Is Alvin and the Chipmunks made by Disney?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

Alvin and the Chipmunks is not made by Disney. The popular franchise is actually produced by Bagdasarian Productions, also known as Bagdasarian Company. This production company holds the rights to Alvin and the Chipmunks and all related intellectual property assets.

Bagdasarian Productions was founded by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in the late 1950s. He created the beloved Chipmunks characters and their distinctive high-pitched voices. The franchise gained significant popularity with the release of the novelty Christmas song “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” in 1958, which was sung by Bagdasarian himself.

After the passing of Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in 1972, his son Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. took over the company. Under his leadership, Bagdasarian Productions continued to produce new content featuring the Chipmunks. This included various television series, animated specials, and feature films.

It’s worth noting that the Chipmunks have had collaborations with different companies over the years. For example, in 2007, 20th Century Fox released a live-action/CGI hybrid film called “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” which was followed by several sequels. However, while 20th Century Fox (now owned by Disney) distributed these films, Bagdasarian Productions remained the primary production company behind them.

Alvin and the Chipmunks is not made by Disney. The franchise is produced by Bagdasarian Productions, a company founded by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. and currently owned and operated by his son, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. While there have been collaborations with other companies for distribution purposes, Bagdasarian Productions remains the driving force behind the Chipmunks’ content.