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.
Everyone's favorite chipmunks - Alvin, Simon and Theodore - are back in this computer-animated version of the classic animated series. The brothers are famous rock stars who tour around the world with their best friends, the Chipettes. The boys' father, Dave, writes their songs and tries to keep them in line - both on and off the stage. Alvin, the leader of the fraternal group, is always coming up with crazy schemes that often get him and his brothers in trouble. Oldest brother Simon is the smart one, using his intelligence to keep the group safe. Theodore may be the youngest of the three brothers, but he frequently comes up with powerful words of wisdom.
- 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.
- Alvin is sometimes quite mischievous and mean in the live-action franchise. But in the reboot, he becomes very selfish and cruel to the point where the scenes where Dave yells Alvin are more justified.
- 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 went from a kind-hearted and a likable father who always punished the Chipmunks for rightful reasons and care about them into a strict and selfish father which makes him very unlikeble, in fact, this is why a rare minority of fans hate Dave.
- 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.
- "Spoiler-Itis" is mean sprited to Alvin as he's put through torture.
- "Independence Day" & "Opposites Attract" are both misleading and have bad beginnings
- in "Dave Rebooted", Alvin takes advantage of an amnesiac Dave, and gets them on a ski vacation.
- "Germs" is probably the most annoying episode with Theodore being a germaphobe.
- "Geizmo's Day Out" is probably the worst offender since the entire episode is just Alvin being tortured by Simon's robot, Geizmo.
- It overuses a lot of soccer player stereotypes.
- A lot of the female extras talk in a "Valley Girl" accent which can get obnoxious after a while.
- Pathetic and lackluster soundtrack.
- The animation look plastic and it is very mediocre most of the time, the CGI models for the characters look like rejects from an Indian cartoon like Motu Patlu.
- It has cheap and awful humor, with a lot of mean-spirited moments (especially from Miss Smith and Dave), fart jokes and toilet humor.
- Loads of unnecessary and unneeded filler.
- Terrible voice acting for the most part. Nearly all the characters speak with a lisp, an accent, high-pitched voices, and the characters constantly stutter for the most part.
- The logic in this show makes no sense. There are also many errors.
- Eleanor somehow doesn't have her bag in the episode "Lice-enced to Teach".
- Many of the babies (except the robot babies in the episode "Baby Mama Drama") in this show have the exact same appearance, consisting of light skin, blonde hair, and a lilac onesie, as well as voice.
- Some good voices, 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, as the characters becomes more tolerable in later episodes and some of the episodes are now tolerable, though many flaws remain as the animation is still mediocre most of the time and the voice acting still needs some work as mentioned above.
- 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.
- Some episodes taught good lessons and morals.
- "The Great Snack Off" tells you that you shouldn't play the game where you throw food up in the air and try to catch it with your mouth because there will be consequences.
- While the animation is mediocre most of the time, sometimes it is passable and fluid.
ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks received mixed to negative reviews from Critics and Many fans of the 1983 Series alike. It scored a 4.5 on IMDb.
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. This has since been corrected.
- The animation is made by the same company that animated Sonic Boom and Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years (Under the name OuiDo! in Season 1, and Technicolor in Season 2 onwards).