ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks
ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks is an American-French CGI-animated television series that first aired in France on March 30, 2015. It was created by Janice Karman, who also co-created the 1983 series with her husband, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.
The series follows the Chipmunks and the Chipettes in all-new adventures.
- The re-designs of the Chipmunks are mediocre: although they tried to make the chipmunks look more like actual chipmunks, they look more like both their live-action designs (with the tails) and their original designs were merged into one design. The clothing they are wearing is also too modern and looks almost nothing like the original (mostly for the Chipettes).
- All of the human characters from the original TV show appear in this show, but they are also redesigned, making them look less like their original counterparts, especially the main human character, Dave Seville.
- They are also flanderized into having very generic personalities, especially the side characters, such as their owner, David Seville.
- Simon, in particular, is changed from a supportive, smart, and likable character, into a generic, constantly abused character who acts like a jerk to Alvin.
- Dave has become a strict father which makes him very unlikeble.
- Alvin is sometime quite mischeavous and mean in the live-action franchise. But in the reboot, he becomes very much like Calliou.
- The Chipettes are now unlikable jerks (with Brittany being the most unlikable of the bunch), who tend to abuse their male counterparts in a lot of episodes, particularly in the first season.
- The theme song, while it is the same theme from the 1983 series, can get annoying after a while; in addition, the theme has been slightly sped up and the middle verse is cut to accommodate more commercial time.
- Some continuity errors; the biggest example is in the episode "The Sub", Alvin claims that he's the middle child of the Seville family, despite admitting that he's the eldest child several times before that in the series. In fact, it's not even clear anymore if he's the eldest child or the middle child.
- Some episodes are either lazy, stupid, mean-spirited, or boring.
- The infamous episode, "Bully For You", is probably one of the most mean-spirited episodes of the entire series, due to Simon being tortured because he broke his glasses and gets an embarrassing new pair, causing him to get bullied. The act of bullying animals is now considered animal cruelty, which is a crime.
- It overuses a lot of soccer player stereotypes.
- A lot of the female extras talk in a stereotypical "popular girl's nasal voice" which can get obnoxious after a while.
- Pathetic and lackluster soundtrack.
- Despite the animation being made by the same company that animated BTSW (OuiDo! in Season 1, and Technicolor in Season 2 onwards), it is mediocre most of the time.
- It has cheap and awful humor, with a lot of mean-spirited moments (especially from Miss Smith), fart jokes and toilet humor.
- Loads of unnecessary and unneeded filler.
- Passable voice acting, with Ross Bagdasarian Jr. (Dave, Alvin, and Simon) and Janice Karman (Theodore, Brittany, Jeanette) reprising their roles and a new voice actress, Vanessa Bagdasarian, replacing Karman as Eleanor. It's also impressive that the Bagdasarians are usually the only voice actors in the series.
- The show got slightly better after the first season, though many flaws remain.
- Some good episodes. In fact, several episodes have an entertaining amount of suspense/mystery.
- The theme song for the 1983 series is at least used, although the middle verse is removed.
- It contains little to no pop culture references and product placement, unlike the live-action movies.
- The songwriters attempted to write some original new songs for every episode, instead of going with the traditional chipmunk style of covering popular songs by well-known artists.
- It's good to see the Chipmunks back on TV after 25 years.
- Hilarious scenes here and there.
Episodes with their own Pages
Saberspark placed this on #6 on The Top 10 Worst Nickelodeon Cartoons.
- At one point, it aired on Nick Jr. and in other countries, though it is not a preschool show and absolutely not educational (except for Latin America). This has since been corrected.