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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FLZKAM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The very first broadcast show of the classic Chipmunk series from 1961 that started it all, never released before on VHS or DVD! The Chipmunks humor, mischief and music are on full display! The DVD includes this classic episode, plus two additional episodes, “Rockin Through The Decades” and “A Chipmunk Reunion.”

Customer Reviews

Oh well, back to YouTube.
digitaldavea
I do not think it is fair, in my opinion, to put one classic cartoon on the disc and then fill it up with other animation from the 70's, 80's or 90's.
C. Kennedy
If this is priced as per Paramount's cost,shame on them.
jimac51

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on September 26, 2009
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Dave Seville: "I'm proud of you boys, Alvin. It took a while, but you finally got around to releasing The Alvin Show on DVD. Fans have been waiting a long time.
A: That was our first show on TV, Dave.
D: I still remember your first single. It was "The Chipmunk Song", also known as "Christmas Don't Be Late" in 1958 on Liberty Records. You were named after three of the executives there. But TV fame came when you got your first TV show in 1961, and on evening prime time on CBS. The folks at Format Films gave you a great, modernistic, stylized look. They were renegades from UPA Studios, as were so many of the artists and animators working in late '50s and early '60s TV.
A: The next season we moved to Saturday morning and kids kept us there for five years.
D: That was amazing since there were only 26 episodes, but they kept rerunning them as they were so popular.
A: Then in 1979, the show was rerun on the Saturday line-up on NBC, we had so many fans.
D: Do you remember why you were so popular? A radio DJ played a speeded-up punk song, and the next year, we recorded an album of Chipmunk Punk. That, and Urban Chipmunk, the next album, both went platinum.
A: And we made a Christmas special in 1981, and returned with a new show, "Alvin and the Chipmunks" in 1983 on NBC. Notice I have starring billing.
D: Or you did until 1988, when it was retitled, "The Chipmunks".
A: Now we're releasing it all on DVD to keep up with the demand from the fans.
D: Yes, the only show not on DVD was the original "Alvin and the Chipmunks". Fans got to see it when it was shown on Nick in 1994, and on the wonderful show, Weinerville on Nick. Did I spell that right? Anyway, your fans beseiged Viacom to release it on DVD. And here it is, all 26 episodes.
A: Uh Dave.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. Kennedy on October 4, 2009
I love The Alvin Show! I want this DVD very much, but I will wait until a box set of ALL 26 shows are available. Yes, I would spend almost any amount to get it.( A box set). I can't justify $14.99 for this disc! I do not think it is fair, in my opinion, to put one classic cartoon on the disc and then fill it up with other animation from the 70's, 80's or 90's. We are the baby boomer who really like this show from the 60's. Please give us what we want at a fair price without the Chippetts, Achy Breaky Heart (or whatever). The (ORIGIONAL)Alvin Show featuring 2 shorts, Clyde Crashcup and a sing-a-long would be just fine. I don't want to sound like a snob, but please just give us the good stuff, the stuff that we over 40 years old would like.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By digitaldavea on October 18, 2009
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After this long you would think they could at least release this show in its entirety and not play with us. I was very dissappointed. They could have at least put the Chipmunk Song on here. Oh well, back to YouTube.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Karen D. Larry-Moyer on December 1, 2009
I was very disappointed - got all settled in to watch classic episodes that I remember from the early 60s only to find that I got one great episode and the rest that 80s stuff !
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vernon Street Archives on October 25, 2009
When I saw the artwork, I thought, "Finally!" And then I read the details. Only 1 show? I don't think so. But when the complete series is released, I'm there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Harnick on October 30, 2010
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First let me say that I, like most other 40+ fans, would really like to see The Alvin Show released in its entirety. Some sad news for us comes from a reputable animation historian who had access to the original films from 1961. He says they are in such bad shape that they may never be released!! It's the same problem with early episodes of Doctor Who - the original producers diddn't think that show would be such a hit and so many episodes pre-1971 are lost either to recycling or just plain poor storage. Having said that, I have told this historian that even in a poor state, the collection would sell and he agreed. Unfortunately, it's not his decision or mine - or even ours as collective fans apparently. But there may be a ray of hope. Last I heard they were not going to release ANY of the episodes. Maybe this one is a sign that they have decided to clean them up as best they can and release them. Who knows?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael on November 1, 2009
Not the entire first season, just the first episode of the first season (one of twenty-six ever produced, in 1961). Very good film to DVD transfer, but at slightly under thirty minutes this is not very economical.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. T. Appleton on December 24, 2011
This is not the 1st episode of the Alvin show it is actually the Chipmunks short from episode 8, the Crashcup short from episode 6, and the musical segments from episode 3.
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Details on DVD....
Hi.
Like you I've been trying to get CBS/Paramount to release the classic 1961 series THE ALVIN SHOW. So
what do they do? they release O N E episode! I guess one in better than none... So I'll be in line at
Best Buy on Sept 8 to pick up my copy-but I wish there were more old... Read More
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