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The Chipmunks Story is an episode of the Alvin and the Chipmunks series.


While Alvin is looking for a game in the closet, he stumbles upon some baby clothes. When he shows them to Dave, he explains that they're the baby clothes from when they were babies. Showing them a photo album, he tells the story of how they met and became a family.

The story begins with Dave attempting to write a hit music song in his leaky house. Faced with a deadline and struggling to keep his job and home, his worries multiply once the mother of Alvin and his brothers shows up and drops the boys off on Dave's doorstep because of a severe nut shortage caused by the winter being unusually severe and harsh. Not wanting them to die, Dave brings the three Chipmunks into his home. Alvin and his brothers quickly prove to be quite the handful, however, and because the three Chipmunks have gotten their first taste of human food after eating some snacks from Dave's fridge, the three are reluctant to eat the breakfast of berries and nuts that Dave tries to feed them. After he gladly takes them in, his awful and selfish landlord spies on Dave's property, and after finding out about the boys, he shows up at Dave's house, threatening him to get rid of the boys, mistaking them for "pets" and even threatening to force Dave out of the house if he doesn't get rid of the boys soon. After getting rid of the landlord, Dave receives a call from Julie about their brunch date. When Dave forgets his brunch date with Julie, he leaves the boys alone to get the stuff for his brunch, understandably expecting the three to behave themselves.

The three decide to write a hit song for Dave and send it to a radio station. While Dave is out of the house, the boys write a hit song called Witch Doctor and send it to the radio station. The boys track down the mailman who's busy trying to get mail to its destinations and evade a cat sent by the landlord to try and kill them. The cat tries to attack the boys, but only succeeds in ripping the mailman's bag and the mailman accuses the landlord of trying to hinder his mail deliveries.

Later, when Dave's date Julie shows up, the boys mistakenly and accidentally ruin Dave's brunch date, and because Dave is reluctant to flat out get rid of the boys due to her hatred and fear of animals, Julie storms out of the house, leaving Dave disappointed. While Alvin and his brothers are at least trying to clean the dishes, and accidentally breaking them in the process, Dave's landlord sneaks into his house and kidnaps the Chipmunks.

Unknown to Dave, his landlord sells the boys to the zoo as snake food for financial reasons proving he is not only selfish, but greedy and unethical. After Dave finds out the truth, he rushes to the zoo, just missing Alvin and his brothers as they escape from the zoo. As Dave makes it to the snake pen expecting the worst, the boys go to Food World to find Dave's phone number, but the store's staff chase them out after they ruin the store. Upset, Dave makes his way to the studio to be fired, unaware that The Chipmunks are close behind. Alvin and his brothers discover Rockin' Rod's music room and play Witch Doctor on the radio, but are chased out by Rockin' Rod himself who discovers that the song is quickly becoming a huge hit soon after Alvin and his brothers run out of the room. When Dave hears his song, he rushes to find the boys, where Alvin convinces Dave's boss to triple his salary with which he uses to buy a new house far away from his greedy and awful landlord. Years later, Alvin and his brothers grow up into young boys, and Alvin proves himself to be the resident troublemaker. After Dave finishes his story, it's revealed that Alvin and his brothers have all fallen asleep after the story ended.




  • Dave's girlfriend Julie resembles Claire and how The Chipmunks ruined his date.
  • This is the first 22-minute episode of the series, released as a two-part episode.
  • The book The Chipmunk Story is based on this episode.
  • A clip from the episode later appears in the episode Chipmunkmania.
  • Part of the Alvin and the Chipmunks in The Chipmunk Family Tree VHS.
  • A Chipmunk Reunion reveals why Vinny had to leave her sons at Dave's doorstep.
  • When Dave is looking through the phone directory book, the names "Hughie, Dewie, and Louis" are shown to be listed. This is likely a reference to the DuckTales triplets, who also happen to share the same color-coordination in their clothes as The Chipmunks (red, blue and green).


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