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Old 01-19-2017, 01:20 AM
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I don't know if this helps but:

The first record alvin had a sweater and the other two had vests with their letters.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ctualcover.jpg

The original cover of the second album had them all with sweaters, (maybe?)

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ctualcover.jpg

The cartoon came later and as the animator was Herbert Klynn's Format Films which also did Mr. Magoo I would assume that maybe they extended the sweater to simplify the animation for the Alvin Show.

But this is only a guess as Mr. Magoo was greatly simplified after the original Mr. Magoo - Ragtime Bear from 1949.

If you look for "When Magoo Flew" from 1955 all of the legs are just simple black lines.

There is a boy in another award winning animation by the same person called Gerald McBoing-Boing that has a boy wearing a shirt that looks similar.

So to me it is unclear if this was for ease of animation or just an artistic style.