Skip to main content

Alvin and the Chipmunks will grace the small screen once again

Are those still chipmunks? CGI Alvin and the Chipmunks to hit U.S. airwaves

alvin and the chipmunks cgi series nickelodeon
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Those cute, furry chipmunk pals who have entertained us with everything from their on-screen antics to squeaky Christmas carols will be gracing our TV screens once again as Nickelodeon has snagged the rights to the first two seasons of the CG-animated reboot series Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks, for the U.S. market, reports Variety.

Those who are familiar with the 1980s TV series and three movies, written by Janice Karman and her husband Ross Bagdasarian, know that it follows a trio of singing chipmunk friends – Alvin, Simon, and Theodore – who live with their adopted dad, David Seville. Simon is the smart one, Theodore the chubby, goofy one, and Alvin the troublemaker. The latter’s typical antics are what spark the triple “n” spelling, and gratuitous exclamation points included in the title, denoting how Dave is constantly yelling at Alvin for causing mischief. All three, naturally, have high-pitched chipmunk voices, all provided by Bagdasarian, with a little help of speeding up playback.

Related: Go, go gadget trailer! Netflix gives a first look at Inspector Gadget reboot

According to Karman, while the reboot will remain true to the essence of the show, it will follow a new narrative. “…[we] strived to bring something new to the way they react and behave, as well as their look.” Bagdasarian adds that the show is more like an “animated sitcom with real emotions.” That would require some female friends, too. So we’ll see the return of the female trio, the Chipettes, as well, including Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor. Judging from the images released thus far, the characters look slightly older, and a bit more human.

Nickelodeon has already been airing the show on more than 70 of its international channels for the last few months, and reports that it has been performing successfully. So it was a natural progression to bring it to the U.S.

A new movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, is also set to be released in theaters this December.

Editors' Recommendations

Christine Persaud
Christine has decades of experience in trade and consumer journalism. While she started her career writing exclusively about…
The best movies on Amazon Prime Video (April 2024)
Two possessed children look up in "The Exorcist: Believer."

Almost every big movie that was once on Peacock inevitably arrives on Amazon Prime Video. That was part of the deal that Universal Pictures struck with Amazon, so the studio shouldn't be too upset when a new arrival on Prime Video like The Exorcist: Believer suddenly becomes a bigger streaming hit there than it ever was on Universal-owned Peacock.

Similarly, Universal and Illumination's Minions: The Rise of Gru is also experiencing a surge in popularity on Prime Video after its recent arrival. So horror fans and comedy lovers both have something fun to watch as they head into the weekend. Fair warning: the rest of Prime Video's new arrivals are pretty light through the end of April. But as you can see in our complete roundup of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now, you still have more than enough options to get through to next month.

Read more
Everything you need to know about Avatar 3
A Na'vi shakes hands with another man as a woman looks on.

Never underestimate James Cameron and the power of Avatar. Cameron released Avatar in 2009, and it was his first film since 1997's Titanic. The sci-fi adventure introduced Pandora, the beautiful moon home to the blue indigenous species called the Na'vi. With stunning visuals and epic worldbuilding, Avatar became a smash hit and remains the highest-grossing film ever at $2.9 billion. Thirteen years later, Cameron raised the bar with Avatar: The Way of Water, the third highest-grossing film ever.

Audiences will explore Pandora again in the forthcoming sequel, Avatar 3. Cameron is working hard on the third film, which should arrive by the end of next year. What can audiences expect to see in Avatar 3? Below, we reveal everything you need to know about Avatar 3, including the release date, cast, plot, and trailer.
Avatar 3 release date

Read more
Everything you need to know about Minecraft the movie
The cover art for Minecraft.

Ten years ago, The Lego Movie proved that almost anything can be turned into a movie if the right team is behind the film. That paved the way for Barbie, which was a staggeringly massive success, and for films like The Emoji Movie, which was not. Now, Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment are going to take a shot at making a hit movie by getting behind an adaptation of the most successful video game of all time: Minecraft.

At first glance, Minecraft doesn't seem like a natural choice for a movie. Aside from the spinoff game Minecraft: Story Mode, there's not much in the way of mythology for the filmmakers to work with. Minecraft is a game that lets its players mine for resources and build almost anything they can imagine. The game has been out since 2011, and it's still incredibly popular. There may not be much of a story behind Minecraft, but that's a problem that The Lego Movie and Barbie were able to overcome. If the Minecraft movie can pull off that feat as well, it could become a massive hit.
Is the Minecraft movie live-action or animated?

Read more