Alvin and the Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon, and Theodore; sometimes known as The Chipmunks) were created by Ross Bagdasarian (a.k.a. David Seville) in the 1950s and became popular with novelty recordings such as The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late). Once established as recording stars, the trio appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show as puppet figures. The puppets were built by Bob Clampett, an early influence on Jim Henson.
Alvin and the Chipmunks later appeared as animated characters on television, first with The Alvin Show in the 1960s, and then again in the 1980s. In 1990, they appeared with Baby Kermit, Baby Piggy, and Baby Gonzo in the television special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.
- In Traveling Matt's postcard from "Scared Silly," Traveling Matt finds himself in the bedroom of two young boys who have a poster of Chipmunk Rock on their wall.
- On the Chipmunks in Low Places album, before the track "Stand by Your Man," Brittany accuses Alvin of winking at Miss Piggy.
- Christina Applegate performed the voice of Brittany in The Squeakquel (2009) and Chipwrecked (2011)
- Billy Ray Cyrus appeared on the album Chipmunks in Low Places (1992).
- Anna Faris performed the voice of Jeanette in The Squeakquel (2009) and Chipwrecked (2011)
- Waylon Jennings appeared on the album Chipmunks in Low Places (1992).
- Zachary Levi played Toby in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
- Bridgit Mendler played Becca Kingston in The Squeakquel (2009)
- Rob Paulsen played a director in Alvin and the Chipmunks meet the Wolfman (2000).
- Patrick Pinney provided additional voices in The Chipmunk Adventure (1987).
- Amy Poehler performed the voice of Eleanor in The Squeakquel (2009) and Chipwrecked (2011)
- Frank Welker has voiced various characters in many animated Chipmunks productions.