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The episodes of The Alvin Show typically were preceded by short clips called cold opens. A cold open, used after the early-60s, is a quick video teaser scene that was commonly used as an early attention grabber before the opening theme/credits of a series to help reduce the likelihood of channel switching. The Alvin Show was filled with cold opens as well as bumpers.

A bumper, frequently used before the mid-70s, is a quick video (typically no more than fifteen seconds but longer in the case of this series) that was commonly used as a transition, or attention grabber for kids, between the commercials and the episode segments. The bumper is similar to a cold open but is generally shorter and placed after the opening theme.

Cold Opens

Alvin in The Bull
Title Description: The Bull
Plot Summary: Alvin causes a bull to charge into a China store.
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Dave & Janitor in Janitor On Stage
Title Description: Janitor On Stage
Plot Summary: Dave introduces himself to the audience and prepares to introduce The Chipmunks as well only to find a janitor mopping the stage when the curtain opens. The janitor entertains the audience with his dancing as Dave creeps on stage.
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Alvin Simon Theodore Wrecking Ball
Title Description: Wrecking Ball
Plot Summary: In the middle of a city, Alvin and his brothers are operating a machine with a wrecking ball, which they swing into the camera.

Dave & Alvin in Dave Flying With Balloons
Title Description: Dave Flying With Balloons
Plot Summary: Alvin walks through a park buying balloons from various people before giving them all to Dave, who starts flying into the sky due to the large amount of balloons.
Availability: Alvin and the Chipmunks SING-ALONGS: Ragtime Cowboy Joe VHS (audio dubbed over)

Alvin in Psychic Alvin
Title Description: Psychic Alvin
Plot Summary: Alvin plays a fortune teller who gives a prediction that his customer, Dave, will "travel." The prediction comes true when Dave flies into the air, with the aid of his brothers who forcefully pull the carpet from underneath him.
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Alvin Simon and Theodore in Cloth Pull
Title Description: Cloth Pull
Plot Summary: Alvin pulls a cloth off a table, which has a tower of plates on it, to impress Simon and Theodore.
Availability: The Alvin Show DVD

Bumpers

Alvin and Dave in Projector Animals
Title Description: Projector Animals
Plot Summary: Alvin makes shapes of animals with a projector.
Availability: The Alvin Show DVD

Alvin in What Are You Writing
Title Description: What Are You Writing?
Plot Summary: Dave wonders why Alvin isn't using his blackboard, insisting that he should "write something".
Availability: The Very First Alvin Show & The Alvin Show DVDs

Simon in Lost Underwater
Title Description: Lost Underwater
Plot Summary: Dave, the captain of a submarine, asks his navigator (Simon) for their position. He rambles off coordinates before stating they're lost. The captain has Alvin man the periscope until he finds something and indicates to the audience to check it out.
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Alvin & Cowboys in Cowboy Alvin
Title Description: Cowboy Alvin
Plot Summary: The Chipmunks play cowboys, who ride their horses to a saloon. Alvin walks into the saloon, intimidating the patrons inside, but he's only come to drop a coin into the saloon's jukebox.
Availability: Alvin and the Chipmunks SING-ALONGS: Ragtime Cowboy Joe VHS (audio dubbed over)
Notes: Typically shown directly before musical segments.

Simon Theodore Dave In Wrecked Car
Title Description: Wrecked Car
Plot Summary: Dave wrecks his car and The Chipmunks, acting as medics, put the car on the stretcher instead of Dave.
Availability: The Alvin Show DVD
Notes: Typically shown directly before musical segments.

Simon and Theodore in Archery Contest
Title Description: Archery Contest
Plot Summary: Dave hosts an archery contest, with the Chipmunks as the contestants.
Availability: The Very First Alvin Show & The Alvin Show DVDs
Notes: Typically shown directly before musical segments.

Alvin in TV Station
Title Description: TV Station
Plot Summary: Alvin opens various doors inside a TV station.
Availability: The Alvin Show DVD

Alvin Introduces the Great Inventor
Title Description: Alvin Introduces the Great Inventor
Plot Summary: Alvin is on a stage, giving an introduction to a "great inventor," who he doesn't know the name of, naming other famous inventors instead.
Availability: The Very First Alvin Show & The Alvin Show DVDs
Notes: Typically shown directly before Clyde Crashcup segments.

Clyde Crashcup Message in a Bottle
Title Description: Message in a Bottle
Plot Summary: On a ship, Clyde Crashcup writes what he calls "the two most beautiful words in the English Language" on a piece of paper, which he places in a bottle, then throws out to sea, eventually being found by a shark.
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Notes: Typically shown directly before Clyde Crashcup segments.

Clyde Crashcup Leonardo Clyde Gives A Word Or Two
Title Description: Clyde Gives A Word Or Two
Plot Summary: Although his assistant Leonardo keeps gesturing that time is short, Clyde Crashcup begins what could have been a long speech, getting cut off mid-sentence.
Availability: The Alvin Show DVD
Notes: Typically shown directly before closing credits.

Alvin Simon Theodore Cameras
Title Description: Cameras
Plot Summary: The Chipmunks "dolly in" their cameras, all in the same spot, eventually crashing into each other.
Availability: The Alvin Show DVD
Notes: Typically shown directly before closing credits.

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