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Dramatic Chipmunk, also referred to as Dramatic Prairie Dog, is a popular viral video, originally released on June 19, 2007 on CollegeHumor.[1] Despite the title, the video actually features a prairie dog.[2][3] The video is a five-second clip of the prairie dog turning its head while the camera zooms in and dramatic music from the film Young Frankenstein plays with thunder rumbling in the background.

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Origins

Dramatic Chipmunk is a clip of an episode of the Japanese morning show Hello! Morning featuring Mini Moni.[4] CollegeHumor also released a longer clip from the show under the title Undramatic Chipmunk.[2]

Popularity

Since its release, the video has received tens of millions of views.[5] People Magazine named the Dramatic Chipmunk as one of The 10 Wildest YouTube Stars of 2007.[6]

In popular culture

The video and parodies of the video have appeared in other media including the music video for "Pork and Beans" by Weezer which features a parody of the Dramatic Chipmunk[3] and the South Park episode "Canada on Strike". Its also parodied by a squirrel in the Total Drama Island episode "I Triple Dog Dare You".[7] In the recent show Fanboy And Chum-Chum the dramatic chipmunk appears as a pet Fanboy tried to train. Neopets.com also included as one of the gifts from their advent calendar in 2009, a dramatic Meet Eyeshadow kit. A meepit being a fictitious animal not unlike a prairie dog in appearance. CarMax created commercials based on the chipmunk video involving a monkey, bird, and dog. Countdown with Keith Olbermann also frequently uses the Dramatic Chipmunk.Also the nicktoon show "Back at the Barnyard" had a Dramatic Chipmunk reference by pig.

Merchandise

BustedTees, CollegeHumor's in-house T-shirt retailer, released a T-shirt featuring the Dramatic Chipmunk.[2][8]

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