David "Dave" Seville is the tetartagonist of all the Chipmunk series and many of the films. He is The Chipmunks' adoptive father, confidant, and caretaker, The Chipettes' legal guardian (dependent on generation), and the son of Grandma and Grandpa Seville.
Dave is the loving father of The Chipmunks, despite Alvin driving him crazy in most of the cartoon episodes and CGI/live-action films. Like any other single parent trying to raise three chipmunks, Dave has his patience tested on a daily basis. Dave is actually based on the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Alvin Show, Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., whose stage name was David Seville. Bagdasarian, Sr. released many singles under this name before the creation of The Chipmunks.
David Seville, or Dave to his friends and the Chipmunks, has his patience and sanity tested in practically every episode, song, and film he is included in with the Chipmunks. Beginning in The Alvin Show series, Dave is seen as the boys' songwriter and producer with the ability to play the piano and guitar. He tries extremely hard to keep the group focused during performances but he always has the challenge to deal with such as getting them to practice, keeping them focused, or preventing them from goofing up the songs. Alvin often irritates him, resulting in Dave's famous yell, "ALLLVIIINNNN!!!!" to which Alvin often replies with a loud "OKAY!!".
Though he is stressed out at times, Dave has always been a very loving and caring father. The Chipmunks have to remind him sometimes that even though they can be difficult for him, they wouldn't be the same without him. For instance, in The Chipmunks episode Dave's Wonderful Life, Dave believes that the boys are better without him, but their failures without him guiding and loving then become clear. In "We're So Glad It's You," the boys tell him they aren't better without him.
Dave in the CGI / live-action films can seem more like their manager at times than a father. Throughout Alvin and the Chipmunks, he denies for most of the film that he is their father. By the end of the film, he finally claims that they are family. His role in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is minor since he is in the hospital for most of the film. Dave is finally seen as more of a father in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. He talks about setting rules and seems to take more of a disciplined role. He tries taking advice from Simon to give them the chance to prove themselves, which turns out as a disaster. When the chipmunks go overboard, he does everything he can to get them back. By Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Dave changes careers and decides to become a music producer. The career swap leaves no time for the boys to tour and less time for Dave to be involved as a father, but, as a result of uncertainties, Dave finally decides to formally adopt them and cement the idea that they are indeed family.
In the ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks series, Dave is once again portrayed as the caring father as in the 80s series. In the new era, Dave has to overcome his weakness with improving technology with the help of his boys, a notable difference from previous incarnations. Alvin still tests his sanity as seen in Principal Interest where he is desperate to get Alvin back in school so he doesn't have to deal with him all day. Dave is also stated to be an Eagle Scout in Kickin' It Old School, which gives additional insight into his character and experience.
- Chipmunk Vice - Bartender at the Lavender Orchid
- Elementary, My Dear Simon - Detective Seville of Scotland Yard
- Treasure Island - Long John Silver
- Alvin in Neverland - Captain Hook
- Bigger! - Dave Smith, Alvin Smith's father
- Chip Tracy - Police Chief Bland
- Irrational Buffoon's European Vacation - Clark Sevillewald
David Seville Singles
David Seville was originally the stage name for Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. before the name was applied to the character. At this time, in the late fifties and early sixties, Bagdasarian produced singles independent and even prior to his idea of Alvin and the Chipmunks. The following tracks are performed without The Chipmunks.
- 1958: "Witch Doctor" (Original Version)
- 1958: "Don't Whistle at Me, Baby"
- 1958: "The Bird on My Head"
- 1958: "Hey There, Moon"
- 1958: "Almost Good"
- 1959: "Mediocre"
- 1959: "Flip Side"
- 1960: "Copyright 1960"
- 1960: "Sack Time"
|Dave: "Hello, Ms. Miller? I want Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, to meet me in Europe. Bye bye." - (The Chipmunk Adventure)|
|Dave: Hey! That looks like my boys! - (The Chipmunk Adventure)|
|Dave: I'm awake! I'm up! And I'm late! - (Alvin and the Chipmunks)|
|Dave: Squirrels can't talk! - (Alvin and the Chipmunks)|
|Dave: Yeah! Which only makes me want you out of my house that much more! It's creepy! Unnatural! Somewhat evil! - (Alvin and the Chipmunks)|
|Dave: Pretend that I need the money and I hate my job and you're staying at my place, so you owe me! - (Alvin and the Chipmunks)|
- The stage name 'David Seville' came from a city in Spain where Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. was stationed during World War II.
- David Seville was created because 'Ross Bagdasarian' was too ethnic and too long to fit on a 45.
- Sometimes Alvin acts more like The Chipmunks' manager than Dave.