The Alvin Show (partially found animated series; 1961)
|The cover of an LP with music from the series.|
The Alvin Show is an American animated television series. It was the first animated TV show about Alvin and the Chipmunks, and it aired from October 4, 1961 to September 12, 1962 on CBS on Wednesdays, 7:30-8pm Eastern. It debuted in black and white, and color versions of the episodes were not seen until the series entered syndication in the fall of 1965.
Each episode was split into 4 different segments; a 7 minute Chipmunks cartoon, 1 music segment performed by the Chipmunks, a 7-minute clip with Clyde Crashcup (a crazy inventor) and a concluding musical clip. It was syndicated on many stations, but it hasn't appeared on TV in several decades, with its last appearance on TV being in 1995 on Nickelodeon. Since then, only 3 episodes have been made available for purchase and 2 VHS tapes with songs from the show in a sing-along format, which are now out of print. Additionally, the segments were frequently rearranged during syndication.
With the advent of the Internet, The Alvin Show became easier to find and watch. In 2008-ish, segments from The Alvin Show were uploaded to YouTube, but were taken down by Bagdasarian Productions, the legal owners of the show. In 2012, a Lost Media Wiki user named Rugratskid began re-uploading segments to YouTube, but they were again removed by Bagdasarian. Rugratskid then began collecting any segments he could find and has compiled them on MEGA. He has since uploaded all 26 of the 7 minute Chipmunks cartoons, around 10 of the Clyde Crashcup segments, and around 85% of the music segments. Some of the Clyde Crashcup segments are available for purchase, but most of the content is difficult to find on DVD today.
EDIT, 9/25/17 - Almost the entire show is in the possession of LMW user Rugratskid, there is still one missing segment though, which is "Spain".
|#||The Chipmunks||Musical Segment 1||Clyde Crashcup||Musical Segment 2||Status|
|1||Stanley The Eagle||Oh Gondaliero||Invents Baseball||I Wish I Could Speak French||Found|
|2||Sam Valiant, Private Nose||August Dear||Invents the Bathtub||Alvin's Orchestra||Found|
|3||Squares||Swanee River||Invents the Wife||The Magic Mountain||Partially Lost|
|4||Ostrich||The Brave Chipmunks||Invents the Baby||Yankee Doodle Dandy||Found|
|5||Good Neighbor||The Little Dog||Invents Electricity||Old MacDonald Cha Cha Cha||Partially Lost|
|6||Fancy||Japanese Banana||Invents Music||When Johnny Comes Marching Home||Partially Lost|
|7||Alvin’s Alter Ego||The Pidgin English Hula||Invents the West||Chipmunk Fun||Partially Lost|
|8||Sam Valiant, Real Estate||Working on the Railroad||Invents the Stove||Stuck in Arabia||Partially Lost|
|9||Camping Trip||Good Morning Song||Invents Jokes||I Wish I Had a Horse||Partially Lost|
|10||Overworked Alvin||Witch Doctor||Invents Flight||The Chipmunk Song||Found|
|11||Dude Ranch||Home on the Range||Invents First Aid||Alvin for President||Partially Lost|
|12||Jungle Rhythm||Lily of Laguna||Invents Egypt||Row Your Boat||Partially Lost|
|13||Bentley Van Rolls||Swing Low Sweet Chariot||Invents Self-Preservation||Comin' Thru the Rye||Partially Lost|
|14||Good Manners||Bicycle Built for Two||Invents Physical Fitness||Ragtime Cowboy Joe||Partially Lost|
|15||Little League||Buffalo Gals||Invents the Chair||While Strolling in the Park One Day||Partially Lost|
|16||Hillbilly Son||Spain||Invents the Bed||Pop Goes the Weasel||Partially Lost|
|17||Alvin’s Cruise||Alvin's Harmonica||Invents the Telephone||If You Love Me/Alouette||Partially Lost|
|18||Lovesick Dave||Coming 'Round the Mountain||Invents the Time Machine||The Blind-Folded Mice||Partially Lost|
|19||Eagle In Love||Sing a Goofy Song||Invents Do it Yourself||Twinkle Twinkle Little Star||Partially Lost|
|20||Theodore’s Dog||Clementine||Invents the Shoe||Maria from Madrid||Partially Lost|
|21||Haunted House||Whistle While You Work||Invents Glass||My Wild Irish Rose||Partially Lost|
|22||Alvin's Studio||Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair||This is Your Life, Clyde Crashcup!||The Band Played On||Partially Lost|
|23||The Whistler||The Alvin Twist||Invents the Boat||The Man on the Flying Trapeze||Partially Lost|
|24||Sir Alvin||Git Along Little Doggies||Invents Crashcupland||Down in the Valley||Partially Lost|
|25||Disc Jockey||Funiculi, Funicula||Invents Birthdays||Polly Wolly Doodle||Partially Lost|
|26||Eagle Music||On Top of Old Smokey||Invents Self-Defense||America the Beautiful||Partially Lost|