One of the most memorable episodes of Alvin and the Chipmunks was "Home Sweet Home", which aired on September 16, 1989 as part of the seventh season. In this episode, Alvin lies to his classmates that he will be singing on stage with Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. He then tries to find Michael and ask him to perform with him, but he ends up meeting a homeless man who claims to be Michael's manager. Meanwhile, Dave is worried about Alvin's whereabouts and tries to track him down.
The episode features two songs by Michael Jackson: "Smooth Criminal" and "Beat It". Alvin dances with Michael Jackson in both songs, using footage from his live performance at Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever on NBC. The episode was made possible by Michael Jackson himself, who was a fan of the Chipmunks and wanted to be a part of the show. He visited the Studio City offices to meet the artists and producers, but he did not want to provide a voice for his character. Instead, he offered live footage from his concert and gave permission to use his songs.
The episode was a huge success and received positive reviews from fans and critics. It was praised for its humor, animation, and music. It also showcased Alvin's admiration for Michael Jackson and his desire to be a star. The episode is considered one of the best examples of how Alvin and the Chipmunks blended pop culture references with original stories and characters.
Did you know?
- Released on VHS in the United Kingdom.
- Alvin dances with Michael Jackson, which his live performance is a footage from Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever on NBC.
- Michael Jackson was a Chipmunk fan and wanted to be a part of the show. Michael visited the Studio City offices to meet the artists and producers, but he did not want to provide a voice and instead offered live footage for free to be used in the episode.
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I remember this growing up, and being in awe at the caricature of 'Michael Jackson' - I was hooked on Alvin and the Chipmunks as a kid, so it was the perfect transition into music and magic. Thank you, Alvin!