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Claudia Furschtein

Claudia Furschtein

Jamal would never suspect them in a million years! (laughs maniacally)
~ Claudia about the Chipmunks and Chipettes.

Claudia Furschtein is one of the main antagonists of the 1987 cartoon movie The Chipmunk Adventure, alongside her brother, Klaus Furschstein. She is the co-leader of a global, German-led smuggling ring and is determined to deliver diamonds to clients under as much concealment as possible.

She is voiced by the late Susan Tyrrell.

History

Claudia and Klaus tricked the Chipmunks into aiding them in smuggling diamonds across the world under the guise of a hot-air balloon race across the world, taking advantage of an argument between Alvin and Brittany after playing an arcade game based on the novel Around the World In Thirty Days.

Claudia and Klaus gave each team (Chipmunks and Chipettes, respectively) small dolls in their images that they were to place at each location at which they arrived and exchange for dolls in the opposing teams' images as proof of their travels. The first team to arrive back at the starting point would win the race and be rewarded with a cash prize.

What the Chipmunks and Chipettes didn't know was that each doll was actually stuffed with diamonds, and that they would be exchanged for dolls containing money (that was likely being used by clients to pay for the diamonds). Thus, they agreed to the terms, unaware that they were aiding the smugglers.

However, during their travels, the Chipettes became distracted when they discovered a baby penguin in Egypt and tried to take him back to his family. Upon henchmen of Claudia, who was unaware of this, reporting this to her, she believed that the girls had found the hidden diamonds and were trying to make an escape with them. Thus, when they diverted from their usual course, Claudia had her henchmen go forth to capture the girls and retrieve the diamonds.

Claudia's henchmen caught up with the Chipettes as they were delivering the baby penguin to its family in Antarctica. When the thugs tried to take the dolls, the girls fought back, ripping one of the dolls in the process and revealing the diamonds. Luckily, the penguins, grateful to the Chipettes for returning their baby, fought off the thugs with snowballs.

After seeing the diamonds in one of their own dolls, it didn't take long for Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor to realize that there could also be something in the Chipmunk dolls. They open one and find the money being used to pay for the diamonds, and Jeanette realizes the true intent behind the "race." Now aware of what was happening, the Chipettes headed off to find the Chipmunks, and after rescuing them from Fijian natives intending to sacrifice them to hungry crocodiles, the two groups flew back to Los Angeles, with the Chipettes telling the Chipmunks everything off-screen.

However, when they arrived at the airport, Claudia and Klaus were waiting for them and attempted to kidnap them. This resulted in a brief chase through the airport that resulted in the Chipmunks and Chipettes temporarily eluding their pursuers. Not wanting to continue the chase out of fear of making a scene in front of so many people at the airport, Claudia thought of a plan to force the children's surrender. She made a false threat of Miss Miller having been kidnapped, which indeed made the Chipmunks and Chipettes agree to Klaus and Claudia's terms. The Chipmunks and Chipettes were forced into a 1935 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I and kidnapped by the Furschtein siblings.

At the same time, Dave arrived home to the airport and heard Alvin's cries for help. Inspector Jamal, who had been monitoring Claudia and Klaus very closely for months, ran up, identified himself, and he and Dave began to give chase in his 1987 Chevrolet Caprice. But two other cars crashed into each other and blocked them off at an intersection. While it at first appeared that Claudia and Klaus would escape on a private jet to Costa Rica, and likely take the six children with them as prisoners to prevent them from telling the authorities about the diamonds, they were accidentally run off the road by none other than Miss Miller, who was heading to the airport to pick up Dave. Claudia and Klaus were then arrested and taken away by the police.

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