David Seville

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David Seville
Alvin and the Chipmunks character
David Seville in The Alvin Show
First appearance1958: Created
Created byRoss Bagdasarian Sr.
Portrayed byJason Lee
Voiced byRoss Bagdasarian Sr. (1958–72)
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. (1979–present)
In-universe information
OccupationRecord producer, band manager, songwriter
FamilyToby Seville (cousin)
RelativesJackie Seville (aunt)
Official websitechipmunks.com

David "Dave" Seville is a fictional character, the adoptive father and producer and manager of the fictional singing group Alvin and the Chipmunks. The character was created by Ross Bagdasarian Sr., who 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 in 1958 under the David Seville stage name, was "Witch Doctor", featuring a sped-up high-pitched vocal technique. Bagdasarian would later use that technique 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 live action/CGI films starring Alvin and the Chipmunks, which use 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[edit]

Portrayed by TV Series Film Series Air Date Year Notes
Ross Bagdasarian Sr. The Alvin Show 1961–62 1950s–1972 Creator
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. Alvin and the Chipmunks 1983–1990 1979–present Producer and voice
ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks 2015–present
Jason Lee Film series 2007–2015 live action/CGI films



Year Title Role Portrayed By Production Producer
1987 The Chipmunk Adventure Main Ross Bagdasarian Jr. Bagdasarian Productions Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
1999 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein Bagdasarian Company
Universal Cartoon Studios
Kathi Castillo
2000 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
2003 Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks Bagdasarian Company
Paramount Pictures
Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Jason Lee Bagdasarian Company
Fox 2000 Pictures
Regency Enterprises
Janice Karman
Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip


Year Title Role Voice by Notes
1961–1962 The Alvin Show Main Ross Bagdasarian Sr. October 1961
1983–1990 Alvin and the Chipmunks Ross Bagdasarian Jr. Original Series
2015–present ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks Started August 2015

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  1. ^ a b Blevins, Joe (November 10, 2015). "The Dark, Angry Father of 'Alvin and the Chipmunks'". Splitsider. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry (January 14, 2015). ""The Alvin Show" Coming to Blu-Ray". IndieWire. Retrieved October 3, 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 October 3, 2018.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Radish, Christina (December 13, 2011). "Jason Lee ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED Interview". Collider. Retrieved October 3, 2018.