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  • The Chipmunks themselves were named after the top executives of Liberty Records, their original label: Al Bennettnote , Si Waronkernote  and Ted Keepnote .

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For Albums/Soundtracks:

  • From Let's All Sing with the Chipmunks:
    • At the end of "Ragtime Cowboy Joe":
    • The Chipmunks sing "Whistle While You Work" in the form of rock n' roll.
    • The original issue of the album depicted three realistic looking chipmunks on the cover with Alvin making a pose like the then-recently deceased Al Jolson. Then when the album was reissued two years later, a new cover was substituted with The Alvin Show animation cel setup reenacting the poses the original chipmunks made but now Alvin is shown making a pose like Elvis Presley.

  • The places Dave and the Chipmunks visit in Around the World with The Chipmunks are Mexico, Japan, France, Arabia, Germany, North Pole, Hawaiʻi, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and England.
  • From The Chipmunk Songbook:
    • For the ending of "Git Along, Little Dogies" :
      Dave: (irately singing) A-yippie-ti-yi-yo, COME HERE, little Chipmunks! Better CLEAN UP THIS MESS before I count to three. Put the saw horses back now, GET A MOVE, little Chipmunks! Or you'll think ya met up with Simon Legreeeeeeeeeeeee-ee-eeeeeeeee-ee-eeeeee-ee-eeeeee-ee-eeeeeee-eee!
    • The Chipmunks also cover "While Strolling in the Park One Day" (Ed Haley) and "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" (Harry Dacre).
  • From Christmas with The Chipmunks, The Chipmunks cover "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)" (Gene Autry & Oakley Haldeman), "Up on the House Top" (Benjamin Hanby), "Silver Bells" (Jay Livingston & Ray Evans), "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Johnny Marks), "Jingle Bells" (James Lord Pierpont), "Over the River and Through the Woods" (Lydia Maria Child), "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie), "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" (Meredith Willson), "Frosty the Snowman" (Walter "Jack" Rollins & Steve Nelson) and "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin).
  • From Christmas with The Chipmunks: Vol. 2, The Chipmunks sing "Jingle Bell Rock" (Joe Beal & Jim Boothe), "Hang Up Your Stockin'" (Jack Mann), "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane), "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" (Wilf Carter), "All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)" (Donald Yetter Gardner) and "The Night Before Christmas" (Clement Clarke Moore).
  • The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits tribute album not only have Dave, Alvin, Simon and Theodore wearing Beatle wigs but cover said band's hits.
  • The Chipmunks Sing With Children:
  • Chipmunks à Go-Go has The Chipmunks singing "California Girls," "This Diamond Ring" (Gary Lewis & the Playboys), "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," "I'm a Fool" (Dino, Desi & Billy), "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows" (Lesley Gore), "The Race Is On" (Jack Jones), "King of the Road" (Roger Miller), "Downtown" (Petula Clark), "The 'In' Crowd" (Dobie Gray), "What's New Pussycat?" and "I'm Henry the VIII, I Am."
  • Title of 1968 music album by Dave Seville and The Chipmunks is The Chipmunks see Doctor Dolittle, even covering all songs from the movie.
  • Among the songs Dave Seville and The Chipmunks cover in The Chipmunks Go to the Movies are "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "Hushabye Montain," "We're Off to See the Wizard," "The Bare Necessities," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Consider Yourself," "You Two" and "The Roses of Success."




  • Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture:
    • Both Chipmunks and Chipettes do a blend of "Born This Way", "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" (McFadden & Whitehead), and "Firework".
    • Both groups also cover "Party Rock Anthem," "Bad Romance" and "Trouble." They even cover "Club Can't Handle Me" (Flo Rida) and "Help!" on the bonus track.
    • The Chipettes cover "Whip My Hair" (Willow Smith), "S.O.S." and "Survivor". The three even do an amalgamation of "We No Speak Americano" (Yolanda Be Cool) and "Conga" (Miami Sound Machine)" featuring Barnetta DaFonseca.
    • BASKOSONG(S) , ClassicSONG(S)  and NomadikSONG(S)  are featured.
  • The Road Chip: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack:
    • The Chipmunks cover "Conga", "Uptown Funk" (Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars), "South Side" (Thomas Rhett), "Iko Iko" (The Dixie Cups) and "Turn Down for What" (Li'l Jon).
    • RedfooSONG(S) , The ScoreSONG(S)  and SheppardSONG(S)  are featured.

For The Alvin Show:

  • J. P. Lester the Bedsheet Ghost from "Haunted House" sounds a lot like Jerry Lewis.
  • When Alvin's looking through his obnoxious neighbor's house while standing on top Theodore's head who's standing on Simon's head who's standing on Dave's in "Good Neighbor," one of the pictures hanging on the neighbor's wall is a parody drawing Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Artist's Mother by James Abbot McNeil Whistler, which coincidentally has a plaque under the picture calling it "Whistler's Mother."
    There's also a picture of Mother Goose hanging on the wall.
  • After showing Dave and boys a very long list of names supposedly pledged to encourage radio stations to stop playing Chipmunk music in "Squares" in favor of Classical Music:
    Frumpington: ...and to bring Bach back ALIVE!
    • When leaving the Seville residence, Ms. Frumpington sings an excerpt from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony before stopping when she hears the sound of dripping water.
  • The plot of "Alvin's Alter Ego" has Alvin seeing the results of him working alone and not with his brothers via his devil self and angel self just how George Bailey saw what it would be like if he never was born.
  • Some of the inventions Crashcup claims to be his is flight, electricity and the telephone. He also claims to have invented a time machine.
  • Clyde appears on a parody of This is Your Life in "This is Your Life, Clyde Crashcup!"
  • In "Sam Valiant Real Estate," Sam Valiant points to an old tree with a rope tied to a branch:
    Sam Valiant: And here's the favorite of all children, 'The Tarzan Tree!' You there, the talkity one! (Goes over to Theodore and pushes him to said tree) C'mon, don't be bashful! Swing like Tarzan! Ya know, "AaAaAaAaAah!"
  • The newspaper first reporting about the stolen necklace seen in "Eagle in Love" is Daily Bugle.
  • The dragon Alvin imagines in "Sir Alvin" resembles Cecil.
  • Dave's second cousin twice removed on his father's side Chuck Wagon from "Hillbilly Son" wears an equivalent Davy Crockett hat.
  • The musical interlude of "Yankee Doodle" plays on the recorder when Alvin tries helping Stanley the Eagle make music with a pair of cymbals during "Eagle Music."
  • How Alvin tricks obnoxious social director Roger Marshall into getting into the lifeboat and sending him into the sea from "Alvin's Curse" is like how Gretel tricked the witch by getting her to climb inside the oven.

    Musical Segments 
  • Dave and the Chipmunks visit Venice during the "Oh, Gondaliero!" musical segment as well as Paris in "I Wish I Could Speak French."
  • One of the masks Dave has hanging on his wall in "Witch Doctor" are the tragedy/comedy Greek theatre masks. Among the masks in Dave's collection, he also has a Yaqui Indian mask, a Peruvian mask, an Inroquois Indian mask and a mask from Tibet.
    • Dave exclaiming "I made that record once!" in regards to the Chipmunks wanting to sing the song is in regards to Ross Bagdasarian not considering "Witch Doctor" being a Chipmunks song, the first true song by the Chipmunk Trio being "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)."
  • In "Ragtime Cowboy Joe," the director is (supposedly) based off Alfred Hitchcock, possibly in regards to Ross Bagdasarian appearing in Rear Window.
  • Magic shop owner from "Pop Goes the Weasel" is named Sam Merlin.
  • The Chipmunks help a guy named Buffalo Bill from "Buffalo Gals" find his long lost girlfriend by singing at a local TV station.
  • The president in office at the time of "Alvin for President" would have been John F. Kennedy.

For the animated filmsnote :

    The Chipmunk Adventure 

    Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein 

    Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman 
  • References to the original Wolfman:
    • Alvin recites the poem from the film.
      Alvin: Even a man who is pure of heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolf's bane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright.
    • The Seville's new neighbor is Lawrence Talbot who's based on Lon Chaney, Jr.'s Larry Talbot. It's implied that he's the grandson of Larry Talbot from the films.
    • Just like in the film, Talbot frantically grabs a person (Dave).
    • Alvin explains that silver kills werewolves. Later, Madame Raya suggests hitting a werewolf with a silver cane, which was how the Wolfman was brought down in the original film.
    • Mr. Talbot carries a cane with a silver top shaped like a wolf's head, similar to the one that slayed the Wolfman. Dave uses it to defend himself when Talbot transforms.
    • The werewolf transformations work similarly to the frame-by-frame transformation sequences in the film.
  • One of the lyrics in "Monster Out in You":
    Alvin & Simon: (singing)...
    How do you do?
    What's up with you?
    Little brother, Mister Hyde
    How come you're howling at the moon tonight?...
    • Both Chipmunks and Chipettes are in the school production of Jekyll & Hyde with Simon in the lead.
  • The Chipmunks and Chipettes now attend "Clyde C. Crashcup Elementary School."
  • While talking with Madame Raya, Alvin and Simon identify Theodore as an "uncle".
  • Film title reflects earlier Abbott and Costello horror spoofs like Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man.
  • When Theodore transforms into a werewolf for the first time, an Alvin doll and a Simon doll from The Chipmunk Adventure are seen.
  • On the Alvin and the Chipmunks Scare-Riffic Double Feature DVD, there's a werewolf on the front and back cover, which was supposed to be the wolfman from here but it's the wolfman from Monster Mash.

For the live-action filmsnote :

    Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks 
  • A butterfly helps Lalu with the banner at the beginning along with a frog and cockatoo also helps Lalu around the house. Sounds familiar?
  • After Gilda states the caution tape wrapped around the furniture is not only for kids but for frogs:
    PC: Frogs? You're talking to Prince Charming, I'm just one kiss away, man.
  • While singing "Dump for Someone New," Alvin dresses up like Elvis Presley.
  • Jeanette's not the first character who didn't use contractions.
  • Honking from a car is heard outside:
    PC: (eerily) They're heeeeeere.
  • Alvin plays the role of Peter Pan whilst Lalu is Captain Hook.
  • Simon shouts "IT'S ALIVE!" when he thinks he brought a dead plant back to life.
  • Lalu reads The Blue Bird to the Chipmunks and Chipettes.
  • Lalu's toilet isn't the first talking toilet around.

    Alvin and the Chipmunks 

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 
  • In the teaser trailer, a portion of Céline Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" can be heard at the beginning.
    • Not to mention in both said trailer and movie, Alvin's standing at the bow's railing:
  • Alvin tears off his pajamas to reveal a white tuxedo.
  • Both Chipmunks and Chipettes become shipwrecked on an island.
  • Captain of the ship is named Captain Corelli.
  • After Simon reassures Dave that he wasn't gambling, a pit boss brings him a basket of chips:
    Casino Pit Boss: Your winnings, sir.
  • Ian mentions turning down Justin Bieber twice.
  • Theodore is seen watching Big Time Rush.
  • Zoe has been stranded on an island for too long and has five sport balls for friends.
    • Zoe's basketball friend resembles Totoro.
    • She even has individual names for each ball. Rawling, the baseball, is named for baseball equipment maker Rawlings. Spalding, the basketball, shares its name with an American sporting goods manufacturer. Callaway, the golf ball, is named for the Callaway Golf Company. And Nerf, the football, is named for the toy brand best known for foam-based weaponry and similar toys.
    • At one point Zoe's basket ball rolls straight after Jeanette and she sprints from it as if it were a giant boulder.
  • When Eleanor grabs a hold of the mango that she, her sisters and the Chipmunks are fighting over:
  • In the end, Ian reveals that he sold Zoe's story to Hollywood and actress Keira Knightley has expressed interest in playing her, thus restoring his career.
  • While on the island, toward the end, Jeanette sees a basketball heading her way, invoking her to run from it.
  • Simon's alter ego 'Simone' somewhat resembles Pepé Le Pew.
    • Simon was first referred to as 'Simone' (pronounced "See-mon") in the Chipmunks' 1967 track Sorry About That, Herb.
  • There's even a log bridge scene.

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip 
  • In-universe, the Chipettes host American Idol.
  • Suggs stops an elevator door from closing and as it reopens he says "Heeere's Suggsy!"!
  • A highly disturbing example that will sail over the heads of any kids/average filmgoer. In defense of John Waters insulting his manners, Alvin snipes "No thanks, I saw Pink Flamingos."

Alternative Title(s): The Alvin Show, The Chipmunk Adventure, Alvin And The Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, Alvin And The Chipmunks Meet The Wolfman, Little Alvin And The Mini Munks