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  • Hey guys my name is Cinnimon and I been a Alvin and the Chipmunk fan since I was 8 but something that I never knew for these many years is the age of the Chipmunks.

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    • In Romancing Miss Stone, Alvin says they are turning eight soon. Their age isn't revealed in the CGI films or the new series.

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    • You can make a good guess though, by assuming they started school at 5 like most children, by 8 they would have been in school 3 years, in the new series they're obviously in Junior high, judging by how the other students still act like elementry students(kinda), and the school is a high school, I would personally guess grade 7, or 8.   So I would guess 12, or 13?

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    • That makes sense though a lot of fans think they're in high school in the new show.

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    • Well, that part is fairly obvious by looking at their classmates, height and development wise, lockers lining the walls (at the very least my elementry school didn't have a locker anywhere)  Their varying subjects (Simon having the computer class or their childcare project(no I haven't managed to see that episode yet)(when was the last time you saw an elementry school having those kinds of classes))

      Litterally everything points to them being in highschool, but they can't be too far in, as they're on the first floor (as a general rule higher grades get the higher floors (at least from my experience)).

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    • Where I'm from, grade seven and eight are not high school. As the world is fictional, logic isn't so much gonna apply. Plus they are chipmunks so their age is more questionable from a logic standpoint. Could chipmunk years have some similarity to dog years where their age is different compared to humans (of course if we are talking strictly about real chipmunks then no but it's possible they don't line up with logic)?

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    • That's makes a lot of sense there years could be different I donot want to compare but similar to the Sonic characters being there anthropomorphic animals but people in the Sonic fandom think they age like humans.

      So it's leaving me confused if anthrompoic animals age like humans or like animals.

      For example Sonic is 15 but doesn't look or act like it.

      Or Tails 8 but can fly plans it's just too confusing.

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    • Cinnimon roll wrote: Or Tails 8 but can fly plans it's just too confusing.

      There's an additional point. We've seen in Alvinnn that Simon can fly the Munk-mobile and a helicopter.

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    • The confusing part is that there in high school because in the episode were Dave has to get his diploma he was in the same class as Alvin and it was stated in the episode it was High school.

      The thing is the students in Alvin's class look and sounld like the can be at less 15 or older.

      So I'm guessing that in the show Alvinnn and the Chipmunks CGI the chipmunks could be 15 or 16 years old.lol that sounds to old for them especially being that Alvin and the chipmunks act like there 8.

      I really hope Alvin and the chipmunks aren't 15 or 16 because they would be very delayed if they are that age in the 9th or 10th grade but still act like there 8 or 9.

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    • I really hope they weren't suppose to be 15-16 in the show ALVIIN and the CHIPMUNKS because especially Theodore sounds and has the mentally of a 5 year old being scared, sleeps with a stuff teddy bear, and watch kiddie shows like in the episode Talking teddy a show that no 15 year old would watch, or scared of the dark.

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    • "watch kiddie shows like in the episode Talking teddy a show that no 15 year old would watch"

      Can we all just appreciate the irony of this statement for a minute?

      More to the point, I think given that their age is never confirmed they have a "floating age" so to speak. They are however old they need to be for the plot to work in that particular episode. 

      Based on the overall series I would assume they are probably 8th-9th grade, which is still plenty young enough to be as immature as they can be but still old enough to be able to do all the things they do.



      As to how they age, I personally generally assume that, unless otherwise stated, all intelligent animals age at the same rate as humans.This is doubly true in ALVINNN as in one of the episodes they mention it has been about 7 years since the chipmunks first met Dave which would be pushing the lifespan of a real chipmunk really far.

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    • Most small rodents usually don't live past five years, but with cartoon logic the Chipmunks and Chipettes could have similar lifespans to humans, it's just always how cartoons have been; heck, for all we know they could be immortal (just kidding). In Attack of the Zombies when Dave said Alvin was too young to watch the zombie show, Alvin tries telling him that he would be too young in human years but not in chipmunk years. This would also make sense considering that Dave was being a "Smother mother" to them in Slippin' Thru My Fingers, treating them like they were younger and less mature than they actually are.

      As for them meeting Dave seven years prior to Family Spirit, if we were to take this as an implication that they met him in 2007 (referencing the first AATC live-action film), that means it would be 2014 at the time of that episode. This can further be supported by the fact that the series was still in production at that time and Eleanor has a poster with "2014" on it in Sister Act which was only a few episodes prior to Family Spirit. We know that they are at least seven in human years, but we don't know what age they were when they met Dave. Although the fact that Simon says they refused to leave his doorstep in Who's Your Daddy would mean they would had to have been at an age when they would know significant communication skills. In the 80s series they were already talking fluently when they were babies, so if that carried over to ALVINNN!!! it would support them being very young when they met Dave.

      Regarding what grade level they're in, all signs point to high school, for too many reasons to list here. The only reason Miss Smith is one of the only teachers they have is because the animators don't want to create new CGI models for all other classes the chipmunks would go to, so we must overlook that. Simon saying that they have been in school for two years in Kiss Conspiracy doesn't necessarily mean the school they are seen going to is the only kind of school they have ever been to, he could have just meant high school (meaning they wouldn't be freshmen if that's their second year) and they could have gone to middle school before. In Kickin' It Old School Theodore fixed Dave's compter with a few button presses and said he leared how to do so in nursery school (Personally I assume he means like a child day care), but he might have been sarcastic because Dave is a technophobe and it would be within Theodore's character (in the ALVINNN!!! series) to make a joke like that.

      Personally I like to believe that they are somewhere between eight and ten years old in human years but in chipmunk years are equivalent to a human teenager between fourteen and sixteen. 

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    • Omg just make them be the age you want them to be in your head!

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    • M'Kayla Bardwell-Agagnier wrote:
      Omg just make them be the age you want them to be in your head!

      Is there a problem? We're just here to explain our observations and possible answers. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions in their heads about the age of the Chipmunks, and I'm not against that. There's no reason to be stressed about this discussion.

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    • DEmersonJMFM wrote: Where I'm from, grade seven and eight are not high school. As the world is fictional, logic isn't so much gonna apply. Plus they are chipmunks so their age is more questionable from a logic standpoint. Could chipmunk years have some similarity to dog years where their age is different compared to humans (of course if we are talking strictly about real chipmunks then no but it's possible they don't line up with logic)?

      While I agree and there is support for them aging differently in the series, they are likely in 8th grade (in season one) due to the fact that their male peers are just starting to get crushes, and the female peers' physical development is in that awkward middle stage. But I may see that they could have also been in seventh grade. By season 3, they would be in tenth grade, but we don't know if Alvin had to retake the ninth grade in Held Back, as he didn't get a passing score and switched papers with his brothers. Seventh and eighth are middle school, but the confusion may be because until the 90s, middle and high school were called junior and senior high. They may either go to a middle/high school that are both in the same building, or the animators got lazy. It's likely the former, since Ms. Smith already knew how to deal with Alvin and what to expect. It seems they got lazy in aging the school peers, as they are still using the same character models.

      As Cinnamon roll points out, and there is evidence for this, the characters' mental development is not concurrent with their physical development. Another example is when the girls were playing tea party with dolls while disguised as the boys in Wax Dave. It is very clear from Alvin's comment in Monster Madness that they have the physical development of teenagers. And they knew Dave for seven years in Family Spirit, so in the first season they are at least seven years old in chronological age. Based on the fact that the timing in this universe is one season is one year, going into season 4, they will be at least ten years old chronologically and most of them will be in the eleventh grade (we don't know if Alvin retook the ninth grade). The main key is emotional maturity, and think about the difference between the 80s series and the current one with Simon and Theodore (Alvin's is the same).

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    • Tan&Nerdy wrote:
      ... they are likely in 8th grade (in season one) due to the fact that their male peers are just starting to get crushes, ... By season 3, they would be in tenth grade, ... Based on the fact that the timing in this universe is one season is one year, going into season 4, they will be at least ten years old chronologically and most of them will be in the eleventh grade ...

      I just wanna say that you are making too many statements as if they are facts. The franchise has always had an issue with chronological events therefore we have no idea how the episodes relate to each other in terms of a timeline. For all we know every episode that's aired fits into one year or they could be in the same grade forever as each episode's mostly independent of each other.

      I laughed at the relation between crushes and grade level. Sorry, but that's definitely not all inclusive.

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    • Just for clarification DEmersonJMFM, the ancedotes I provided are from small details in the episodes. In fandoms in general, there is a lot of analysing small details for information. It seems high in this fandom compared to my other fandom (Rick Riodran), as info isn't often given outright. We, the fans, figured out the age order in the different series, as well as other things that seem obvious now.

      The same grade forever seems like it could have been a viable idea, if you hadn't seen the end of season 2. In Held Back, it seems that the chipmunks (and therefore presumably their classmates) have finished whatever grade they are in. Therefore, it is clear that time does pass in that universe, as the episode must take place at least nine months after Principal Interest (which seems to take place on or around the first day of school). The US school year is nine months, for clarification.
        I guessed the rate of time based on the presence and disappearance of autumn leaf piles, as that seems to be the only indicator of season. But even that is confusing, so I hope we at least get a better clue as the season goes on. 
      

      Like some other users, I guessed based on the human peers' behaviors and development. The range of 7-8th grade in the first season is simply a guess, based on both the human peers' development/behavior, as the chipmunks don't seem to show too many signs of mental maturity. In fact, the only evidence seems to of age-appropriate emotional reactions, which are markedly different in Simon and Theodore compared to the 80s series (examples in new series being Saving Simon and Something Fishy, respectively). Just for clarification, in the US, 8th grade is around the average age males start to have crushes, around 13-14. We start school a year later than the UK and former colonies, and the show takes place in the US (as seen by Dave's California licence plate, and other licence plates in format).

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    • Old treat but I decided to mention something Brittney Millers and her sisters supposedly worked at a diner, according to the Brittney Millers Wikipedia... I looked up the age to work in Australia and supposedly it’s 13.. so they could be possibly 13... now let’s do some math- the show was realeased in 1958 the characters were supposedly 8 years old... now let’s do math until we reach their age right now. 8 x 5 + 3 - 6 = 37. Italic text

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    • They worked at a hotel not a diner. And they were still kids then and this only applies to the 80's series which first aired in 1983 not 1958 when The Chipmunks were first created.

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    • I agree that how long the characters have been around isn't neccesarily how old they are depicted as. In the current animated series, the Chipmunks and Chipettes are between the ages of 7-12 chronologically speaking (we're not sure exactly where they fall in the range [In Family Spirit, it is mentioned that Dave met the Chipmunks seven years previously, although we don't know how old they were when that meeting happened] [In Monster Madness, Alvin mentions that even though he is chronologically under the age of 13, he has the physical maturity of someone older or equivlent than that]). In the 80's series they are between eight and nine years old. 

      In both of these series, they seem to have the social and physical maturity of a young teenager (13-15 years old). It's fairly obvious in the 80's series because no one in their age group had any kind of romantic/sexual desires/instincts (Their behaviors regarding that are consistent to a human just ending puberty, for a reference). It's rather subtle in the current animated series because they have the same social and physical maturity of their peers. 

      I'm not sure about the Alvin Show or the CGI/Live action films regarding this. I'm guessing that because The Alvin Show was a fairly early iteration of the characters that estimating how old they are chronologically or socially would be very difficult. The CGI/Live action films don't really depict most of the characters' personailiy traits and span across only around six hours combined. In both of these, Alvin's blatant sexual expression (relative to his brothers of course) makes this even more difficult, as in a majority of his iterations he has expressed sexual attraction towards nearly or fully mature human females. I'm not sure whether to use it as an indicator of overall physical maturity or not, since such expressions are a part of his character and tend to be unique in their blatantness.  

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    • Tan&Nerdy wrote: I agree that how long the characters have been around isn't neccesarily how old they are depicted as. In the current animated series, the Chipmunks and Chipettes are between the ages of 7-12 chronologically speaking (we're not sure exactly where they fall in the range [In Family Spirit, it is mentioned that Dave met the Chipmunks seven years previously, although we don't know how old they were when that meeting happened] [In Monster Madness, Alvin mentions that even though he is chronologically under the age of 13, he has the physical maturity of someone older or equivlent than that]).

      To answer your question about how old The Chipmunks were 7 years before Family Spirit when they met Dave, storyboards for the episode Slippin’ Through My Fingers show that in Dave’s dream sequence, they were supposed to be babies (presumably this idea was scrapped during animation to save on the time and money it would take to design and render new CGI models for them). However, it’s unclear if it was implying that Dave met them when they were that young or if it was just Dave’s imagination.

      I would also like to point out that the characters are a fictional species of chipmunk. So they don’t have to have short lifespans like real ones do.

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