8.28.2007

Alvin and the Chipmunks Redux

Alvin and the Chipmunks were a lot more fun for me when I was growing up. I remember we had a couple of the records of their spoofs of songs. Particularly hilarious to my untrained senses was their take on the theme to "Chariots of Fire." They spent the whole song complaining about running and the length of the song. Such a touching tribute to Vangelis.

With all due respect to the creators of the new live action/CG Chipmunks movie, a part of me died inside when, in the trailer, Alvin eats a piece of chipmunk droppings. Have we become so lazy and jaded that we have to resort to scatological humor to update iconic cartoon characters for the 21st Century? And why do the chipmunks need to look photo-real? I'm getting old, talking about how cartoons were better in my day.

But they were.

6 comments:

S.T. Lewis said...

I love this drawing... these are great re-designs of the Chipmunks (which can't be said for the Chipmunks in the upcoming film). I'm with you on the poop-eating scene. I felt the same way when I saw the Underdog trailer. I miss cartoons. Remember when cartoons used to be really violent and funny? Now they're gun-free and full of poop. Lucky us.

Michelle Lana said...

so cute....i love theodore the best!

Tim Bye said...

I loved that cartoon and havn't seen it for years! I love your take on them - fabulous!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Cool work !!

Anonymous said...

i like Theodore the best he's so cute! hahaha i love the little eyes

Jenn said...

No doubt, I was saddened when I saw the preview for that movie and noticed that the chipmunks were too gosh darn realistic! Love your pic of Theodore, but the way. God, the expression on his face and his body shape is just hilarious!