are as popular as ever: their 2007 foray into live action film impressively hauled in over $360 million worldwide, and their 2009 follow-up Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, which re-introduced the Chipmunks' female counterparts, the Chipettes, and thrust the furry brothers into the unfamiliar landscape of high school, eclipsed that total by surpassing $440 million.

The 'munk franchise is poised for continued success: even as The Squeakquel hits Blu-ray and DVD, plans are underway for a third live action movie, a new album, and a possible return to television. In this exclusive interview,
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DVD Releases 3/30/10

  • Pajiba
An Education: "The dilemma at the center of Lone Scherfig's British coming-of-age drama, An Education (2009), is quite simple. Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is an attractive, incredibly smart, and witty 16-year-old growing up in a drab suburb of London in 1961. Judging from the lifestyles of the female role models around her, her future can be narrowed down to two options: housewife or schoolmarm. In order to meet the requirements of one of those employment opportunities, Jenny's caring but overly concerned parents (Alfred Molina and Cara Seymour) and school teacher (Olivia Williams) forcefully suggest an education at Oxford. In order to market herself as a valuable candidate, Jenny must ace English, Latin, French (hence the title), and show cultural breadth (her "hobby" is the cello). Yet, if all goes according to plan, Jenny will meet a similarly cultured wealthy man and will no longer need to do any of those things.
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The Chipmunks take over Dodger Stadium!

What:

Music legends and movie stars, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, take on America’s favorite pastime to celebrate Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel sliding onto Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 30.

Full of rock and roll fun, games – and even tattoos – fans will enjoy:

• A very special Chipmunk performance of “America The Beautiful

• The debut of Simon’s new look in honor of the Dodgers’ left-fielder

• The ceremonial first pitch thrown by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.

• Pre-game photo opportunities on the field with the Chipmunks

• Chipmunks leading the crowd in “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch

Who:

Producer and long-time Dodgers fan Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., son of the Chipmunk’s founder Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. and his wife Janice Karman, producer/creator of the Chipettes, will be available for interviews pre-game.

Where:

Dodger Stadium

1000 Elysian Park Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

When:

Saturday, April 3

Press Check-In: 11:30 Am
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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Review

  • Pajiba
If Alvin and the Chipmunks was, as I stated in 2007, "inevitable," then its $217 million domestic gross ($360 million worldwide) firmly established that a sequel (which I refuse to refer to by its "proper" name) was as unavoidable as catching rigor mortis from tap dancing in heavy traffic. In this second feature film, the three rodents of doom--Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler), and Theodore (Jesse McCartney)--are back to trip the light fantastic upon our own rotting corpses. This time around, though, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. is not merely content to drag his father's creations into CGI hell, but also enlists the Chipettes (created by Janice Karman) to up the annoyance factor. Parents will be relieved to know that, in the sequel, nobody eats anyone else's poop, but there is a fetching dutch oven joke and plenty of butt references to feed those with bodily function fetishes. However, the undeniable "zip
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