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David Seville
David Seville
Alvin and the Chipmunks character
First appearance1958-present
Created byRoss Bagdasarian Sr.
Portrayed byJason Lee
Voiced byRoss Bagdasarian Sr.(1958-72)
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. (1979-)
YearsThe Alvin Show (1961-1962)
Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983-90)
Alvin and the Chipmunks in film (1987-2015)
ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks (2015-present)
HomeThe Seville Household with Alvin and the Chipmunks
Father of Alvin and the Chipmunks
FamilyToby Seville
RelativesJackie Seville (Aunt)
Other namesDave Seville
Official websitehttp://www.chipmunks.com

David "Dave" Seville is a fictional character, the producer and manager of the fictional singing group Alvin and the Chipmunks. The character was created by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. Bagdasarian had used the name "David Seville" as his stage name prior to the creation of the Chipmunks, while writing and recording novelty records in the 1950s.[1] One of the records, recorded under the David Seville stage name, was "Witch Doctor", featuring a sped-up high-pitched vocal technique that Bagdasarian would later use in "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)", which would introduce both Alvin and the Chipmunks as a singing group and Bagdasarian's music producer "Dave". Bagdasarian would go on to create The Alvin Show, based on the Alvin and the Chipmunks group, where he voiced the semi-fictional character David Seville,[2] based largely on himself, with Alvin based on Ross's sometimes rebellious son Adam.[1]

Bagdasarian Sr. died in 1972, and his son (Adam's brother) Ross Bagdasarian Jr. took over ownership of Bagdasarian Productions. He reprised the David Seville character, first in a series of novelty albums beginning with 1980's Chipmunk Punk.[3] Bagdasarian Jr. subsequently assumed the role on the TV series Alvin and the Chipmunks, which ran in original episodes from 1983-1990. Bagdasarian Jr. has voiced David Seville in all official animated and recorded incarnations of David Seville since taking over for his father in the 1970s, including TV series, animated specials, and direct-to-video productions. He most recently voiced the character in the 2015 reboot of the Alvin and the Chipmunks television show.

Actor Jason Lee also portrays David Seville in a live action/CGI films starring Alvin and the Chipmunks which uses a combination of live-action acting and computer animation.[4] While Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. does not do any voices for the film series, the films are all produced in association with Bagdasarian Productions, which owns the rights to all of the characters.

Portrayed by

Portrayed by TV Series Film Series Air Date Year Notes
Ross Bagdasarian Sr. The Alvin Show 1961-62 1950s-72 Creator
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. Alvin and the Chipmunks
ALVINNN and the Chipmunks
Yes 1983-1990
1979-present Producer & Voice
Jason Lee Film Series 2007-present live action/CGI films




Year Title Role Voice by Notes
1961-62 The Alvin Show Main Ross Bagdasarian Sr. October 1961
1983-90 Alvin and the Chipmunks Ross Bagdasarian Jr. Original Series
2015-present ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks Started August 2015

See also


  1. ^ a b Blevins, Joe (November 10, 2015). "The Dark, Angry Father of 'Alvin and the Chipmunks'". Splitsider. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry (January 14, 2015). ""The Alvin Show" Coming to Blu-Ray". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Rayl, Salley; Bell, Bonnie (October 20, 1980). "Chipmunk Punk? Yep, Those Amazing Animals--Alvin, Simon & Theodore--have Chirped Back Onto the Charts". People. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Radish, Christina (December 13, 2011). "Jason Lee ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED Interview". Collider. Retrieved 2018.

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