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This time, some dingbat at Fox, probably desperate to get back the money that was poured down another modern day black hole) has decided to waste plastic and foil to get this dog another shot at taking the money everyone hasn't got these days because some other idiots have decided that it's OK to rip people off $4 a gallon for gas, and $3 a gallon for milk.
Buy the gas, and the milk, and let this stinker of a picture rot on the shelves.
I'm old enough to remember not only the original cartoons, I also knew most of the people who worked on the original show.
It clips my usually short fuse down to a single strand when I see these nit-witted studios think they can sell yet more trash to the generations not lucky enough to remember the original work of a host of talented people.
Why? Because it exposes the fact that these well paid dim-bulbs who decide what ends up at Wally world would rather peddle their garbage than give anybody quality entertainment anymore.
Ollie Jonhston passed away the other day age 95. Like Grim Natwick, I like the thought he lived as long as he did because he made all of us laugh. I lost a friend when Ollie left us.Most of the world today *Still* has no idea whatsoever what we have lost with the passing of the last of Walt's "Nine old men".
Now, let me set you straight.
"Alvin" never was "Fantasia" or anything close to it. Nor was Jay Ward's "Crusader Rabbit", or the real, original "George of the Jungle" (Not the tripe that is on TV these days.) But these pictures made us laugh, and that keeps us all just a little bit more alive, and we all need that now, as much as we needed it then.
Now, you have people that get hired at the studio level, get themselves a corner office with big windows, and they get it into their pea sized brains that all of a sudden, someone gave them Talent along with the key to the executive chamber pot, loosely known as Development. Suddenly, everybody that can green light a C-class crew of Korean animators to do fart jokes thinks they are, by virtue of their job description, the latest and best incarnation of men like Walt, or even Ross Bagdasarian Sr.
I don't mean this as a swipe at his son. Junior isn't a bad sort either, for the record. He and Janice Karman did their bit a few years back with "The Chipmunk Adventure" , a beautiful picture which is also a far better investment for your DVD Dollar. I don't know which Studio exec gave the go ahead for the latest ?Alvin.? But the latest Alvin picture is just plain bad. It never ought to have been made. It simply was not good enough, personalities and technology aside.
The picture bombed. Maybe the public does have a little bit of long-term memory left after all. But Fox has to try to make their money back somehow, so they gamble that people under twenty will buy it. Or kids will get their parents who don't remember any better to buy it for them.
Leave the new ?Alvin? far behind, and go find "The Chipmunk Adventure" (1987) instead. Spend time watching it,(with your kids, if you can) and remember with me the days when a bunch of talented people and some departed friends gave us Animation with a heart instead of a CPU.
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