"A Chipmunk Christmas" Premieres on NBC
A Chipmunk Christmas is an animated christmas television special based on characters from Alvin and the Chipmunks.
It aired on the NBC television network in 1981, nine years after the death of Alvin and the Chipmunks creator Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (also known as David Seville). This was the first time that Alvin, Simon and David Seville were voiced by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and the first time that Theodore was voiced by Janice Karman.
A soundtrack album based on the television special was released in 1981. The album serves as the group's third Christmas album and their twelfth album overall.
The album managed to peak at #72 on Billboard's Pop Albums Chart and was certified Gold by RIAA, becoming the group's third and final gold album.
Between 1992-2001, the album, which was originally released on LP, was re-released on cassette and compact disc formats.
A 25th Anniversary Special Edition was released on September 26, 2006 from Bagdasarian Productions and Paramount Home Entertainment. The release featured a 2-disc set including A Chipmunk Christmas plus the soundtrack on CD. In addition, the DVD contains two episodes from the 1983-1991 television show Alvin and the Chipmunks.