The Alvin Show (found animated series; 1961-1962)
The cover of an LP with some music from the series.
Date found: 04 Apr 2020
Found by: Rugratskid
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 4th, 1961, to September 12th, 1962, on CBS on Wednesdays, 7:30-8 pm EST. It debuted in black and white, and colour 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.
On September 25th, 2017, LMW user Rugratskid has almost the entire show in his possession. Rugratskid is still missing one segment though, which is titled "Spain."
On April 4th, 2020, LMW user Rugratskid posted a Google Drive link containing a link to all 26 full episodes of the series on his Twitter.
|#||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||Found|
|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||Found|
|6||Fancy||Japanese Banana||Invents Music||When Johnny Comes Marching Home||Found|
|7||Alvin’s Alter Ego||The Pidgin English Hula||Invents the West||Chipmunk Fun||Found|
|8||Sam Valiant, Real Estate||Working on the Railroad||Invents the Stove||Stuck in Arabia||Found|
|9||Camping Trip||Good Morning Song||Invents Jokes||I Wish I Had a Horse||Found|
|10||Overworked Alvin||Witch Doctor||Invents Flight||The Chipmunk Song||Found|
|11||Dude Ranch||Home on the Range||Invents First Aid||Alvin for President||Found|
|12||Jungle Rhythm||Lily of Laguna||Invents Egypt||Row Your Boat||Found|
|13||Bentley Van Rolls||Swing Low Sweet Chariot||Invents Self-Preservation||Comin' Thru the Rye||Found|
|14||Good Manners||Bicycle Built for Two||Invents Physical Fitness||Ragtime Cowboy Joe||Found|
|15||Little League||Buffalo Gals||Invents the Chair||While Strolling in the Park One Day||Found|
|16||Hillbilly Son||Spain||Invents the Bed||Pop Goes the Weasel||Found|
|17||Alvin’s Cruise||Alvin's Harmonica||Invents the Telephone||If You Love Me/Alouette||Found|
|18||Lovesick Dave||Coming 'Round the Mountain||Invents the Time Machine||The Blind-Folded Mice||Found|
|19||Eagle In Love||Sing a Goofy Song||Invents Do it Yourself||Twinkle Twinkle Little Star||Found|
|20||Theodore’s Dog||Clementine||Invents the Shoe||Maria from Madrid||Found|
|21||Haunted House||Whistle While You Work||Invents Glass||My Wild Irish Rose||Found|
|22||Alvin's Studio||Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair||This is Your Life, Clyde Crashcup!||The Band Played On||Found|
|23||The Whistler||The Alvin Twist||Invents the Boat||The Man on the Flying Trapeze||Found|
|24||Sir Alvin||Git Along Little Doggies||Invents Crashcupland||Down in the Valley||Found|
|25||Disc Jockey||Funiculi, Funicula||Invents Birthdays||Polly Wolly Doodle||Found|
|26||Eagle Music||On Top of Old Smokey||Invents Self-Defense||America the Beautiful||Found|
- Archived Page of the Original Tweet. Retrieved 15 Mar '21