Chipmunks are widely recognized among Czech teens as “the Hollywood animal.”
Nowhere to be found in the Czech Republic, and too ubiquitous in America to acquire much zoological or cultural significance, their only blitz onto the international scene has been through striking cinematic performances. One never sees a film chipmunk casually munching acorns in a park, no, the chipmunks of Hollywood have ambitions. They have aspirations. They expect attention.
So in class examples or student writing, it is understood that any chipmunk, no matter how humble its beginnings, can achieve fame and stardom in the big city if it works hard and believes in itself.
Because that, my friends, is the Chipmerican Dream.