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December 21, 2007 | Ryan Pearson, Associated Press
SANTA BARBARA -- The house that Chipmunks built sits atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Ross Bagdasarian Jr. lives here in the wealthy Montecito area with his wife, Janice Karman. Their offices house four Apple iMacs, gold Chipmunks records, Grammys, branded bubble gum, toothbrush holders, caps, at least one eight-track tape and dozens of CDs. All was wrought from a single kooky musical idea, "The Christmas Song," dreamed up by Bagdasarian's father, Ross Sr.
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December 19, 2011 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
In the new "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," a mishap with a runaway kite drags the vacationing Chipmunks from a luxury cruise liner to a jungle island, where they gaze in wonder at a double rainbow. "It is a pot joke, yes," conceded director Mike Mitchell, admitting the moment is a reference to a widely circulated YouTube video of a man's reaction to twin rainbows. "You would be amazed by how many parents get that joke and laugh at it. And it's performed so funny by Theodore — he kind of looks stoned when he says [double rainbow]
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December 23, 2009 | By Susan Carpenter
In the years since an aspiring small-time actor named Ross Bagdasarian bought a variable-speed tape recorder and sang "The Chipmunk Song" into its embedded microphone in 1958, his mischief-making rodents have sold 47 million copies of their 31 albums and amassed a worldwide fan base. In fact, though "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" only opened in theaters today, the soundtrack to the sequel to 2007's breakout animated hit is already a bona fide success. Released on Rhino Records Dec. 1 and featuring hits by the Kinks, Katy Perry and Beyoncé, the album sold 77,000 copies in its first two weeks of release, compared with just 7,000 for the first two weeks of sales for the 2007 film's soundtrack, which went on to move more than 1 million copies.
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December 23, 2009 | By Susan Carpenter
In the years since an aspiring small-time actor named Ross Bagdasarian bought a variable-speed tape recorder and sang "The Chipmunk Song" into its embedded microphone in 1958, his mischief-making rodents have sold 47 million copies of their 31 albums and amassed a worldwide fan base. In fact, though "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" only opened in theaters today, the soundtrack to the sequel to 2007's breakout animated hit is already a bona fide success. Released on Rhino Records Dec. 1 and featuring hits by the Kinks, Katy Perry and Beyoncé, the album sold 77,000 copies in its first two weeks of release, compared with just 7,000 for the first two weeks of sales for the 2007 film's soundtrack, which went on to move more than 1 million copies.
REAL ESTATE
October 9, 2005 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and his wife, Janice, had so much fun building their home in Montecito that they want to construct another one for themselves next door. It's a theme that resonates in at least one other aspect of their lives. Bagdasarian is a son of the songwriter who found fame with his 1958 recording of "The Chipmunk Song."
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March 2, 1985 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
Anticipation builds at the Forum. The next day may be a school day, but the eager young audience and a surprising number of parents are obviously unconcerned. Tonight they're going to rock 'n' roll with a group that made a phenomenal comeback in 1980 with a Gold Record and a Grammy nomination, after not recording an album for 13 years. It's time for loyal fans to party. Suddenly the curtain opens. Pandemonium. It's really them! Wait, there are only two. Where's the third member of the trio?
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January 3, 2008 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
The Nov. 11 test screening of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" was halfway over when the power in Westlake Village cut out. The emergency lights inside the Mann Village 8 came on, but most of preview guests still wouldn't leave their seats. After some 20 minutes in the near dark, 20th Century Fox canceled the screening -- the last one possible before "Alvin" was locked and no more editing changes would be possible.
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December 19, 2011 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
In the new "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," a mishap with a runaway kite drags the vacationing Chipmunks from a luxury cruise liner to a jungle island, where they gaze in wonder at a double rainbow. "It is a pot joke, yes," conceded director Mike Mitchell, admitting the moment is a reference to a widely circulated YouTube video of a man's reaction to twin rainbows. "You would be amazed by how many parents get that joke and laugh at it. And it's performed so funny by Theodore — he kind of looks stoned when he says [double rainbow]
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January 10, 2008 | Ron Magid
Say "Aaawww!" The adorable chipmunks created by Ross Bagdasarian first appeared in 1958 and have chirped through recordings and animated TV specials ever since. But they only recently entered the 3-D realm of computer graphics, thanks to the surprise Fox hit "Alvin and the Chipmunks." When it came to updating the sweater-clad trio, the mandate from director Tim Hill was reality.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2000 | From Reuters
The family that owns the rights to cartoon characters Alvin and the Chipmunks filed a $105-million lawsuit Monday against Universal Studios, claiming it failed to adequately license products based on Alvin and his singing friends. The suit, filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles, alleges Universal executives told members of Chipmunks creator Ross Bagdasarian Sr.'s family that the studio would make Alvin, Theodore and Simon (the Chipmunks) "a cornerstone" of the company's various endeavors.
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January 3, 2008 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
The Nov. 11 test screening of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" was halfway over when the power in Westlake Village cut out. The emergency lights inside the Mann Village 8 came on, but most of preview guests still wouldn't leave their seats. After some 20 minutes in the near dark, 20th Century Fox canceled the screening -- the last one possible before "Alvin" was locked and no more editing changes would be possible.
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December 21, 2007 | Ryan Pearson, Associated Press
SANTA BARBARA -- The house that Chipmunks built sits atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Ross Bagdasarian Jr. lives here in the wealthy Montecito area with his wife, Janice Karman. Their offices house four Apple iMacs, gold Chipmunks records, Grammys, branded bubble gum, toothbrush holders, caps, at least one eight-track tape and dozens of CDs. All was wrought from a single kooky musical idea, "The Christmas Song," dreamed up by Bagdasarian's father, Ross Sr.
REAL ESTATE
October 9, 2005 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and his wife, Janice, had so much fun building their home in Montecito that they want to construct another one for themselves next door. It's a theme that resonates in at least one other aspect of their lives. Bagdasarian is a son of the songwriter who found fame with his 1958 recording of "The Chipmunk Song."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1985 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
Anticipation builds at the Forum. The next day may be a school day, but the eager young audience and a surprising number of parents are obviously unconcerned. Tonight they're going to rock 'n' roll with a group that made a phenomenal comeback in 1980 with a Gold Record and a Grammy nomination, after not recording an album for 13 years. It's time for loyal fans to party. Suddenly the curtain opens. Pandemonium. It's really them! Wait, there are only two. Where's the third member of the trio?
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February 21, 1988 | Todd David Schwartz \f7
You wouldn't know it to look at 'em, but Alvin and the Chipmunks hit the big Three-Oh this year. Yep, come October, they're 30! Plans to commemorate the birthday are "in the embryonic stages," according to Ross Bagdasarian Jr., who inherited the Chipmunk legacy from his dad, who died in 1972. A possible star-studded NBC variety special combining live action with animation is in the talking stage.
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April 9, 1995 | N.F. MENDOZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one wants to pit bunnies against chipmunks, but the latter group of fur balls with tails celebrate Easter too. Case in point: The Easter Chipmunk, starring the precocious Alvin & the Chipmunks, airing Friday and Saturday on USA. When Alvin's grandfather tells him that he was the original Easter mascot, Alvin's determined grandpa gets justice and Mr. Hoppity is revealed as a fraud. "The Easter Chipmunk" joins Chipmunk holiday productions for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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