This is an episode from the 80s "Alvin And The Chipmunks" that I really believe stands out amongst all others. It deals with the accidental death of a cherished family member (a little kitten) - and how the Chipmunks learn to deal with this tragedy. Death is a natural part of life and could occur any time or any place, by showing kids this cartoon we are also helping to console those who might have also lost a pet.
This (some might say) is a controversial subject to be shown to very young children, but this episode deals with the situation in a very positive, loving and mature manner. I never cried during this episode (boys don't cry - especially from a kid's cartoon about singing chipmunks!), but did believe that this was a very special cartoon, and the writers for this episode really showed us that "Alvin And The Chipmunks" could be about more than just annoying singing Chipmunks.
So sweet. I have only two memories of this show - the two that stand out are Alvin doing the dishes with the kitten - he's letting his new pet lick the plate clean (to which Simon comments "That's not hygenic!"). And of course, the shot of the man (was it Dave?) holding the kitten's collar. I truly wish the Chipmunks seasons would be released on DVD. This episode and "Cinderella? Cinderella!" are the two episodes that are the most memorable (meaning I remember the most of them). Quite possibly the saddest episode in the entire series - be sure to keep a box of Kleenex handy.
Alvin and the Chipmunks was my favorite cartoon when I was a kid. Every time I saw this episode I would bawl my eyes out. The poor kitty! But it\'s a great lesson that children should be taught when losing a cherished pet. In the end things turn out alright, but before that the whole story will break your heart. When they sing that \"remember\" song have a box of Kleenex next to you!
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