More discussion of Alvin and the Chipmunks than is strictly necessary

It is in seeing the image of this poster that one understands the purpose of that “Poochie” episode of The Simpsons.

No baggy pants?

I read somewhere an explanation for the two recent live-action CGI-enfused Garfield movies.  The CGI Garfield movies were specifically designed to do only so-so in the box office and avoid any major buzz, the better to make money without saturating the public so that Jon Davis and his Paws Inc. company can continue making money well into the future with Garfield.

I do not know what Alvin and the Chipmunks, surely in the same genre, is supposed to be doing.  In terms of box office power and nostalgia tweaking, I would think that it falls a bit short of the new Transformers movie.  (Incidentally, I hear that you are probably better off watching the 1986 cartoon movie.)

Curiously, the wikipedia article on Alvin and the Chipmunks has not been updated to include a decent explication of the nature of the Chipmunks awkward update.

Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Bagdasarian Productions announced a live-action/CGI adaptation of the original 1960’s series, though no information has been released since the project was announced. It is unknown if production has stalled due to complications arising from the aforementioned contractual debacle, but as of yet it has not been officially cancelled. The project is now in pre-production and is set to open December 14th, 2007.  But it does inadvertedly offer a point of departure to arrive at their peculiar updating.

In 2006, Bagdasarian Productions sued the creator of “Chipmunkz Gangsta Rap”, a parody featured on Newgrounds. The lawsuit is still in process. Also, The Chipmunk Adventure was released on DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment, then later Trick or Treason, A Chipmunk Christmas: 25th Anniversary and A Chipmunk Valentine. The Chipmunks Go To The Movies was released on May 22, 2007.

As of January 2007, Fox 2000 Pictures has greenlighted the live-action/CGI film of Alvin and the Chipmunks. Tim Hill, the director of Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, is in talks to direct the movie. Actor Jason Lee has been signed to play Dave Seville.[1] The movie poster was released July 3rd, 2007. The movie will be released on December 14th, 2007.

This is a decent point on how one would look to, if forced at gun-point, make these “hip” changes to the Chipmunk characters.
Simon was supposed to be the nerd! They could have made a tall, slender, hipster chipmunk that would have had dork girls swooning! Instead, they’ve given us DJ Jazzy Sizz-imon.

No.  Really.  Geek Chic.  A stylish hacker type.  Was there anyone young enough to be able to come up with during those committee discussions?

If you go down on that “best week ever” site, you will see references to this destroying childhood memories, and teases on what one might do to Strawberry Shortcake.  I cannot say that I have any particular fondness for Alvin and the Chipmunks — I am waiting for a full scale Alf revival — something better than that mini-revival of a few years back — but I will note that the movie has the effect of raping two generations’ childhoods — it being a product from the late 1950s / early 1960s — and that rehashed cartoon.

Meanwhile, I can’t imagine any child of the current generation doing much with the movie — its hipness is dated, after all, read all the references to Run DMC — peculiarly enough dated right to the middle of their Saturday Morning cartoon show.

… Poochie?

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