Alvin & The Chipmunks
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly honored Alvin and the Chipmunks with the 2,657th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, March 14, 2019.The star was dedicated in the category of Television at 6600 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood Toy & Costume Shop.
“Kids of all ages will be thrilled with our next star ceremony!” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Alvin and the Chipmunks played a large part in our lives growing up and it’s amazing that they can continue to play this role in the lives of our little ones. We expect this star ceremony to be filled with joy and laughter for the whole family! This will be nuts!” added Martinez.
Helping Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, to unveil the star were Ross Bagdasarian, Janice Karman, Michael and Vanessa Bagdasarian.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com, courtesy of our media partner Variety.
After more than 60 years, Alvin and The Chipmunks are more successful than ever garnering more than two billion dollars across their number one songs, platinum selling albums, top television series, Prime Time Specials, Grammy awards, Emmy nominations, and four blockbuster motion pictures.
Ross Bagdasarian Sr. first introduced Alvin and The Chipmunks in 1958 on the novelty record “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late!),” which sold 4.5 million copies in seven weeks and has gone on to become one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time.
The Chipmunks first appeared on television in 1961 with “The Alvin Show”, which was one of the first Prime Time animated television series to air on national television. In 1981, The Chipmunks’ Prime Time television special, “A Chipmunk Christmas” aired on NBC and was seen by more than 35 million people, becoming a Holiday perennial. The success of the Christmas special led to a Saturday morning TV series, “Alvin & The Chipmunks”, which aired on NBC from 1983 to 1991,becoming one of the top rated shows in all of children’s programming. Not only did this series feature Alvin, Simon and Theodore, but also it introduced their female counterparts The Chipettes–Brittany, Eleanor and Jeanette.
The show was nominated for five Emmy Awards, was seen by more than 15 million people a week and has been broadcast in over 100 countries around the world.
Given the success of the franchise, The Chipmunks and Chipettes were redesigned for the brand new CG animated television series, ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks. Created, written, designed and directed by Janice Karman, the series launched Spring 2015 and continues to garner top ratings around the world, including on Nickelodeon in the U.S., attracting over 42 million viewers per week in the U.S. alone. The show has already received broadcast orders for five seasons comprising(260) 11-minute episodes.
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: A FAMILY TRADITION
The Bagdasarian family, headed by Ross Bagdasarian and his wife Janice Karman, have kept Alvin and the Chipmunks a vibrant cultural icon recognized the world over.
Janice and Ross continue as the voices of The Chipmunks and Chipettes and are joined by their children Vanessa and Michael. Michael not only acts as associate producer of the series and writes some of the episodes but also supplies voices for ancillary characters and helps edit the show. Vanessa not only acts as design associate and script consultant but also voices Eleanor of The Chipettes as well as ancillary characters.